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Poptel P9000 Max Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Tanja Hinum-Balaz (translated by Sabrina Hartmann), 08/23/2018

Extremely wear-resistant. Dustproof. Waterproof. Shockproof. The Poptel P9000 Max with its especially rugged build is aimed at customers looking to use their smartphones outdoors. With a battery capacity of 9000 mAh, this phone is designed for longer periods of time without access to a power source. But is an import of the midrange smartphone worth it? Our review will show.

Poptel P9000 Max

Special situations such as a construction site, camping, or hiking in the mountains require particularly rugged smartphones. The P9000 Max by the Chinese manufacturer Poptel is exactly that. With its IP68 certificate, it is protected from both water and dust. Supposedly, the Poptel phone can also resist drop heights of up to 1.5 meters (~5 ft) thanks to the rubberized coating on its case.

The P9000 Max is equipped with a 5.5-inch FHD screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor. At a capacity of 9000 mAh, the battery also offers the possibility to charge external devices, serving as a powerbank.

The current street price for this Poptel smartphone is around 200 Euros (~$231). The competition for this dual SIM smartphone includes the Ulefone Armor X, the Blackview BV9000 Pro, and the Cubot King Kong. The CAT S31 and the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 are suitable for outdoor use and construction sites as well, but they are in an entirely different league in terms of pricing. Because of their particularly long battery lives and their rugged build, the Ulefone Power 5 and Blackview P10000 Pro have been included in this comparison, too, despite their lack of IP certification.

Poptel P9000 Max
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 401 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, LCD IPS, Gorilla Glass 3 , glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 53 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, Card Reader: microSD card up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass, gyroscope, OTG, Wi-Fi Calling, VoLTE
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G frequency: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 3G frequency: WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8 4G frequency: TDD: B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 168.8 x 85.6 ( = 0.63 x 6.65 x 3.37 in)
Battery
9000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix 13+5 MP dual camera
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: on-screen keyboard, charger, USB cable, manual, headphones, Poptel UI, 12 Months Warranty, LTE Cat. 4, IP68 certification, fanless, ruggedized
Weight
334 g ( = 11.78 oz / 0.74 pounds), Power Supply: 69 g ( = 2.43 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Heavy Poptel Smartphone

Color options for the Poptel P9000 Max
Color options for the Poptel P9000 Max

The P9000 Max's case is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the rear is made of plastic. It is certified according to IP68. A massive frame gives the phone its resilience, contributing to the impressive weight of over 300 grams (~10.6 oz). The areas around the display are rather broad, resulting in a screen-to-surface ratio of only 57%.

The non-removable plastic rear is rubberized and has a good grip. The haptic is acceptable, but the P9000 Max does not give the impression of a particularly high build quality. The phone's mobility is significantly limited by the case thickness of 16 millimeters (~0.63 in) and the high weight.

Poptel P9000 Max
Poptel P9000 Max

Size comparison

Features - Dual SIM Smartphone

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At 64 GB, the internal eMMC storage is rather generous for a device of this price range. 53 GB are still available to the user after subtracting the space required by the operating system. Users requiring an even higher storage capacity can expand the storage by up to 128 GB via microSD cards, which can also be mounted as internal storage.

A USB 2.0 Type-C port at the bottom of the device is used for charging. External peripherals such as external keyboards or USB sticks can be connected via this port and USB OTG. Wireless transmission to other screens (Miracast) worked flawlessly in our test.

In addition, the P9000 Max is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, an FM receiver, and a sling mount inside the case to attach the phone to a sling.

Software - Similar to Stock Android

The Poptel smartphone is delivered with Google's operating system Android in the version 7.0 Nougat, with a security patch level from May 2018. It is not yet known whether an update to Android 8.0 or even 9.0 will take place.

The system software is very similar to vanilla Android. Overall, the manufacturer's user interface is strongly reminiscent of stock Android.

Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max

Communication and GPS - Accurate Positioning with the P9000 Max

Bluetooth 4.0 is available for wireless communication between mobile devices. The phone is also equipped with a chip for near field communication (NFC).

Poptel installed slots for two nano-SIM cards, or optionally for a nano-SIM- and a microSD card. The smartphone connects to the mobile Internet via LTE Cat. 4, which theoretically allows for a maximum speed of 150 MBit/s (download) and 50 MBit/s (upload). The range of supported frequencies is decent and without any gaps that could limit the use in Germany.

