Ulefone Be Touch Review


The Ulefone Be Touch happens to be one of the most popular Chinese phones at the moment, right alongside the Elephone P7000 (which is playing a bit of hide-and-seek). The Be Touch is Ulefone’s most powerful phone ever, and it also happens to have a design which is quite pleasing to the eye, despite being heavily inspired by another phone, the one and only — iPhone 6.

Leaks and rumours prior to the launch of this phone referred to it as the Ulefone Dare N1, but for whatever reasons it is now known as the Be Touch. It is perhaps to make the phone sound like it is one from the rejuvenated Ulefone, a company which launched a bunch of phones this year including the Be One, Be Pure and the Be Pro.

Coming back to the Be Touch, it is a phone made with some really high quality material, along with a fingerprint sensor which works ‘press’ style (as opposed to swipe). The high-quality chassis, the curved front glass and the overall ‘feel’ of the Be Touch give you a sense of holding a very well made piece of kit when the phone is in your hand. Before we say too much in this intro, let us get to the meat of the matter… in the Ulefone Be Touch review!

Ulefone Be Touch Review: Design and Build

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Design of the Be Touch is a bit of a mashup, with, as mentioned earlier, a lot of the iPhone 6. The other phone that the Be Touch will remind you of is the Meizu MX4; this one’s found more impostors than Meizu bosses would’ve ever imagined (Siswoo Cooper i7 was one, too). That said, we ought to add that the Be Touch, build quality wise, is easily among the better Chinese ‘export brand’ phones that have landed in our hands in the past few months… or even couple years.

This is probably because Ulefone have been around for quite a while now, and are starting to get a hang of things — they even carry OnePlus-esque social media campaigns.

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The front is covered entirely in 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass. This is one of the favourite aspects of the phone for us. Up until now it used to be pretty easy to tell between a Chinese phone and phone from a big mainstream company, but with OEMs like Ulefone including things like 2.5D curved glass, machine-drilled speaker holes, etc., it is virtually impossible now.

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You’ll find a 5 mega-pixel front camera right on the top left, accompanied by front LED flash (yeah, thanks, selfie addicts). Next to it sits the earpiece, and then the usual suite of sensors (light, proximity).

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There’s a black stripe of bezel right below the 5.5-inch screen. We call this a heartbreak more than anything else, because if not for that, the Be Touch would’ve perhaps been THE phone (as far as looks are concerned, at least) for a lot of people. Speaking of bezels, the very impressive Ecoo E04 Aurora had something similar; we really hope companies find a way to deal with this in the coming months. Especially on 5.5-inch phones, where there’s more space to play around with things.

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Coming back to the device, below the screen, the menu, (fingerprint scanner enabled) home, and back keys sit in respective order. It must be said that the home button is really nice to touch and feels extremely high quality. It wouldn’t be wrong if we said we were surprised by how well it felt!

To top off the iPhone impostor look, the Be Touch has its own metallic ring around the home button.

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A robust-looking metal frame sits around the edges of the phone, with precise cut-outs for jacks and ports, along with 6 machine-drilled holes at the bottom edge for the speaker. Between this metal frame and the front glass, there’s a barely noticeable plastic lip which is raised ever so slightly to ensure drops and falls don’t impact the glass directly.

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Power and volume keys can be found on the left edge. Again, these are put together in a very, very impressive fashion — clicks are registered in a very organized manner with great feedback. However, one issue we have with the power button is its positioning — it is put way too high for a 5.5-inch phone. Swapping the power and volume keys would make for a very sweet position for the power button, right where your left thumb would sit (if it HAS to be on the left). With the current arrangement, you’ll either have to switch positions after unlocking the phone, or use the home button each time — the latter would make for a majority, we believe, especially if you’re going to use the fingerprint unlock feature (which you TOTALLY should — more on this later).

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The rear cover is flexible and looks to be made out of good quality plastic. It can be a little cumbersome to pry it out, but then that’s something we like, after all you don’t want it to come off or anything after every drop.

Inside, there’s space for a 2550mAh battery and a couple SIMs along with a microSD card.

The rear is also where you will find the 13 mega-pixel IMX214 camera (according to specs) and single LED flash. The flash cut-out is made to look like there’s dual LED flash, whereas there’s just one LED module in fact.

The camera sensor is surrounded by a nice metallic ring, something which yet again adds to the build aspect of this phone. Another reminder of how well Ulefone have put together this handset!

In a nutshell, we’ll admit that the Be Touch is among the better made phones this year so far. It’ll be interesting to see how the P7000 holds up against this one!

Ulefone Be Touch Review: Components and performance

When you purchase the Be Touch you get a phone that is powered by the all impressive MediaTek MT6752 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and has a 5.5-inch screen. Unfortunately, the screen is only a 1280 x 720p unit. We’d have loved it to be a 1080p panel, the very least for the sake of this argument.

Other than that, the Be Touch has 16GB of on-board storage, a 13 mega-pixel main camera (Sony IMX214) and a 5 mega-pixel front camera with LED flash. The battery is a 2550mAh cell, which does sound a little inadequate for the screen size but the fact that it is only a 720p panel helps here. Also something to be kept in mind is that the phone ships with stock Android, v5.0 Lollipop.

The 5.5-inch 720p screen won’t blow you away with its color and sharpness. Instead, you’ll be a little surprised by the fact that it is in fact a little pale in front of the competition. Also, one of our favourite features that come along with the MT6752 — MiraVision — seems to be missing from the Lollipop ROM. In the past, a lot of MT6752 and MT6732 phones have benefited from MiraVision’s suite of features, especially dynamic contrast. Here’s hoping that an update soon bring MiraVision to the Lollipop ROM of the Be Touch!

