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Ulefone Armor X8 Review: Elegant design and rugged performance

Are you tired of bulky rugged look? Then this phone may best suitable for you. It has a very sleek design but also it has rugged phone durability. Ulefone always surprise me with its newly invention and low price high efficiency phones. Ulefone Armor X8 is one of those phones. And, I am damn sure it is going to make an impact in the market. Speaking of impact, it has already made significant impact on me.

Ulefone Armor X8

I always looked for regular smartphone design with rugged phones durability. Ulefone made that possible with just around 160$ cost. But does it perform that level what I am talking about? Well you will get to know that after reading this review.

In this in-depth review of Ulefone Armor X8 I am going to provide my honest opinion about this phone. If there is something missing I will not hide that and if something excites me I will tell that too. Overall you are about to know every aspects of this phone. And, that will help you to decide whether this phone is suitable for you or not. Also, it will give you an idea about rugged phones.

So, without further ado, let’s get started. But first, see the key features of this phone.

Ulefone Armor X8 unboxing

Key Features

  • Rugged certifications: IP68, IP69K, MIL-STD 810G
  • Display Size: 5.7 HD+ Waterdrop Display
  • Display Resolution: 1440 x 720
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6762D
  • GPU: IMG PowerVR GE8320 650MHz
  • Operating System: Android 10
  • Rear Camera: 13MP+2MP+2MP
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Storage: 64GB (Expandable up to 256GB)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 5080 mAh
  • Network: Dual 4G sim
  • Sensors:    Fingerprint, NFC, GPS, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Compass, Geomagnetism
Pros
  • Elegant design
  • Good battery backup
  • Decent performance
  • and, a decent camera too
Cons
  • Poor screen to body ratio
  • Missing some sensors

Design and Build Quality

Ulefone Armor X8

As the title said, this phone has one of the most advance design among all the rugged phones. With that being said, I mean to say it is elegant in look yet enough durable as other rugged phones. This combination caught more attention to the rugged phone lovers. So what is this?

This phone is slimmer than most of the rugged phone. And it does not look like a rugged phone from the first glance. You may confuse it with a regular smartphone. As well as there no any extra metal shows on outside. However, the inner body is made out of metal. But outer part well covered with TPU. TPU is a hybrid material with a combination of rubber and plastic. That brings strength and make the phone lightweight. Also, the rubbery body provides better grip as well. Ulefone Armor X8 weighs just 256 gram. It may look like a lot, but according to the rugged phone standard, this is the lightweight phone you can get. Also, the phone is 160 mm in height and 70mm wide. So it can easily use with one hand. If someone like me with the tiny hand can operate the phone with one hand, you definitely can. That is why it doesn’t slip away from the hand. Because of that weight it won’t hurt on hand for long time holding.

Still, the corners are thicker than usual to bring more strength and protect better from drop and shock. There are three cameras on the back aligned in the middle with a fingerprint scanner. Also, there is a waterproof speaker on the bottom left side of the back.

And right side of the phone has power key and volumes keys. and left side contains special button which you can customize with certain functions and sim card slot above that.

On the front it has old looking no notch big chins and bezels display. And, there is a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the phone. That is what this phones design.

And I already talked a bit about build quality. You will see the result in the bellow.

Overall, the design and build quality is super solid without any doubt. It can compete with any rugged phone in the market when you are talking about design and build quality.

Rugged features

I know you are not fall on the cute look unless it has enough durability. That is why I discuss about the rugged features as elaborate as possible. As Ulefone claims this phone has similar durability as any other high-end rugged phone out in the market.

So Ulefone Armor X8 has the best quality waterproof, dustproof, pressure taking capability, weatherproof as well. How?

Well, It has IP68 rating for water and dust protection. That means it has 360° dustproof. This TPU material outer body prevent dust to stick on the phone. Also it has the best water protection. This phone can survive 30 minutes under water while it is 1.5 meter deep. I think this is enough time to pull your phone back from water. Or if, you drop your phone in the mud just wash it with clean water and your phone should be fine.

Ulefone Armor X8 waterproof

Also it has IP69K rating for better pressure taking capability. That helps to runs it on high altitude and deep down in the water. Where normal smartphone can not run or struggle to run this phone runs smoothly. if you are hiker and get up to the mountains you can still use your phone to do whatever you can do. It may be to take photo or talk with others.

Ulefone Armor X8

As for the strength this phone has MIL-STD 810G rating. That rating reserves for those phone who can survive harsh climate and outdoor. That including drop protection, weather protection, UV rating and more.

So, this phone is protected from 1.5 meter concrete drop and 2 meter normal surface drop. That is the normal height of our phones dropped from hand.

And, talking about that weather protection? It can survive less than 0°C to more than 50°C temperature. Not only this phone can survive in this condition you can also operate this phone in this condition too. That shows how promising a rugged phone can be!

Also it has better PH atomic atmosphere protection, Solar radiation protection, humidity protection and many more. With a single word this MIL-STD 810G means the ultimate strength test of a phone. It defines how much capable your phone to survive in extreme outdoor condition.

