Remember a time when manufacturers literally competed to produce the smallest cell phone? Those times are now light years away, not only because we are no longer talking about simple mobile phones, but also because, in terms of size, the opposite trend has prevailed: device displays are getting bigger and bigger, and Oukitel K9 has brought the concept up to to the extreme. With its its 7.12 inches it is among the largest smartphones on the market. Here's what we think.
Oukitel is certainly not new on the smartphone landscape, and there are so many exponents placed on the market over the last few years. Almost always these are devices that are located in the medium range, but which have in some characteristics the winning weapon.
For example, Oukitel K9, as will be said later, is certainly not a concentrate of power, yet it makes its sense: it is huge, and those looking for such a large smartphone, could really lean towards this terminal, rather than others.
Its main feature, in fact, is the display, with a diagonal of 7.12 inches. It looks more like a compact tablet, even if the user is actually used to such large diagonals, and after holding it for a couple of hours you will even get used to it.
As for its technical characteristics, the panel boasts an IPS technology, with resolution 1080 x 2244 , with a 19: 9 ratio , density of pixels of 350 ppi, and a screen body ratio of 83%, with a 2.5D glass.
Inside, however, the processor Helio P35 , which offers four cores at 1.8 GHz, and four others with an operating frequency up to 2.3 GHz . It is a 64-bit processor, with a 12-nanometer manufacturing process.
Alongside it is a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, while the memory RAM is 4 GB with an integrated memory of 64 GB eMMC 5.1 , expandable via memory card.
The terminal, as easily predictable, is heavy and with important dimensions: 86.3 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm , with a weight of just over 230 grams . Aesthetically it presents a modern shape, which is based on the now present U-Notch, that is a small teardrop notch on the upper central part of the screen.
The bezels are particularly small on the sides, while it is a little more intrusive on the lower part of the display. On the back there is the dual camera and, a little further down, always on the central part, the fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, as always happens on this range of terminals, it is not always a reliable, fast and responsive tool.
Unlock the terminal 6 times out of 10, but it cannot be considered a valid unlocking method in everyday life.
Oukitel K9 is built mostly of plastic, which is good, as the metal would have further increased its weight. On the back the terminal has a glossy finish, which all in all makes the look even more interesting and less anonymous.
The design is therefore promoted, although obviously you will have to like the very large terminals: if you are for one-handed use, Oukitel K9 is not for you.
And then, the device is definitely aimed at those who want a tool that acts as a 2-in-1, i.e. from smartphones and tablets.
On the one hand, in fact, it can be used safely for telephone conversations, but on the other hand the large screen ensures use that is really close to that of a tablet, both for viewing multimedia content and for the videogame aspect.
It certainly won't be powerful enough to run titles that require more computing power, but for all casual titles it's certainly a godsend.
No problem, of course, for the telephone side. We did not encounter any problems in reception, nor when surfing the net. The terminal has always allowed us to surf in 4G even in seaside areas, like other higher-end phones.
The terminal, as already mentioned, is powered by a Huelio P35 processor, a revised and improved version of the previous Helio P30.For those who love numbers, this Oukitel K9 manages to reach a AnTuTu score close to 85000 , not bad considering the market segment.
In everyday use, the device allows you to browse the browseer, read emails, browse social networks, and chat with friends, without particular problems. It feels quite fluid and responsive, and even switching between apps doesn't create any kind of problem.
Of course, the multimedia side is the privileged one, because with Oukitel K9 you can easily watch an entire film, without having to tire your eyes too much.
It is precisely on this, on the big screen, that the device leverages to convince users: on the train, on the bus, or on the plane, a pair of good bluetooth headphones will make it possible to transform Oukitel K9 into a pocket cinema. Of course, the gaming department also benefits from such a large screen.
From the multimedia point of view, Oukitel K9 offers two rear cameras, with a 16 MP main chamber, f 1.9 aperture, autofocus, and the other 2MP, with f 2.2 aperture. On the front, however, an 8 MP selfie camera, with f 2.0 aperture. Oukitel K9 is not a camera phone, and it doesn't want to be.
Despite the support for AI technology, the shots often leave something to be desired, and you can only get a sufficient result in optimal lighting conditions. In short, as always happens with these Chinese mid-range terminals, the photographic department leaves the time it finds, and can only be used for some Sunday shots, and to publish the photo on Instagram, or review them on the terminal display, without too pretentious.
Colors are captured well, some detail is missing, and only daylight shots are enjoyable. It loses a lot in indoor photos, and at night it doesn't seem to be able to capture good photos. Those who choose it certainly will not do it for its photographic sector, but more for the large screen that has already been talked about.
Such a large terminal, of course, could only have a huge battery: 6000 mAh. The manufacturer ensures up to 3 days of use, also thanks to the processor with low consumption, even if during our tests, with intense use we were able to cover about a day and a half of use.
Only a milder use could allow to extend the life. Moreover, the charging department deserves an applause: Oukitel K9 supports 5V / 6A fast charging, able to bring the smartphone to 80% after just one hour and 15 minutes. Charging up to 100% takes about an hour and forty minutes.
Oukitel K9 has the secret weapon in the display: the dimensions will certainly not please everyone, but the device lends itself to eliminating the double presence of smartphones and tablets in everyday life. It is sufficient to play the roles of both devices, and if you are looking for a 7.12 inch it is among the few available on the square.
It benefits the viewing of films, the use of games, GPS navigation, but also the consultation of social networks and web pages. It is certainly not among the most powerful and performing on the market, just as it is not the ideal camera phone. We must not forget, however, that it costs only 170 euros, and the value for money is still justified.
Oukitel K9 can be purchased in black and blue directly at this address, at a price of about 200 euros, except for offers and promotions.