News Ulefone T2 Pro: 6.7-inch display smartphone with brand-new Helio P70 CPU
At the Mobile World Congress 2018 the most important smartphone manufacturers presented their new devices. Especially Samsung delivered the new S9 and S9+, which was the most anticipated phone of this congress. While we expected the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, more notably was the new Ulefone flagship. The Ulefone T2 Pro was the biggest surprise this year because of its big 6.7 inch display and a handful of other features.
Our friend Alex from China-Gadgets.de (Germany) has filmed a first hands-on at the MWC 18.
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6.7 inch display and bezel less design
When we spotted the Ulefone T2 Pro at the Ulefone booth, we instantly recognized that the phone is significantly bigger than expected. The display offered a size of 6.7 inches, which is definitely bigger than we are used to. Most smartphones now concentrate on a 6-inch display, with some exceptions like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Additionally, it offers an aspect ratio of 19:9. This may be due to the notch sitting on top of the display. Here, Ulefone of course copied this particular design from the latest Apple flagship.
The display resolution is 1080 x 2160 p and although Ulefone didn’t reveal any further specifics on the built-in panel, we can say that it looked very good! The contrast and brightness was extraordinary.
In fact, the spectacular design reminded us of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which definitely was our smartphone-highlight last year. They both have a bezel-less design and the glass-backside in common. This glass makes the phone very precious but also vulnerable. In terms of bezel-less design the Ulefone T2 Pro might even exceed the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, but we will have to wait until the final product arrives. The T2 Pro presented at the MWC was just a pre-production prototype.
New CPU by MediaTek
Is the Ulefone T2 Pro all show and has no substance? We guess you can’t say that. Ulefone made sure to present their new flagship with a new processor, as well. The Ulefone T2 Pro will be equipped with the brand-new Helio P70 CPU by MediaTek, which is not released, yet. This SoC (system on a chip) will consist of eight cores, divided into a Cortex A73 2.5 GHz quad-core and a Cortex A53 2.0 GHz quad-core cluster. Because of the 12 nm chipset it is efficient and can compete with the Snapdragon 660 used in the Xiaomi Mi Note 3.
Furthermore, the Ulefone T2 Pro possesses 8 GB of working memory and 128 GB of internal storage. This shows us, that Ulefone is serious and sees the T2 Pro as their new flagship-smartphone. Of course, a powerful CPU and a big display result in a high power consumption. To still ensure a good battery time, Ulefone provides a 5.000 mAh battery that should bring you through your day. It still fascinates us, that Ulefone managed to create such a thin device although using a big battery.
Dual camera & facial recognition
Comparing the notch with the “original” notch of the iPhone X, it is clearly smaller. Still, they use it to hide the front camera with a resolution of 16 megapixel. Even more interesting is the fact, that it should support face unlock. Unfortunately, we were not able to test this at the MWC booth. On the rear side, the T2 Pro offers a dual camera consisting of a 21 megapixel and 13 megapixel sensor. Contrary to the iPhone X, both sensors are arranged horizontal and not vertical. Drawing from our previous experiences with Ulefone, they did not spoil us with a special camera quality. So we hope that this will change with their new flagship.
Ulefone T2 Pro with in-display fingerprint reader?
Another huge plus of the upcoming Ulefone T2 Pro is its software. Apparently, the manufacturer plans to release it with the latest Android software, Android 8.1. This would definitely undermine its status as a flagship-smartphone. If you had a closer look on the smartphone by now, perhaps you have recognized the lack of a fingerprint reader. Sure, it is supposed to support face unlock. However, Ulefone apparently wants to implement an in-display fingerprint reader! This was another popular trend of this year’s MWC.
Wow! It doesn’t happen that often that we are overly impressed with a new smartphone. Usually Xiaomi manages it to impress and convince. That being said, Xiaomi maybe has some serious competition, when Ulefone delivers the T2 Pro as they promise to do. The whole design in combination with the new CPU is a great choice, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one of the first samples.