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Ulefone Armor 5 Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 11/01/2018

Outdoor notch. According to Ulefone, the notch in the Armor 5 is a distinguishing characteristic that makes it stand out among outdoor smartphones. We clarify in our test whether this is really the only thing that distinguishes the Armor 5 from the other robust smartphones.

Ulefone Armor 5

In our tests of its Armor X and Power 5 models, the Chinese manufacturer Ulefone has already shown that it can build outdoor smartphones with a long battery life. However, the design looks were mostly neglected and the robust smartphones presented themselves as rather edgy and bulky.

With the Ulefone Armor 5, we are now receiving a test unit whose design fits well into a business environment, even though it is still well-suited for outdoor use. With Mediatek's Helio P23-MT6763T and the ARM Mali G71-MP2 graphics unit, the robust smartphone also offers solid mid-range hardware that is suited for most everyday tasks. The whole package is completed by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage.

In our test, we also compare the Ulefone Armor 5 to other outdoor smartphones. We have selected competitors with a similar price and performance range, which include the Poptel P9000 Max, Doogee's S55, the Blackview BV5800 Pro, Crosscall's Action X3, and the Galaxy XCover 4 from Samsung.

Ulefone Armor 5 (Armor Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.85 inch 18.9:9, 1512 x 720 pixel 286 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 55 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: gravitation sensor, proximity sensor, position sensor, gyroscope, compass, charging gauge
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM (1900/1800/850/900), 3G WCDMA (2100/850/900), 4G LTE FDD (B1/3/7/8/20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.6 x 158.3 x 76 ( = 0.5 x 6.23 x 2.99 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 18 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 440 h
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix 13 MP (interpolated to 16 MP, f/2.2) + 5 MP
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (interpolated to 13 MP, f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, screen cover, tool to open the connection covers, USB OTG adapter, USB Type-C to micro-USB adapter, 12 Months Warranty, fanless, ruggedized
Weight
228 g ( = 8.04 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
250 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - IP68 certification for the Armor 5

The Ulefone Armor 5 is available in black and blue colors, with the color selection only impacting the back and some ornamental stripes on the edges of the outdoor smartphone. A bumper around all the edges provides the necessary shock resistance. While this also makes the phone a little wider, the Ulefone smartphone is still not as large as other Chinese smartphones. In our size comparison, the Armor 5 is even the second smallest device after the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4.

An IP68 certification attests dust and water proofing for the Android smartphone. In addition, all the connectors are protected by covers. In order to open them, you have to use an included tool that works like a prying tool. The covers are very tight and give the impression of being able to reliably prevent dust and water from entering.

Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5
Ulefone Armor 5

Size Comparison

Equipment - Outdoor smartphone with NFC

Ulefone has equipped the Armor 5 with Mediatek's Helio P23-MT6763T SoC, ARM's Mali G71-MP2 graphics unit, 4 GB of working memory, and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. While the internal storage can be expanded via microSD card, this will cost you the loss of the dual-SIM function. In addition, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back and NFC.

You can use a USB Type-C connection for wired data transfer, although this is internally connected only via the USB-2.0 standard. A 3.5-mm headphone jack also allows you to connect a headset or external speakers to the Ulefone Armor 5.

Right side: volume rocker, power button
Right side: volume rocker, power button

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Software - Chinese smartphone with Android Oreo

Users of the Ulefone Armor 5 are greeted by a pure Android-Oreo version 8.1 system with the security patches on the level of May 5, 2018. The adjustments by the manufacturer are limited to a preinstalled Outdoor Toolbox that offers apps such as a compass, flashlight, and level. The Settings only allow you to deactivate but not uninstall the Outdoor Toolbox.

Ulefone Armor 5 software
Ulefone Armor 5 software
Ulefone Armor 5 software
Ulefone Armor 5 software
Ulefone Armor 5 software
Ulefone Armor 5 software

Communication and GPS - Ulefone Armor 5 with LTE

With the Armor 5, you can connect to the GSM, 3G, and LTE net. The latter is possible with LTE Category 4, which offers download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s. Band 20, which is important in rural German areas, is also supported.

