Ulefone Armor 9 - outdoor smartphone with FLIR thermal imaging camera

by Timo18. October 2020
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer "Ulefone" has announced a new outdoor or rugged smartphone. The Ulefone Armor 9 combines a particularly robust design with a powerful MediaTek Helio P90 mid-range hardware. The manufacturer did not skimp on technical features either. The integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera and the modular endoscope make the Armor 9 a perfect diagnostic tool.



Ulefone Armor 9


Processor and memory
CPU: MediaTek Helio P90
Internal memory: 128GB

Display diagonal: 6.3 inches
Display resolution: FHD +
Display Type: IPS

Main camera: 64 MP Samsung GW1
Thermal camera: FLIR Lepton + FLIR MSX technology
Endoscope: attachable

Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM

GSM: B2 / 3 / 5 / 8
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
TDD LTE: B34/38/39/40/41
FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28A/28B/66

WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes

Battery: 6.600 mAh

Operating system: Android 10
Rating: IP68 / IP69K MIL-STD-810G

Ulefone Armor 9

Update 18. October 2020

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Update 04. August 2020

The Ulefone Armor 9 smartphone is now available. As "EU version" and “Other-Version” there is the smartphone with different mobile radio bands. Depending on the shop, the outdoor smartphone with FLIR thermal imaging camera costs between 380 and 450 Euro, a Price Comparison can be found at the end of the post.

FLIR thermal imager and endoscope

The Ulefone Armor 9 not only presents itself as a pure outdoor smartphone, but also as a real diagnostic tool. A special feature is the integrated one FLIR Lepton camera module, a radiometric-compatible LWIR camera solution that turns the Armor 9 into a particularly inexpensive and mobile thermal imaging camera. Changes in temperature can be recorded as a thermal image or video. The FLIR MSX technology fuses the thermal image with the real image, which in turn provides more contrast and recognizable details. The maximum range of the FLIR thermal imager is approximately 30 meters. Next to it is the smartphone with one 64 MP Samsung GW1 main camera equipped.

The Ulefone Armor 9 smartphone with FLIR thermal imaging camera and endoscope.

Another peculiarity is the attachable endoscope. The module is plugged into the side of the smartphone without using the USB port. It is not yet known whether the endoscope is included in the scope of delivery or has to be purchased as a separate accessory.

IP68 / IP69K MIL-STD-810G

An outdoor or construction site smartphone has to be able to withstand a lot. The Ulefone Armor 9 is designed for just that. At least if you believe the information provided by Ulefone. Accordingly, the smartphone is after the Degree of protection IP68 / IP69K Protected against dust, water (permanent immersion and high pressure) and against high temperatures (hot water). According to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G the smartphone has undergone extensive environmental test conditions. Which of the total 29 Tests were passed, Ulefone (yet?) does not recognize. To use the MIL-STD-810G label, you only have to pass a test!

Robust, waterproof housing.

MediaTek Helio P90, Android 10, NFC and more

The system-on-chip is that MediaTek Helio P90, a powerful 8-core mid-range chip with good energy efficiency. Stand by 8GB memory and 128GB data store to the side. The SoC's memory controller is dual-channel LPDDR4X and UFS2.1 compatible. Other features known to date include: 6.3 inch FHD + display, an actual Android 10 User interface, an extensive 4G LTE cellular support and NFC, with which the smartphone can also be used for mobile payments (Google Pay). The capacity of the battery is full 6600 mAh, which speaks for a persistence of several days.

Ulefone Armor 9 with attachable endoscope.


Price and availability

With its Armor range of smartphones, Ulefone is now one of the best-known manufacturers in the field of robust outdoor smartphones. At the 29. June the new Ulefone Armor 9 will be available via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter sent into the race. It is not yet known exactly when the smartphone will go on sale. However, Ulefone already teasers the price $ 4XX with which it is guaranteed to make the competition (e.g. CAT) sweat when it comes to price-performance.

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Prices last updated on: January 31st, 2021 19:44 am
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Hello, I wanted to ask when your test report on the smartphone will come. I am already very excited. I am particularly interested in the quality of the thermal imaging camera. greetings