The Wi-Fi module supports the IEEE 802.11 standards a/b/g/n, so it uses not only the 2.4 GHz frequency range, but also the 5 GHz range. We measured a pronounced attenuation of -50 dBm in close proximity to the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V).

The transfer rates in our Wi-Fi test were significantly below 100 MBit/s, leading to a placement in the middle of the comparison field. The results of our measurements with the reference router Linksys EA8500 for both receiving and sending data were definitely acceptable for a low-priced midrange smartphone.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=311)
212 MBit/s ∼100% +196%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 128 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼52% +55%
Blackview P10000 Pro
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
101 MBit/s ∼48% +41%
Ulefone Armor X
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
98.3 MBit/s ∼46% +37%
Ulefone Power 5
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
76.8 MBit/s ∼36% +7%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
71.6 MBit/s ∼34%
Cubot King Kong
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.4 MBit/s ∼26% -24%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.2 MBit/s ∼23% -31%
CAT S31
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
41.6 MBit/s ∼20% -42%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=311)
206 MBit/s ∼100% +148%
Blackview P10000 Pro
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
109 MBit/s ∼53% +31%
Ulefone Armor X
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
103 MBit/s ∼50% +24%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 128 GB eMMC Flash
99.8 MBit/s ∼48% +20%
Ulefone Power 5
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
92.1 MBit/s ∼45% +11%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
83.2 MBit/s ∼40%
Cubot King Kong
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
57.7 MBit/s ∼28% -31%
CAT S31
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
39.3 MBit/s ∼19% -53%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
37.9 MBit/s ∼18% -54%
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

Positioning is done via the satellite systems GPS and GLONASS. Outdoors, the satfix happens without delay with an accuracy of about two meters (~6.5 ft). Indoors, the Poptel smartphone is still able to locate our position, but the satellite connection was weaker and the positioning was slightly less accurate.

To assess our test device's location accuracy in practical use, we recorded a bike ride with the smartphone and with the GPS bike computer Garmin Edge 520 as a comparison device simultaneously. The results of the midrange smartphone and the professional navigation device differ by about 80 meters (~87 yd), within an overall track length of about five kilometers (~3.1 mi). For a device of this price range, the GPS module's deviations are relatively low and the location accuracy of our track layout was rather good.

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Poptel P9000 Max
GPS Poptel P9000 Max
GPS Poptel P9000 Max
GPS Poptel P9000 Max
GPS Poptel P9000 Max
GPS Poptel P9000 Max

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling Included

Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max

The standard Android app is used as the phone app, offering quick access to contacts and favorites.

The Poptel smartphone's voice quality via Vodafone's mobile network (D network) is good, enabling both sides of a call to understand each other clearly. The P9000 Max also supports modern standards such as VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

Cameras - Single Cam in the Outdoor Smartphone

Front camera photo
Front camera photo

The Chinese manufacturer does not reveal a lot of information about the installed camera modules. The smartphone's rear features a 13 MP camera with autofocus. In daylight, the rear lens is decent enough with sufficient sharpness and detail. However, the pictures are often overexposed and show a slight yellow tint.

In dark surroundings, there is a lot of image noise, making the pictures rather grainy. The photos are also very dark and the colors dull. Under these circumstances, the photo scenes captured with the 13 MP cam lack detail.

Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 1080p at a frame rate of 30 FPS. When using the 5 MP front camera instead, the video resolution is reduced to only 480p at 30 FPS. The front lens has a tendency towards overexposure as well. The photo quality in daylight is acceptable, but it quickly gets worse the more the ambient brightness decreases.

HDR mode
HDR mode
Standard mode
Standard mode
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories and Warranty - Nothing out of the Ordinary

Other than the P9000 Max smartphone itself, the box includes a modular power supply with a nominal capacity of 10 watts (5 V, 2 A), a USB cable, a display foil, and a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter. Headphones are also included.

Poptel offers a warranty of 12 months for their smartphones.

Input Devices & Operation - P9000 Max Has an Inaccurate Fingerprint Sensor

The phone is operated via three capacitive, unlit buttons below the display. Inputs on the 5.5-inch display are picked up accurately, even in the corners of the touchscreen. The standard Google keyboard GBoard is pre-installed as the keyboard app.