In addition to NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 for close range communications, the users can create WLAN connections according to the a, b, g, and n standards. In our test, the smartphone achieves mediocre speeds that correspond to the level of similarly equipped devices in the comparison.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=311)
212 MBit/s ∼100% +106%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
199 MBit/s ∼94% +93%
Doogee S55
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
105 MBit/s ∼50% +2%
Ulefone Armor 5
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
103 (min: 37, max: 120) MBit/s ∼49%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
94 MBit/s ∼44% -9%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
71.6 MBit/s ∼34% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.2 MBit/s ∼23% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=311)
206 MBit/s ∼100% +102%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
201 MBit/s ∼98% +97%
Doogee S55
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
107 MBit/s ∼52% +5%
Ulefone Armor 5
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
102 (min: 42, max: 118) MBit/s ∼50%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
92.9 MBit/s ∼45% -9%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
83.2 MBit/s ∼40% -18%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
37.9 MBit/s ∼18% -63%
0102030405060708090100110120Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø101 (37-120)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø102 (42-118)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

Using the "GPS Test" app, we evaluate how accurately the Ulefone Armor 5 can locate its own position. Outdoors, it is able to determine its location with an accuracy of up to 4 meters (~13 ft). However, the Android phone is unable to create a satellite connections indoors.

During our mandatory bike tour, we compare the GPS in the Armor 5 with our Garmin Edge 500 reference device. The recorded route often remains next to the actual route and curves are recorded as zigzag lines. The GPS in the Ulefone smartphone is therefore only suited for simple navigation tasks.

GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Ulefone Armor 5
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - Outdoor smartphone with a good connection

The Ulefone Armor 5 offers the standard Android app for making phone calls, allowing you to enter phone numbers easily and without any complications. You can also access the contact list and recent phone numbers.

During the conversation, the smartphone presents itself with a good volume and clear voice transmission. The conversation partners on both sides are easily understandable, and the outdoor smartphone is also able to filter out minor noises.

Cameras - For the occasional snapshot

Image taken with front camera
Image taken with front camera

Ulefone has equipped the Armor 5 with a 13+5 MP main camera that supports interpolated 16-MP images and has an f/2.2 aperture. With 8 MP, the front camera offers interpolated 13-MP images and an f/2.4 aperture, allowing you to record selfies of a mediocre quality. The results turn out quite dark and blurry in the details, particularly in the transitions between various image contents.

The main camera of the Armor 5 is suited for the occasional snapshot and creates usable photos in good light conditions. While these also remain blurry in the detail, the objects in the background still remain relatively recognizable overall. However, the colors turn out slightly pale. At closeup range, photos turn out significantly better, but you also need good lighting conditions. Details are captured well within the focal range, and finer structures in the foreground are also easily recognizable. However, the image is also slightly pale overall here, and the colors are not particularly vibrant. In bad light conditions, the camera of the Chinese smartphone is unusable, and our test scene can only be seen as some vague outlines. The camera app does not offer anything like a professional mode, so that smartphone photographers cannot make any manual adjustments.

Video recordings offer a similar image quality and suffer from some strong smudges even when you make only some slight faster movement. In addition, any slight movement is transferred 1:1 into the video, causing blurriness. The users do not have an option to make any manual adjustments here either.

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.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

We test the color reproduction of the Ulefone Armor 5 camera using the ColorChecker Passport. Here blue color tones turn out rather too bright and brown and darker gray tones too dark. The camera is the most accurate in reproducing green tones.

The camera is able to reproduce all the details of our test chart under controlled light conditions. Details and fine lines remain easily recognizable. However, we can see some slight paleness and significant blurriness in the bottom corners.

Ulefone Armor 5 test chart
Ulefone Armor 5 test chart (detail)

Accessories and Warranty - 12-month Ulefone warranty

Ulefone has included several accessories with the Armor 5. In addition to the USB charger with the corresponding USB Type-C cable, there is a SIM tool, a protective foil cover for the display, an OTG adapter, an adapter from USB Type-C to micro-USB, and a tool to open the connection covers. The Armor 5 supports the QI charging standard for wireless charging, allowing you to also use Ulefone's US002 wireless charger.

Ulefone offers a 12-month warranty to buyers of the Armor 5. German buyers can also take advantage of the vendor warranty (2 years required by German law). 

Ulefone Armor 5 - accessories
Ulefone Armor 5 - accessories

Input Devices and Operation - Good touchscreen, slow fingerprint sensor

The standard keyboard for users of the Ulefone Armor 5 is Google's "GBoard," which allows you to input text quickly and without complications. The touchscreen responds very quickly to inputs, transferring any touch input directly to the system. The display surface offers slightly too much resistance to the finger tips in the long run, so that extensive drag-and-drop can become uncomfortable over time. The position sensor reacts to movements of the smartphone with a slight delay. For example, it always takes a moment before the content is adjusted accordingly.

