Ulefone Armor X7 is a low budget rugged phone from the popular rugged phone manufacturing company Ulefone. If you are a rugged phone lover, then you must have known Ulefone for their good quality rugged phones. This is nothing different from that. But instead of spending a few hundreds of dollars, it cost just somewhere around a hundred dollars. Keeping that in mind here is the Ulefone Armor X7 in-depth review that will help you to understand is this phone suitable for you or not. And, if it is suitable then what features appeals most. All you will know throughout this post.
But before getting deep into the review let me remind you this is a low budget rugged phone. So, it would be smart to compare it with same price smartphone or rugged phones. Don’t expect flagship level specifications in this rugged phone. That would be foolish.
Ulefone Armor X7 Features
- Rugged certifications: IP68, IP69K, MIL-STD 810G
- Display Size: 5.0 inch IPS LCD
- Display Resolution:1280 x 720 (294 PPI)
- Processor: MediaTek Helio A20
- GPU: IMG PowerVR GE8300
- Operating System: Android 10
- Rear Camera: 13MP rear Camera
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Storage: 16GB (Expandable up to 128GBB)
- RAM: 2GB
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Network: Dual 4G sim
- Sensors: GPS,GLONASS,Galileo,Supports Digital Compass,NFC,Acceleration Sensor, P-sensor, L-sensor, E-compass, Fingerprint Sensor
Design & Build Quality
If you compare this with other same price range phones you will see this quite good in design and build quality. Let’s start with the design. And, this is a small size phone compare to the current standard of the smartphone. That gives the comfortable feeling in hand. But a bit thick which shouldn’t bother you at all. This phone has 150 mm in height and 79 mm in width. And 14.6 mm thickness you can call it thin phone. Phone back is covered with a bubble pattern provides better grip in the hand.
There is a camera with Dual LED flash and A fingerprint scanner at the upper middle point of the back. And there is a speaker grill in the bottom left. Nothing else in the back.
In the right side of this smartphone first you will get a power button above that there are volume keys. Due smaller size it is very easy to access all of these key comfortably. And buttons are easy to press.
On the right side there is custom button that you can set up as you want. In case you want that for camera or opening GPS whatever you want.
In the bottom there is a microphone and a micro USB port for charging. And on the top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and few sensors etc.
And there is a 5.0 Inch IPS LCD display on the front with 5MP front camera. We will discuss that later of course.
So, the phone is made out of TPU material. This is called poly-carbonate with aluminium alloy. That makes is durable but flexible as well. And, for the low price range this is an excellent material to make phone strong and durable. Although the main body frame is made out of aluminium alloy but it covered with TPU material for making phone more comfortable in hand.
And phones corner are more thick than usual. That makes it more strong and shockproof.
That is what this phone is! Strong but super comfy in hand.
To become better-rugged phone it is always important to inform you about its rugged features. And it will be surprising for you that it is as good as any top-level rugged phone. Starting with waterproof.
Ulefone Armor X7 has IP68 rated water and dustproof. As you know this is the highest rating for that. So, it can survive the 1.5-meter depth of water for 30 minutes. Wherever you go whatever you are doing your phone will be safe from water and dust without any doubt. You can jump right into the pool while your phone remains in your pocket. Then you can swim for 30 minutes and your phone will find without any damage. We’ve tested it by through a couple of times into water every time it was fine. For this high quality waterproof and water pressure proof you can do underwater photography and videography if you want so. And it will as good as you can do that above water.
Same thing happens for the temperature issue. This phone comes with IP 69K rated for temperature You can dig down into the ice or hot desert sand this phone will work perfectly. In our test it survive 0° Celsius temperature and 50° Celsius temperature. We believe it can survive more than that. So, whatever extreme condition you are working on it won’t hurt your phone at any circumstance.
Most unusual thing happen with phone is accidental drop. It slips way from the hand from the pocket etc etc. For that it has MIL-STD 810G rated protection. To be precise it can hand any drop from one meter height to the concrete. That is the normal height of your pocket that people usually drop the phone. And in the land it can survive minimum 1.2 meter height. That is minimum! in our test, we dropped it from 2 meter height it was absolutely fine.
Although according to the price this is not a bad display but I admit that by today’s standard it is smaller size display. Well it has 5 inch IPS LCD display without any notch or display cutout. This is a old fashioned 16:9 aspect ratio display which makes huge chin an edge in the front. There are huge space in bottom and top of the front side. On the top covered by front camera and other sensors but bottom space is totally unusual.