The fingerprint sensor integrated on the phone's rear unlocks the Poptel smartphone slowly and it often takes several attempts until it recognizes the fingerprint. It also takes relatively long for the display to turn back on from standby mode.

Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max
Software Poptel P9000 Max

Display - Dark IPS Panel

Subpixel arrangement
Subpixel arrangement

The 5.5-inch LC display in the classic 16:9 format has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, reaching a pixel density of over 400 PPI.

On a pure white background, the display reaches its maximum brightness at an average of about 400 cd/m², which is rather low for an outdoor smartphone. We also tested the panel's luminosity with an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL 50), which resulted in a maximum brightness of 411 cd/m². We measured a similar value when the adaptive ambient light sensor for brightness control was activated.

396
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
399
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 414 cd/m² Average: 397.2 cd/m² Minimum: 13.78 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 406 cd/m²
Contrast: 1068:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.7 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 8.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
94.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.21
Poptel P9000 Max
LCD IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
CAT S31
IPS, 1280x720, 4.7
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Ulefone Armor X
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Blackview BV9000 Pro
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Cubot King Kong
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Ulefone Power 5
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Blackview P10000 Pro
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Screen
41%
-7%
27%
14%
16%
21%
3%
Brightness middle
406
784
93%
445
10%
564
39%
621
53%
466
15%
454
12%
513
26%
Brightness
397
750
89%
437
10%
541
36%
598
51%
449
13%
428
8%
507
28%
Brightness Distribution
90
92
2%
88
-2%
91
1%
91
1%
90
0%
72
-20%
89
-1%
Black Level *
0.38
0.45
-18%
0.67
-76%
0.37
3%
0.64
-68%
0.25
34%
0.24
37%
0.37
3%
Contrast
1068
1742
63%
664
-38%
1524
43%
970
-9%
1864
75%
1892
77%
1386
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.7
4.28
36%
6.5
3%
5.1
24%
5.5
18%
7.03
-5%
6
10%
8.5
-27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
13.8
8.75
37%
10.6
23%
9.6
30%
10
28%
16.25
-18%
12.4
10%
15.2
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.5
6.1
28%
7.2
15%
5.4
36%
5.1
40%
7.1
16%
5.9
31%
10.6
-25%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.49 88%
2.53 87%
2.1 105%
2.52 87%
2.26 97%
2.22 99%
2.29 96%
CCT
8858 73%
7175 91%
8274 79%
7755 84%
7362 88%
7244 90%
7829 83%
10204 64%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The combination of the display luminance and the black level of 0.38 cd/m² resulted in a good contrast ratio of about 1:1100. Our APL 50 measurement showed a similarly high contrast (1:1058) because the black level remained relatively constant with evenly distributed bright and dark areas (0.39 cd/m²).

The display analysis with a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software showed deviations for both the color- (6.7) and grayscale representation (8.5), which is rather high even for this price range. At barely 9000 Kelvin, the color temperature is too cool, resulting in a visible cyan tint.

CalMAN color accuracy (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN color accuracy (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN color space (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN color space (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscales (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscales (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation sweeps (target color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation sweeps (target color space sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.4 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The legibility of the display in the outdoors on a sunny day is limited. In direct sunlight, reflections cause the screen content to be completely illegible.

Poptel P9000 Max
Poptel P9000 Max

The viewing angles are good, as was to be expected from an IPS panel. Even at very flat angles, the screen content retains a relatively accurate color representation.

Viewing angles...
Viewing angles...
... of the IPS panel
... of the IPS panel

Performance - Old MediaTek SoC

The Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 is an ARM SoC (system on a chip) belonging to the upper midrange from 2015. The MT6755 is manufactured in a 28-nanometer process and has eight CPU cores based on the 64-Bit capable Cortex A53 architecture. The graphics unit is an ARM Mali-T860 MP2 with two clusters and a clock speed of 700 MHz.

The performance in the synthetic benchmarks is on a par with the comparison devices. The integrated graphics unit does not fall behind the listed midrange competition in the graphics-intensive tests either.

In everyday use, the system performance is fluid, but short system stutters occur repeatedly. Multitasking leads to excessive delays and longer loading times.

AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
54819 Points ∼66%
Ulefone Armor X
46435 Points ∼56% -15%
Cubot King Kong
21088 Points ∼26% -62%
Ulefone Power 5
82639 Points ∼100% +51%
Blackview P10000 Pro
73697 Points ∼89% +34%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755
54819 Points ∼66% 0%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
3278 Points ∼65%
CAT S31
2300 Points ∼46% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3446 Points ∼68% +5%
Ulefone Armor X
3184 Points ∼63% -3%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
3865 Points ∼76% +18%
Cubot King Kong
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Ulefone Power 5
4622 Points ∼91% +41%
Blackview P10000 Pro
5054 Points ∼100% +54%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (3278 - 3405, n=3)
3344 Points ∼66% +2%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
4609 Points ∼67%
CAT S31
3080 Points ∼45% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4508 Points ∼66% -2%
Ulefone Armor X
4298 Points ∼63% -7%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4465 Points ∼65% -3%
Cubot King Kong
3041 Points ∼44% -34%
Ulefone Power 5
6082 Points ∼89% +32%
Blackview P10000 Pro
6846 Points ∼100% +49%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (3069 - 4685, n=12)
4043 Points ∼59% -12%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
10 Points ∼1%
CAT S31
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
661 Points ∼70% +6510%
Ulefone Armor X
7 Points ∼1% -30%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
945 Points ∼100% +9350%
Cubot King Kong
567 Points ∼60% +5570%
Ulefone Power 5
791 Points ∼84% +7810%
Blackview P10000 Pro
771 Points ∼82% +7610%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (10 - 771, n=11)
199 Points ∼21% +1890%
Graphics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
641 Points ∼57%
CAT S31
256 Points ∼23% -60%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
253 Points ∼23% -61%
Ulefone Armor X
188 Points ∼17% -71%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1121 Points ∼100% +75%
Cubot King Kong
138 Points ∼12% -78%
Ulefone Power 5
867 Points ∼77% +35%
Blackview P10000 Pro
931 Points ∼83% +45%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (507 - 762, n=11)
658 Points ∼59% +3%
Memory (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
779 Points ∼49%
CAT S31
328 Points ∼21% -58%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1066 Points ∼67% +37%
Ulefone Armor X
900 Points ∼56% +16%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1028 Points ∼64% +32%
Cubot King Kong
403 Points ∼25% -48%
Ulefone Power 5
1128 Points ∼71% +45%
Blackview P10000 Pro
1596 Points ∼100% +105%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (144 - 1076, n=11)
908 Points ∼57% +17%
System (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
1868 Points ∼58%
CAT S31
899 Points ∼28% -52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1396 Points ∼43% -25%
Ulefone Armor X
1491 Points ∼46% -20%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
3238 Points ∼100% +73%
Cubot King Kong
985 Points ∼30% -47%
Ulefone Power 5
2690 Points ∼83% +44%
Blackview P10000 Pro
3229 Points ∼100% +73%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1868 - 2589, n=11)
2179 Points ∼67% +17%
Overall (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
308 Points ∼22%
CAT S31
1 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
706 Points ∼52% +129%
Ulefone Armor X
206 Points ∼15% -33%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1370 Points ∼100% +345%
Cubot King Kong
420 Points ∼31% +36%
Ulefone Power 5
1201 Points ∼88% +290%
Blackview P10000 Pro
1370 Points ∼100% +345%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (230 - 1043, n=12)
468 Points ∼34% +52%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
1758 Points ∼67%
Ulefone Armor X
1416 Points ∼54% -19%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
2635 Points ∼100% +50%
Cubot King Kong
773 Points ∼29% -56%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1758 - 2396, n=2)
2077 Points ∼79% +18%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
2628 Points ∼69%
CAT S31
1135 Points ∼30% -57%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1855 Points ∼49% -29%
Ulefone Armor X
1847 Points ∼48% -30%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
3818 Points ∼100% +45%
Cubot King Kong
1237 Points ∼32% -53%
Ulefone Power 5
3650 Points ∼96% +39%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (2628 - 3225, n=2)
2927 Points ∼77% +11%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
616 Points ∼74%
CAT S31
437 Points ∼53% -29%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
629 Points ∼76% +2%
Ulefone Armor X
662 Points ∼80% +7%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
828 Points ∼100% +34%
Cubot King Kong
425 Points ∼51% -31%
Ulefone Power 5
787 Points ∼95% +28%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (616 - 825, n=2)
721 Points ∼87% +17%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
1118 Points ∼72%
CAT S31
560 Points ∼36% -50%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
952 Points ∼61% -15%
Ulefone Armor X
585 Points ∼38% -48%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1353 Points ∼87% +21%
Ulefone Power 5
1549 Points ∼100% +39%
Blackview P10000 Pro
1469 Points ∼95% +31%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1100 - 1498, n=13)
1244 Points ∼80% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
322 Points ∼54%
CAT S31
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
85 Points ∼14% -74%
Ulefone Armor X
87 Points ∼15% -73%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
600 Points ∼100% +86%
Ulefone Power 5
396 Points ∼66% +23%
Blackview P10000 Pro
53 Points ∼9% -84%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (225 - 359, n=13)
331 Points ∼55% +3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
383 Points ∼56%
CAT S31
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
107 Points ∼16% -72%
Ulefone Armor X
107 Points ∼16% -72%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
