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Ulefone Note 14 smartphone review - What can the phone do for 100 Euros?

Cheap at any price. The Ulefone Note 14 comes with Android 12 and a comprehensive accessories package. You can get it for as little as 100 Euros (~$109), but you have to be willing to compromise. Read our review to find out whether the inexpensive phone could convince us.
Ulefone Note 14
Ulefone Note 14 (Note Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761 4 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.52 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity, acceleration
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/28), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.95 x 164.8 x 76 ( = 0.35 x 6.49 x 2.99 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 5 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.0, LED flash, video@1080p/30fps, depth sensor
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, stand, bumper, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
125 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

rating
date
model
weight
drive
size
resolution
price from
72.2 %
01/2023
Ulefone Note 14
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
189 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720
75.1 %
09/2022
Motorola Moto E32s
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
185 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
74.3 %
01/2020
Nokia 2.3
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
183 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.20"1520x720
74.7 %
10/2022
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
195 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and equipment - Cheapest variant almost unusable

If you are looking for a cheap cell phone on large Internet platforms, you will soon stumble across providers like Ulefone, which is primarily known for outdoor cell phones. However, the manufacturer also offers inexpensive conventional smartphones in the Note series, for example the Ulefone Note 14, which is sometimes offered for just under 100 Euros (~$109).

However, we would not recommend the cheapest version of the phone: Then you have to make do with 16 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM. Since Android 12 also needs its storage space, there is hardly any room left for pictures or additional apps. It is better to go for the version with 64 GB of storage, which also has 4 GB of RAM and costs almost 30 Euros (~$33) more from the manufacturer.

Although the internal storage can be expanded via a micro-SD card and the card reader performs well in our test with the reference card Angelbird V60 in terms of speed, not all data can be stored.

The Ulefone Note 14 comes with a simple plastic casing that is available in three colors: Lime green, dark gray and a delicate purple are available. The camera module is also nicely designed and the grooved volume rocker looks pretty. Some material transitions are noticeable, but the workmanship and stability are good in view of the phone's price range.

There is no NFC module, so mobile payment services cannot be used. It is also not possible to watch streams from Netflix or Prime Video in Full HD since a Widevine-L1 certification is missing.

Ulefone Note 14
Ulefone Note 14
Ulefone Note 14

Size comparison

164.7 mm / 6.48 in 76.7 mm / 3.02 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 195 g0.4299 lbs164.8 mm / 6.49 in 76 mm / 2.99 in 8.95 mm / 0.3524 in 189 g0.4167 lbs164 mm / 6.46 in 74.9 mm / 2.95 in 8.5 mm / 0.3346 in 185 g0.4079 lbs157.69 mm / 6.21 in 75.41 mm / 2.97 in 8.68 mm / 0.3417 in 183 g0.4034 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A04s
  (Angelbird V60)
40.7 MB/s +106%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.7 - 77, n=89, last 2 years)
28.7 MB/s +45%
Ulefone Note 14
  (Angelbird V60)
19.8 MB/s
Motorola Moto E32s
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s -1%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Ulefone Note 14 PowerVR GE8300, Helio A22 MT6761, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.8 (23.7-49.5)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.4 (21.4-45.6)
Samsung Galaxy A04s Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø21.8 (14.4-35.4)
Ulefone Note 14 PowerVR GE8300, Helio A22 MT6761, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø72.2 (14.2-81.1)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.9 (69.7-77.2)
Samsung Galaxy A04s Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø46.5 (19.4-55.2)

Communication, software and operation - Reasonably up-to-date OS

The Ulefone comes with WiFi 5, so you can surf the web at a convincing speed. The data rates are also quite constant in our test with the reference router Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000.

You cannot expect modern 5G wireless in this price range, and LTE is also limited to very few bands. The important B20 band is available, so the phone can probably be used within the EU without any problems. However, mobile Internet is by no means guaranteed for more distant trips. In our random tests, the reception in the 4G network is a bit shaky and the signal strength is generally much lower than in high-end phones.

The Ulefone Note 14 comes with the fairly up-to-date Android 12, but it is not clear whether a newer version of the operating system will be available as an update. The manufacturer has at least been fairly reliable in terms of security patches so far and released an update in November 2022, which is still relatively up-to-date at the time of testing. The manufacturer installs some of its own apps, but we could not discover any third-party advertising apps.

