Oukitel U13 Review – Cheapest 64GB Phone

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Oukitel have been around for quite some time, and are very popular thanks to their great K4000, K6000 Pro and K10000 Phones.

Today I’ll be reviewing Oukitel’s latest flagship – Oukitel U13.

Oukitel U13 Front2

Hardware and Specs

Design
  • Dimensions: 149 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 156 g
  • Display: 5.5 inches, 1080p, IPS LCD display
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Infrared, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light
  • Build: Full metal
  • Colours: Gold. Silver. Grey.
Hardware
  • Processor Type: Octa-Core
  • Processor Name: Mediatek MT6753
  • Graphics Processor: Mali T720MP3
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB
  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0;
  • Battery: 3000mAh (non-removable)
Camera
  • Rear: 16 MP Pansonic Camera with OIS
  • Video recording: Yes; 1080p
  • Front-facing: 13 MP Omnivision Front Camera

Oukitel U13 Front

What is very nice to see here is a great combo of Capable Cameras. Most companies skip on the front cam, but Oukitel have made sure that you get a great Front Cam as well.

Another noticeable thing is the inclusion of IR sensor, with which you can control your AC, TV and other appliances.

The MTK6753 might be an older Octa-Core chip, but it can still handle everyday tasks like a champ, coupled with 3GB RAM, huge 64GB storage and a gorgeous FHD IPS panel, the device feels very premium.

Oukitel U13 Back

DESIGN

The full metal body has added texture to make it more comfortable to hold. The back has a slight curve to it and fits “like a glove” in your palm. The main 16MP camera had a dual-tone LED next to it and below it lies the fingerprint sensor, which is fast and accurate. On the top, you’ll also find the 3.5mm jack and IR Blaster.

Oukitel U13 Camera

The power and volume buttons are located on the left side of the device and provide excellent feedback and feel solid.

Oukitel U13 Display2

On the bottom you have the Micro-USB port, a noise cancelling mike and two speaker grills (one a speaker, the other is the microphone).

Oukitel U13 Bottom

USER INTERFACE

Oukitel use a very stock-like Android experience, with no bloatware apps

You do have a few themes and wallpapers provided in the ROM, which is always nice to have. The Navigation Bar can also be customised in the settings. You can also enable gestures to operate the phone. Like slide to unlock or wave your hand to switch between photos or home screens. Pretty standard these days.

To use the IR blaster Oukitel have not designed a custom app but, instead pack the universal ZaZa Remote app that works great

U13 Remote

BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE

As stated previously the MTK6753 was a great chip when it was released, but by today’s standards, it’s just OK. You won’t have any problems with browsing and even heavier multi-tasking since the phone’s storage is pretty fast

Oukitel U13 Storage bench

I find that general performance is definitely not a problem with day-to-day tasks.

Benchmarks like Antutu and Geekbench confirm my claims

Oukitel U13 Antutu    Oukitel U13 geekbench

Gaming performance is OK if you play not very graphics intensive games, but if you want to play the heaviest games you’ll have to stomach putting the graphics settings to low-medium, because on high settings games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8 and Unkilled are unplayable.

The battery inside is 3000mAh and is non-removable. With it you’ll get thorught the day just fine, but nothing more. My screen-on-time was between 3-4 Hours depending on my usage

Oukitel U13 Screen-on-time

CAMERAS

The Oukitel U13 has a generic MTK camera interface that is very familiar.

Ouktel U13 Camera interface2    Ouktel U13 Camera interface

Both Back and Front cams do a great job for the price, just don’t go expecting great low-light results, for great to good lighting conditions they provide an excellent experience, with fast focus and shutter speed.

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The camera strengths are definitely in Macro shots and Indoor scenes. The 16MP Panasonic sensor definitely prefers artificial light to natural light.

The few downside I could find are that colour reproduction was not very accurate, leaning towards a more saturated blue look and the pure white having a brownish tint and noise is also present. The more the light goes down, the more noise the photos will accumulate. However, on very dark scenes with a single source of light the photos are
very good, if you spot-focus on the illuminated object.

All that being said, I’m definitely pleased with the camera experience considering this is a 129$ phone! 

Oukitel is also releasing updates for their devices, so these issues can be addressed in the near future. The front selfie cam is excellent for the price, with face-detection and HDR available it’s truly one of the best in the price range.

Video Quality is OK, definitely a class above most phones at that price range. OIS also helps for a smoother video on the back cam.The back camera records 1080p video and the front is capped to 720p.

CONCLUSION

Oukitel U13 boasts a great build quality, super FHD screen and is also the cheapest 64GB Storage phone on the market(and that storage is quite fast too). Everyday tasks are done with ease and little to no slowdowns. The back curve provides for a very pleasant handheld experience as well. Both cams offer great value for the price but could use a software update to address the few issues I’ve mentioned with the main sensor.

(xiaomitoday.com, https://goo.gl/6lLK8F)

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