The screen also isn’t the best with viewing angles; colours do ‘wash out’ every now and then when you rotate the phone in front of your eyes. In more ways than one, the screen is the Achilles heel of the Be Touch.

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The 13 mega-pixel camera, which according to the makers is a Sony IMX214 sensor, doesn’t seem to have been implemented too well. The pictures have a slight bit of a dark tint to them, and the dynamic contrast doesn’t seem to be the best. That is, with a bright and dark element in the single frame, the Be Touch doesn’t do exceedingly well. One counter to that would be HDR mode, but even that doesn’t help too much.

Even yet, the phone does sometimes produce some quality images. For one, take a look at his picture taken in a relatively dark environment.

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In daylight however, the Be Touch seems to take decent photos. Also worth noting is the fact that the front 5 mega-pixel camera has LED flash, and is actually quite a decent camera in itself. What is worth mentioning however is the fact that the front flash is very weak and doesn’t really enhance the frame much, unless of course you’re trying to take a selfie in a pitch black environment.

Taken on the front camera
Taken on the front camera

Reception on the Be Touch (GPS, call, WiFi) is fairly decent. GPS is actually pretty impressive; most MediaTek phones in the past have struggled to get a decent lock, but the Be Touch doesn’t just do that outdoors but indoors as well.

Call quality is very good. Volume could go a step higher though, but that’s something very subjective. One thing to note here is that the phone does get a little warm around the camera region (where the metallic ring acts as a heat sink, supposedly) for comfort.

WiFi however is a bit of a different story. Performance in this department isn’t as good as the rest of the phone; quite worse, in fact. Compared to phones like the Gionee Elife S7, Xiaomi Mi 4 or even the Mi 4i, the Be Touch is always second and by quite a margin.

Fingerprint sensor works very well

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It hasn’t been a long while since Chinese phones started shipping with fingerprint sensors, but the rate at which these sensors have improved is unbelievable. The Elephone P5000 was among the first ones to have a fingerprint sensor, and we’re now into the third generation of these — and to sum it up in one word, the fingerprint sensor on the Be Touch is brilliant.

We even tried unlocking the phone with an inverted thumb, and it still worked — at the same speed. It just goes to show that the feature has been implemented really well and isn’t just a gimmick anymore. Rather, something that not only provides better security, but also better convenience!

Battery life is about decent on the phone. It can be a better. After 4-5 charging/discharging cycles it did get better, but there’s still some room for improvement. After lot of browsing, around 1 and a half hours of calling, and some IMing, here’s how the battery life chart stood on the phone.

Sound output on the Be Touch is one of the features of the phone which could get better. Very honestly, we’ve encountered varying sound performance from the Be Touch; the speaker sometimes sounds loud enough but other times, it simply doesn’t cut it. What stays constant however is the fact that there’s virtually no bass in the sound output.

Ulefone Be Touch Review: ROM

As mentioned above, the phone comes with a ROM that is completely stock. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t seem 100% optimized. Not just that Be Touch, non completely optimized Lollipop ROMs are, at the moment, hampering the performance of a lot of Chinese phones. What’s good is that this seems to be throttling only the UI performance, whereas performance from other 3rd party apps and games seems to be just fine.

The ROM also offers some off-screen gestures which have now become a norm. Many a time these off screen gestures can be a problem (if you keep your phone in your pockets), which is why the usage hasn’t been as widespread as the makers would’ve liked. Double tap to wake however is a brilliant feature which we’re sure most of you would already be using. The Be Touch doesn’t require that though, because there is a hardware button that can actually be ‘pressed’ (as opposed to capacitive buttons). Nonetheless, double tap to wake is a good option if you aren’t using a fingerprint as your password.

Here’s how the Be Touch performs on benchmarks. You can find more info about the phone’s benchmarking capabilities here.

  • Antutu: 43,412
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 6,745
  • Nenamark 2: 72.0fps
  • Geekbench Single-core: 800
  • Geekbench multi-core: 3455
  • Vellamo Metal: 1291
  • Vellamo Multicore: 1884
  • Vellamo Browser: 3401
  • GFX Manhattan: 715.1
  • GFX Manhattan offscreen: 370.5
  • GFX T-Rex: 1,142
  • GFX T-Rex Offscreen: 702.9
  • Quadrant: 16,411

Ulefone Be Touch Review: Other

In many ways, the Be Touch is a great phone. However, a few aspects do let it down… for one, there’s no notification LED on the phone. This is pretty surprising for a 2015 phone; people have gotten used to notification LEDs. We believe every manufacturer, small or big, should have those on their phones.

Another something that isn’t as back as the lack of a notification LED, but could’ve been better: backlit buttons. While you will ultimately get used to the positioning of these buttons, having a little backlight beneath wouldn’t really hurt the company and would also save you the learning curve of hitting the buttons without knowing where they are.

The touchscreen sensor can sometimes feel a little slow to respond. It can be frustrating, and we’re once again hoping it is a ROM issue which is fixed with an update.

Charging the Be Touch takes a little longer than you would’ve hoped for. Although this is in no way a gripe, but just something a potential buyer would want to know about. It takes just about 3 hours to charge the battery using the stock charger.

Ulefone Be Touch Review: Verdict

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As is very clear from what you’ve read, we’re surprised (and positively) with the build quality that the Be Touch has on offer. Performance too is quite up to the mark, but the ROM needs a lot of polishing to extract whatever the MediaTek MT6752 has on offer. It does seem sometimes like the ROM is a beta release than a full public release.

The phone has only started shipping now, so expect a lot of improvements on the ROM front. Ulefone have proven themselves with a good amount of firmware updates to their phones, and we hope to see similar treatment being given to the Be Touch also.

