We got 7 popular mid-range smartphones on the market. We will be comparing them in terms of Software, Design, hardware, battery, and charging. These 7 smartphones are Jiayu S3+, Doogee F5, Ulefone power, Oukitel K6000 Pro, Leagoo Elite 1, Umi touch and Elephone P8000.
Jiayu S3+ was launched around the end of last year. It’s still a considerable device due to its competitive price. It uses plastic back cover and has light weight. However, it feels quite slippery. We found the 13MP camera with a dual-tone flash on the back.
Elephone P8000 was a hot seller since the launch in July last year. The one I got is the golden color version. They have added some texture on the plastic back cover. A fingerprint reader is found under the 13MP camera. And we only found one LED flash. Elephone Logo is at the bottom.
The third one is Doogee F5. It was also released in last year and it’s the 2015 Flagship from the company. The first thing we noticed is the size of the fingerprint reader, it’s obviously larger than the one of P8000. Which could result in better recognition ratio theoretically? And it packs dual-tone flash and 13Mp camera. The speaker is located at the bottom, unlike Elephone.
Let’s move to the next in group, Oukitel K6000 Pro is the upgraded version of K6000. The marshmallow powered phone is currently on pre-sale. It has a fingerprint reader housed under the 13MP camera, dual-tone flash and aluminum alloy back cover. The speaker is located at the bottom. The phone feels heavier because of the 6000mAh battery inside. However, the phone is very comfortable to hold.
Umi touch was released last month. It ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone uses aluminum alloy back cover, dual-tone flash. Ulefone power shares very similar specifications with K6000 Pro, this device is also powered by a 6000mAh battery with fast charging technology. So it feels heavier just like K6000 pro. It also has a Fingerprint reader on the back. 13MP camera goes with a dual-tone flash. The phone also has Oak back cover option if you like this.
Leagoo Elite 1 has double side glass. It’s smaller in size compared to others, as it houses 5 inches display. The glass backing looks good, but it is a fingerprint magnet and gets messy and dirty after a while. 13MP camera and dual-tone flash on the top, speakers are located at the bottom.
All the smartphones have a 5MP front camera. However, the difference is that Umi touch comes with a single flash, which could be helpful for taking selfies under dim light. We can see that the Umi touch and Leagoo Elite 1 have the fingerprint readers at the front. It also acts as a physical button but every time I pressed the button, the click sound was a bit annoying . I’m not sure if all the Umi touch has the same problem. Next, let’s take a look at the display, we adjusted the brightness to the maximum to make a fair comparison. S3+, P8000, and Touch have a warmer color temperature, Elite 1 and power, on the other hand, have more blueness on the display. Oukitel K6000 Pro has the best balance of color in terms of temperature and brightness.
Then we tried dropping some water on the screen. You’ll see the differences between the screen materials reacting to the water. Customers usually won’t notice such details but it does make a difference on the using experience. Water repellent screens are harder to get the fingerprints on and they are easy to clean up. Hydrophily screens are very easy to get messy. The result is clear and obvious, screens of Doogee F5, Elephone P8000, Umi Touch are hydrophily, you can see the water on the screen. This is called anti-fingerprint coating, however, since it’s very hard to tell if the phone has it or not, some manufacturers saves cost on that.
Chargers are one of the most essential accessories in the package. You can determine the smartphone charging speed by studying the specifications on the charger. So we took them out and put them in a specific order. Three phones on the left have a maximum input of 5V 1A, which works out of 5-watt power. Elephone P8000 and Doogee F5 have a maximum input of 5V2A, which makes them 10 watt. They are regular standard nowadays, but they’re not fast charging. Oukitel K6000 Pro and Ulefone Power have the most advanced MTK quick charge technology called Pump Express Plus. The intelligent chips inside the charger and phone could automatically adjust the charging speed according to the current battery level in order to have the maximum input power.
The next important thing is memory and storage. All the smartphones here support 3GB of RAM, which is enough for muti-tasks and big games. However, their internal storage is different. That determines how many pictures, videos, movies, music, and books you can save on your smartphone. So we did a factory reset all the smartphones to clean up all the apps and cache data first, then we used the most efficient test to show you their capabilities. Ulefone power has 11.69GB available, Leagoo Elite 1 has 25.01GB available, Elephone P8000 has 10.58GB available, Oukitel K6000 pro has 25.72GB available, Umi Touch has 11.18GB available, Doogee F5 has 10.59GB available, Jiayu S3+ has 11.53GB available. Ulefone power could shoot videos about 3 hours, Leagoo Elite 1 could record videos of 6 and half hours. Elephone could save videos of 1 and half hours. Oukitel k6000 pro increased the time to 6 hours and 40 mins, Umi touch is slightly under 3 hours. Doogee F5 is slightly less than Umi touch, and Jiayu S3+ just over the 3 hours line.
Since all the phones pack MT6753 chipset, they score very similar on Antutu, except that Jiayu S3+ and Ulefone power is slightly below the 37K mark. Then we could look deeper beneath the surface by studying the device info. In here, you can see the sensors that each phone has.
Oukitel K6000 Pro: http://bit.ly/1N3oX9s
Jiayu S3+: http://goo.gl/il3Zk4
Doogee F5: http://goo.gl/K5MuCs
Ulefone Power: http://goo.gl/AOypoE
Umi Touch: http://goo.gl/625eZf
Leagoo Elite 1: http://goo.gl/09XD0j
Elephone P8000: http://goo.gl/xI3e0G