Ulefone S8 Pro

​Ulefone S8 Pro
The undersigned has tested many cheap cars in recent years.

This is a mobile class that has had a rapid development during this period, with both design, functionality and building quality taking real steps in a short space of time.

Developments in this country have been characterized by Chinese intake in recent years, and today's test product originated from the far east.

This is a low-cost mobile phone. Terribly affordable, in fact - you can not spend more than thrifty 998 kroner to get the Ulefone S8 Pro. There are not many market-friendly mobiles today that get under the magic threshold, but here we have one.

But what kind of cell phone do you actually get for a small handful of doggie?

Very good construction quality and nice metal frame[A little unusual, but also nice design.]
A little unusual, but also nice design. Photo: Torstein Norum Bugge, Tek.no/montageFirstly, you get a phone built as a tanks. The Ulefone S8 Pro has a solid, thick metal frame around the body, with beveled edges that send the mind to HTC's design language a couple of years back.

This provides for a rotational stability of the rare ones. The finish on the metal is also better than we have seen in many other metal phones for a small amount of money, and around the Micro USB and headphone inputs you have plastic packages - just like the top models.

At the bottom we find small microphone holes, but only one of the two rows conceals an actual speaker. Unfortunately, this one speaker also sounds like Bee Gees with a cough, at least if the volume is somewhat higher than the lowest. In other words, it cuts and is not comfortable to listen to.

In addition to the speaker, the S8 Pro is a surprisingly well-designed and well-built phone. The front also has 2.5D glass over the 5.3-inch large IPS LCD screen, giving even more premium feel.

This feeling tears slightly off the removable rubberized back - here is the plastic that applies. Then the impression is retracted slightly by the fingerprint reader, the double cameras and the twin flash.

In short: here are some mixed drops - but mostly positive drops.

Screen with some strange nights

The negative drops come when we try to use the phone. We soon discovered that the S8 Pro suited itself to all sorts of games beyond simple things like Candy Crush, Hill Climb Racing and a little easier 3D game.

The screen itself is more than good for video viewing and such, and you will not find that it's so cheap. Yes, it's true "only" 720p resolution, but given the price, this is more than sharp enough.

4G support is also, even on the ties we have in this country.

The main problem with the screen is that for some reason it lives on its home screens. It seems that it mistakes our navigation, and suddenly jumps the opposite way of what we want. This does not seem to happen in near far as often inside apps and elsewhere, so we assume it's a software issue. It's any annoying, but resolves if you just remember to be a bit extra clear in the navigation. Large, specific sweep has usually always wanted effect.

Not the world's best performanceThe camera could be better ...When it comes to pure performance, this is not a slugger. The MediaTek chip on the inside is the input of the manufacturer's 4G support, and besides this and quick-charge support, there is little hassle to bid on. Four half-cut kernels clocked to 1.3 GHz are not much to brag about, nor does the Mali graphics be very impressive.

In total, this means that sometimes you have to wait for the phone to draw apps on the home screen, an app is loading or a command to be executed.

Despite this, much of the navigation is often more than fast enough. It happens more periodically that the phone enters the knot engine mode, and then if it gets a lot to think of at one time. In other words, be careful not to close apps occasionally and do not have too many tabs in Chrome.

Doing this, the experience will be relatively pleasant - especially since it's almost pure Android on the inside.

Conclusion - Amazing how much phone you get for the money

The cheapest phone signing had tested before the Ulefone S8 Pro, was Lenovo C2 Power . Here you got a much worse design, no metal frame, no fingerprint reader and significantly poorer display. The camera was not great, albeit slightly better than the S8 Pro, actually.

The biggest difference between the two is that the S8 Pro has some strange things we do not fully understand, first and foremost the strange screen behavior. As you said, you can get used to it, so it's not a whole crisis - and it's almost entirely on home screens, not in apps.Photo: Torstein Norum Bugge, Tek.noAll in all, we are quite impressed with how much phone you get for the money here. During the test period, both technology enthusiasts and more normally interested guessed the price, and the estimates ranged from 2 500 to 3 500 kroner. Most people were amazed when we told that the price tag was only £ 998. It is clearly not a success Ulefone manages without any flaws, but we do not know if it's only our test model suffering from the screening problem.

Had the screen behave roughly normally, we would probably recommend the phone. As it is now, we will recommend it in doubt. Should you only have a smartphone that is "working", this is more than enough in buckets and buckles. But if you go a little bit, you can also find alternatives that behave far better and also have cameras that actually do not shame on the holiday pictures.