Although the standby button looks like it has an integrated fingerprint sensor, the Note 14 disappoints here: You can only unlock it via facial recognition, which is relatively insecure without an infrared light and depth sensor. The touchscreen can be operated reliably, but it is not the fastest, also due to the 60 Hz panel.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Nokia 2.3
802.11 b/g/n
61.3 (10min - 110max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Nokia 2.3
802.11 b/g/n
70.6 (53min - 109max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Ulefone Note 14
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (328min - 379max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy A04s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
332 (300min - 346max) MBit/s -10%
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
329 (293min - 378max) MBit/s -11%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Ulefone Note 14
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
324 (294min - 336max) MBit/s
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
320 (295min - 332max) MBit/s -1%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
318 (308min - 327max) MBit/s -2%
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Ulefone Note 14; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø324 (294-336)
Ulefone Note 14; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø369 (328-379)

Cameras - Muddy Single Camera

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Although two camera lenses show up on the back, one of them is only a depth sensor that is supposed to support the camera in portrait shots. Thus, pictures can actually be taken with only one camera.

It brings 13 megapixels as maximum resolution and takes quite dim photos with little details in our test. One could expect a bit more even in this price range, and the imaging performance is also correspondingly poor in low light.

Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps. You should lower your expectations here as well: The autofocus pumps quite strongly before it finds the right setting and the brightness adjustment sometimes takes a bit longer.

There is a 5-megapixel selfie camera at the front. The photos look a bit bluish and are not well brightened 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.

Main camera FlowerMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low Light
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ColorChecker
8.6 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
12 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
8 ∆E
ColorChecker Ulefone Note 14: 8.57 ∆E min: 2.85 - max: 12 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
54.3 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
42.3 ∆E
28 ∆E
65.7 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
76.1 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
92 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Ulefone Note 14: 46.64 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 92.04 ∆E

Display - Well suited for indoors

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The IPS display with 1,600 x 720 pixels achieves a passable brightness of 379 cd/m² on average and is thus roughly on par with the Samsung Galaxy A04s. You can work indoors with it, but strong reflections appear on the screen outdoors on bright days, which often overlay the content.

The brightness distribution is somewhat uneven, so you can see slight differences in different areas of the screen even with the naked eye when looking closely. We also noticed a blue cast in the grayscale.

At least the display manages without PWM, even at very low brightness.

348
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 419 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 378.7 cd/m² Minimum: 15.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 419 cd/m²
Contrast: 1397:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.77 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
91.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.156
Ulefone Note 14
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Motorola Moto E32s
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Nokia 2.3
IPS, 1520x720, 6.20
Samsung Galaxy A04s
PLS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
17%
-13%
-26%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.1 ?(22.6, 17.5)
30 ?(16, 14)
25%
49.2 ?(27.6, 21.6)
-23%
48 ?(25, 23)
-20%
Response Time Black / White *
25 ?(12.5, 12.5)
23 ?(8, 15)
8%
25.6 ?(12.4, 13.2)
-2%
33 ?(15, 18)
-32%
PWM Frequency
7692 ?(25)
Screen
-17%
4%
2%
Brightness middle
419
346
-17%
515
23%
426
2%
Brightness
379
330
-13%
488
29%
390
3%
Brightness Distribution
83
90
8%
92
11%
84
1%
Black Level *
0.3
0.47
-57%
0.23
23%
0.33
-10%
Contrast
1397
736
-47%
2239
60%
1291
-8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.77
5.4
-13%
6.1
-28%
4.39
8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
10.61
9
15%
13.4
-26%
7.97
25%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.8
5.5
-15%
7.7
-60%
5.1
-6%
Gamma
2.156 102%
2.874 77%
2.26 97%
2.184 101%
CCT
7541 86%
5971 109%
8639 75%
7985 81%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
0% / -11%
-5% / 1%
-12% / -4%

* ... smaller is better

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
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.5 ms rise
↘ 12.5 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 54 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.6 ms rise
↘ 17.5 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.5 ms).

