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Ulefone Paris Smartphone Review

Attractive and inexpensive. The 5-inch Paris brings about a sense of luxury on an otherwise inexpensive device. Is there a catch to this $150 smartphone?

Ulefone is a lesser-known Chinese brand and maker of affordable mainstream smartphones. The company is currently offering three separate models including the Be Touch 3, Paris, and Be Pro 2. Today, we'll be taking a close look at the 5-inch Paris smartphone starting for a price of just $150 USD.

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Ulefone Paris
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, 10-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 900/2100MHz, 4G FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 144.5 x 71.7 ( = 0.31 x 5.69 x 2.82 in)
Battery
9 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2250 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: Rear: 13 MP w/ Flash, Front: 5 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural , Micro-USB cable, earphones, AC adapter (Europe), screen protector, Quick Start Guide , 12 Months Warranty
Weight
125 g ( = 4.41 oz / 0.28 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Visually, the rounded edges and corners are reminiscent to the iPhone with no sharp surfaces at all. The entire phone is very smooth and the metal frame exhibits a sense of quality that otherwise isn't expected from a smartphone in this price range.

From a quality point-of-view, we can notice no unintentional gaps or manufacturing defects. The phone is slightly susceptible to twisting and we can hear some light creaking as well, though nothing worrisome. Of particular note is the removable back panel, which can be very difficult to remove without fingernails or a sharp edge. Only the Gray and White color options are available with no other choices.

The size of the phone feels smaller than it actually is due to the curved back. In reality, the phone is longer in length than many of its competitors including the Samsung Galaxy J5 and LG G4c since it uses dedicated Android keys. A few other 5-inch smartphones like the Huawei P8 Lite or Dooge Y100X are tenths of a millimeter thinner. The front glass is slightly curved on the edges and corners while the screen itself is flat to further accentuate the smooth and rounded design of the Paris.

142.1 mm / 5.59 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs144.5 mm / 5.69 inch 71.7 mm / 2.82 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 125 g0.2756 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 70.6 mm / 2.78 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 133 g0.2932 lbs142.1 mm / 5.59 inch 71.8 mm / 2.83 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 147 g0.3241 lbs139.7 mm / 5.5 inch 69.8 mm / 2.75 inch 10.2 mm / 0.4016 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs140.2 mm / 5.52 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs141.2 mm / 5.56 inch 70.2 mm / 2.76 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 119 g0.2624 lbs

Connectivity

Available ports are the expected USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack on the top edge of the device. External mice, keyboards, and storage drives can be attached on the fly. More advanced features, like MHL, are not supported on the Paris.

Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Top: 3.5 mm audio, Micro-USB 2.0
Top: 3.5 mm audio, Micro-USB 2.0
Left: No connectivity
Left: No connectivity
Bottom: Speakerphone, microphone
Bottom: Speakerphone, microphone

Communication & GPS

WLAN is supported up to 802.11n with built-in Bluetooth. We had no connectivity issues up to 20 meters away where the smartphone will begin to lose connection at about -80 dbm or lower.

GPS Test reveals an accurate and reliable fix when outdoors. For driving or everyday navigating purposes, the Paris will be sufficient.

~1 m from source
~1 m from source
~10 m from source
~10 m from source
~20 m from source
~20 m from source
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors

Telephone & Voice Quality

SIM slots and MicroSD behind rear cover
SIM slots and MicroSD behind rear cover

Supported network includes GSM and WCDMA for 2G and 3G connectivity. 4G utilizes FDD-LTE bands (800/1800/2100/2600 MHz), all of which are not supported by the major U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. CDMA users are also out of luck as the Paris is not compatible with these networks. Note that while the phone supports dual Micro-SIM cards, only the first slot is capable of 4G speeds up to 150/50 Mbps download/upload. The second slot is limited to 2G connectivity.

Call quality is very good with no major issues under the T-Mobile network. Voices are sufficiently loud at maximum volume, though some slight static can be heard. The listener on the other side claimed that we were on the soft side as well. Nothing out of the ordinary for a smartphone, though nothing spectacular as well.

Cameras & Multimedia

The rear 13 MP camera produces good pictures considering the inexpensive price. Images are crisp in bright outdoor situations and the auto-focus works quickly and reliably. Colors are also good, though the overall image has a tendency to be on the warm side.

