8849 Tank 3 by Unihertz Review

21 November 2023, 12:10:24

8849 Tank 3 by Unihertz Review
You can buy a 8849 Tank 3 by Unihertz at promotional prices with discount code UNTANK3 from Nov 23 to Nov 29 from the 8849 Official Store on AliExpress. For the U.S., there's another promotion on the 8849 US Store on AliExpress.

Design, build and controls

8849 Tank 3 by Unihertz has a classic ruggedized design with padded corners, a metal frame, a sturdy polycarbonate display casing, and a metal-polycarbonate rear shell. Key areas are covered with shock-absorbing TPU. On the top and bottom frames, and the corners it ensures additional protection against drops. The TPU on the rear shell not only provides additional protection against wear and tear but also ensures a steadier grip. Especially the textured side parts where one usually holds the phone. The IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810H standard certify the device withstands soaks in water of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, drops from 1.5 m, exposure to dust and dirt, extreme temperatures, and other environmental hazards. Speaking of handheld experience, we must say - the Tank 3 respects with its thickness. It has a profile that slightly exceeds 3 cm and is quite a handful. Moreover, that's the thickest smartphone we know of. In addition to the huge battery, the big display adds to the overall bulky package as the device is 86 mm wide and 179 mm tall, and tips the scales at 666 grams. In terms of color, there's only one version that combines black for most of the body and gray-silver for the metal parts. The front of the device is occupied by the display protected by a Panda MN228 glass. The top bezel is 7 mm thick with the earpiece tucked between the frame and the display casing. The proximity/light sensors are placed in the left half of the bezel. There's a punch hole for the 50MP selfie camera positioned centrally in the top part of the screen below the bezel. The side bezels are 3 mm thick and the bottom one is 7 mm thick. The system navigation offers you a choice between virtual navigation buttons and on-screen gestures. The rear shell has the largest number of elements that define its design character. There's a hexagonal module that's vertically aligned in the center of the upper half of the body. Its widest part houses the camera module. The four rear cameras are positioned to the left within the module and the dual-LED flash with the four IR lights are to the right of the lenses. The camping light with the blue and red emergency lights is placed right below the camera module. This hexagonal shape is visually continued all the way to the bottom of the rear shell with the 8849 brand imprinted in the middle. A ventilation hole can be seen on the left of the camera module, while there are two other holes to its right. The top one is a noise-canceling microphone and the one below is for the barometer. The bottom of the rear shell contains 1134 waterproof speaker with a 105 dB loudness, 3.5 cc sound chamber, and 4 Ohms power. There's also a special hook for a lanyard. There are twelve visible screws attaching the rear shell to the chassis. The left frame houses the Volume Up and Down buttons along with the two physical customizable buttons - one in red color and the other one in metal gray. The red one is intended for quick access to the camping light but together with the second button can be customized to open an app or launch a process from a pre-selected list in the settings. The right frame is the home of the triple-slot tray. It can be directly pulled out with a fingernail and has a red insulating band. The Power button with an embedded fingerprint sensor is positioned below the SIM tray. There are four visible screws on each frame attaching it to the main chassis. The top frame houses the laser rangefinder and the infrared blaster. The USB Type-C port and the headphone jack are positioned on the bottom frame. They are covered with a rubber cap for insulation. The main microphone is positioned to their right.

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