Currently, it is too hard to choose a right smartphone. The reason is simple – there are too many manufacturers that have begun making good handsets. While top brands are focusing on the high-end models with many innovations and pay too much for a design, the second-class smartphone makers are trying to pack their models with many useful features. Say, it won’t worth you anything to buy a literally crazy phone for a song. We can list myriads of such devices. But it’s better to take a glance at a new model that will hit the market in the nearest future. Today we are going to review the Oukitel K6, which is considered to be one of the best smartphones sporting too many decent features.
Oukitel K6 Design
Of course, one of the selling points of the Oukitel K6 is the newest technology. The phone adopts the full-screen technology, which makes the handset doesn’t stay behind other current flagships, at least. This model sports a 6-inch full-screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and Full HD+ resolution of 2,160 × 1,080 pixels. It is covered with a 2.5D arc glass.
The company uses a very popular design. Thus there are still a chin and a forehead. But if the latter carries the dual-camera sensors, proximity sensor, a speaker, and other interfaces, the chin is blank. Therefore it’s been left there only for the symmetric appearance.
The back of the Oukitel K6 is made of plastic. It’s glossy. I know many won’t like this saying a glossy body provides a feeling of a cheap phone. But the truth is the Oukitel K6 comes with the highest build quality. So when holding it in hands you won’t have a feeling of an inexpensive handset. Moreover, it is curved in all edges. So regardless its giant size and dimensions, the phone is great in terms of ergonomics.
The frame is made of metal using a zinc alloy NMT. So the display panel, as well as the back panel, sit solidly on it.
The SIM card slot is on the upper left side, while the volume rocker accompanied by the unlock button is on the right side. The top is blank carrying only an antenna ribbon for better signal transmission. So all the holes are on the bottom. Surprisingly there is no 3.5mm audio jack. The only way to connect the headphones is to use the USB Type-C port or do it via Bluetooth.
The Oukitel K6 comes with dimensions of 158.7×76.3×10.4mm and weighs 211.5 grams. So we have no complaints towards its size, but seems it’s a bit overweighed. Anyway, there are two color options to choose from – black and blue.
Oukitel K6 Performance
Under the hood, we can find a surprisingly good chip coming our way from MediaTek. It carries a model number of MT6763. But if it doesn’t tell you anything, just know this is the MediaTek Helio P23. This is not a much-popular chip, but it has shown quite acceptable performance on such models as the OPPO F5, Vernee X, Ulefone Power 3, and Doogee BL12000 Pro.
The Helio P23 was launched along with the Helio P30 to meet the requirements of the mid-range market. Though it uses the same octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU architecture, there are too many improvements concerning the SoCs, GPU, and modems. At this moment, MediaTek is not capable of competing with the giants such as Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei in terms of making true high-end chips, but it is an absolute leader in the mid-range market. Especially its P-line chips target at what the company calls the ‘Premium Performance’ market.
As for the Helio P23, it’s the follow up of the P20. The new P23 is a more robust upgrade that incorporates new features and newer generation IP blocks to bring the family closer to the Helio X30. The larger four cores are clocked at 2.3GHz, while the smaller cores are clocked at 1.65GHz. While you can think this is a pullback in terms of the performance cluster clock speed from 2.6GHz to 2.3GHz, the smaller cores have become way faster. That’s why this chip is capable of handling more apps launched simultaneously.
However, the rest of clusters have been updated. Say, now the P23 uses ARM’s current-generation Mali-G71 GPU instead of Mali T880. This graphics card adopts ARM’s Bifrost GPU architecture that provides way better experience. It runs at a 770MHz frequency. Though this is a great improvement in comparison to the previous models, the main changes have been made for the video capture, cameras, and the LTE modem.
The P23 retains the same 4Kp30 H.264 recoding capabilities along with HEVC decoding. The SoC also supports 13MP + 13MP cameras (or a single 24MP). Oukitel used this feature smartly. Moreover, this chip also brings over Imagiq 2.0 feature inherited from the Helio X30.
The Helio P23 comes with a new LTE Category 7/13 modem that supports 300Mbps down and 150Mbps up. Not many people know, but this SoC comes with an improved LTE carrier aggregation, and High Power UE support for TDD LTE allowing for higher transmit powers on supported networks. The Oukitel K6 supports dual-SIM, and what’s interesting the LTE support is on both the primary and secondary SIMs. Actually, it’s not a miracle to see the LTE support on the second SIM, but it’s routinely been cited as a power consumption liability. But MediaTek has developed a great technology to save power.
The MediaTek Helio P23 run on a 16nm process node like its predecessor. But this SoC has been also made as a power-efficient chip. So most likely the manufacturer has made too many optimizations in TSMC’s product.
At last, the Oukitel K6 comes with a whopping 6GB of RAM, which is more than sufficient not to run out of the memory. There is also a 64GB of eMMC flash storage, which can be expanded via the microSD card slot if scarifying the second SIM card.
The phone comes with two types of data protection. There is a regular fingerprint scanner placed below the rear camera. But the Oukitel K6 also supports Face identification. At last, the phone runs on Android 7.1.
Oukitel K6 Camera
The Oukitel K6 is a quad-camera phone. The front camera uses a 13+8MP sensors combination. They are accompanied by a flashlight to take better selfies in low-light conditions. On the back, we have a 21+8Mp dual-camera paired with a true-tone LED flash.
As we said, the phone adopts MediaTek’s Imagiq 2.0 technology. Thus it comes with a hardware camera capture control unit. Thanks to it the camera supports for instant auto exposure, noise reduction, and EIS.
There are various shooting modes including Photo, Face beauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama, and Pro. Thanks to a dual-camera setup and good software the phone is capable of taking great photos in all conditions.
Oukitel K6 Battery
This is an Oukitel phone, folks. Thus it should be powered by a giant battery. Fortunately, the company didn’t change its strategy on this handset. The Oukitel K6 sports a 6300mAh battery. Though the phone also comes with a large screen, it’s promised to provide up to 3 days of normal use. Let’s test it.
The Oukitel K6 was tested for various purposes. But what’s more amazing the iPhone X has been chosen as its rival. Let’s see how these handsets behave in various tests. First, both phones were tested for listening to music. After one hour, the K6’s power decreased from 100% to 97%, while the iPhone X’s 2716mAh battery reduced to73%. Then they were tested for video call. After one hour the Oukitel phone reached 90%, while the iPhone X showed 63% of remaining power. The third test was held for video recording. After one hour the remaining power for the Oukitel K6 was 81%, while the iPhone X showed 36%. The fourth test concerned a 1080p video playback. After 3 hours and 16 minutes, the iPhone X went off, while the remaining power of the K6 was 65%. At last, the Oukitel K6 was tested for a heavy game playing. It consumes 7% of power in an hour. So it’s calculated to provide up to 12 hours of gaming.
This is a large capacity battery, which means it will take longer to charge fully. But how long? A test was held for the Oukitel K6 that comes with a 5V/3A charger. The latter should provide a better charging performance than the 9V/2A charging head. According to the test results, the 5V/3A charger will charge the phone to 24% in 30 minutes, 45% in an hour, and 100% in 2 hours and 40 minutes. If using the second charger, it will take up to 3 hours and 10 minutes.
The Bottom Line
As we can see, the Oukitel K6 is a great phone. It comes with all the latest features including a quad-camera setup, full-screen, great connectivity options, stylish look, fingerprint and facial identification, NFC, beast-size battery, and many more. So there is every chance for this handset to become a bestseller. It’s now available for pre-order at Banggood at $199.99. Agree this is a quite affordable price tag for a handset with aforementioned features.