On the first two days of the MWC, the announcements of the big manufacturers went down, so on the third day it was worth examining the back pavilions more closely. One of the exhibitors, for example, was Oukitel, also a Shenzhen brand, like most Chinese mobile manufacturers, and at their stand there was the Oukitel K16, which was revealed to have just been introduced and will be distributed next month. Also in Europe, because the company has a warehouse within the EU.
I have the Oukitel K16 in my hand. [+]
The only thing that makes the K16 stand out from the crowd — or get lost in it — is its size: the device measures 120.5 x 58.5 x 15.7 millimeters. The 3.5-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, it does not have any notch or hole, because it is surrounded by a large frame, which houses the 8 MP front camera.
On the back, you can find a 48 MP autofocus camera, LED flash, and leather-like plastic. I think the design was inspired by Vertu’s devices and the Galaxy Mini, the judgment is subjective, I think it’s a bit exaggerated, but we’ve seen something similar from Cubot, for example, and Oukitel’s previous models weren’t famous for their restrained appearance either.
The Oukitel K16 does not have a fingerprint reader, but there is facial recognition and a physical button under the display. NFC mobile payment is a plus, there is 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, and a MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771) system chip.
Oukitel K16 next to iPhone 13 Mini. [+]
The phone will be launched with the Android 13 system, so it would be difficult to say whether it will ever see an update. The battery is 3050 mAh, for charging it there is a USB-C connector at the bottom, the device takes 10 watts from the network. There is no jack or anything, just three buttons on the side of the phone to turn it on and control the volume. The price has not yet been announced by the Chinese company, but based on the pricing of their other models, an upper limit of 200 euros can be expected.