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 17682 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - hardly any reserves

With the Helio A22 Ulefone has used an already 4-year-old SoC that hardly has any performance reserves for everyday use. The animations in the menu are jerky from time to time, and you can only adjust the volume or switch between apps with a long delay during more complex activities.

It is difficult for the Ulefone Note 14 to keep up with similarly priced devices from other manufacturers in terms of performance, so you only get the most necessary performance for activities like calling and messaging. The eMMC storage is also quite slow, so copying processes and loading times drag on.

At least there is hardly any noticeable heating on the case.

The mono speaker is usable, but sounds very treble-heavy and muffled. There is a 3.5 mm jack and Bluetooth 5.0 for external audio devices. aptX and aptX HD as well as SBC, AAC and LDAC are available as Bluetooth codecs.

With a battery capacity of 4,500 mAh, the Ulefone Note 14 offers slightly less than, for example, the Galaxy A04s or the Motorola Moto E32s. This is also noticeable in the runtimes, whereby 14:43 hours in our WLAN test still speak for 1-2 days of runtime with moderate use. However, charging with only 5 watts of power takes a very long time: Even over 3 hours until the battery is full is quite possible depending on the battery state before charging.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=201, last 2 years)
921 Points +455%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
176 Points +6%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
166 Points
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
160 Points -4%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (134 - 166, n=3)
146.7 Points -12%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
Points -100%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=201, last 2 years)
3055 Points +465%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1059 Points +96%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
656 Points +21%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
541 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (439 - 541, n=3)
489 Points -10%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
Points -100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=200, last 2 years)
11973 Points +145%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5815 Points +19%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5796 Points +19%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
4888 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (4766 - 4888, n=2)
4827 Points -1%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 17553, n=95, last 2 years)
2874 Points +905%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
903 Points +216%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
468 Points +64%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
286 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (239 - 298, n=11)
263 Points -8%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
262 Points -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 29890, n=95, last 2 years)
2997 Points +1149%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
778 Points +224%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
397 Points +65%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
240 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 250, n=11)
220 Points -8%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
219 Points -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 7180, n=95, last 2 years)
3187 Points +271%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2074 Points +142%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1260 Points +47%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
858 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (738 - 918, n=11)
843 Points -2%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
822 Points -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=173, last 2 years)
7075 Points +2132%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
920 Points +190%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
537 Points +69%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
317 Points
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
299 Points -6%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (238 - 317, n=11)
288 Points -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=172, last 2 years)
10254 Points +3740%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
791 Points +196%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
460 Points +72%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
267 Points
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
253 Points -5%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 267, n=11)
242 Points -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=172, last 2 years)
4362 Points +365%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2150 Points +129%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1298 Points +38%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
938 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (780 - 940, n=11)
862 Points -8%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
837 Points -11%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=213, last 2 years)
45.2 fps +904%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
11 fps +144%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.9 fps +76%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.3 - 6.1, n=14)
4.65 fps +3%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
4.5 fps
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
4.4 fps -2%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=213, last 2 years)
66.9 fps +2688%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.1 fps +154%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.2 fps +75%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (1.9 - 4.2, n=14)
2.49 fps +4%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
2.4 fps
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
2.3 fps -4%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=213, last 2 years)
33.6 fps +1100%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.9 fps +146%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5 fps +79%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.7 - 3.9, n=14)
3.09 fps +10%
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
2.8 fps 0%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
2.8 fps
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=213, last 2 years)
26.9 fps +2889%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2.2 fps +144%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.5 fps +67%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
0.9 fps
Nokia 2.3
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 2048
0.84 fps -7%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (0.7 - 0.9, n=14)
0.825 fps -8%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=207, last 2 years)
33914 Points +632%
Samsung Galaxy A04s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5894 Points +27%
Ulefone Note 14
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
4633 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (3920 - 5041, n=8)
4513 Points -3%
Ulefone Note 14Motorola Moto E32sNokia 2.3Samsung Galaxy A04sAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
43%
30%
78%
33%
822%
Sequential Read 256KB
294
248.6
-15%
261.8
-11%
302.4
3%
Sequential Write 256KB
208
184.3
-11%
149.2
-28%
83.3
-60%
176.5 ?(40 - 274, n=202)
-15%
Random Read 4KB
55
49.1
-11%
69.6
27%
62.7
14%
Random Write 4KB
13
40
208%
30.33
133%
58.9
353%

