Ulefone this week introduced its new high-end shockproof and waterproof smartphone. Dubbed the Rugger Armor 6, the ruggized telephone combines an IP68-rated chassis, a large display, numerous special-purpose sensors, as well as a high-performance SoC. Clearly keying in on a specific market segment for the new telephone, the Armor six will also ship with numerous pre-loaded applications which are intended to be helpful during traveling or just in different harsh locales.
Broadly speaking, most rugged smartphones have to make trade-offs to reach their style targets, including utilizing an inelegant chassis, mediocre hardware inside, or rather ordinary displays. Whilst the common factors behind such design and style choices are a lot more or significantly less apparent (e.g., keep their BOM fees and heat soak in check), there are lots of people who prefer to have a rugged smartphone with out creating fairly a lot of compromises. The Ulefone Armor 6 in turn is trying to carve out a niche for itself in that industry by offering a rugged design and style with above-average hardware.
On the outside, the Armor 6 has a a rather decent looking chassis featuring a die cast frame covered with protective rubber and red or grey metallic inlays. The enclosure is rated to deal with drops from 1.2 meters, submersion into water (as much as 1.5 meters for as much as 60 minutes), thermal shocks, corrosive environments, and so on. Meanwhile, framing a 6.2-inch 2246×1080 LCD display protected making use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass five, the Armor six is usually fairly big and heavy: it is 160 mm tall, 13.three mm thick, and weighs 228 grams. All of which tends to make the Armor 6 a lot bigger than normal consumer smartphones, but is relatively common for this marketplace segment.
Moving on towards the insides of the Ulefone Armor a5 pro Armor 6. The smartphone is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P60 SoC, a eight-core style with quad A73 and quad A53 Arm cores too as Aem’s Mali-G72MP3 GPU. The SoC is paired with six GB of DRAM and 128 GB of NAND flash storage. Several current ruggedized smartphones have been depending on cheaper SoCs with low-power Cortex-A53 CPU cores, so the Armor 6 is notable for its performance possible. Because it appears, Ulefone decided not to cut corners and used a fairly high-performance SoC with Cortex-A73 cores as a way to make certain that owners of the handset can use all applications they want to with a comfy amount of overall performance.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the handset supports 30 frequency bands also as GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+Beidou positioning. Consequently it may be utilized in 90% places over the planet, that is especially helpful for people who travel to various remote corners of the globe. As for nearby connectivity, the Armor 6 supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, as well as a USB 2.0 Type-C port for data transfers and charging of its 5000 mAh battery. Speaking of charging, the phone also supports ten W Qi wireless charging.
One particularly fascinating function from the Armor six are its advanced imaging capabilities, that are comprised of a 16 MP + 8 MP main camera with an ƒ/2.0 large aperture and dual LED flash, as well as an 8 MP selfie camera with an ƒ/2.0 big aperture. As a way to boost the resulting image high quality and enhance the effective resolution of photographs taken with all the telephone, it is configured to use each cameras at once, combining their inputs utilizing a unique algorithm designed by Arcsoft and operating on the SoC ISP. Although a neat function in and of itself, the unfortunate side-effect is that Ulefone is marketing this larger interpolated resolution as the native resolution from the camera method, which in practice is not the case.
Meanwhile in terms of sensors, the Ulefone Armor six has a lot that its target audience must appreciate. Among other issues, the smartphone is equipped using a p-sensor, an ultraviolet sensor, a coulometer, in addition to the other more typical sensors found in current-generation smartphones. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with several special-purpose applications (e.g., Sound Meter, Pedometer, Bubble Level, Barometer, Protractor, UV Light Tester, Plumb Bob, and so forth.) that make the most of the sensors, producing it simpler to access the phone’s full capabilities.