Ulefone Armor 3 Review

15 December 2018, 10:19:21

Ulefone Armor 3 Review
You can buy an Ulefone Armor 3 at a promotional price from Amazon DE, Ulefone's official store on AliExpress, GearBest or Banggood.

Design, build and controls

Ulefone Armor 3 looks more elegant than its predecessor - the Armor 2, however, in addition to the upgrade in terms of hardware and software, it also brings an upgrade in terms of ruggedized qualities. For starters, the depth and longevity of submergence in water and concrete have been increased almost twice. The Armor 3 can withstand 2 hours of immersion in 2 meters of water or 24 hours of submission in 1 meter of concrete. It can also survive drops from up to 1.2 meters. In addition to its IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, the model is IP69K rated as well, so it is protected against water pressure up to 100 bar (1450 psi) and against extreme temperatures from -23 up to 60 degrees Celsius. The MIL-STD-810G military rating certifies that the device can survive up to 57kPa pressure, acidic atmosphere (pH value of 4.17, 2 hours of spraying and 22 hours of storage), solar radiation (1120 W/m² for nearly 20 hours), etc. Ulefone Armor 3 uses an aluminium alloy for its frame and chassis. The shock-resistant TPU and reinforced polycarbonate create a tough housing which protects the handset and its display from crashes, drops, torsions, etc. All four corners, top and bottom are reinforced with bumpers. In terms of colour, the handset has two variants - an all black one and a variant with main black colour and accents in orange. We are reviewing the version with orange accents. Ulefone Armor 3 has an average width for a smartphone with a 10000+ mAh battery - 79.2 mm. With a height of 164.8 mm, it is also a bit below average tall. However, it is one of the thickest and heaviest smartphones with a battery of that capacity. The handset is 18.15 mm deep and weighs 364.9 grammes. For comparison, Blackview BV9500 which has a 5.7-inch display and a 10000 mAh battery has a depth of 18.7 mm and a weight of 365 g. The display of Armor 3 is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that's surrounded from all four sides by the shock-resistant TPU material mentioned above. It protrudes a bit, hence, if the device drops flat on its display, it should get some protection. Expectedly, the forehead and chin are quite generous and the side bezels are thick. The forehead houses the front-facing camera, LED notification light, light and proximity sensors. The earpiece is placed in the centre above the display as part of the top bumper. It also serves as a second speaker. The chin is bare as the navigation bar is onscreen only. You can customize it to your liking from the corresponding menu in the System Settings. The bottom bumper houses the main front speaker. The back of the handset is flat, in contrast to the trapezoidal shape of the Armor 2's back. In the centre, at the top, right below the bumper, you can see the rear camera with the dual-LED flash to its left and three microphone holes to its right. Below it, there's a metal plate screwed to the chassis by four bolts and featuring Ulefone's brand on top of its brushed surface. This plate covers the two Nano-SIM card slots and a third slot for a microSD card in case you need more storage. The second part of the backplate has a carbon fibre pattern with several icons carved on top of it. They mean that the device supports NFC and is dust, water and shock resistant. The top bumper houses an orange element with the IP68 inscription on top and a hole tie the wrist strap. Next to it, there's a hole to which you can screw a compatible walkie-talkie antenna - like the one on the Armor 3T, for example. The bottom frame features such an orange element as well and the USB Type-C 2.0 port is located right next to it. The left frame is where you'll see the two Volume buttons and the PPT button (works only if you install the Zello App for walkie-talkie), while the Power button and fingerprint sensor are placed on the right frame.

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