And, this phone provides maximum possible performance on durability without any doubt. So, the word they said about this phone is already getting real.

Performance

Since this is a low budget phone you can not expect the top quality hardware on it. As a result you will not get market best performance. But one thing I can assure with the price it has promising performance.

Ulefone Armor X8 has Mediatek Helio A25 octa-core processor. This is one of the most popular Mediatek CPU for having a good performance at a low price. This CPU comes with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. This combination provides smooth running with daily life uses. But can not handle the heavy task at all. Still, there is a chance to play high-end games on this phone. But you must play on lower graphics mode. However, I recommend not to play heavy games on this phone. But games like temple run, subway surfer, candy crush is okay with this phone. Rather than that, in daily life use, I do not find any lag or suddenly slow down issue.

As for the storage, it has 64GB onboard storage. For this phone, I think this storage will be enough for you. Still, there is a chance to expand that to 256GB more via a micro SD card. And it has 4GB RAM on it. That ensure to run every app on this phone. RAM has decent speed too. But I would not recommend multitasking on this phone. However, it is possible to do simple multitasking on this phone with smooth performance.

Ulefone Armor X8

These hardware runs on latest android 10 operating system. That provides smooth and best user experience among all.

Overall, you should be happy with this performance while you are spending just 150 bucks on a phone.

Display

When you are smart you make something smart. That is what this phone display is. Ulefone knows better that, if phone display is too large and it will cost more money and it will not get the same resolution it this price range. Also there will be a strength problem. Keeping all these in mind, they have come with smartest idea.

Ulefone Armor X8 display

So, Ulefone Armor X8 has 5.7 inch IPS LCD display. Because of this smaller display it can protect display better than any larger size display. And, you know better how important it is! Same thing goes for resolution as well. It has 1400X720P resolution. Because of the size you can not see any problem in sharpness and color accuracy.

Overall, you are getting a better experience to watch media content on this phone. Also, touch response is outstanding on this phone. I never get any issue with that. As well as, it allows multi-touch. That helps to play many games.

Display is scratch resistance but you can add extra layer of protection to make it stronger. But this is not any notch display. It is a 18:9 aspect ratio old school display with larger chins and bezels. That may gonna give you a hiccup before thinking about buying. For me, this is perfect but most of you need better screen to body ratio phone. It may bother you a little or lot.

Overall, this is what you will get in a 150$ phone display. No sharpness problem, no color accuracy problem. Excellent brightness, easy to operate in daylight as well as direct sunlight.

Camera

According to the price they have put better camera setup too. Having triple camera setup on the back is way too much for a rugged phone.

Ulefone Armor X8 camera

Ulefone Armor X8 has 13 MP f 2.2 aperture main camera on the back with the assist of 2MP wide angle and 2MP depth sensor lens. Back camera can pull out decent quality photos. Also the portrait photos looks great as well.

Ulefone Armor X8 underwater camera

The camera UI contains pro mode, landscape, slow more and many more. And this camera can shoot 1080P video at 30 frames per second.

Ulefone Armor X8 camera photo sample
Ulefone Armor X8 camera photo sample
Ulefone Armor X8 camera photo sample

Here is few sample pictures taken with this phone.

Ulefone Armor X8 front camera

On the front side, there has a 8MP selfie camera. Selfie from this camera has decent amount of sharpness and color accuracy. Here you can see some samples from the front camera.

Also, this phone supports underwater photography. Since it has better water protection and water pressure taking capability, it is very much possible on this phone. With the dedicated button you can click photo under water.

Overall this is not a bad camera setup. Especially when you are getting a rugged phone in tight budget.

Battery

Battery is the most important part of a rugged phone. Since it is use mostly used on outdoor you may not get to charge it very often. So, a good rugged phone must have two days battery backup in normal uses and 1 days in heavy uses.

Ulefone Armor X8 battery

Ulefone Armor X8 has 5080 mAh battery on it. That ensures at least two days battery backup without any doubt.

This low powered CPU consumes less battery power than usual. As a result battery runs longer. If you use phone too much still you will get more than one days of battery backup.

Most of the time these long battery takes too much time to get charge. That is why it comes with USB type C port. That provides fast charging as well.

Overall I am satisfied with this battery backup.

Misc

Obviosly this phone has dual 4G network. But if you want to expand your phone memory it will give you access of one SIM. Anyway it provides strongest 4G network VOLTE on it.

As well as it has GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo for strong navigation system. And, it has survival apps pack with following apps.

Also, it has NFC for google payment as well. The fingerprint sensor works just as good as it could be. position is perfect and unlocking phone with fingerprint is blazing fast.

Conclusion

If you have a tight budget and looking for a rugged phone this phone is the top choice. It has everything that you can ask. But maybe the old-style thick bezels not comfortable for you. Rather than that, it is very promising for entry-level. Since it has not that rugged look it may appeal to you if you do not want a rugged phone.

Overall, what can I say is, this is a perfect phone with 160$ cost. In this budget do not look for other phones just get it right now.

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