Ulefone T1 is a cheap metal mobile with three cameras

Ulefone T1
Ulefone is a Chinese manufacturer of smartphones, which we shortly had seen a shame on our test bench.

This summer, however, I had the pleasure of putting the claws in the very nice Ulefone Power 2 with a full battery of 6050 mAh (!).

But what about today's test phone? Where does it fit? Well, Ulefone T1, as it's called, is a phone that seems to be coined with a rather specific customer group: those who are keen on design, but who will not pay more than necessary for a new phone.

These, however, have become thirteen in the last few minutes, so it's a bit wary to stand out in this class. Especially when the design is as simple and minimalist as here. In fact, it once again reminds us of Apple's former top model, the iPhone 7 Plus, but perhaps even more about the newly tested Xiaomi Mi A1 .

It means black, anodised aluminum body with rounded sides, 2.5D glass over the screen, 5.5 inch LCD panel and - not least - a dual camera layout on the backside. This may well be fine?

Is this really a zoom?

But: The Ulefone in every way may look like a zoom camera, in fact, is just a dual camera setup to create bokeh effects in your photos. Very bad bokeh effects as such - just about as bad as what we got from the much cheaper Ulefone S8 Pro.

In his camera app, Ulefone imitates a solution Apple originally implemented, with a "1X" button that could be pressed. If so, the phone would switch lens and give you 2x zoom with a new "2X" button.

Ulefone has done the same, just that this is not a new lens that takes over the job - it's simply pure and cut digital zoom. In other words, you may as well snap all of your photos in full size, or crop them later.

Moreover, the camera itself is quite pleasing, so we will not be staying here anymore - you can read everything in our Ulefone T1 test on the next page.

Enhanced Experience - Full 6GB Memory and 64GB Storage!

What is not so pleasing is the performance. With all 6GB of memory and a rather potent eight-core Helio P25 processor, navigation is fast, and, exceptionally, we noticed that the phone might have to be a little extra. However, it was very fast and multitasking, switching between open apps and many simultaneous operations, eats T1 for breakfast, dinner and evening.

Storage space also does not damage, with 64GB of standard built-in as well as memory card slot. The memory card slot can also be replaced with a SIM card, as well as the other SIM card slot we find here. Practical! The front fingerprint reader is also very convenient, and furthermore lightning fast. But a little odd is that it also acts as a back button in navigation.

The battery life is completely inside, albeit not impressive, the size taken into account. We are talking about a battery that lasts a whole day with quite heavy usage, but nothing special. Quick loading, however, is in place, in the form of PumpExpress 2.0 - and lets with this and USB Type-C be included in the box.

Apropos Box: Here is a lot of pranking. You can see it in the GIF on the right, and the equipment includes a useful partying, imitation leather cover, screen protector and transition from USB Type-C to Micro USB.

Useful software extensions

One last thing we want to draw here in the summary are the useful software extensions Ulefone gives us in T1. These are discussed in detail on page two, but to summarize, we can tell that the features include, among other things, the detailed management of data usage to apps (both over mobile and WiFi) and control of the LED diode on the front so you know which alerts is on its way in. 

You also get the ability to control the music when the screen is off and - not least - to associate letters with some apps. You can then draw these letters on the rejected screen and jump right to the given app.

These are features Ulefone has been finslipt for a long time, and so far recent iteration is also the best. 

Conclusion - A phone that should have been good, but that's not it

So, what is our conclusion here? Well, at a price of 2 590 NOK, the Ulefone T1 is not particularly expensive, but it's also not particularly cheap competition taken into account. In fact, it's relatively bad, with all the best cheap carriers signed in on the go a good deal or just below the price.

In particular, the previously mentioned Xiaomi Mi A1 is a very strong challenger, and basically makes absolutely everything that Ulefone T1 does not get to completely correct. The camera is super and has a true zoom-piece as an extra camera. With this, you can capture stunningly impressive images with depth effect, or zoom without loss. The phone is also guaranteed Android updates all the way up to and including Android 9.0 (!), And has clever Android from Google's Android One application.

Ulefone T1 appears as the poorer version of Mi A1, simply. The screen is more lightweight, battery life poorer, the cameras are terrible for comparison and the performance also chopped better in Mi A1.
Extras, extras, heavy and good hand and almost pure Android draw up for Ulefone T1, but unfortunately not enough. That's why we do not recommend it either - take a look at the phones below!