The crux of the Paris camera is its poor focusing while indoors and at medium distances. Images become blurry compared to outdoor scenery shots or macro shots. Additionally, brightness controls are below average as the phone has difficulty capturing details in darker areas of a picture. The windows and brick wall on the windmill, for example, are only visible after overexposing the rest of the image. Meanwhile, the camera Flash is weak and only sufficient for macro shots in the dark.

Video is supported up to 1080p30. Quality is again on the blurry side, especially when indoors. Panning quickly will accentuate the problem further.

Ulefone Paris
Ulefone Paris
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon Rebel XSi
LG G2
LG G2

Accessories & Warranty

Extras include a UK AC charger, earphones, Quick Start guide, additional screen protector, and a micro-USB cable. Ulefone warranty lasts for 24 months through official online resellers unless if a specific retailer says otherwise.

Input Devices

Touchscreen

The 10-point capacitive touchscreen responds swiftly to inputs and is as accurate around the edges and corners as it is towards the center. Fast typists will appreciate that the phone is able register letters without much latency. We recommend users tap with a bit more force than usual as the Paris tends to not register lighter inputs as reliably.

While we have no major issues with the touchscreen itself, the vibration is on the weak side and the three dedicated Android keys below the touchscreen barely light up. The usual Settings and Back buttons surrounding the center Home button are literal dots instead of their appropriate icons. The Paris takes the Samsung approach by having the Back button to the right of the Home button instead of to the left.

Display

LCD subpixel array
LCD subpixel array

The 5-inch display is the highlight of the Paris as it is crisp and very bright even for a budget smartphone. A big part of its great first impression is the very high contrast that surpasses most other smartphones of its class. Subjectively, videos and images on the Paris look fantastic despite the use of a sub-FHD panel.

Ulefone uses the same One Glass Solution (OGS) as earlier iPhones for a thinner screen. Content appears closer to the surface for a better "pop-up" effect as a result.

405.6
cd/m²
433.9
cd/m²
433.8
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
436.4
cd/m²
432.2
cd/m²
409.9
cd/m²
429.4
cd/m²
425.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 436.4 cd/m² Average: 424 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 436.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1725:1 (Black: 0.253 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.32 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.01
Ulefone ParisMotorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541Huawei P8 liteSamsung Galaxy J5LG G4cHTC One M9Doogee Nova Y100X
Screen
-13%
-21%
-1%
-27%
-16%
-53%
Brightness middle
436.4
418
-4%
365
-16%
349
-20%
480
10%
474
9%
387.9
-11%
Brightness
424
407
-4%
353
-17%
353
-17%
464
9%
458
8%
390
-8%
Brightness Distribution
93
95
2%
93
0%
93
0%
92
-1%
85
-9%
91
-2%
Black Level *
0.253
0.49
-94%
0.42
-66%
0.49
-94%
0.4
-58%
0.583
-130%
Contrast
1725
853
-51%
869
-50%
980
-43%
1185
-31%
665
-61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.32
3.92
26%
5.2
2%
5.22
2%
8.13
-53%
6.32
-19%
9.91
-86%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
3.81
34%
5.85
-1%
3.96
32%
6.73
-16%
6.36
-10%
10.04
-73%
Gamma
2.01 109%
2.27 97%
2.17 101%
2.08 106%
2.69 82%
2.43 91%
2.53 87%
CCT
6369 102%
7361 88%
7252 90%
7308 89%
7727 84%
8218 79%
10336 63%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
70.86
58.81
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.25
70.038

* ... smaller is better

Color analyses with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal a generally inaccurate grayscale, but with balanced color reproduction across all tested saturation levels. The 2015 Motorola Moto G has more accurate colors and grayscale than the Ulefone, while the LG G4c and even the HTC One M9 have less accurate displays overall.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Outdoor usability is very good because of the bright backlight. The IPS panel allows for excellent viewing angles, which is important for reducing glare and switching between Landscape or Portrait modes.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The MediaTek MT6735 SoC is a 1.5 GHz quad-core chip. On the Paris, however, this same SoC is a 1.3 GHz octa-core chip according to CPU-Z. If idling, all cores can be disabled except for one running as low as 300 MHz to save energy. All cores can run up to 1.3 GHz simultaneously, though this happens infrequently and only when under high loads like gaming.