At this point in time, it wouldn’t be cent percent accurate to call the Be Touch a flagship for 2015. But it does come close.

We’ll be bringing more Be Touch news to you as and when we gain access to newer and better firmware for the phone. In the meantime, let us know what you would choose between this and the elusive Elephone P7000.

Thanks to Geekbuying for supplying us with the Be Touch review sample. The phone can be bought from their store for $219.99 shipped!

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152 Comments

  1. Richard, Chinatech25
    May 23, 2015

    No MiraVision on lollipop is a big disappointment for me, I hope they add it in a future update, is there anyway you can find out if they plan to do this. ?
    No led notification isn’t great but not a deal breaker.
    I’ve had it about 24 hours and already had orders for 3 even with these issues.
    Considering the iPhone 6 is between $700-$1000 in the UK I can see why.

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 23, 2015

      My antutu score from today

      • Paap Mrittu
        May 24, 2015

        What is your opinion about the screen @Richard, Chinatech25

        • Richard, Chinatech25
          May 24, 2015

          Honestly I’m a bit disappointed in it, I have a kingzone Z1 which itself has some major issues but at least it has MiraVision which I’ve tweaked and the screen on the Z1 is far better , the colors on the be touch just looked washed out, the blacks are more grey and the whites are more cream, just held next to a nexus 4 and an old Galaxy S3 and they all put it to shame.
          Ulefone has failed in my opinion with this phone, I hope MiraVision gets added in some future update.

          • Paap Mrittu
            May 24, 2015

            If you need a special software to cure the display of a phone, I don’t need that phone. Back to Jiayu S3 then.

    • May 23, 2015

      We’ll try and get a word on that (MiraVision) from the factory.

      • Richard, Chinatech25
        May 23, 2015

        Thanks.?

    • bilbao
      July 10, 2015

      You can check Elephone P7000 it has lollipop and MiraVision which is really good 🙂

  2. Manniefred86
    May 23, 2015

    How bad is the Wi-Fi? I ordered the phone but if it’s really bad I can still cancel since gearbest is taking forever to ship it.

    • May 23, 2015

      Playing a bit with your WiFi channel helps is what I have realized. Like I said it isn’t the best with coverage, but if you’re not too far away from your router it should be OK.

      • Manniefred86
        May 23, 2015

        My router is in my room so that shouldn’t really be a problem then. As long as the reception isn’t really bad or something.

        • Richard, Chinatech25
          May 23, 2015

          My router is on another floor and in another room I haven’t had any issues with the reception

          • Manniefred86
            May 23, 2015

            Okay great, thanks for the reply 🙂

  3. Andrew P
    May 23, 2015

    Ironically photo on article shows what a tragical GizChina.com optimisation for mobile browsers is.

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      May 24, 2015

      Don’t get me started.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 26, 2015

      Haha you’re damn right!

      Andi time for a new ‘responsive design’ style sheet for this wonderful website me thinks..?

  4. David Košič
    May 23, 2015

    I wont lie I was expecting a better phone than this.

  5. Adam Irvine
    May 23, 2015

    3 things stop me buying one: –

    • That disgusting black band underneath the screen
    • The lack of a notification LED
    • No backlit capacitive buttons.

    Shame they couldn’t quite get there…

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      I usually don’t mind top/bottom bezels on phones but that black bar is hideous looking. What is the purpose of it? Either extend the screen or extend the bottom bezel. It looks cheap.

    • Ryan Leggott
      May 25, 2015

      may i ask… Why are those small features making you not buy the phone? Everything else seems fine, and few people would notice/really care about these features. … Soooo… Your so devoted to the tiny details of the phone that you will miss out on the stuff that counts (power/processing speed, camera, on board storage, feel of phone, etc etc) …. why? Seems somewhat stupid and idiotic to not buy a phone because of the little things

      • Adam Irvine
        May 25, 2015

        Hey it’s those missing ‘tiny details’ that separate this phone from the competitors… The only thing that would sway me toward this phone is the front mounted touch id sensor, that in my opinion is where it should be, (though I haven’t felt one on the back of a device yet so I can’t truly comment on that) But those little details are called polish and it’s something most other Chinese manufacturers are laying on thick these days… Maybe Ulefone will get it right and hit that sweet spot next time round…

    • Yamado
      May 26, 2015

      I always disable notification LEDs. They’re annoying. And what is the point of backlit buttons? None. They don’t light up until you actually have already found them. Comon man, it’s 3 buttons in a row. Surely it’s not that difficult for you.

      • Adam Irvine
        May 26, 2015

        Well I don’t disable the Notification light, quite the opposite I use LightFlow and customize the hell out of it!

        Backlit buttons are great in the dark, for example my Dad sometimes has issues with his UMI Zero in the dark because the backlit buttons are soo crap, that highlighted to me that if they didn’t light up at all then it’d be fairly easy to get frustrated because the button (where you think the button is) isn’t being pressed at all…

        Very basic stuff in my oponion, there really isn’t many phones out there without backlit capacitive buttons, for that reason I was put off the Elephone P2000 and so I’m put off this one too, it just seems like they’ve been lazy and maybe that’ll probably come out more in other areas like the software..?

        • Yamado
          May 26, 2015

          Nothing to do with laziness. It’s what makes the world go around. I have way way too many notifications coming in. I prefer to not have a light at all. No need. Just slide down notification bar and take a 1 second glance once in a while.

          Same with backlights on capacitive buttons. Nothing to do with laziness. Look at the Asus Zenfone 2… Some models selling for $300+ They don’t have backlights. They’re simply not needed. They don’t light up until you’ve actually found the button, and if you need a dim light, just use the LCD.