On the back of the Armor 5 is a fingerprint sensor. While it allows simple unlocking of the device, it showed itself slightly too sensitive in our test. We often still had to use our password, since supposedly we had placed our finger on the sensor too many times. Thus the fingerprint sensor does not represent a good alternative.

Display - A wide notch, but good brightness distribution

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display of the Armor 5 is a 5.85-inch IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1512x720 pixels. The notch on the upper edge is very wide, so that you cannot see more than three symbols in the notification bar. While at an average of 472 cd/m² the offered brightness is in the middle of our comparison field, the brightness distribution is the best among the competitors at 92%.

451
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 487 cd/m² Average: 471.6 cd/m² Minimum: 28.05 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 487 cd/m²
Contrast: 706:1 (Black: 0.69 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 9.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
92% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
Ulefone Armor 5
IPS, 1512x720, 5.85
Blackview BV5800 Pro
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Poptel P9000 Max
LCD IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Doogee S55
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Crosscall Action-X3
IPS, 1280x800, 5
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Screen
21%
12%
6%
26%
6%
Brightness middle
487
587
21%
406
-17%
573
18%
417
-14%
445
-9%
Brightness
472
571
21%
397
-16%
568
20%
425
-10%
437
-7%
Brightness Distribution
92
90
-2%
90
-2%
85
-8%
91
-1%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.69
0.33
52%
0.38
45%
0.91
-32%
0.29
58%
0.67
3%
Contrast
706
1779
152%
1068
51%
630
-11%
1438
104%
664
-6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.1
9.3
-31%
6.7
6%
6.96
2%
7.12
-0%
6.5
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
15.8
17.9
-13%
13.8
13%
12.14
23%
10.19
36%
10.6
33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.7
12.6
-30%
8.5
12%
6.3
35%
6.1
37%
7.2
26%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.14 103%
2.21 100%
1.87 118%
2.687 82%
2.53 87%
CCT
8096 80%
11049 59%
8858 73%
7606 85%
7687 85%
8274 79%

* ... 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 detected 63.29 Hz ≤ 1 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 63.29 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 1 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 63.29 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

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 contrast ratio of the Armor 5 is only mediocre at 706:1, and the black value is significantly elevated at 0.69 cd/m². This prevents colors from appearing clearly separated and causes black tones to appear as if covered by a gray veil. In addition, the CalMAN analysis shows a significant blue tint. The Ulefone smartphone does not offer an adjustment of the color temperature.

The PWM frequency of 64 Hz that we measured below 1% brightness is probably a display refresh rate in order to save power at low panel brightness. 

CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Color Space
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

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
19.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 13.2 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. » 19 % 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
43.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 21.6 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. » 63 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The smartphone can be used easily outdoors. On overcast days, the brightness is sufficient to display its contents  as easily readable. However during bright daylight in particular,  there are also reflections of the surrounding outdoor objects that hinder the view of the display.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

The viewing angles of the Armor 5 IPS panel are very stable and you can see the image contents from almost any position without the colors becoming distorted. As long as there are no reflections hindering the view of the screen, the Ulefone Armor 5 can also be viewed from unusual angles.

Viewing Angle Stability
Viewing Angle Stability
Viewing Angle Stability
Viewing Angle Stability

Performance - A powerful outdoor smartphone

The Ulefone Armor 5 is driven by Mediatek's mid-range Helio P23-MT6763T SoC and an ARM Mali G71-MP2 graphics unit. In addition, there are 4 GB of working memory and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. The available performance is also sufficient for slightly more demanding tasks.

In our benchmark tests, the Armor 5 presents itself as the most powerful device among our comparison group, regardless of whether the application aims more towards system or graphics performance. Thus, buyers of the Ulefone smartphone not only receive a robust, but also a powerful device.

Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
2707 Points ∼60%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1449 Points ∼32% -46%
Poptel P9000 Max
1758 Points ∼39% -35%
Doogee S55
1888 Points ∼42% -30%
Crosscall Action-X3
2045 Points ∼45% -24%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (2707 - 2909, n=2)
2808 Points ∼62% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=198)
4508 Points ∼100% +67%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
3504 Points ∼82%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1838 Points ∼43% -48%
Poptel P9000 Max
2628 Points ∼61% -25%
Doogee S55
2765 Points ∼64% -21%
Crosscall Action-X3
2360 Points ∼55% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1855 Points ∼43% -47%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3504 - 3678, n=3)
3611 Points ∼84% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=248)
4298 Points ∼100% +23%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
829 Points ∼65%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
653 Points ∼52% -21%
Poptel P9000 Max
616 Points ∼49% -26%
Doogee S55
682 Points ∼54% -18%
Crosscall Action-X3
634 Points ∼50% -24%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
629 Points ∼50% -24%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (787 - 829, n=3)
802 Points ∼63% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=249)
1267 Points ∼100% +53%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
6134 Points ∼98%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
4147 Points ∼66% -32%
Poptel P9000 Max
4609 Points ∼74% -25%
Doogee S55
4190 Points ∼67% -32%
Crosscall Action-X3
4665 Points ∼75% -24%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4508 Points ∼72% -27%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (5909 - 6846, n=6)
6242 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (4058 - 13531, n=424)
4956 Points ∼79% -19%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1696 Points ∼99%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
1205 Points ∼71% -29%
Doogee S55
1037 Points ∼61% -39%
Crosscall Action-X3
1131 Points ∼66% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
944 Points ∼55% -44%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (964 - 1696, n=6)
1352 Points ∼79% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (2293 - 4439, n=277)
1709 Points ∼100% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
380 Points ∼26%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
321 Points ∼22% -16%
Doogee S55
344 Points ∼23% -9%
Crosscall Action-X3
277 Points ∼19% -27%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
87 Points ∼6% -77%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (371 - 407, n=6)
382 Points ∼26% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (869 - 8206, n=277)
1465 Points ∼100% +286%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
459 Points ∼34%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
384 Points ∼28% -16%
Doogee S55
404 Points ∼30% -12%
Crosscall Action-X3
333 Points ∼24% -27%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
109 Points ∼8% -76%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (431 - 473, n=6)
453 Points ∼33% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (1010 - 5189, n=280)
1360 Points ∼100% +196%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1700 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
530 Points ∼31% -69%
Poptel P9000 Max
1178 Points ∼69% -31%
Doogee S55
1033 Points ∼61% -39%
Crosscall Action-X3
1148 Points ∼68% -32%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1002 Points ∼59% -41%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1024 - 1700, n=6)
1374 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (375 - 4493, n=293)
1686 Points ∼99% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
596 Points ∼29%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
184 Points ∼9% -69%
Poptel P9000 Max
477 Points ∼23% -20%
Doogee S55
497 Points ∼24% -17%
Crosscall Action-X3
478 Points ∼23% -20%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
162 Points ∼8% -73%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (564 - 617, n=6)
591 Points ∼29% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (131 - 14951, n=293)
2062 Points ∼100% +246%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
697 Points ∼40%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
215 Points ∼12% -69%
Poptel P9000 Max
550 Points ∼32% -21%
Doogee S55
562 Points ∼33% -19%
Crosscall Action-X3
549 Points ∼32% -21%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
187 Points ∼11% -73%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (629 - 699, n=6)
674 Points ∼39% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (159 - 7856, n=294)
1729 Points ∼100% +148%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1594 Points ∼97%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
1118 Points ∼68% -30%
Doogee S55
1124 Points ∼68% -29%
Crosscall Action-X3
1098 Points ∼67% -31%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
952 Points ∼58% -40%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1240 - 1594, n=6)
1447 Points ∼88% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼100% +3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
366 Points ∼31%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
322 Points ∼27% -12%
Doogee S55
199 Points ∼17% -46%
Crosscall Action-X3
234 Points ∼20% -36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
85 Points ∼7% -77%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (53 - 396, n=6)
216 Points ∼18% -41%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +224%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
442 Points ∼39%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
383 Points ∼34% -13%
Doogee S55
244 Points ∼22% -45%
Crosscall Action-X3
284 Points ∼25% -36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
107 Points ∼9% -76%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (68 - 446, n=6)
257 Points ∼23% -42%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +157%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1575 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
445 Points ∼28% -72%
Poptel P9000 Max
1176 Points ∼75% -25%
Doogee S55
1110 Points ∼70% -30%
Crosscall Action-X3
1099 Points ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
955 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1200 - 1575, n=6)
1428 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=385)
1538 Points ∼98% -2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
581 Points ∼36%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
148 Points ∼9% -75%
Poptel P9000 Max
480 Points ∼30% -17%
Doogee S55
127 Points ∼8% -78%
Crosscall Action-X3
492 Points ∼30% -15%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
157 Points ∼10% -73%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (55 - 582, n=6)
318 Points ∼20% -45%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=385)
1627 Points ∼100% +180%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
676 Points ∼49%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
174 Points ∼13% -74%
Poptel P9000 Max
553 Points ∼40% -18%
Doogee S55
158 Points ∼11% -77%
Crosscall Action-X3
561 Points ∼41% -17%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
193 Points ∼14% -71%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (70 - 676, n=6)
373 Points ∼27% -45%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=393)
1384 Points ∼100% +105%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
10988 Points ∼85%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
7103 Points ∼55% -35%
Poptel P9000 Max
10560 Points ∼82% -4%
Doogee S55
9934 Points ∼77% -10%
Crosscall Action-X3
8864 Points ∼69% -19%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11459 Points ∼89% +4%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (7733 - 10988, n=6)
7673 Points ∼60% -30%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=540)
12875 Points ∼100% +17%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
10735 Points ∼60%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
3568 Points ∼20% -67%
Poptel P9000 Max
10012 Points ∼56% -7%
Doogee S55
