Apple continues to set the standard with the Iphone. This may upset some people, but especially when it comes to design, the devices with the apple logo are probably the most copied on the planet. So it’s no wonder that the Iphone X also gets copied a lot. The Oukitel U18 has imitated the notch in the display, but at around 160 Euros it is significantly cheaper than the original. How much Iphone X do I get for this?
For a device measuring 150.4 x 73.0 x 11 mm the Oukitel U18 is remarkably heavy (215 grams). The high weight may be mainly due to the fact that Oukitel claims to have made the frame out of zinc – for whatever reason.
If you place the U18 in front of you on the table and look at it, it looks slim, filigree and – subjectively seen – beautiful. But in profile it shows its true face: 11 millimetres of “beer belly” are a measure that is better known from devices in the “Phablet” and “Big Battery Phone” categories.
The front of the U18 consists mainly of display. It is 5.85 inches big and has a 21:9 format. The display fits neatly into the case. The 2.5D glass edges merge smoothly into the frame, which in turn merges into the rounded plastic back shell.
At the back, the Dualcam and Dual-LED flash are located in a ribbed plastic area that stands out from the rest in style. Below is the fingerprint sensor. All other controls can be found in the usual place: Volume paddle on the right, On/Off button below, the SIM slot on the left and the USB C socket on the bottom. There is no headphone jack .
All in all, the Oukitel U18 looks softer than the “Iphone X”. In the area of the notch, the inner lines are rounded, while the Apple device also shows some edges. In the end, the Oukitel ran out of breath at the bottom of the display: The U18 still leaves a centimetre gap between the display and the frame. And it’s not even used by a physical key,.
The Oukitel U18 is available in black, blue and gold.
Scope of delivery of the Oukitel U18
- Oukitel U18
- USB Type C Cable
- Power supply (Quick Charge)
- Transparent silicone case
- operating manual
- Headphone adapter USB type C
The most exciting question is probably the functionality of the Notch. In normal operation, the time is displayed in the left notch area, occasionally alternating with system messages in the style of a ticker, e.g.: “NO SIM CARD.” In the right notch area, the status of WLAN, reception strength and battery status can be read.
It looks differently when you switch to an app. In portrait format, the areas of the notch are highlighted in black and continue to show time and system status. Only a few apps can extend their own background color to the Notch field. It becomes most obvious in landscape format. Then the notch disengages and is without function. Dead room, so to speak.
Conclusion: There will be no general answer to the question of the meaning of notch at this point. But one related to the Oukitel U18: The Notch only works partially. In “desktop” mode or when surfing (in portrait format), the information in the corners is practical and saves space. However, this is not really necessary with a display format of 21:9. Hardly any app can do anything with the full length of the U18. In landscape format, the notch becomes completely superfluous. It would have made more sense to extend the display downwards and to do without a notch. It remains to be seen whether a theoretically possible update to Android 8 will bring an improvement.
The Oukitel U18 has a 5.85 inch display with a resolution of 1512 x 720. This results in a pixel density of 286 PPI – which is quite close to the retina value of 300 PPI. The display format is very elongated at 21:9. The IPS panel registers up to five fingers simultaneously and has a strong but not overly colorful color reproduction. The brightness is good with 500 lux (white background). The black level (6 lux) guarantees strong contrasts.
The Oukitel U18 has a good performance for its low price. 64GB of memory, 4GB of RAM, a large battery, notch, dualcam and other extras are not the rule when you look at the competition. With 4 x 1.0 GHz and 4 x 1.5 GHz, the MediaTek MT6750T achieves 55,000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark. In combination with the optimized system and HD resolution, sufficient performance is available to easily unwind everyday applications.
The Mali-T860 GPU is not one of the fastest, so you will only have to accept some compromises in demanding 3D games. There is 4GB of RAM available, so even multitasking is possible. The system fits on 64GB. The Oukitel U18 is only shipped with Android 7.0 and we are not sure if there will be an Oreo Update at all.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result
Fake and sloppily implemented – that’s the first impression the cameras make. Actually, the single camera is quite sufficient in this case. Because that’s all there is to it. The second lens is a dummy. If you keep your finger in front of it, nothing changes at all in the end result. A very typical phenomenon with dual camera phones in this price range. The Bokeh effect is created by a blur filter.
In the camera app, the intensity of the blur can be adjusted using “Aperture”. But here, too, the developers have failed: As with the Oukitel K10, they have made a mistake in their thinking: If you open the aperture, the bokeh gets weaker. If you close it, it gets stronger. In reality, it’s the other way around.
The second impression the camera makes is not much better. Actually, one could think that the Sony IMX135 sensor, which interpolates from 13MP to 16MP, gives good results. But the software of the U18 destroys everything. The camera’s biggest weakness is the exposure: the image is almost always too dark or overexposed. It is then almost irrelevant that the colours are quite reasonably matched and the sharpness fits.
In the front, Oukitel uses an OmniVision sensor with 13MP for the Selfiecam. In “Pro” mode, exposure, iso and white balance can be set. A nice feature, which can’t really compensate for the weak points of the U18.
It is good that the Oukitel U18 has a modern USB type C connection. The bad thing is that only the supplied cable with longer “trunk” fits. A conventional charging cable does not work. With Quick Charge (5V 2A) the 4000 mAh battery can be fully charged within two hours. And the meter confirms it, too: Here is really a 4000 mAh battery inside the phone.Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours
And these also keep the U18 awake for a correspondingly long time. The smartphone can easily cope with one day of full throttle use. Who uses it only occasionally, can maybe even use it for 3 days without charging. But this runtime also has its downsides: The permanently installed, thick battery inflates the phone to a full 11 millimetres in depth.
The Android 7.0 is largely untouched. If you’re used to it, you’ll find your way around the U18 immediately. The most important Google Apps are pre-installed and everything can be found quickly in the App Drawer using the “Search App” function. The system is well tuned, runs stable and did not allow crashes during the test phase. Navigating the system is not perfect because the U18 only has on-screen buttons. But thanks to the enormous display length this does not harm the overview and usability in any way.
The nice feature “Face Unlock” is very easy to set up: Scan your face, enter an additional password and then try it out. And indeed: The U18 unlocks the screen as soon as the stored portrait appears in front of the front camera. With a selfie open on the PC screen, the device could not be tricked. If this is too much of a future for you, you can rely on the fingerprint sensor (10/10 attempts unlocked the screen).
Not every Chinese mobile phone is capable of the basics of a smarthpone: telephoning. But the Oukitel U18 cuts a good figure in this discipline. The reception is strong, the call quality reasonable.
WLAN (802.11 b/g/n) also works fast and GPS always shows the correct position. The Oukitel U18 can also be easily connected to e.g. the car radio via Bluetooth. The integrated loudspeaker is, as to be expected in this price range, nothing for spoiled ears.
On board are acceleration, proximity and light sensors, OTG is also supported. If you want to use the U18 with two SIM cards, you can do this, but then you have to do without the microSD slot. The second SIM slot is a hybrid (either, or).
The following network frequencies are supported:
- 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- 4G: FDD-TLE 1/3/7/8/20(2100/1800/2600/900/800MHz)