          Anyways, like I said, that’s what makes the world goes around. This phone is excellent for me…not so great for you or your grandpa.

          • Adam Irvine
            May 26, 2015

            Hey that’s just my personal preference… I’m sure plenty would agree with you but I’m not up for compromising that’s all, I’m just saying, its not to my flavor this time, maybe next…

            • Paap Mrittu
              May 26, 2015

              In the case of ‘be touch’, backlights on capacitive buttons are not that necessary as the capcitive buttons are located on each side of the scanner. Just watch a review. You will understand.

      • Manniefred86
        May 29, 2015

        Completely agree, I’ve never thought of notification leds as a very important feature. Also how hard is it to press a button? I mean I own the be touch and even though my previous phone had on screen buttons and in a different order I haven’t pressed the wrong button even once.

  6. Richard, Chinatech25
    May 23, 2015

    No MiraVision on lollipop is a big disappointment for me, I hope they add it in a future update, is there anyway you can find out if they plan to do this. 👍
    No led notification isn’t great but not a deal breaker.
    I’ve had it about 24 hours and already had orders for 3 even with these issues.
    Considering the iPhone 6 is between $700-$1000 in the UK I can see why.

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 23, 2015

      My antutu score from today

    • Yash Garg
      May 23, 2015

      We’ll try and get a word on that (MiraVision) from the factory.

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 23, 2015

      Thanks.👍

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      What is your opinion about the screen @Richard, Chinatech25

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 24, 2015

      Honestly I’m a bit disappointed in it, I have a kingzone Z1 which itself has some major issues but at least it has MiraVision which I’ve tweaked and the screen on the Z1 is far better , the colors on the be touch just looked washed out, the blacks are more grey and the whites are more cream, just held next to a nexus 4 and an old Galaxy S3 and they all put it to shame.
      Ulefone has failed in my opinion with this phone, I hope MiraVision gets added in some future update.

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      If you need a special software to cure the display of a phone, I don’t need that phone. Back to Jiayu S3 then.

    • bilbao
      July 10, 2015

      You can check Elephone P7000 it has lollipop and MiraVision which is really good 🙂

  7. Manniefred86
    May 23, 2015

    How bad is the Wi-Fi? I ordered the phone but if it’s really bad I can still cancel since gearbest is taking forever to ship it.

    • Yash Garg
      May 23, 2015

      Playing a bit with your WiFi channel helps is what I have realized. Like I said it isn’t the best with coverage, but if you’re not too far away from your router it should be OK.

    • Manniefred86
      May 23, 2015

      My router is in my room so that shouldn’t really be a problem then. As long as the reception isn’t really bad or something.

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 23, 2015

      My router is on another floor and in another room I haven’t had any issues with the reception

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 23, 2015

      My router is on another floor and in another room I haven’t had any issues with the reception

    • Manniefred86
      May 23, 2015

      Okay great, thanks for the reply 🙂

  8. Andrew P
    May 23, 2015

    Ironically photo on article shows what a tragical GizChina.com optimisation for mobile browsers is.

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      May 24, 2015

      Don’t get me started.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 26, 2015

      Haha you’re damn right!

      Andi time for a new ‘responsive design’ style sheet for this wonderful website me thinks..?

  9. Cesar Amore
    May 23, 2015

    I want more phones with with FRONT 360º fingerprint scanner!!!!!, this phone design is beautiful, but it fails in many other things.

  10. Adam Irvine
    May 24, 2015

    3 things stop me buying one: –

    • That disgusting black band underneath the screen
    • The lack of a notification LED
    • No backlit capacitive buttons.

    Shame they couldn’t quite get there…

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      I usually don’t mind top/bottom bezels on phones but that black bar is hideous looking. What is the purpose of it? Either extend the screen or extend the bottom bezel. It looks cheap.

    • Guest
      May 25, 2015

      may i ask… Why are those small features making you not buy the phone? Everything else seems fine, and few people would notice/really care about these features. … Soooo… Your so devoted to the tiny details of the phone that you will miss out on the stuff that counts (power/processing speed, camera, on board storage, feel of phone, etc etc) …. why? Seems somewhat stupid and idiotic to not buy a phone because of the little things

    • Adam Irvine
      May 25, 2015

      Hey it’s those missing ‘tiny details’ that separate this phone from the competitors… The only thing that would sway me toward this phone is the front mounted touch id sensor, that in my opinion is where it should be, (though I haven’t felt one on the back of a device yet so I can’t truly comment on that) But those little details are called polish and it’s something most other Chinese manufacturers are laying on thick these days… Maybe Ulefone will get it right and hit that sweet spot next time round…

    • Yamado
      May 26, 2015

      I always disable notification LEDs. They’re annoying. And what is the point of backlit buttons? None. They don’t light up until you actually have already found them. Comon man, it’s 3 buttons in a row. Surely it’s not that difficult for you.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 26, 2015

      Well I don’t disable the Notification light, quite the opposite I use LightFlow and customize the hell out of it!

      Backlit buttons are great in the dark, for example my Dad sometimes has issues with his UMI Zero in the dark because the backlit buttons are soo crap, that highlighted to me that if they didn’t light up at all then it’d be fairly easy to get frustrated because the button (where you think the button is) isn’t being pressed at all…

      Very basic stuff in my oponion, there really isn’t many phones out there without backlit capacitive buttons, for that reason I was put off the Elephone P2000 and so I’m put off this one too, it just seems like they’ve been lazy and maybe that’ll probably come out more in other areas like the software..?