9476 Points ∼53% -12%
Crosscall Action-X3
9342 Points ∼52% -13%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3985 Points ∼22% -63%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10735 - 11269, n=6)
9011 Points ∼50% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=540)
17971 Points ∼100% +67%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
10790 Points ∼71%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
4012 Points ∼27% -63%
Poptel P9000 Max
10129 Points ∼67% -6%
Doogee S55
9574 Points ∼63% -11%
Crosscall Action-X3
9231 Points ∼61% -14%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4661 Points ∼31% -57%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10054 - 11148, n=6)
8638 Points ∼57% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=541)
15098 Points ∼100% +40%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
21 fps ∼67%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
6 fps ∼19% -71%
Poptel P9000 Max
17 fps ∼54% -19%
Doogee S55
17 fps ∼54% -19%
Crosscall Action-X3
15 fps ∼48% -29%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
6.8 fps ∼22% -68%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (21 - 22, n=6)
18 fps ∼58% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=565)
31.3 fps ∼100% +49%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
34 fps ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
9.7 fps ∼29% -71%
Poptel P9000 Max
16 fps ∼47% -53%
Doogee S55
23 fps ∼68% -32%
Crosscall Action-X3
26 fps ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11 fps ∼32% -68%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (20 - 34, n=6)
19.5 fps ∼57% -43%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=568)
24.9 fps ∼73% -27%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
10 fps ∼60%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
2.7 fps ∼16% -73%
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼40% -32%
Doogee S55
7.1 fps ∼42% -29%
Crosscall Action-X3
6.7 fps ∼40% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2.6 fps ∼15% -74%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10 - 11, n=6)
8.5 fps ∼51% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=487)
16.8 fps ∼100% +68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
20 fps ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5.4 fps ∼27% -73%
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼34% -66%
Doogee S55
13 fps ∼65% -35%
Crosscall Action-X3
14 fps ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
5.4 fps ∼27% -73%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (10 - 20, n=6)
10 fps ∼50% -50%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=490)
16 fps ∼80% -20%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
6.6 fps ∼46%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1.6 fps ∼11% -76%
Poptel P9000 Max
4.5 fps ∼31% -32%
Doogee S55
4.7 fps ∼33% -29%
Crosscall Action-X3
4.4 fps ∼31% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1.6 fps ∼11% -76%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (6.6 - 6.9, n=6)
5.53 fps ∼39% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +117%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
14 fps ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
3.4 fps ∼24% -76%
Poptel P9000 Max
4.6 fps ∼33% -67%
Doogee S55
9.5 fps ∼68% -32%
Crosscall Action-X3
10 fps ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3.9 fps ∼28% -72%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (6.3 - 14, n=6)
6.65 fps ∼48% -52%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼99% -1%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
3.7 fps ∼36%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
3.7 fps ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3.6 - 59, n=62)
10.2 fps ∼100% +176%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1.4 fps ∼22%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
1.4 fps ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 31, n=62)
6.49 fps ∼100% +364%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
6.4 fps ∼44%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
6.4 fps ∼44% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (5.7 - 59, n=62)
14.4 fps ∼100% +125%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
3.8 fps ∼24%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
3.8 fps ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 63, n=61)
15.7 fps ∼100% +313%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
3.8 fps ∼39%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
0.88 fps ∼9% -77%
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼24% -37%
Doogee S55
2.5 fps ∼25% -34%
Crosscall Action-X3
2.4 fps ∼24% -37%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3.5 - 4, n=6)
3.13 fps ∼32% -18%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +159%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
7.7 fps ∼87%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1.5 fps ∼17% -81%
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼27% -69%
Doogee S55
4.9 fps ∼55% -36%
Crosscall Action-X3
5.3 fps ∼60% -31%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3.8 - 7.7, n=6)
3.85 fps ∼43% -50%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +15%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
83332 Points ∼71%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
46930 Points ∼40% -44%
Poptel P9000 Max
54819 Points ∼46% -34%
Doogee S55
56375 Points ∼48% -32%
Crosscall Action-X3
57023 Points ∼48% -32%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (54192 - 83332, n=6)
71705 Points ∼61% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=171)
117893 Points ∼100% +41%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
62052 Points ∼81%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
36522 Points ∼48% -41%
Crosscall Action-X3
42924 Points ∼56% -31%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
35379 Points ∼46% -43%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (54201 - 65094, n=7)
60181 Points ∼79% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=394)
76519 Points ∼100% +23%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
750 Points ∼97%
Poptel P9000 Max
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Doogee S55
624 Points ∼81% -17%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
661 Points ∼86% -12%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (700 - 829, n=6)
771 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=500)
697 Points ∼90% -7%
Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
869 Points ∼50%
Poptel P9000 Max
641 Points ∼37% -26%
Doogee S55
649 Points ∼37% -25%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
253 Points ∼15% -71%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (855 - 931, n=6)
875 Points ∼50% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=500)
1735 Points ∼100% +100%
Memory (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1219 Points ∼87%
Poptel P9000 Max
779 Points ∼56% -36%
Doogee S55
1030 Points ∼74% -16%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1066 Points ∼76% -13%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1128 - 1609, n=6)
1396 Points ∼100% +15%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=500)
1243 Points ∼89% +2%
System (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
2625 Points ∼93%
Poptel P9000 Max
1868 Points ∼66% -29%
Doogee S55
2003 Points ∼71% -24%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1396 Points ∼50% -47%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (2543 - 3229, n=6)
2818 Points ∼100% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=500)
2509 Points ∼89% -4%
Overall (sort by value)
Ulefone Armor 5
1202 Points ∼95%
Poptel P9000 Max
308 Points ∼24% -74%
Doogee S55
956 Points ∼75% -20%
Crosscall Action-X3
Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
706 Points ∼56% -41%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (1201 - 1370, n=6)
1271 Points ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=504)
1253 Points ∼99% +4%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
43 Points ∼6%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (242 - 242, n=2)
242 Points ∼35%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100%