685 Points ∼100% +79%
Ulefone Power 5
444 Points ∼65% +16%
Blackview P10000 Pro
68 Points ∼10% -82%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (276 - 425, n=13)
399 Points ∼58% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
1176 Points ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
955 Points ∼62% -19%
Ulefone Armor X
581 Points ∼37% -51%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1505 Points ∼97% +28%
Ulefone Power 5
1551 Points ∼100% +32%
Blackview P10000 Pro
1456 Points ∼94% +24%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1100 - 1516, n=11)
1238 Points ∼80% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
480 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
157 Points ∼17% -67%
Ulefone Armor X
129 Points ∼14% -73%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
921 Points ∼100% +92%
Ulefone Power 5
582 Points ∼63% +21%
Blackview P10000 Pro
55 Points ∼6% -89%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (131 - 565, n=11)
477 Points ∼52% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
553 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
193 Points ∼19% -65%
Ulefone Armor X
156 Points ∼15% -72%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
1008 Points ∼100% +82%
Ulefone Power 5
676 Points ∼67% +22%
Blackview P10000 Pro
71 Points ∼7% -87%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (164 - 657, n=11)
550 Points ∼55% -1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
10560 Points ∼90%
CAT S31
6396 Points ∼55% -39%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11459 Points ∼98% +9%
Ulefone Armor X
10195 Points ∼87% -3%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
11176 Points ∼96% +6%
Cubot King Kong
8112 Points ∼69% -23%
Ulefone Power 5
10689 Points ∼91% +1%
Blackview P10000 Pro
7733 Points ∼66% -27%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (9970 - 12585, n=13)
11699 Points ∼100% +11%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
10012 Points ∼89%
CAT S31
5042 Points ∼45% -50%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3985 Points ∼35% -60%
Ulefone Armor X
3585 Points ∼32% -64%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10023 Points ∼89% 0%
Cubot King Kong
2396 Points ∼21% -76%
Ulefone Power 5
11269 Points ∼100% +13%
Blackview P10000 Pro
10997 Points ∼98% +10%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (8718 - 11713, n=13)
10526 Points ∼93% +5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
10129 Points ∼91%
CAT S31
5291 Points ∼47% -48%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4661 Points ∼42% -54%
Ulefone Armor X
4188 Points ∼38% -59%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10258 Points ∼92% +1%
Cubot King Kong
2841 Points ∼25% -72%
Ulefone Power 5
11148 Points ∼100% +10%
Blackview P10000 Pro
10054 Points ∼90% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (9279 - 11557, n=13)
10753 Points ∼96% +6%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
17 fps ∼77%
CAT S31
5.6 fps ∼25% -67%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
6.8 fps ∼31% -60%
Ulefone Armor X
5.9 fps ∼27% -65%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
21 fps ∼95% +24%
Cubot King Kong
4.2 fps ∼19% -75%
Ulefone Power 5
22 fps ∼100% +29%
Blackview P10000 Pro
21 fps ∼95% +24%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (14 - 19, n=11)
17.2 fps ∼78% +1%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
16 fps ∼52%
CAT S31
9.8 fps ∼32% -39%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11 fps ∼35% -31%
Ulefone Armor X
9.2 fps ∼30% -42%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
31 fps ∼100% +94%
Cubot King Kong
7.5 fps ∼24% -53%
Ulefone Power 5
21 fps ∼68% +31%
Blackview P10000 Pro
20 fps ∼65% +25%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (14 - 28, n=11)
18.8 fps ∼61% +18%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼62%
CAT S31
1.9 fps ∼17% -72%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2.6 fps ∼24% -62%
Ulefone Armor X
2.7 fps ∼25% -60%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
10 fps ∼91% +47%
Ulefone Power 5
10 fps ∼91% +47%
Blackview P10000 Pro
11 fps ∼100% +62%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (4.7 - 8.22, n=11)
6.83 fps ∼62% 0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼40%
CAT S31
4.3 fps ∼25% -37%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
5.4 fps ∼32% -21%
Ulefone Armor X
5.1 fps ∼30% -25%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
17 fps ∼100% +150%
Ulefone Power 5
10 fps ∼59% +47%
Blackview P10000 Pro
10 fps ∼59% +47%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (4.7 - 15, n=11)
8.18 fps ∼48% +20%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
4.5 fps ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1.6 fps ∼23% -64%
Ulefone Armor X
1.6 fps ∼23% -64%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
6.9 fps ∼100% +53%
Ulefone Power 5
6.6 fps ∼96% +47%
Blackview P10000 Pro
6.9 fps ∼100% +53%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (2.5 - 4.8, n=11)
3.85 fps ∼56% -14%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
4.6 fps ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3.9 fps ∼26% -15%
Ulefone Armor X
3.3 fps ∼22% -28%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
15 fps ∼100% +226%
Ulefone Power 5
6.3 fps ∼42% +37%
Blackview P10000 Pro
7.1 fps ∼47% +54%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (2.5 - 11, n=11)
5.66 fps ∼38% +23%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼59%
Ulefone Armor X
0.9 fps ∼22% -62%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4.1 fps ∼100% +71%
Ulefone Power 5
3.5 fps ∼85% +46%
Blackview P10000 Pro
4 fps ∼98% +67%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1.9 - 2.7, n=11)
2.45 fps ∼60% +2%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼29%
Ulefone Armor X
1.6 fps ∼20% -33%
Blackview BV9000 Pro
8.2 fps ∼100% +242%
Ulefone Power 5
3.9 fps ∼48% +63%
Blackview P10000 Pro
4.1 fps ∼50% +71%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (1.9 - 5.4, n=11)
2.99 fps ∼36% +25%