    • Yamado
      May 26, 2015

      Nothing to do with laziness. It’s what makes the world go around. I have way way too many notifications coming in. I prefer to not have a light at all. No need. Just slide down notification bar and take a 1 second glance once in a while.

      Same with backlights on capacitive buttons. Nothing to do with laziness. Look at the Asus Zenfone 2… Some models selling for $300+ They don’t have backlights. They’re simply not needed. They don’t light up until you’ve actually found the button, and if you need a dim light, just use the LCD.

      Anyways, like I said, that’s what makes the world goes around. This phone is excellent for me…not so great for you or your grandpa.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 26, 2015

      Hey that’s just my personal preference… I’m sure plenty would agree with you but I’m not up for compromising that’s all, I’m just saying, its not to my flavor this time, maybe next…

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 26, 2015

      In the case of ‘be touch’, backlights on capacitive buttons are not that necessary as the capcitive buttons are located on each side of the scanner. Just watch a review. You will understand.

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Completely agree, I’ve never thought of notification leds as a very important feature. Also how hard is it to press a button? I mean I own the be touch and even though my previous phone had on screen buttons and in a different order I haven’t pressed the wrong button even once.

  11. Cesar Amore
    May 24, 2015

    I want more phones with with FRONT 360º fingerprint scanner!!!!!, this phone design is beautiful, but it fails in many other things.

  12. George
    May 24, 2015

    Yash m8 you were to kind on this device,it fails in so many ways….

  13. Muhammad Yasir
    May 24, 2015

    200+ and STILL not a good cam !

    • Steve B
      May 24, 2015

      Not the best samples to judge from unfortunately. Mayiandjay and S7yler both have very good looking samples in their vids and seem very happy with the camera, actually looks very sharp on closeups. BUT, for some reason S7yler still thinks it’s interpolated, so therefore not an IMX214. Confusing…
      Currently for camera (and amazing screen) I’d still go for the Blackview Alife.

      • Paap Mrittu
        May 24, 2015

        Look at these sample from Htcmania forum. Very confused now. Also some say screen is brilliant, some say screen is average. 🙁

        • balcobomber25
          May 24, 2015

          Is everyone using the stock camera app when they take their pictures? The above sample and a few others I have seen look like what we generally see from IMX 214. Could be Ulefones firmware which is making it look worse.

        • Yamado
          May 26, 2015

          Everyone has their own opinion. If someone is used to looking at 1080p and then go to 720p, what are they going to say? Same with the camera. Someone is used to a DSLR and then taking shots with Ulefone…What are they going to say? Also pictures are very much about the photographer, not always the camera.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        May 24, 2015

        hmm… thats true…

        alife has a better camera?

      • G'n'T
        May 24, 2015

        Hi Steve

        Have you reviewed this anywhere online? Would love to see some camera samples, particularly low light and night time.

        Whiskey..

      • Paap Mrittu
        May 24, 2015

        s7yler thinks that it’s interpolated because the 4k recording isn’t available which was a feature of the phone. But ulefone told him that they are preparing an update related to this.

  14. iKosh
    May 24, 2015

    If I had to choose between the Ulefone Be Touch and the elephone P7000, I would take the Jiaya S3.

  15. fido futte
    May 24, 2015

    Andy- Please do an review of the P7000 also- It should be in mass production now and available.

  16. George
    May 24, 2015

    Yash m8 you were to kind on this device,it fails in so many ways….

  17. balcobomber25
    May 24, 2015

    IMO the display on this looks good but not great, looks like a standard 720p display. That is not a bad thing, I prefer 720 as it saves battery and looks good to me.

    There is nothing to be confused about, reviews are nothing more than one man’s opinion. Two different people can look at this phone and see two different things. Reviews should be used as a tool to buy phones, look at multiple reviews of a phone and decide for yourself if the phone is right for you.

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      Here is a comparison to Jiayu S3. There is not much difference except the colour temperature. Warmer for be touch, cooler for s3. http://youtu.be/v4mFcvm5y70

      • balcobomber25
        May 24, 2015

        Again its all opinion. 10 people can watch this video and give 10 different opinions of how each one looks. Personally I have held the S3 and think it is a good 1080p display but it’s not as good as the 1080p display on my Mi4.

    • Tyrone Creary
      May 25, 2015

      very right there and well said…..

  18. Guest
    May 24, 2015

    200+ and STILL not a good cam !

    • Steve B
      May 24, 2015

      Not the best samples to judge from unfortunately. Mayiandjay and S7yler both have very good looking samples in their vids and seem very happy with the camera, actually looks very sharp on closeups. BUT, for some reason S7yler still thinks it’s interpolated, so therefore not an IMX214. Confusing…
      Currently for camera (and amazing screen) I’d still go for the Blackview Alife.

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      Look at these sample from Htcmania forum. Very confused now. Also some say screen is brilliant, some say screen is average. 🙁

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015
    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      Is everyone using the stock camera app when they take their pictures? The above sample and a few others I have seen look like what we generally see from IMX 214. Could be Ulefones firmware which is making it look worse.

    • Guest
      May 24, 2015

      hmm… thats true…

      alife has a better camera?

    • G'n'T
      May 24, 2015

      Hi Steve

      Have you reviewed this anywhere online? Would love to see some camera samples, particularly low light and night time.

      Whiskey..

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      s7yler thinks that it’s interpolated because the 4k recording isn’t available which was a feature of the phone. But ulefone told him that they are preparing an update related to this.

    • Yamado
      May 26, 2015

      Everyone has their own opinion. If someone is used to looking at 1080p and then go to 720p, what are they going to say? Same with the camera. Someone is used to a DSLR and then taking shots with Ulefone…What are they going to say? Also pictures are very much about the photographer, not always the camera.