Legend

 
Ulefone Armor 5 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview BV5800 Pro Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Poptel P9000 Max Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee S55 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Crosscall Action-X3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 Samsung Exynos 7570 Quad, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash

With good results in our browser benchmarks, the Ulefone Armor 5 also positions itself ahead of the competitors here. The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 can only achieve a slightly better value in the Kraken-1.1 test. In everyday operation, the outdoor smartphone is suited very well for Internet surfing. Page content is displayed quickly and media content is loaded within a short time.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=423)
36.7 Points ∼100% +59%
Ulefone Armor 5 (Chrome 70)
23.07 Points ∼63%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (17.9 - 23.1, n=6)
21.4 Points ∼58% -7%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
20.988 Points ∼57% -9%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
18.86 Points ∼51% -18%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
18.724 Points ∼51% -19%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
18.048 Points ∼49% -22%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
16.901 Points ∼46% -27%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=559)
5558 Points ∼100% +52%
Ulefone Armor 5 (Chrome 70)
3666 Points ∼66%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (3051 - 4233, n=6)
3618 Points ∼65% -1%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
3441 Points ∼62% -6%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
3417 Points ∼61% -7%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
3251 Points ∼58% -11%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
3133 Points ∼56% -15%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
2577 Points ∼46% -30%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Blackview BV5800 Pro
16869.2 ms * ∼100% -44%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T (11755 - 23714, n=6)
16172 ms * ∼96% -38%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
13879.9 ms * ∼82% -18%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
13510.3 ms * ∼80% -15%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
13331 ms * ∼79% -13%
Ulefone Armor 5 (Chrome 70)
11755.1 ms * ∼70%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=579)
11477 ms * ∼68% +2%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
11130 ms * ∼66% +5%

* ... smaller is better

The good results of the Armor 5 continue in the storage benchmarks. The Ulefone smartphone can access its internal storage considerably faster than its competitors. While the internal card reader is not quite as far ahead of the competitors, the outdoor smartphone also receives good values with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference storage card, slightly surpassing its competitors.