Well, this is 1280 x 720 Pixel resolution display with 274 pixels per inch. According to the display size it is not bad display resolution at all. And watching media content was decent experience. Display brightness is bright enough but not the best. And daylight uses a bit tricky. Above all, this is not a bad quality display when you will think about the price. For a hundred dollars phone this way good display. There is nothing else you can expect. Yet, the color quality is good and vibrant.
A decent performance always relies on good hardware and software management. Talking about hardware, this Ulefone Armor X7 comes with MediaTek Helio A20 processor. This quad-core processor is a lower mid-level processor from Mediatek which is performing very good in the market. Not the great chipset at any point but also in this price point, this is what you can expect. And, it is totally worth of money that is no doubt. This CPU has IMG VR GE8300. And, that is also common in this price range smartphone so nothing fancy or exciting on that. But, it will never let you disappoint with its performance.
Well this CPU backing with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. You can clearly see storage is not enough. That is why there is an option to attach an external micro SD card to expand memory up to 128 GB. I think if there was 1GB more ram that would be perfect. Since it is running on latest Android 10 operating system there should 3 GB Ram for running basic apps that a normal person operates.
Hence, for very lightweight use this CPU and RAM is perfect. But you can not play any high end games with this phone. And, that is what you can expect from a 100 dollars phone. Made for fulfilling basic requirements not like flagship level phones.
So, according to the price point performance is not disappointed at all. If you can manage well you wont see any lag as like us. ‘But I strongly recommend to not use this phone for gaming. Maybe you can play candy crush, subway surfer type games but not like PUBG mobile or Need For Speed type games.
Ulefone Armor X7 comes with singe rear camera. It has just a 13MP f2.2 aperture back camera. Not the best and I presume not like standard level camera according to smartphones. But it works and capture well enough picture that would be great backup. Nothing fancy in the camera just a straight 13 MP camera works in any condition even in under water.
If you are here that means you are looking for rugged phone. And, normally rugged phone camera is not that great at all. It just very basic camera.
Well, this camera can shoot 1080p resolution video. Although quality is not great, but the color and sharpness is enough for this price range.
Backing with dual LED flashlight makes photo excellent in low light condition too.
On the front side there is a 5MP selfie camera with f 2.2 aperture. This front camera is able to shoot good quality picture with right color and sharpness.
So, overall the camera performance may not satisfy you if you already used a flagship phone. But think about other low budget rugged phone. This is a standard camera according to others within this price range.
Ulefone Armor X7 has 4000 mAh non removable battery. You can call it a huge battery. No I am not kidding, this is a huge battery. Because, this phone use a slightly smaller display and low level processor. So, it needs less power to run. That is why this battery will run longer than usual.
In our test it runs 4 days in normal uses. But if you are conscious about the charge and battery it can run longer.
But, it doesn’t contain any fast charging technology. That is minus point for this phone. In 2020 every phone (smartphone) should have USB type C port and fast charging. We do not have all day to charge our phone. That is so much backdated.
Since fast charging doesn’t cost a huge money it should be in here. Yet, battery backup will pleasure you enough to consider this problem.
Apart from smartphone features a rugged phone contains some extra features. And, these features are very important to have in the rugged phone. Such as android 10,GPS, GLONASS, Galileo. You go anywhere where the network may not work but it will help you to find your location and get back home with safety.
Also, it has compass, height calculator and other features. All of these features seems unnecessary for normal people. But as a survival kit these features are pretty normal and essential.
For the security it contains fingerprint unlock and face unlock system. Fingerprint position in the back seems pretty okay and easy to access. Also, it is well enough fast too.
And, face unlock system use front camera for unlocking. That is also fast but not accurate. Also, does not work very good in low light condition. Yet, this is better to have face unlock than nothing.
But if you are too much concern about security I’d suggest to use fingerprint unlock. That is fast and more secured.
Also, there is a custom button that you can set for anything. Specially it can be use for emergency calling or Push To Talk.
Custom button has three different functions. Single click, double click, and press and hold. You can setup three different command. That increase user experience one step further. I personally love to have that button by setting single click to emergency call, double click for camera and press and hold for push to talk.
From the specifications, it may seem low quality but according to its price range, this is pretty good setup. But, there was something that can be improved. Such as better charger, and slightly better display. Overall, there is nothing much to complain at all. Actually having the latest version of the Android operating system makes the phone better in user experience. Also, the new version of the operating system has more function and easy to use. And, about the rugged features there is nothing to complain in any aspect.
Hence, if you are new to the rugged phone enthusiasm then this is good one to try and then go for higher version. Because this phone provides all basic necessary features that you can expect from a rugged phone. Despite that, it cost very low amount of money that you can easily bear.