Ulefone T1 Review: A balanced all-rounder

One time ahead. The Ulefone T1 is simply an aesthetic experience from the first moment on. The packaging is beautifully styled, the phone, especially in red, a perfectly matching beauty, which is all around impeccably processed, there is a nice red cable for the USB-C Charger included, obendrein a microUSB on USB-C adapter Slim small plastic case (as the only one questionable in design) as a protection for the back, an additional screen protector and obendrein yet one of those ring brackets that you can stick to the back of the case. There is a lack of nothing.

The system is as expected slim and pure. Android as it needs (7.0, but with security patch from the June). 4.9 GB of 53.1 GB, it says, 1.4GB of RAM of 5.7GB, since there is really a lot of air up. Google Apps does not save, but does not overdo, Google Assistant runs smoothly. Extras keep themselves within limits. There is DuraSpeed, for which the helio P25 will probably have little use and various features, which are neatly summarized in the settings under “Smart Assistant”.

These are settings for the LED notifications (three-color), which are to call up screenshots or last used apps with three fingers, gestutes to open from apps from the sleep state, a screen recorder (handy!), An adjustable Blaulicht- Filter, which is often called Eyebrow-Mode and a setting for which apps under Wlan or mobile data may pull, as well as one for the on-screen buttons. Practical, manageable, elegantly solved.

On to the benchmarks! As expected the Helio P25 is not an overperformer, but very fast. It seems to be quite well optimized compared to a few other smartphones with the same processor. The single-core benchmark at Geekbench is as expected average size (835) but in multi-core is here the strength (3898) and one comes so slowly to flag ships ran. PCMark settles the T1 with a 4689 score near the Galaxy S6 Edge. The memory has very fast writing speed (137MB / s) and the Antutu score is also more than neat with 64,000 to 68,000. In everyday life, everything is very fluid, even 3D games beat themselves bravely. Especially due to its 6GB RAM, there is not much that the T1 would not loose.

The WiFi speed is pleasant fast, the receiving side both with WiFi as well as for LTE, Bluetooth etc. very good. One of the main arguments – next to the design as I find – for the T1 is the universal network standby. LTE tapes are actually not left out, the WiFi (802.11a / b / g / n) also works on 5Ghz, Bluetooth is good with 4.1, the sensors do their work reliably, the compass occasionally somewhat more precise.

There is a monol speaker and that is fine. Not a great sound, but acceptable, definitely not just a thin nonsense, but of course no good bass. We would say midfield. Under headphones the chip does quite good work and there is nothing to complain about. Also not in the language quality. At all events, a balanced design seems to have been a design parameter which is of great importance. The weaknesses you really have to look for.

The biggest thing I’ve found is the slow-moving autofocus. He focusses well and reliably, but needs the 10th of a second longer than I would wish. The camera software itself is very well built, offers many possibilities and has a very intuitive interface. Features include Facebeauty, Bokeh, Pro Photo and Panorama. She can shoot serials and does this also reliably and there is a livephoto setting, which is not quite clear to me. Pro Photo provides access to color saturation, contrast, ISO, white balance, exposure, zooming up to 5 times on a “wheel”, or switching to tapping. Everything quite handy, everything very fast in the reaction time.

The dual camera with 16/5 megapixels (a S5K3P3 sensor from Samsung with f / 2.0, the same as in Redmi Note 3) is not, I suspect, responsible for the blur effect. It seems to be purely implemented in the software. But what for? I guess it measures above all depth and allows one so (beyond the blur) to focus the sharpness well. And the sharpness of the camera is not lacking, sometimes you have the feeling that it is a little over-the-top. The strength lies clearly in large color contrasts, in this case it convinces with a very good color reproduction of good stability with strong light-dark contrast. The sky remains sky-blue in many shades, the green seems full, competing colors very succinct. Auto HDR is supposed to exist, but I’m not sure if this is used. I have not noticed anything. According to settings are both 16: 9 and 4: 3 images in 16 megapixels (?). I must say: I prefer the former. Especially because the slight curvature of the lens gives the images in 16: 9 always a very own drama, because the camera is a little wide angle. One could criticize this as a distortion, but as marginal as it is, I see it rather as character and as an advantage. When using blur one should be very careful, because the (although adjustable) can exaggerate quickly. Yes, it can also have a dramatic effect, but it also quickly becomes a drama, and I can see nothing that you can not follow with software on the computer exactly or better. The trigger is not the fastest, but in everyday life it should be quite enough. Auto Scene Detection works quite reliably,

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The zoom can be used up to 3 times, but more is not. And depending on the lighting conditions, focusing on detail is no longer so easy for the camera. Brilliant, the zoom is not, but you do not have to be afraid of it – as with so many cameras – even if it is obviously no optical zoom and you basically only felt something wins.

The great quality of the camera lies safely in wide dramatic sceneries in the daylight, whereby especially in the strong sun even in the camera is a bit darkened. Here the Pro-Screen helps in the camera software, which can bring a lot of warmth into the pictures even with pale artificial light photos by a fast handle to the white balance. All in all, I would say: the camera is for something more than the good snapshot. It is possible to achieve a really impressive picture, which is completely without afterfilter. And thanks to its flexibility, it also gives you the opportunity to take a more creative approach to the subject directly while shooting.

It was amazing for me, that the camera of the T1 until well into the twilight continues very well behaves. If there is any problem with light at all, then the T1 tends to get too much brightness in the dark. Something you can easily correct with the Pro-setting. Sure, the noise is noticeably stronger, but often the pictures remain impressive and retain their strength in the colors. Especially in urban night scenes one can expect some from the T1. Perhaps this is also the task of the second camera, here more rauszuholen, because the pictures are clearly much better than we are used to this sensor. However, it is sometimes not easy for the T1 to find the right focus in the dark.

Videos are also detailed and the lack of image stabilization does not lead to jerky images. However, you should neither be too fast in the movements, nor go to take videos, because then of course, that is already strong. Special features are not available for the 1080p video camera, but you can stop and resume video.

All in all, it is a very good camera, the aesthetically perfect impression of the T1 is very good. However, the software in the detection of light conditions, presumably also in the focus speed could still somewhat.

Yes, of course you can say that the Ulefone T1 does not have a particularly prominent feature, which is often for marketing reasons, but this is an advantage. From the quite classical design with the two antenna strips on the back begun, about the large but not with endless capacities battery (after all however stately 3680mAh) up to the processor or the camera, both not quite at flag ships, namely is not only Everything above-average, but it also fits so well together, it was saved on nothing and the T1 comes directly with universal net cover and is aesthetically a joy, so that one can really recommend it unconditionally to anyone who wants to make no compromises, but nevertheless Not want to spend too much.

You can currently get it for under 200 euros in the presale and it has earned it easy.



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