Synthetic benchmarks show the MT6735 to be roughly equivalent to the Snapdragon 615 SoC in the Motorola Moto X Play. Antutu and PassMark scores are also very good for its category and only beaten by more expensive devices like the Zenfone 2 or One M9.

AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
31538 Points ∼32%
Doogee Nova Y100X
19426 Points ∼20% -38%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
20419 Points ∼21% -35%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
23242 Points ∼23% -26%
Motorola Moto X Play
29699 Points ∼30% -6%
ZTE Blade S6
30329 Points ∼31% -4%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
42247 Points ∼43% +34%
HTC One M9
55374 Points ∼56% +76%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1563 Points ∼2%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
528 Points ∼11%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼24%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2533 Points ∼7%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1191 Points ∼3% -53%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1330 Points ∼4% -47%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1561 Points ∼4% -38%
Motorola Moto X Play
2558 Points ∼7% +1%
ZTE Blade S6
2291 Points ∼6% -10%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
2373 Points ∼6% -6%
HTC One M9
3835 Points ∼10% +51%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
622 Points ∼13%
Doogee Nova Y100X
364 Points ∼7% -41%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
486 Points ∼10% -22%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
526 Points ∼11% -15%
Motorola Moto X Play
717 Points ∼15% +15%
ZTE Blade S6
676 Points ∼14% +9%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
757 Points ∼15% +22%
HTC One M9
1275 Points ∼26% +105%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1132 Points ∼25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1084 Points ∼15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
HTC One M9
1094 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
758 Points ∼17%
Motorola Moto X Play
974 Points ∼22%
HTC One M9
845 Points ∼19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
39 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto X Play
178 Points ∼2%
HTC One M9
1892 Points ∼17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
49 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto X Play
218 Points ∼3%
HTC One M9
1484 Points ∼18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
6220 Points ∼7%
Doogee Nova Y100X
8440 Points ∼10% +36%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
7386 Points ∼9% +19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
10148 Points ∼12% +63%
Motorola Moto X Play
6839 Points ∼8% +10%
ZTE Blade S6
7526 Points ∼9% +21%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
16550 Points ∼19% +166%
HTC One M9
10432 (min: 10432, max: 10786) Points ∼12% +68%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
4527 Points ∼1%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2390 Points ∼0% -47%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2623 Points ∼0% -42%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3789 Points ∼1% -16%
Motorola Moto X Play
7796 Points ∼1% +72%
ZTE Blade S6
8933 Points ∼2% +97%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14270 Points ∼3% +215%
HTC One M9
34429 (min: 34429, max: 34485) Points ∼6% +661%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
4818 Points ∼2%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2843 Points ∼1% -41%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3062 Points ∼1% -36%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
4402 Points ∼2% -9%
Motorola Moto X Play
7561 Points ∼3% +57%
ZTE Blade S6
8577 Points ∼4% +78%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
14721 Points ∼6% +206%
HTC One M9
22783 (min: 22783, max: 23171) Points ∼10% +373%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
8440 Points ∼10%
Doogee Nova Y100X
7861 Points ∼9% -7%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
6524 Points ∼8% -23%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
9544 Points ∼11% +13%
Motorola Moto X Play
6841 Points ∼8% -19%
ZTE Blade S6
7346 Points ∼9% -13%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7530 Points ∼9% -11%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2646 Points ∼0%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1550 Points ∼0% -41%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1669 Points ∼0% -37%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2135 Points ∼0% -19%
Motorola Moto X Play
5082 Points ∼1% +92%
ZTE Blade S6
5272 Points ∼1% +99%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7875 Points ∼1% +198%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
3122 Points ∼1%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1887 Points ∼1% -40%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2000 Points ∼1% -36%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2580 Points ∼1% -17%
Motorola Moto X Play
5390 Points ∼2% +73%
ZTE Blade S6
5625 Points ∼3% +80%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
7796 Points ∼4% +150%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
4569 Points ∼3%
Doogee Nova Y100X
7759 Points ∼5% +70%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
6706 Points ∼4% +47%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
9385 Points ∼6% +105%
Motorola Moto X Play
6799 Points ∼4% +49%
ZTE Blade S6
7143 Points ∼5% +56%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
5240 Points ∼1%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2413 Points ∼0% -54%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3402 Points ∼0% -35%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
4712 Points ∼1% -10%
Motorola Moto X Play
10194 Points ∼1% +95%
ZTE Blade S6
10819 Points ∼1% +106%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
5074 Points ∼0%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2849 Points ∼0% -44%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3820 Points ∼0% -25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
5298 Points ∼0% +4%
Motorola Moto X Play