Temperature

Max. Load
 35 °C
95 F
30.1 °C
86 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
29 °C
84 F
29 °C
84 F
 
 33.7 °C
93 F
29.3 °C
85 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 35 °C = 95 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
25.6 °C
78 F
28.7 °C
84 F
35.4 °C
96 F
27 °C
81 F
28.6 °C
83 F
38.8 °C
102 F
26.8 °C
80 F
29.3 °C
85 F
34.8 °C
95 F
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.8 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.535253539.13132.1294032.530.15036.630.56330.329803116.310025.715.412525.616.216023.91620019.719.925017.428.33151937.540016.847.750017.855.263017.860.880022.666100022.669.312502267160021.569.5200021.971.4250020.672.731501770.3400016.267.2500015.46163001556.8800015.356.11000015.855.61250016.560.21600017.452.6SPL31.779.9N1.539.8median 17.8median 56.8Delta2.91541.539.537.14034.432.732.13638.941.527.329.120.223.121.124.818.419.816.929.911.834.513.839.512.545.512.550.612.653.311.355.912.365.111.870.8126910.469.98.868.39.467.19.867.310.662.21155.111.759.112.460.61367.813.86514.554.823.678.40.539median 12.3median 59.11.512.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseUlefone Note 14Samsung Galaxy A04s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Ulefone Note 14 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (38.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 84% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 94% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy A04s audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Samsung Galaxy A04s
5000 mAh
977 min +11%
Motorola Moto E32s
5000 mAh
972 min +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=213, last 2 years)
929 min +5%
Nokia 2.3
4000 mAh
919 min +4%
Ulefone Note 14
4500 mAh
883 min
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
14h 43min

Pros

+ pleasing design
+ fast WiFi
+ practical runtimes
+ comparatively many Bluetooth codecs
+ very cheap
+ hardly any heating

Cons

- lame loading
- little performance
- no Widevine L1
- only 60 Hz panel
- muddy camera pictures
- poor sound quality
- no fingerprint sensor
- no NFC

Verdict - Pretty, but hardly any inner values

In review: Ulefone Note 14.
In review: Ulefone Note 14.

You currently invest a maximum of 130 Euros (~$141) for the Ulefone Note 14 and get a very chic phone that can also bring color into everyday life if desired. However, the inner values are not on the same level as the quite pretty exterior: The camera takes washed-out and rather gloomy photos, the processor is only fast enough for basic tasks, and you will search for NFC in vain.

The runtimes are practical and the screen is bright enough for indoor use. The manufacturer has also been quite reliable with its security updates at intervals of several months up to the time of testing, and there is quite a good equipment with Bluetooth codecs. In addition, there is a fairly comprehensive accessories package with a bumper, stick-on phone stand and charger in the box.

However, a fingerprint sensor is missing and the phone only offers lame memory. If you can live with the limitations and are simply looking for a cheap phone, you can give the Ulefone Note 14 a chance. We would not recommend the 16 GB storage variant; it is no longer up to date.

The Ulefone Note 14 is an inexpensive, very simple smartphone with an attractive exterior. However, you should also consider the alternatives in the price range in view of the scarce features.

You will have to accept compromises in this price range, whereas a Samsung Galaxy A04s has a much faster SoC, a slightly better camera, NFC and a 90 Hz screen for hardly more money. The Motorola Moto E32s also has a 90 Hz screen and offers longer runtimes.

Price and availability

The Ulefone Note 14 can be purchased directly from the manufacturer at https://www.ulefone.com/note-14-p1521.html although the shipping costs are quite high.

The small 16 GB storage variant is also available for just under 100 Euros (~$109) at amazon.de, as is the 64 GB model, which costs approximately 110 Euros (~$119) at amazon.de.

Ulefone Note 14 - 01/14/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 62%
Weight
89%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
4 / 64 → 6%
Application Performance
50 / 86 → 58%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
40 / 90 → 44%
Camera
40%
Average
66%
72%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Ulefone Note 14 smartphone review - What can the phone do for 100 Euros?
Florian Schmitt, 2023-01-15 (Update: 2023-01-15)