Ulefone brought a real all-round rugged phone to the MWC, although this is not entirely true, because only one prototype of the Armor 23 Ultra could be viewed at the manufacturer’s stand, and it had to be requested from the rotating exhibition table. The design can therefore be refined until it is put on the market, but in general terms the shape shown here will return with a lot of interesting features.
On the one hand, it was timely to bring the bright and contrasting AMOLED technology to the shock-resistant genre intended for outdoor use, but on the other hand, it is questionable how well a design with a slightly curved edge will withstand falls, although the display is protected by some rim, and the frame is made of titanium alloy.
At first, the phone on display looked like a 3D printed model, but when you took it in hand, you could try not only the working Android 13 system, but also the 16 megapixel selfie camera hidden in the panel, because the phone is capable of such things.
With all this, there is not too much space left around the 6.67″ and 120 Hz FHD panel, and when held in hand, the Armor 23 Ultra is not terribly large despite the 7000 mAh battery, although it does not skimp on any field elements. On the back, for example, is a 108 megapixel main camera and two 64 megapixel assistants were added, in wide-angle and 5x periscopic zoom roles, which is again rare in the genre.
But the real big deal is the use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which, although last year’s top chip, can make Ulefone’s offer by far the most powerful rugged phone, although the brand has not yet communicated the level of protection. The 120-watt charging, on the other hand, sounds great.
16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage are not cheap either, and the top chip also has a 5G modem, but the manufacturer even provides two-way satellite message exchange with a pre-installed service. Ulefone has predicted that we will probably have the opportunity to test the heaviest rugged phone to date, but we will have to wait a few months for its release. More information will pop up around here.