9176 Points ∼1% +81%
ZTE Blade S6
9709 Points ∼1% +91%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1529 Points ∼41%
Doogee Nova Y100X
634 Points ∼17% -59%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
705 Points ∼19% -54%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1219 Points ∼33% -20%
Motorola Moto X Play
1291 Points ∼35% -16%
ZTE Blade S6
924 Points ∼25% -40%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1200 Points ∼32% -22%
HTC One M9
2280 Points ∼61% +49%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1023 Points ∼23%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1110 Points ∼25% +9%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1221 Points ∼27% +19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
966 Points ∼22% -6%
Motorola Moto X Play
1025 Points ∼23% 0%
ZTE Blade S6
817 Points ∼18% -20%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1251 Points ∼28% +22%
HTC One M9
2298 Points ∼51% +125%
Browser (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2755 Points ∼36%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1691 Points ∼22% -39%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1666 Points ∼22% -40%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2043 (min: 1641) Points ∼27% -26%
Motorola Moto X Play
1849 Points ∼24% -33%
ZTE Blade S6
2550 Points ∼34% -7%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
3005 Points ∼40% +9%
HTC One M9
3174 Points ∼42% +15%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
902 Points ∼14%
Doogee Nova Y100X
733 Points ∼12% -19%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
796 Points ∼13% -12%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
811 Points ∼13% -10%
Motorola Moto X Play
1069 Points ∼17% +19%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1541 Points ∼24% +71%
HTC One M9
1703 Points ∼27% +89%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2994 Points ∼14%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2123 Points ∼10% -29%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2288 Points ∼11% -24%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2745 Points ∼13% -8%
Motorola Moto X Play
1818 Points ∼9% -39%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
3289 Points ∼16% +10%
HTC One M9
4643 Points ∼22% +55%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
4878 Points ∼0%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1837 Points ∼0% -62%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2847 Points ∼0% -42%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3154 Points ∼0% -35%
Motorola Moto X Play
2457 Points ∼0% -50%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5465 Points ∼0% +12%
HTC One M9
6248 Points ∼0% +28%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
30879 Points ∼15%
Doogee Nova Y100X
3946 Points ∼2% -87%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
14270 Points ∼7% -54%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
7518 Points ∼4% -76%
Motorola Moto X Play
23839 Points ∼12% -23%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
17649 Points ∼9% -43%
HTC One M9
42249 Points ∼21% +37%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
101503 Points ∼13%
Doogee Nova Y100X
10230 Points ∼1% -90%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
9895 Points ∼1% -90%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
13288 Points ∼2% -87%
Motorola Moto X Play
10592 Points ∼1% -90%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
23651 Points ∼3% -77%
HTC One M9
112124 Points ∼15% +10%
System (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
3906 Points ∼18%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2304 Points ∼10% -41%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2797 Points ∼13% -28%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2966 Points ∼13% -24%
Motorola Moto X Play
3050 Points ∼14% -22%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5108 Points ∼23% +31%
HTC One M9
6599 Points ∼30% +69%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
658 Points ∼32%
Doogee Nova Y100X
612 Points ∼30% -7%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
556 Points ∼27% -16%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
484 Points ∼24% -26%
Motorola Moto X Play
710 Points ∼35% +8%
ZTE Blade S6
707 Points ∼35% +7%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
688 Points ∼34% +5%
HTC One M9
789 Points ∼39% +20%
Graphics (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
415 Points ∼1%
Doogee Nova Y100X
138 Points ∼0% -67%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
173 Points ∼1% -58%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
315 Points ∼1% -24%
Motorola Moto X Play
785 Points ∼3% +89%
ZTE Blade S6
800 Points ∼3% +93%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1432 Points ∼5% +245%
HTC One M9
3210 Points ∼11% +673%
Memory (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
846 Points ∼11%
Doogee Nova Y100X
247 Points ∼3% -71%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
450 Points ∼6% -47%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
394 Points ∼5% -53%
Motorola Moto X Play
595 Points ∼8% -30%
ZTE Blade S6
608 Points ∼8% -28%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
954 Points ∼13% +13%
HTC One M9
933 Points ∼12% +10%
System (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1331 Points ∼8%
Doogee Nova Y100X
938 Points ∼6% -30%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
844 Points ∼5% -37%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1166 Points ∼7% -12%
Motorola Moto X Play
1177 Points ∼7% -12%
ZTE Blade S6
1084 Points ∼7% -19%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1622 Points ∼10% +22%
HTC One M9
1672 Points ∼10% +26%
Overall (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
745 Points ∼9%
Doogee Nova Y100X
374 Points ∼4% -50%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
437 Points ∼5% -41%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
515 Points ∼6% -31%
Motorola Moto X Play
701 Points ∼8% -6%
ZTE Blade S6
782 Points ∼9% +5%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1111 Points ∼13% +49%
HTC One M9
1410 Points ∼17% +89%

