Oukitel C5 Pro Review - Cheap and Good?
An LTE-enabled smartphone with HD display for under 70 € - Can something go well? The Oukitel C5 Pro is such a "Lowest Budget" smartphone, which promises something in terms of price. Whether the smartphone is also good in practice something, we have tested.
Oukitel C5 Pro
Processor and memory
CPU: MediaTek MTK6737
Internal memory: 16GB
Memory extension: Yes
Display Type: IPS
Display diagonal: 5 inches
Display resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Multitouch: 2 fingers
Main Camera: 5 Megapixel (interpolates 8 MP)
* Single LED flash
Front camera: 2 megapixel (interpolated 5 MP)
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Micro SIM
2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G: WCDMA 900 / 2100 MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz
WiFi: 802.11 b / g / n
* Brightness sensor
* Proximity Sensor
Battery: 2.000 mAh
Quick batch: Yes
Operating system: Android 6
Size: 14.4 x 7.2 x 0.93 cm
1x Oukitel C5 Pro
1x protective cover
1x MicroUSB charging cable
1x power adapter
1x hint card
First impression of the Oukitel C5 Pro
Scope of delivery
The smartphone is delivered in a typical Oukitel cardboard box. This includes, in addition to the smartphone, a micro-USB charging cable, a charger (5V 1A), a silicone protective cover and a user manual including a warranty card. A screen protector is already applied to the display.
Design and workmanship
Despite the small screen diagonal, the smartphone looks comparatively powerful. Especially the enormous - 4 mm - distance between display edge and housing frame immediately catches the eye. The frame itself is made of metal, whereas the removable back is made of plastic. Interesting is the pattern of the back, which shimmers differently depending on the light. The Oukitel C5 Pro is operated via three capacitive control buttons below the display. On the right side of the case are also a volume rocker and the power button. The speaker has been mounted on the back. Also, the charging socket is not placed on the lower edge of the housing, but on the upper edge, next to the headphone jack. A notification LED is missing.
The processing is not to be criticized. The control buttons are firmly seated in the housing. The CNC milled metal frame has no manufacturing defects and the removable back sits firmly and without gaps on the frame.
The display of the Oukitel C5 Pro is both surprising and disappointing at the same time. At a Diagonal of 5 inches triggers the display in HD (1280 x 720 pixels) on. The presentation is extremely sharp and the colors seem full. Also, the viewing angle stability is not objectionable. The color intensity does not decrease even at extreme viewing angles. The sharpness and contrast remain largely intact. On the other hand, the average display brightness is rather average. In strong sunshine, it is quite problematic to be able to read the display well, which especially contributes to the highly reflective screen protector.
Critical is the touch capability of the smartphone. Multitouch is supported with a maximum of two simultaneous inputs. In addition, the touchscreen acts very dirty in a two-finger operation. Inputs are sometimes not recognized and blur downright.
Typical for China smartphones under 70 € is the MediaTek MTK6737 processorwhich is also used in the Oukitel C5 Pro. The processor has a total of 4 processor cores, which clock with maximum 1.3 GHz. According to the price, the storage equipment is comparatively small. Of the Internal memory just measures 16GB, but can be expanded with a MicroSD memory card. At random access memory could be shown 2GB available.
The performance of the Oukitel C5 Pro is passable. The user interface is largely fluid, with only slight delays. However, apps start quite slowly. Performance dips are particularly noticeable in multitasking. If you open several apps at the same time and run in the background, the weak processor and the short, as well as slow RAM quickly reaches its limits. For games that is Mali-T720 GPU responsible. Games like Fruit Ninja, so not too graphically demanding games, are fluently playable. For more demanding games, this smartphone is not suitable!
The smartphone comes with Android 6.0 delivered. The user interface was only slightly changed in direct comparison with Stock Android. A major change is the custom app icons. In the settings occasionally functions, such as a gesture recognition or MiraVision added.
To third-party apps was the so-called "Bagan Keyboard" as an alternative to Google GBoard preinstalled. Unfortunately, this keyboard app is firmly integrated into the system and can not be subsequently uninstalled. Updates will be received OTA - Over-The-Air. With an update to Android 7 is not yet expected.
On the recording quality of the cameras of a low budget smartphone should not be too high demands. In fact, the picture quality is the native 5 megapixel main camera (interpolated 8 megapixel) the worst we have ever encountered in a smartphone under 70 €.
Image captures are very noisy even in good light conditions and artifacts are clearly perceptible. Due to the enormous triggering time of 2 seconds, it is very difficult to make freehand shake-free shots. In addition, the autofocus is sluggish and does not focus properly most of the time. In addition, the shots often appear overexposed and comparatively pale. In low light conditions, the images are - to put it bluntly - muddy.
Also the natively with 2 megapixels (interpolated 5 megapixels) resolution front camera wins no prize. You do not even have to think about selfies with this front camera.
The Oukitel C5 Pro supports all currently usable Mobile standards from GSM to LTE, The common in Germany LTE tapes 3, 7 and 20 available. Maximum can two micro sim cards at the same time be used. The use of the dual SIM function is independent of the memory expansion. Telephoning and also the mobile surfing works without problems with the Oukitel C5 Pro. The signal strength is good and the reception quality is convincing.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Also in the WLAN and with Bluetooth the smartphone copes well. The stable signal range and the data throughput rate are in good average. Only the connection to the WLAN, after the smartphone was in sleep mode for a long time, takes some time. Dual Band WiFi is not supported, but was not expected in this price range.
GPS and sensors
A GPS Fix finds the smartphone quite fast. Disappointing, however, is the signal strength. In several navigation tests, were partially only 7 up to a maximum of 11 satellites received simultaneously, which meant that the position was often inaccurately determined. Especially in cities or in areas with urban canyons, the signal strength varies enormously.
The sensory equipment is more than manageable. In addition to one brightness sensor there is only one left Proximity sensor and one Accelerometer, A gyroscope is missing.
Speakers and headphones
The playback quality via the speaker is mediocre. The sound is flat overall. In the middle, although well presented, but the speaker clearly lacks the depths and the heights are lost. Neat is the maximum volume. At the highest volume makes no unpleasant scratching noticeable. What has been noticed in the test, is a crackling of the speaker as soon as the smartphone is connected to the power.
The sound quality is much more convincing with the 3.5mm headphone jack. Here is the Oukitel C5 Pro at an above-average level. The sound is clean and a background noise barely audible.
Even with the battery life, this smartphone can not collect benefits. With a capacity of just once 2.000 mAh The battery is extremely small. On medium display brightness is characterized one Screen on time of just 5 hours conceivable. In practice, during normal use, the battery was already used up after a little over 3 hours of active use. A battery charge is just enough to get through the day. In the early evening, the smartphone had to be charged already.
Less enjoyable is the charging time of the battery. With the supplied charger, a complete charge takes more than 2 ½ hours.
►Sharp display with crisp colors
►Dual SIM and memory expansion
►Good WLAN and Bluetooth performance
►King over headphone input
►Unfinanced and max. 2 finger touch screen
►Poor camera equipment
►Partially inaccurate GPS
►Integrated Bagan Keyboard