  19. oweuhaosnue
    May 24, 2015

    Any news on the winner of the competition?

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      Go to the Forum post and look at the last post it says on there who won.

      • oweuhaosnue
        May 25, 2015

        thanks

  20. iKosh
    May 24, 2015

    If I had to choose between the Ulefone Be Touch and the elephone P7000, I would take the Jiaya S3.

  21. fido futte
    May 24, 2015

    Andy- Please do an review of the P7000 also- It should be in mass production now and available.

  22. Mrinal
    May 24, 2015

    How does the camera on this phone compare to the Jiayu S3 camera? I’ve heard some good things about the jiayu camera, so if this performs similar to that then i might consider this. I really like the spec package that the Jiayu S3 offers, it just looks so very very dull.

  23. Guest
    May 24, 2015

    This comment was deleted.

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      IMO the display on this looks good but not great, looks like a standard 720p display. That is not a bad thing, I prefer 720 as it saves battery and looks good to me.

      There is nothing to be confused about, reviews are nothing more than one man’s opinion. Two different people can look at this phone and see two different things. Reviews should be used as a tool to buy phones, look at multiple reviews of a phone and decide for yourself if the phone is right for you.

    • Paap Mrittu
      May 24, 2015

      Here is a comparison to Jiayu S3. There is not much difference except the colour temperature. Warmer for be touch, cooler for s3.

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      Again its all opinion. 10 people can watch this video and give 10 different opinions of how each one looks. Personally I have held the S3 and think it is a good 1080p display but it’s not as good as the 1080p display on my Mi4.

    • Tyrone Creary
      May 25, 2015

      very right there and well said…..

  24. oweuhaosnue
    May 24, 2015

    Any news on the winner of the competition?

    • balcobomber25
      May 24, 2015

      Go to the Forum post and look at the last post it says on there who won.

    • oweuhaosnue
      May 25, 2015

      thanks

  25. Mrinal
    May 24, 2015

    How does the camera on this phone compare to the Jiayu S3 camera? I’ve heard some good things about the jiayu camera, so if this performs similar to that then i might consider this. I really like the spec package that the Jiayu S3 offers, it just looks so very very dull.

  26. NM7
    May 24, 2015

    Someone claimed on Facebook that his Be Pro is suffering from quick battery drain and frequent app crashes after a few months of usage and Ulefone “won’t help” with his problem. That guy forgot to mention where he bought his Be Pro from. Is Ulefone has customer service of some sort?

  27. rakesh jain
    May 25, 2015

    all are good but battey is low only 2550mAh

    Rj
    http://www.offerworld.in

  28. Guest
    May 25, 2015

    Someone claimed on Facebook that his Be Pro is suffering from quick battery drain and frequent app crashes after a few months of usage and Ulefone “won’t help” with his problem. That guy forgot to mention where he bought his Be Pro from. Is Ulefone has customer service of some sort?

  29. Fais Khan
    May 25, 2015

    The speed with which these chinese OEMs are releasing or announcing devices for release is crazy, They cant possibly offer support for all the devices they have out there and one has to wonder if quality control suffers to.

    think of these devices as trial and error for these growing companies like ulefone or elephone because I think they are pretty close to actually releasing a phone that is a flagship killer

    In the meanwhile enjoy the ride as we see a flagship every month that has minor flaws

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 25, 2015

      Also most regulars on this and other forums are far more tech savvy than the normal end user as a result will find more faults than them

      • Fais Khan
        May 25, 2015

        That’s a fair point richard, There are certain Youtube reviewers who are overly positive because they want to keep getting their free stuff from manufacturers or sellers and then there are other reviewers that are incredibly nitpicky. I think think the truth always lies in the middle somewhere when it comes to devices like this.

        My biggest issue is the supply chain, I wish you could buy from the manufacturer directly. Having to wait over a month for the ulefone touch is ridiculous. No doubt my elephone p7000 will take longer also.

        As these OEM’s grow I hope they start cutting out the middle man like coolicool etc and start offering better customer support

        • Richard, Chinatech25
          May 25, 2015

          Absolutely, what we have to remember is the likes of ulefone ect are quarter of the cost of the almost equivalent phone ( in the uk) I’ve got a P7000 order so can do by side by side comparison, everyone is different, I’m enjoying the journey with all these mid range manufacturers stepping up and having a go, they are almost there ?

          • Fais Khan
            May 25, 2015

            Funny thing, Just got a text from DHL my ulefone touch has a VAT cost of £17 m hahha anyways I agree with your point at that price point in the uk you cannot get anything remotely close in terms of specs or performance.

            which makes it easy to take the chance on these chinese devices and as competition heats up between these new manufacturers we will get even more premium devices.

            In terms of the p7000 I highly doubt we are going to get a delivery before mid june, I always got the feeling that Smaller companies like elephone use presale funds to actually produce the phones and keep very little inventory on hand

            • Tawse
              June 12, 2015

              I cancelled my P7000 order with Gearbest this morning – couldn’t give me a shipping date.

              I might look to order with one of the firms who are now shipping out the P7000 but I lost faith in Gearbest that they were actually getting stock in in sufficient numbers. I ordered a white one back in May so was miffed not to get it.

    • eliHd
      June 10, 2015

      this is an example of the mindset of people in developing countries whether its a business or the population! quantity over quality. With business, make as many items as possible cuz 1 of them will be right. With family, make as many kids as possible cuz one of them will go to uni and be successful!