Ulefone Armor 5Blackview BV5800 ProPoptel P9000 MaxDoogee S55Crosscall Action-X3Samsung Galaxy XCover 4Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-49%
-29%
-41%
-25%
-42%
-15%
-34%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
71.66 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
14.67 (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1)
-80%
53.18 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-26%
14.11
-80%
56.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-22%
55.66 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-22%
54.3 (14.1 - 74.7, n=71)
-24%
45.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=323)
-36%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
80.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
80.56 (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1)
1%
72.89 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-9%
73.73
-8%
84.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
68.97 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-14%
72.6 (21.1 - 86.9, n=71)
-9%
64 (8.2 - 96.5, n=323)
-20%
Random Write 4KB
19.81
9.43
-52%
11.23
-43%
13.17
-34%
8.4
-58%
11.9
-40%
19.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=78)
0%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=608)
-19%
Random Read 4KB
60.92
13.97
-77%
35.1
-42%
28.86
-53%
47
-23%
21.8
-64%
50.3 (11.4 - 149, n=78)
-17%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=608)
-37%
Sequential Write 256KB
245.79
86.63
-65%
129.64
-47%
97.14
-60%
139.3
-43%
73.6
-70%
164 (40 - 246, n=78)
-33%
79.8 (2.99 - 246, n=608)
-68%
Sequential Read 256KB
296.47
236.03
-20%
269.44
-9%
268.07
-10%
264.7
-11%
181.6
-39%
269 (115 - 704, n=78)
-9%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=608)
-22%

Gaming - Suited for the occasional gaming

The internal ARM Mali-G71 MP2 graphics unit is an entry-level graphics card that is suited for occasional gaming. While applications that have slightly higher demands on the graphics performance will run as well, they need longer load times. The games "Arena of Valor" and "Asphalt 9: Legends" that we tested ran smoothly also at higher graphics settings, and the load times were moderate.

The touchscreen reacts reliably to any touch input. However, the high resistance of the screen surface to the fingertips can become a bit uncomfortable in the long run. You can also control games well with the position sensor, but the smartphone's movements are transferred with a minor delay, which you need to take into consideration when controlling games. 

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends

Emissions - Ulefone Armor 5 with a good speaker

Temperature

Manhattan 3.1
Manhattan 3.1

During everyday operation, the temperatures of the Ulefone Armor 5 remain within a moderate range. While idle, we measure a maximum of 32 °C (90 °F) at the surface, and under load the outdoor smartphone always remains below the 40-degree mark (104 °F).

The demanding Manhattan-3.1 benchmark shows that the performance of the Armor 5 is not influenced by high temperatures. Therefore, we do not expect any limitations due to high temperatures when operating the smartphone.

Max. Load
 34.1 °C
93 F
33.9 °C
93 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 31.7 °C
89 F
31.8 °C
89 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 32.2 °C
90 F
30.6 °C
87 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 37.7 °C = 100 F
Average: 33.7 °C = 93 F
30.3 °C
87 F
31.2 °C
88 F
33.5 °C
92 F
29.8 °C
86 F
30.1 °C
86 F
34.3 °C
94 F
29.2 °C
85 F
30.3 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 34.3 °C = 94 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.7 °C / 93 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 37.7 °C / 100 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 34.3 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heat map - top
Heat map - top
Heat map - bottom
Heat map - bottom

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The speaker of the Ulefone Armor 5 can play relatively loud, offering a wide sound spectrum that is dominated by the high mids. When playing audio content, users have to make do without bass and very high tones are also underrepresented.

