Ulefone Power Armor 13 review

Introduction

The Ulefone Power Armor 13 is a brick of a phone, but it’s a brick you will gladly put in your cargo pants and carry all day long, or shall we say all week long with that 13,200mAh battery. Indeed, the fortified Power Armor 13 is not for everyone, but it’s so versatile that we believe many people will like it for the Swiss knife it is.

Just like previous Armor models, this one focuses on both durability with shockproof and waterproof body, as well as usability with support for endoscope attachment, powerful integrated flashlight, and a laser distance meter.

But it’s not just an Armor; it’s a Power Armor model, hence the absolutely humongous battery – a 13,200 mAh cell! The phone supports fast 33W wired charging, 15W fast wireless charging, and you bet it can reverse charge, too.

The rest of the specs are nothing spectacular yet intriguing enough to keep the interest alive in this Power Armor 13. There is a 6.81″ IPS LCD FHD screen with a small punch-hole. The phone relies on the Helio G95 chipset with 8GB RAM and 256GB expandable storage, which is plenty adequate for this type of device.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 review

There is no thermal camera on the Power Armor 13, but it packs a mid-range quad-camera on the back with a 48MP primary and 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth snappers. There is also a 16MP shooter for selfies at the front.

Finally, the Ulefone Power Armor 13 ships with a ton of goodies, but we guess we’ll reveal that in a bit. For now, let’s run through its specs.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 specs at a glance:

  • Body: 183.7×85.4×20.8mm, 492g; reinforced metal frame with rubber top and bottom, Thermoplastic polyurethane back with reinforced with aluminum alloy, shock-proof up to 1.2m height, IP69K for dust and pressurized water endurance, MIL-STD-810G compliance. PTT button; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.2 m, MIL-STD-810G compliant.
  • Display: 6.81″ IPS LCD, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 386ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 11.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.6; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.2.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 13200mAh; Fast charging 33W, Fast wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging 5W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; FM radio, RDS, recording; 3.5mm jack; Infrared distance measure (error range: 1~20m, ±10mm; 20~40m, ±25mm).

The Ulefone Power Armor 13 weighs 492 grams and is 2cm thick, which are probably the two possible deal-breakers as it won’t fit in every pocket. But it wasn’t meant to be a cheap iPhone or Galaxy alternative, it’s a work tool and a phone, and as such – it seems like a pretty solid offer. So, let’s pop this thing out of its box (and be careful not to drop it on our feet).

Unboxing the Ulefone Power Armor 13

Ulefone has always been generous with its retail bundles, and it’s no different with the Power Amor 13. The phone ships with a 3A-rated red USB-C cable and a 33W power adapter (USB-C port, too).

Ulefone Power Armor 13 review

In addition to these, Ulefone is also giving you a USB OTG cable, USB-A-to-C adapter, and a tempered glass screen protector. If you want to use the glass protector, first you need to peel off the factory-applied protective film.

Additional accessories

You can also bundle your Power Armor 13 with plenty of accessories. Ulefone offers a 15W wireless charging pad for $35, there is also the endoscope camera for $40.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 review

You can opt for a rugged case with a clip and a hook for $25 – a particularly helpful accessory as it will be easier to carry this Power Armor 13 on your belt rather than in your pocket.

Ulefone Power Armor 13 review

We spent some time with the case, and it is definitely something you should consider getting with your new Power Armor 13, that is, if you decide on buying one after reading our review, of course.


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