  30. rakesh jain
    May 25, 2015

    all are good but battey is low only 2550mAh

    Rj
    http://www.offerworld.in

  31. Fais Khan
    May 25, 2015

    The speed with which these chinese OEMs are releasing or announcing devices for release is crazy, They cant possibly offer support for all the devices they have out there and one has to wonder if quality control suffers to.

    think of these devices as trial and error for these growing companies like ulefone or elephone because I think they are pretty close to actually releasing a phone that is a flagship killer

    In the meanwhile enjoy the ride as we see a flagship every month that has minor flaws

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 25, 2015

      Also most regulars on this and other forums are far more tech savvy than the normal end user as a result will find more faults than them

    • Fais Khan
      May 25, 2015

      That’s a fair point richard, There are certain Youtube reviewers who are overly positive because they want to keep getting their free stuff from manufacturers or sellers and then there are other reviewers that are incredibly nitpicky. I think think the truth always lies in the middle somewhere when it comes to devices like this.

      My biggest issue is the supply chain, I wish you could buy from the manufacturer directly. Having to wait over a month for the ulefone touch is ridiculous. No doubt my elephone p7000 will take longer also.

      As these OEM’s grow I hope they start cutting out the middle man like coolicool etc and start offering better customer support

    • Richard, Chinatech25
      May 25, 2015

      Absolutely, what we have to remember is the likes of ulefone ect are quarter of the cost of the almost equivalent phone ( in the uk) I’ve got a P7000 order so can do by side by side comparison, everyone is different, I’m enjoying the journey with all these mid range manufacturers stepping up and having a go, they are almost there 👍

    • Fais Khan
      May 25, 2015

      Funny thing, Just got a text from DHL my ulefone touch has a VAT cost of £17 m hahha anyways I agree with your point at that price point in the uk you cannot get anything remotely close in terms of specs or performance.

      which makes it easy to take the chance on these chinese devices and as competition heats up between these new manufacturers we will get even more premium devices.

      In terms of the p7000 I highly doubt we are going to get a delivery before mid june, I always got the feeling that Smaller companies like elephone use presale funds to actually produce the phones and keep very little inventory on hand

    • eliHd
      June 10, 2015

      this is an example of the mindset of people in developing countries whether its a business or the population! quantity over quality. With business, make as many items as possible cuz 1 of them will be right. With family, make as many kids as possible cuz one of them will go to uni and be successful!

    • Tawse
      June 12, 2015

      I cancelled my P7000 order with Gearbest this morning – couldn’t give me a shipping date.

      I might look to order with one of the firms who are now shipping out the P7000 but I lost faith in Gearbest that they were actually getting stock in in sufficient numbers. I ordered a white one back in May so was miffed not to get it.

  32. Richard, Chinatech25
    May 27, 2015

    4G lte test in the uk.

  33. Richard, Chinatech25
    May 27, 2015

    4G lte speed in the uk.

  34. Richard, Chinatech25
    May 27, 2015

    4G lte speed in the uk.

  35. ljan ryan
    June 8, 2015

    Don’t buy this, HD display is nothing. Wait for Be Touch 2 with FHD display and bigger battery.

  36. Tarantino
    June 8, 2015

    Don’t buy this, HD display is nothing. Wait for Be Touch 2 with FHD display and bigger battery.

  37. June 11, 2015

    not really a fan of Firefly since mine got broken just a year after I bought it.

  38. Honey Ganda
    June 11, 2015

    not really a fan of Firefly since mine got broken just a year after I bought it.

  39. Patrick J Morgan
    June 15, 2015

    Im on my second week with one of these- I ordered it as it
    was cheap and had the big screen- and wanted it for work as opposed to the
    Firms Samsung S4 Mini- which is too small to deal with emails when you are out
    of a meeting and bombarded with them!

    Well, Im pleasantly surprised!- Its not an Iphone- we have a
    6 Plus in the house and he likes to rip me about it- but its not bad- the main
    drawback is battery life- about 4-5 hours if you use it for emails and the net.

    The touch sensor is hit and miss but the screen is as
    responsive as my Iphone 5s. Another letdown is the sound quality and it does
    hang on BBC Iplayer.

    Its also a third of the price of an Iphone 6 Plus and its
    not 2-thrirds poorer- if you follow. Ill use it. Id hate to go back to a small
    screen for reading and dealing responsibly with emails. It connected to
    Exchange ok but failed to download all my contacts and seemed to download email
    addresses as single contacts- which was a pain- I did do a Master Reset on it ,
    just to coax it into having another try- but the effect was the same- so I
    copied my contacts to a micro Sd and just imported them It does seem to sync
    the diary and contacts ok- which if it hadn’t, it would have ended up in the
    bottom drawer- as i didn’t by it as a toy.

    UK Price for me via Gearbest was £138 inc. So not bad at
    all. Ine slightly annoying thing is that Ulefone have now launched the Be Touch
    2- which has Lollipop 5.1 on it as my Phone apparently cant take the upgrade..

  40. Tawse
    June 15, 2015

    Those camera samples are dire IMPO.

  41. Patrick J Morgan
    June 15, 2015

    Im on my second week with one of these- I ordered it as it
    was cheap and had the big screen- and wanted it for work as opposed to the
    Firms Samsung S4 Mini- which is too small to deal with emails when you are out
    of a meeting and bombarded with them!

    Well, Im pleasantly surprised!- Its not an Iphone- we have a
    6 Plus in the house and he likes to rip me about it- but its not bad- the main
    drawback is battery life- about 4-5 hours if you use it for emails and the net.

    The touch sensor is hit and miss but the screen is as
    responsive as my Iphone 5s. Another letdown is the sound quality and it does
    hang on BBC Iplayer.