Legend

 
Poptel P9000 Max Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
CAT S31 Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 Samsung Exynos 7570 Quad, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Armor X Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview BV9000 Pro Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Cubot King Kong Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Power 5 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview P10000 Pro Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The performance with the Chrome browser is adequate, but complex websites take a long time to load and scrolling does not feel fluid.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=423)
36.7 Points ∼100% +95%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
32.424 Points ∼88% +72%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (18.9 - 27.5, n=12)
24.8 Points ∼68% +31%
Ulefone Power 5 (Chrome 65)
22.811 Points ∼62% +21%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
20.988 Points ∼57% +11%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
18.86 Points ∼51%
Ulefone Armor X (Chrome 66)
18.148 Points ∼49% -4%
Blackview P10000 Pro (Chrome 66)
17.876 Points ∼49% -5%
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
12.789 Points ∼35% -32%
CAT S31
12.442 Points ∼34% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=559)
5558 Points ∼100% +62%
Ulefone Power 5 (Chrome 65)
4233 Points ∼76% +23%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
4155 Points ∼75% +21%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (3163 - 4395, n=12)
3867 Points ∼70% +12%
Blackview P10000 Pro (Chrome 66)
3443 Points ∼62% 0%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
3441 Points ∼62%
Ulefone Armor X (Chrome 66)
3151 Points ∼57% -8%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
3133 Points ∼56% -9%
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
2208 Points ∼40% -36%
CAT S31
2010 Points ∼36% -42%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Cubot King Kong (Chrome 66)
18388.4 ms * ∼100% -32%
CAT S31
17827.9 ms * ∼97% -28%
Blackview BV9000 Pro (Chrome Mobile 53)
16298.4 ms * ∼89% -17%
Ulefone Armor X (Chrome 66)
15875.7 ms * ∼86% -14%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
13879.9 ms * ∼75%
Ulefone Power 5 (Chrome 65)
12965.7 ms * ∼71% +7%
Blackview P10000 Pro (Chrome 66)
12786.8 ms * ∼70% +8%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=579)
11477 ms * ∼62% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 (9346 - 23914, n=12)
11346 ms * ∼62% +18%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
11130 ms * ∼61% +20%

* ... smaller is better

Poptel has installed an eMMC storage with a capacity of 64 GB in the P9000 Max. The speed of the internal storage is not particularly fast, neither for sequential reading nor for writing. Overall, the speed is acceptable for this type of storage though.