While the Armor 5 is quite suited for the occasional reproduction of audio content, users can also connect external speakers or headphones to the outdoor smartphone via its 3.5-mm connection. The port accepts the audio-jack tightly and does not influence audio quality negatively.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.937.22529.430.73129.2254023.525.65030.933.36325.422.9802422.110020.823.212519.922.316017.63320017.737.125015.646.83151752.740016.15750015.262.863014.667.180015.369.2100014.870.5125014.271.9160013.270.1200014.871.725001476.5315013.776.2400014.677.1500014.380.2630014.483800014.774.51000014.867.4125001563.11600014.959SPL26.788.1N0.870.8median 14.8median 67.4Delta1.410.938.137.937.634.835.930.328.128.328.629.327.826.429.824.330.424.722.220.823.922202919.434.217.240.216.45016.553.915.159.615.165.614.666.414.464.413.766.512.365.212.161.811.861.311.759.911.759.911.660.411.657.911.557.611.558.511.656.957.971.366.356.725.974.811.324.316.810.40.832.5median 14.4median 58.53.39.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseUlefone Armor 5Crosscall Action-X3
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Ulefone Armor 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Crosscall Action-X3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - Ulefone Armor 5 with disappointing battery life

Power Consumption

The Ulefone Armor 5 has an average power consumption in our test. At a minimum of 1.08 watts during idle and a maximum of 6.73 watts under load, our measurements are in the middle of the field of our comparison list.

The 10-watt charger is sufficiently sized to power the outdoor Android phone in all situations. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.27 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.08 / 2.51 / 2.53 Watt
Load midlight 4.28 / 6.73 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Ulefone Armor 5
5000 mAh
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5580 mAh
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
Doogee S55
5500 mAh
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-5%
27%
-91%
-6%
25%
21%
18%
Idle Minimum *
1.08
0.87
19%
0.92
15%
2.3
-113%
1.1
-2%
0.56
48%
0.857 (0.63 - 1.08, n=6)
21%
0.879 (0.2 - 3.4, n=642)
19%
Idle Average *
2.51
1.64
35%
1.9
24%
3.5
-39%
1.9
24%
1.57
37%
2.12 (1.65 - 2.51, n=6)
16%
1.721 (0.6 - 6.2, n=641)
31%
Idle Maximum *
2.53
1.68
34%
2.19
13%
5.9
-133%
2.9
-15%
1.68
34%
2.17 (1.71 - 2.53, n=6)
14%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=642)
21%
Load Average *
4.28
5.79
-35%
3.1
28%
8.7
-103%
4.8
-12%
4.6
-7%
3.23 (2.7 - 4.28, n=6)
25%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=636)
6%
Load Maximum *
6.73
11.85
-76%
3.12
54%
11.2
-66%
8.4
-25%
5.92
12%
4.92 (3.62 - 6.73, n=6)
27%
5.76 (1.2 - 14.2, n=636)
14%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Ulefone Armor 5 achieves a battery life that is below-average for a smartphone with a 5000-mAh battery. The outdoor smartphone has to get back to the charger after little more than 10 hours. While this result is good by itself, the Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 can last just as long with a battery that is barely half the size.

Using the included quick-charger, the Armor 5 can be fully recharged within about 3 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 03min
Ulefone Armor 5
5000 mAh
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5580 mAh
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
Doogee S55
5500 mAh
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
603
780
29%
1346
123%
844
40%
843
40%
668
11%

Pros

+ good robust design
+ connections are covered
+ a lot of included accessories
+ good system performance

Cons

- disappointing battery life
- USB 2.0 only
- thick case

Verdict - The robust outdoor smartphone

Testing the Ulefone Armor 5. Test unit provided by Ulefone Germany.
Testing the Ulefone Armor 5. Test unit provided by Ulefone Germany.

The Ulefone Armor 5 presents itself as a powerful outdoor smartphone in our test. The camera is suitable for the occasional snapshot in good light conditions, and the performance is above average compared to the competing devices. With its attractive exterior, the robust smartphone also does not need to hide in business environments.

The Ulefone Armor 5 is suited as a smartphone for buyers that value its looks as well as need a robust phone for demanding environments.

The IP68 certification attests the Armor 5 with a dust and waterproof case. It also gives us the impression that it could really hold up in some tough environments. However, buyers should not be fooled by the large 5000-mAh battery, since it does not keep all it promises. The battery life is still good and might even improve with a software update in the future.

Ulefone Armor 5 - 10/29/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 67%
Weight
88%
Battery
93%
Display
80%
Games Performance
26 / 63 → 42%
Application Performance
50 / 70 → 71%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
67 / 91 → 74%
Camera
52%
Average
71%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-11- 1 (Update: 2018-11- 1)