Legend

 
Ulefone Paris Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Nova Y100X Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB SSD
 
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto X Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade S6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML Intel Atom Z3560, PowerVR G6430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Browser-based benchmarks like Sunspider put the Paris ahead of the Doogee Valencia models, but behind costlier models from major manufacturers. The ZTE Blade V6 is able to outperform the Paris on most accounts.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
3217 Points ∼6%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
2168 Points ∼4% -33%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2452 Points ∼5% -24%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3296 Points ∼6% +2%
ZTE Blade S6
3655 Points ∼7% +14%
Motorola Moto X Play
3764 Points ∼7% +17%
HTC One M9
6493 Points ∼12% +102%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
6507 Points ∼12% +102%
Sunspider
1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1561 ms * ∼17%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1947.8 ms * ∼21% -25%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2004.7 ms * ∼22% -28%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1573.1 ms * ∼17% -1%
ZTE Blade S6
1213 ms * ∼13% +22%
Motorola Moto X Play
1235 ms * ∼14% +21%
HTC One M9
839.7 ms * ∼9% +46%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
817.7 ms * ∼9% +48%
0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1476.9 ms * ∼14%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1947.8 ms * ∼18% -32%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1939.3 ms * ∼18% -31%
HTC One M9
778.2 ms * ∼7% +47%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
839.5 ms * ∼8% +43%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1317 points ∼4%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
586 points ∼2% -56%
Doogee Nova Y100X
988 points ∼3% -25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1203 points ∼4% -9%
Motorola Moto X Play
1471 points ∼5% +12%
HTC One M9
1729 points ∼6% +31%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1887.1 ms * ∼39%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2260.6 ms * ∼47% -20%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1847.3 ms * ∼39% +2%
ZTE Blade S6
1534 ms * ∼32% +19%
HTC One M9
1132.1 ms * ∼24% +40%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
927 ms * ∼19% +51%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
1403.9 ms * ∼38%
Doogee Nova Y100X
3143.8 ms * ∼84% -124%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2119 ms * ∼57% -51%
ZTE Blade S6
1739 ms * ∼46% -24%
HTC One M9
1087.6 ms * ∼29% +23%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
721.7 ms * ∼19% +49%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2339.1 ms * ∼19%
Doogee Nova Y100X
3001 ms * ∼25% -28%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2739.7 ms * ∼23% -17%
ZTE Blade S6
2005 ms * ∼17% +14%
HTC One M9
2237.3 ms * ∼18% +4%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
1227.2 ms * ∼10% +48%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
819 ms * ∼9%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1270 ms * ∼14% -55%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1019.5 ms * ∼11% -24%
ZTE Blade S6
1088 ms * ∼12% -33%
HTC One M9
1585.1 ms * ∼18% -94%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
681.5 ms * ∼8% +17%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
277 Points ∼12%
Doogee Nova Y100X
182 Points ∼8% -34%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
228 Points ∼10% -18%
ZTE Blade S6
267 Points ∼12% -4%
HTC One M9
287 Points ∼13% +4%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
480 Points ∼21% +73%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
58 Points ∼7%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
39 Points ∼5% -33%
Doogee Nova Y100X
40 Points ∼5% -31%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
52 Points ∼6% -10%
Motorola Moto X Play
56 Points ∼7% -3%
HTC One M9
72 Points ∼9% +24%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
109 Points ∼14% +88%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
13304.5 ms * ∼22%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
18504.7 ms * ∼31% -39%
Doogee Nova Y100X
15613.1 ms * ∼26% -17%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
11843 ms * ∼20% +11%
ZTE Blade S6
11668 ms * ∼20% +12%
Motorola Moto X Play
11694 ms * ∼20% +12%
HTC One M9
6508.2 ms * ∼11% +51%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5845.9 ms * ∼10% +56%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The integrated 16 GB eMMC performs very well in Androbench 3 with results comparable to mainstream smartphones from more well-known manufacturers. Flagship models like the One M9 will still outperform the Ulefone in transfer speeds.