The speed of the MicroSD card slot, tested with our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501, is able to keep up with the competition, although the transfer rates are not particularly high.

Poptel P9000 MaxCAT S31Samsung Galaxy XCover 4Ulefone Armor XBlackview BV9000 ProCubot King KongUlefone Power 5Blackview P10000 ProAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-22%
-18%
-13%
30%
-65%
34%
10%
25%
-5%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
53.18 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
59.5
12%
55.66 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
5%
62.57 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18%
68.46 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
29%
10.3 (Kingston 32GB)
-81%
73.58 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
38%
73.33 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
38%
54.3 (14.1 - 74.7, n=71)
2%
45.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=323)
-14%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
72.89 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
81.8
12%
68.97 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-5%
81.54 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
76.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
20.6 (Kingston 32GB)
-72%
80.28 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
10%
80.93 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
11%
72.6 (21.1 - 86.9, n=71)
0%
64 (8.2 - 96.5, n=323)
-12%
Random Write 4KB
11.23
14.81
32%
11.9
6%
10.17
-9%
12.72
13%
7
-38%
13.78
23%
14.6
30%
19.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=78)
76%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=608)
43%
Random Read 4KB
35.1
14.28
-59%
21.8
-38%
14.7
-58%
72.6
107%
17.2
-51%
63.15
80%
29.98
-15%
50.3 (11.4 - 149, n=78)
43%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=608)
9%
Sequential Write 256KB
129.64
62.13
-52%
73.6
-43%
82.85
-36%
174.62
35%
32.6
-75%
195.7
51%
112.3
-13%
164 (40 - 246, n=78)
27%
79.8 (2.99 - 246, n=608)
-38%
Sequential Read 256KB
269.44
71.06
-74%
181.6
-33%
255.34
-5%
244.73
-9%
77.3
-71%
281.2
4%
284.33
6%
269 (115 - 704, n=78)
0%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=608)
-15%

Games - Current Games Possible on the Poptel Smartphone

The ARM Mali T860 MP2 supports modern APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.1, DirectX 11.1, and Renderscript. The processing power is sufficient to play graphically demanding games from the Android Play Store on the P9000 Max, such as the racing game “Asphalt Xtreme” and the first-person shooter “Dead Trigger 2”. Even at high details, our frame rate measurements with the app Gamebench showed a rate of 30 FPS with the Mali T860 MP2.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt Xtreme
Asphalt Xtreme

Emissions - Cool P9000 Max

Temperature

The surface temperatures are entirely unproblematic. Even under a protracted load, the P9000 Max does not really warm up, reaching only about 33 °C (~91 °F).

Max. Load
 32.8 °C
91 F
31.4 °C
89 F
29.7 °C
85 F
 
 32.8 °C
91 F
30.4 °C
87 F
29.7 °C
85 F
 
 31.5 °C
89 F
30.3 °C
87 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Average: 30.8 °C = 87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32.4 °C
90 F
33.2 °C
92 F
29.6 °C
85 F
31.5 °C
89 F
33.5 °C
92 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.3 °C
85 F
30.1 °C
86 F
Maximum: 33.5 °C = 92 F
Average: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.2 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.5 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Poptel P9000 Max
Poptel P9000 Max

Speaker

Pink noise chart
Pink noise chart

The Poptel smartphone has a mono speaker at the rear of the case. The speaker reached a maximum volume of 86 dB(A) in our test. The sound quality is subpar. For higher quality music playback, a 3.5 mm headphone jack has been installed.

