Ulefone Armor 23 Ultra: Pricing and availability revealed for upcoming rugged flagship satellite messaging smartphone
The prospect of a launch for the Armor 23 Ultra has spearheaded Ulefone's IFA 2023 expo thus far, and has now furnished us with more details on the impending series flagship ahead of this event. The OEM asserts that it will ship with an IP68-69K/MIL-STD-810H-rated build similar to that of its predecessors - however, this chassis is touted to be more on-trend than any rugged smartphone that has gone before it.
The Armor 23 Ultra is in fact touted to appeal even to those who don't even care about 2-way satellite messaging support with features such as a trinity of 50MP cameras. One acts as the device's "HD" selfie camera in a frankly Vivo-baiting manner, which may get more intense as the other 2 are found in a quasi-stove-top rear panel hump, filling ultrawide-angle and "Flagship" main camera roles.
The 23 Ultra also packs an "8MP 3X Telephoto" shooter, as well as a 64MP camera with Ultra Night Vision capabilities in order to keep in touch with its toughphone roots. Then again, it departs from traditional rugged drawbacks again with a convincingly "Super Fast" wired and wireless charging profile for its 4,950mAh battery: 120W and 50W respectively.
On the other hand, the upcoming Armor-series flagship's 6.78-inch display is FHD+ rather than 1.5K, gives no hint of being OLED and is driven by the sub-premium Dimensity 8020 SoC. It will also apparently still run Android 13 out of the box when it becomes available in Europe from December 2023 - however, at a starting price quoted to us at €600 (~US$647), some rugged smartphone fans might not be inclined to care.
Ulefone via NBC at IFA 2023