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Ulefone Power Armor 13: Outdoor smartphone with 13200 mAh battery for $300

Ulefone’s flagship, the Armor series, has grown once again in the form of the Ulefone Power Armor 13. Wait a minute, Power and Armor in one smartphone from Ulefone? Yes, this device actually combines both series by integrating both a 13200 mAh battery and again some outdoor features.

Ulefone Power Armor 13

Technical specifications of the Ulefone Power Armor 13

Display6,81″ IPS LCD, FullHD+ (2400 x 1080), 410 ppi
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G95 @ 2,05 GHz
Graphics chipArm Mali-G76
Working Memory8 GB LPDDR4X
Internal Memory256 GB
Main Camera48 MP Sony IMX582  ƒ/1,79
8 MP Ultra-wide angle camera
2 MP Portrait camera
Front Camera16 MP ƒ/2,0
Battery13200 mAh with 15W wireless charging, 33W Fast Charge, 5W Reverse Wireless Charging
ConnectivityWiFi ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo, Dual-SIM, USB-C
FeaturesFingerprint sensor side, Face Unlock, FM Radio, Smart Button, NFC, IP68/IP69K-Rating, Notification-LED, Endoscope support, Infrared rangefinder
Operating SystemAndroid 11
Dimensions / Weight183,7 x 85,3 x 20,8 mm / 492 g

Typical outdoor smartphone

Let’s face it, the Ulefone Power Armor 13 looks like an outdoor smartphone does. This time, based on the already available product images, the design seems to be closer to the predecessor of the previous model, i.e. the Ulefone Armor 10 5G, again. Unlike the Armor 11 5G, which strangely had a drop notch, we once again see a punch-hole front camera, similar to the Ulefone Armor 10 5G. This has now been moved from the center of the display to the upper left.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Front

The screen’s edges have also been changed so that they are still not exactly narrow at the top and bottom as well as at the sides, but they are not as thick as before. Only the slightly beveled shape of the predecessor has been adopted again. This is again supported by silicone bumpers and metal elements on the casing’s frame.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Displayfront

The 6.81-inch IPS LCD FullHD+ display has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 410 ppi. Thus, the device also has an improved resolution again. This is of course also due to the changed dimensions of the Ulefone Power Armor 13, which are now 183.7 x 85.38 x 20.8 mm and result in a weight of 492 g. This puts it at just under 200 g more than before and at the weight of a tablet!

The Power Armor 13 comes with an IP69K rating, which means it is protected against dust, water and high temperatures. Thus, it can even be dropped into water without suffering any damage. As already mentioned, the device also fulfills all the visual requirements of an outdoor smartphone. There are clearly visible screws, a metal casing frame and some bumper elements. Since we do not have an AMOLED display installed here, the fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the device.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Backside

MediaTek processor

With the MediaTek Helio G95, Ulefone has once again implemented a MediaTek processor in a device from the Armor range. It operates with a clock rate of 2.05 GHz and an Arm Mali-G76 is added as a graphics chip. We already know this combination from smartphones like the Realme 7 & 8 and the Redmi Note 10S. In addition, there is 8 GB of LPDDR4X working memory and 256 GB of mass storage.

Endoscope support & infrared distance measurement

On the left side of the Ulefone Power Armor 13 is a port for an endoscope, which allows you to look into areas on the device that are otherwise not so easy to access.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Endoscope

The outdoor smartphone also has an integrated infrared rangefinder. It is located on the upper side and can be used to measure lengths and areas.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Infrared

13200 mAh battery?

After presenting a new core feature like 5G, a thermal imaging camera and a night vision camera year after year, the new model comes with a 13200 mAh battery this time. Unlike the predecessor, 5G connectivity has also been omitted, which should ensure a good runtime. The manufacturer itself states a standby time of 370 to 600 hours on its product page. Of course, this powerful battery also has to be recharged, which can be done via the built-in USB-C port with a 33 W fast-charging function. The device also supports 15 W wireless charging and 5 W reverse charging. This means that you can use the Ulefone Power Armor 13 to charge another device wirelessly.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Battery

Quad camera setup

Unlike the Ulefone Armor 11 5G, a quad-camera setup has been installed here. The main sensor here is once again Sony’s IMX582 sensor with 48 megapixel resolution. It is joined by an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP portrait camera. On the front, there is a 16 megapixel camera with an aperture of ƒ/2.0.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 Camera

No 5G but dual-SIM again

Android 11 is preinstalled as the operating system on the Ulefone Power Armor 13. According to Ulefone, this is also supposed to be without ads, whereas we know it from other devices of the manufacturer that a few additional outdoor apps have usually been integrated. In addition, this outdoor smartphone has a dual-SIM feature, where the integrated LTE bands can be used in both SIM slots. Of course, the manufacturer also installs GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou for all outdoor fans. Bluetooth 5.0, ac-WiFi and NFC are also on board.

Assessment

The Ulefone Power Armor 13 is the manufacturer’s new flagship and offers a sensible overall package for outdoor use. There are hardly any differences to the other models. Only the large built-in 13200 mAh battery and the infrared rangefinder are really new, since endoscope support was already integrated in the Ulefone Armor 9, for example. Accordingly, it is also clear that the focus is still on these outdoor features. Would you rather have a thermal imaging/night vision camera or this large battery?

In terms of price, the Power Armor 13 starts at around ~$300 and is thus cheaper than the other models in the Armor lineup when they were released.

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