Ulefone Power 5S Review

16 December 2018, 15:36:12

Ulefone Power 5S Review
You can buy an Ulefone Power 5S at a promotional price from Amazon DE, Ulefone's official store on AliExpress, GearBest or from Banggood.

Design, build and controls

Ulefone Power 5S has a classic design for a big battery smartphone that combines toughness and elegance. Its octagonal shape and multi-faceted surface create a feeling of toughness, while the metal frame and the leather-like back are references to elegance. Moreover, the gently sloping sides on the back improve the ergonomics of the otherwise bulky device. In addition to the metal frame (visible on the sides) and a backplate cover that imitates leather, the device also adopts tough polycarbonate that engulfs all sides of the handset and surrounds the display. It should make the device somewhat resistant to bumps. There's only one colour option for the model - black. As long as it concerns dimensions and weight, Ulefone Power 5S is a bulky and heavy device, indeed. Among all smartphones with a 6-inch display and a battery that equals or exceeds 10000 mAh, this model is surpassed in dimensions and weight only by Oukitel WP2 The Power 5D weighs 330 grammes and is 15.8 mm thick. It is 80.2 mm thick and 169.4 mm high. Most of the model's front is occupied by the display which has curved corners and takes up the modest 68.6% of the total front surface of the handset. The manufacturer hasn't specified the type and generation of protective glass. The side bezels, forehead and chin are quite generous. The forehead houses the soft selfie flashlight, LED notification light, light and proximity sensor, the two front cameras. The earpiece is placed in the V-shaped end of the top bumper. The chin is bare as the navigation bar is on-screen only. However, you do get the option to swap the Menu and Back buttons as well as make the navigation bar hideable. The bottom bumper has a decorative element for visual symmetry with the upper one. The back of the handset gently slopes at the top and bottom. The entire back is covered with polycarbonate that has a leather-like pattern in the centre. The upper half of the body is occupied by the dual camera module which is surrounded by a metal plate plus an additional decorative metal plate with a diamond-like surface for tougher looks and protection of the cameras when the device lies on its back. The top frame of the model is bare and the bottom one is where you'll see the USB Type-C 2.0 port with two speaker grilles on its sides. The left one covers a microphone and the right one - the single, bottom firing BOX speaker. The left frame houses the hybrid, dual-SIM tray, while the right frame is more interesting. There you get a total of four elements, which makes using them a bit of a hassle but it just takes time to get used to this. So, at first, there are the volume and power buttons which have trapezoidal shapes and a rough surface for an improved tactile experience. Right below them, there's the side-mounted fingerprint sensor and at the bottom of the right frame is the fourth element - the smart shortcut key. This key cannot be customized and offers two functions. When you press it once, it immediately opens the Camera app. Within it, the physical button can serve as a shutter button. A long press on the smart button automatically starts voice recording and a short press afterwards stops the recording and saves the audio files.

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