MicroSD is supported up to 128 GB for even more storage if necessary.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
5.04 MB/s ∼2%
Doogee Nova Y100X
2.41 MB/s ∼1% -52%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3.78 MB/s ∼2% -25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
5.11 MB/s ∼2% +1%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼6% +217%
ZTE Blade S6
2.85 MB/s ∼1% -43%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
5.91 MB/s ∼2% +17%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼6% +176%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
17.23 MB/s ∼9%
Doogee Nova Y100X
15.64 MB/s ∼8% -9%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
17.76 MB/s ∼9% +3%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
22.79 MB/s ∼12% +32%
Motorola Moto X Play
16 MB/s ∼8% -7%
ZTE Blade S6
7.85 MB/s ∼4% -54%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
22.69 MB/s ∼12% +32%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼11% +20%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
49.72 MB/s ∼8%
Doogee Nova Y100X
21.09 MB/s ∼4% -58%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
51.71 MB/s ∼9% +4%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
22.33 MB/s ∼4% -55%
Motorola Moto X Play
75 MB/s ∼13% +51%
ZTE Blade S6
51 MB/s ∼9% +3%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
54.6 MB/s ∼9% +10%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼21% +149%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
144.9 MB/s ∼10%
Doogee Nova Y100X
38.05 MB/s ∼3% -74%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
139.22 MB/s ∼9% -4%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
131.42 MB/s ∼9% -9%
Motorola Moto X Play
139 MB/s ∼9% -4%
ZTE Blade S6
128 MB/s ∼9% -12%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
147.56 MB/s ∼10% +2%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼16% +62%

Gaming Performance

The integrated Mali-T720 GPU is common on budget smartphones. The Paris, however, utilizes the dual-core Mali-T720 MP2 version. Performance is better than the Mali-400 in the Doogee Y100X and even the Doogee Y100 Pro despite it carrying the same SoC and GPU. The mainstream Adreno 405 still clocks in faster in BaseMark X, but Epic Citadel shows more comparable results. Outside of synthetic benchmarks, 3D titles like Asphalt 8 run smoothly on the native 720p display.

Stress testing with GFXBench shows no reduction in frametimes overtime. This means users can get full performance out of the MediaTek SoC without needing to worry about major throttling issues during high processing loads.

Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
2852 Points ∼6%
Doogee Nova Y100X
1697 Points ∼4% -40%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
1776 Points ∼4% -38%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1839 Points ∼4% -36%
Motorola Moto X Play
5084 Points ∼12% +78%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
13059 Points ∼30% +358%
HTC One M9
19122 Points ∼43% +570%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
6359 Points ∼14%
Doogee Nova Y100X
4813 Points ∼11% -24%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
3891 Points ∼9% -39%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3855 Points ∼9% -39%
Motorola Moto X Play
10637 Points ∼24% +67%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
18918 Points ∼42% +197%
HTC One M9
27968 Points ∼62% +340%
Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
34.9 fps ∼57%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
31.9 fps ∼52% -9%
Motorola Moto X Play
31.9 fps ∼52% -9%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
44.4 fps ∼72% +27%
HTC One M9
58.2 fps ∼94% +67%
High Quality (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
57.9 fps ∼95%
Doogee Nova Y100X
46.5 fps ∼76% -20%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
48.8 fps ∼80% -16%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.3 fps ∼96% +1%
High Performance (sort by value)
Ulefone Paris
59 fps ∼97%
Doogee Nova Y100X
47.5 fps ∼78% -19%
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro
51.6 fps ∼85% -13%
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
58.4 fps ∼96% -1%

Legend

 
Ulefone Paris Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Nova Y100X Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Valencia2 Y100 Pro Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB SSD
 
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto X Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML Intel Atom Z3560, PowerVR G6430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperatures are well above average during medium to heavy loads. While the Paris runs cool under very light loads, heavy browsing or gaming for extended periods will boost temperatures to an average of 40 C. We were able to record temperatures over 50 C near the rear camera. Users should never experience temperatures this warm on the Paris, but do expect the phone to become quite warm after a few minutes of heavy use.

