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Ulefone Power Armor 16S debuts as Super Loud 50MP camera rugged smartphone

The Power Armor 16S. (Source: Ulefone)
The Power Armor 16S. (Source: Ulefone)
Ulefone’s latest smartphone has a potentially robust IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810H-rated chassis, with one of the industry's loudest speakers built into it to boot. It also has a 50MP main camera and an exceptionally large 9,600mAh battery - however, other specs let it down somewhat. Then again, it has been released at just over 50% of its recommended retail price.

The Power Armor 16S is the latest smartphone touted by Ulefone to double as its own portable speaker. Its inbuilt audio is slated to land as “the world's loudest” at 122dB.

It is not so extreme on the other side, however, as even Ulefone concedes that its 5.93-inch display is “Moderate” at best, with a resolution of 1440x720.

It is rated to support a more generous 16GB of RAM - unfortunately, only 8GB of it is hardware-based, with the other half coming from a RAM Boost-like function. Then again, its predecessor started with just 4GB out of the box. 

Accordingly, the 16S is effectively a 16 Pro refresh, albeit with an SoC updated from the MediaTek Helio G25 to the Unisoc T616, and Android 13 out of the box rather than Android 12. Its main rear camera is also a substantial upgrade at 50MP in resolution - although it is based on Samsung's less than spectacular ISOCELL JN1 sensor.

It is valued at $307.48, but is available at $146.37 in AliExpress from now. Then again, the Power Armor 16 Pro goes for just $189 on Amazon right now.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-03-20 (Update: 2024-03-20)