As was to be expected, the speaker's sound is dominated by mid and high frequencies. The pink noise chart shows that basses are not audible.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.933.72528.435.73136.129.64030.933.45030.631.86322.225.18024.92310024.425.812523.52316020.320.320019.825.525018.228.331517.439.640016.650.150017.155.963015.963.880015.971.7100015.971.7125016.772.616001672.8200015.968.4250016.269.7315016.469.740001771.8500016.572.3630016.477.5800016.681.2100001774.51250016.561.11600016.956.9SPL28.685.5N1.160.4median 16.6median 68.4Delta1.614.340.740.53537.635.637.233.128.43430.632.328.519.823.519.222.617.821.914.121.714.82512.630.311.339.210.847.610.252.79.459.1964.18.364.78.363.28.262.6861.98.162.3863.7864.77.964.6860.88.353.48.349.78.343.78.326.868.32174.421.60.331.4median 8.3median 53.41.814.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoisePoptel P9000 MaxCubot King Kong
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Poptel P9000 Max audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 41.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (29.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 87% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Cubot King Kong audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 81% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 87% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Runtime

Power Consumption

The Poptel P9000 Max's power consumption is low in comparison to the Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 competition. Our own comparison devices also had a higher power consumption, especially under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.25 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.92 / 1.9 / 2.19 Watt
Load midlight 3.1 / 3.12 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
CAT S31
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Ulefone Armor X
5500 mAh
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4180 mAh
Cubot King Kong
4400 mAh
Ulefone Power 5
13000 mAh
Blackview P10000 Pro
11000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-5%
-12%
-34%
-39%
-8%
-14%
-18%
-36%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.92
0.73
21%
0.56
39%
1.22
-33%
1.04
-13%
0.7
24%
1.07
-16%
0.63
32%
1.2 (0.72 - 2.6, n=12)
-30%
0.879 (0.2 - 3.4, n=642)
4%
Idle Average *
1.9
2.21
-16%
1.57
17%
2.07
-9%
2.14
-13%
1.6
16%
2.06
-8%
2.2
-16%
2.08 (1.41 - 3.21, n=12)
-9%
1.721 (0.6 - 6.2, n=641)
9%
Idle Maximum *
2.19
2.25
-3%
1.68
23%
2.14
2%
2.17
1%
1.8
18%
2.09
5%
2.3
-5%
2.29 (1.57 - 3.45, n=12)
-5%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=642)
9%
Load Average *
3.1
2.99
4%
4.6
-48%
4.92
-59%
5.11
-65%
3.8
-23%
2.9
6%
3.57
-15%
4.51 (2.91 - 7.7, n=12)
-45%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=636)
-30%
Load Maximum *
3.12
4.12
-32%
5.92
-90%
5.4
-73%
6.37
-104%
5.5
-76%
4.88
-56%
5.82
-87%
5.91 (2.93 - 9.16, n=12)
-89%
5.76 (1.2 - 14.2, n=636)
-85%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

At well over 20 hours, the 9000 mAh battery lasted really, really long in our Wi-Fi web surfing test with adjusted display brightness. Only the battery runtime behemoths Ulefone Power 5 and Blackview P10000 Pro last even longer.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
22h 26min
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
CAT S31
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Ulefone Armor X
5500 mAh
Blackview BV9000 Pro
4180 mAh
Cubot King Kong
4400 mAh
Ulefone Power 5
13000 mAh
Blackview P10000 Pro
11000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
1346
1074
-20%
668
-50%
845
-37%
579
-57%
1098
-18%
2636
96%
2149
60%

Pros

+ IP certification
+ accurate GPS
+ long battery life
+ low waste heat

Cons

- dark display
- measurements
- high weight
- slow SoC

Verdict - Niche, but Not Bad

In review: Popstel P9000 Max. Review unit courtesy of Poptel Mobile.
In review: Popstel P9000 Max. Review unit courtesy of Poptel Mobile.

Without a doubt, the Poptel P9000 Max is a niche product with a very specialized application range. The forced ruggedness makes the outdoor smartphone heavy and unwieldy. The installed hardware has a rather low performance overall.

Not suitable for small hands. The Poptel smartphone has the measurements and weight of a tablet.

Potential customers looking to buy a rugged smartphone might still want to consider the P9000 Max though. The Poptel smartphone is low-priced and can get along without access to a power source for a very long time, thanks to its huge battery. Furthermore, the GPS module is relatively accurate. We were unable to assess the outdoor smartphone's shock resistance because we had only a temporary test device.

However, in our opinion, the P9000 Max's display was definitely too dark, especially for outdoor use. The Mediatek SoC from 2015 and Android 7.0 in a 2018 smartphone release leave room for improvement as well.

Poptel P9000 Max - 08/20/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
41 / 60 → 68%
Weight
86%
Battery
100%
Display
81%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 32%
Application Performance
38 / 70 → 55%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 61%
Camera
62%
Average
69%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2018-08-23 (Update: 2018-08-23)