Max. Load
 42.4 °C
108 F
38.6 °C
101 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
38.6 °C
101 F
43.6 °C
110 F
 
 42.6 °C
109 F
38.6 °C
101 F
42.2 °C
108 F
 
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 40.9 °C = 106 F
40.4 °C
105 F
40.4 °C
105 F
45.4 °C
114 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.6 °C
105 F
51.4 °C
125 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.8 °C
105 F
40.4 °C
105 F
Maximum: 51.4 °C = 125 F
Average: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Room Temperature 22.2 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.9 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51.4 °C / 125 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The monaural speaker is on the bottom edge of the phone adjacent to the microphone and similar in style to the speaker on the iPhone. Quality is below average as bass is virtually non-existent. Sounds are high-pitched with low range and have an unintentional echo at higher volume settings. On the bright side, maximum volume is loud and do not exhibit any crackling noises.

Battery Life

Runtimes are average at 6 hours of constant WiFi use. The Galaxy J5 and LG G4c can last for much longer under similar conditions, so there is definitely still room for improvement on the Paris. At worst, users can expect 3 hours of constant use on maximum brightness and extreme processing loads. The battery is removable for replacing like on many other budget smartphones.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 53min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 00min
Ulefone Paris
2250 mAh
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
2470 mAh
Huawei P8 lite
2200 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5
2600 mAh
LG G4c
2540 mAh
HTC One M9
2840 mAh
Doogee Nova Y100X
2200 mAh
Battery Runtime
45%
-7%
56%
22%
4%
-28%
Reader / Idle
953
1364
43%
715
-25%
1292
36%
955
0%
805
-16%
658
-31%
WiFi v1.3
361
526
46%
351
-3%
495
37%
457
27%
348
-4%
258
-29%
Load
180
264
47%
194
8%
350
94%
252
40%
236
31%
136
-24%
WiFi
573

Pros

+ thin and sleek design for the price
+ high contrast and bright backlight
+ removable battery
+ dual-SIM support
+ respectable performance
+ 2 GB RAM
+ clear voice quality
+ no major throttling issues
+ good camera quality outdoors

Cons

- weak haptic feedback
- high surface temperatures
- poorly lit Home button and keys
- back cover difficult to remove
- battery life could be better
- 4G not guaranteed for U.S. users
- poor speaker; no bass
- no extra features (fingerprint, NFC, MHL, IR blaster, etc.)
- poor camera quality indoors and under low-medium lighting or distances

Verdict

In review: Ulefone Paris. Test model provided by Coolicool.com. Coupon Code for $5 savings: CICPA5
In review: Ulefone Paris. Test model provided by Coolicool.com. Coupon Code for $5 savings: CICPA5

In a sea of cheap oversea smartphones, there are always a few standout models that offer good hardware and performance for the price. The Ulefone Paris is one of them as its performance and display are both surprisingly solid. The display is bright enough for comfortable use outdoors and the software is responsive as one would expect from a mainstream device.  The 2 GB RAM is already double that of many cheap alternatives. There is no hardware throttling and its design is arguably sleeker than most other budget Chinese smartphones in the market.

There are the expected cut corners, of course, including the average camera and battery life. The touchscreen could have been more responsive to lighter taps and the vibration is on the weak side. Lastly, surface temperatures are much higher than on other smartphones when simply browsing the net or gaming for extended periods.

For $150 USD, the Ulefone Paris can be a good primary smartphone as long as users are aware of its drawbacks.

The Paris is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, but the extra cost pays for the sleeker looks and better overall performance.

Ulefone Paris - 11/09/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
74%
Keyboard
74 / 75 → 99%
Pointing Device
74%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
94%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
54 / 63 → 86%
Application Performance
34 / 70 → 49%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
70%
Average
71%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-11- 9 (Update: 2016-09-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.