    Its also a third of the price of an Iphone 6 Plus and its
    not 2-thrirds poorer- if you follow. Ill use it. Id hate to go back to a small
    screen for reading and dealing responsibly with emails. It connected to
    Exchange ok but failed to download all my contacts and seemed to download email
    addresses as single contacts- which was a pain- I did do a Master Reset on it ,
    just to coax it into having another try- but the effect was the same- so I
    copied my contacts to a micro Sd and just imported them It does seem to sync
    the diary and contacts ok- which if it hadn’t, it would have ended up in the
    bottom drawer- as i didn’t by it as a toy.

    UK Price for me via Gearbest was £138 inc. So not bad at
    all. Ine slightly annoying thing is that Ulefone have now launched the Be Touch
    2- which has Lollipop 5.1 on it as my Phone apparently cant take the upgrade..

  42. Tawse
    June 15, 2015

    Those camera samples are dire IMPO.

  43. PandaTel
    June 17, 2015

    What phone do you prefer
    Ulefone be touxh, lenovo k3 note, mlais m52?

    • tech mi
      August 5, 2015

      I perfer Ulefone Be Touch 2, a upgraded version of Ulefone Be Touch with Full HD display. It’s more enjoyable.

  44. Guest
    June 17, 2015

    What phone do you prefer
    Ulefone be touxh, lenovo k3 note, mlais m52?

    • Fabio
      August 5, 2015

      I perfer Ulefone Be Touch 2, a upgraded version of Ulefone Be Touch with Full HD display. It’s more enjoyable.

  45. lkduo
    June 26, 2015
  46. lkduo
    June 26, 2015
  47. Richard, Chinatech25
    July 16, 2015

    The latest update to lollipop has really screwed up the GPS is worse than ever now, unusable, tried the hot restart which helped before the update it now make no difference, another mediatek/gps issue.

  48. Richard, Chinatech25
    July 16, 2015

    The latest update to lollipop has really screwed up the GPS is worse than ever now, unusable, tried the hot restart which helped before the update it now make no difference, another mediatek/gps issue.

  49. David C.
    July 23, 2015

    Will you guys review the Be Touch 2?

  50. David C.
    July 23, 2015

    Will you guys review the Be Touch 2?

  51. ljan ryan
    August 5, 2015

    Ulefone Be Touch 2 is a very nice phone!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO16Y6ujh-s

    • Gigi Grace
      August 5, 2015

      Yes, Ulefone Be Touch is all good except the rediculous HD display, which is awkward compared with other components. fortunately they have done the right thing on Ulefone Be Touch 2 by equipment of Full HD display.

      • ljan ryan
        August 5, 2015

        Ulefone Be Touch 2 FHD.
        Ulefone Be Touch 2 HD.

  52. Tarantino
    August 5, 2015

    Ulefone Be Touch 2 is a very nice phone

    • kik
      August 5, 2015

      Yes, Ulefone Be Touch is all good except the rediculous HD display, which is awkward compared with other components. fortunately they have done the right thing on Ulefone Be Touch 2 by equipment of Full HD display.

    • Tarantino
      August 5, 2015

      Ulefone Be Touch 2 FHD.
      Ulefone Be Touch 2 HD.

  53. Marek
    August 6, 2015

    Hi, I am planning to get Ulefone Be Touch 2. Can anyone describe the quality of the phone and how it works with Android, does it hung up often? Is 4G and Wi-Fi working properly? Is the phone connection in good quality, etc? I am not bothered about little things like LED notification or backlit buttons, it’s down more to personal preferences. Just want to know if the basic smartphone functionality is OK. I have still got Samsung Galaxy S2 (3.5 years old) and the phone is great but does not have 4G and other stuff.

    • Alan Hope
      August 9, 2015

      Android 5.0 spoofed to 5.1 gives a laggy feel to UI, but some promise on their Facebook page that we might get an upgrade at unspecified point in future. Otherwise screen fine, camera good but a bit slow, sound OK, battery good, accelerometers poor in my version (Google Skymap almost unusable), WIFI fine, on-off button gone flaky on me at day 3. Not tried 4G.

      That’s my experience.

  54. Guest
    August 6, 2015

    Hi, I am planning to get Ulefone Be Touch 2. Can anyone describe the quality of the phone and how it works with Android, does it hung up often? Is 4G and Wi-Fi working properly? Is the phone connection in good quality, etc? I am not bothered about little things like LED notification or backlit buttons, it’s down more to personal preferences. Just want to know if the basic smartphone functionality is OK. I have still got Samsung Galaxy S2 (3.5 years old) and the phone is great but does not have 4G and other stuff.

    • Alan Hope
      August 9, 2015

      Android 5.0 spoofed to 5.1 gives a laggy feel to UI, but some promise on their Facebook page that we might get an upgrade at unspecified point in future. Otherwise screen fine, camera good but a bit slow, sound OK, battery good, accelerometers poor in my version (Google Skymap almost unusable), WIFI fine, on-off button gone flaky on me at day 3. Not tried 4G.

      That’s my experience.

  55. YBA157
    December 31, 2015

    I wouldn’t touch this phone.

    It looks amazing when you buy it but then:

    1. It stops working and the screen is black…

    You hope it will come alive, it’s not clear when it will 🙁

    2. The top 1 c”m of the screen is no longer touchable. that’s a big big fail on android (or on every device that
    supposed to be touch… and your name is “Be Touch 2”!!)

    3. The speakers are terrible

    There are a lot more… to make a long story short – it’s not a repayable device to say the least.

    I threw my money to waste.

  56. YBA157
    December 31, 2015

    I wouldn’t touch this phone.

    It looks amazing when you buy it but then:

    1. It stops working and the screen is black…

    You hope it will come alive, it’s not clear when it will 🙁

    2. The top 1 c”m of the screen is no longer touchable. that’s a big big fail on android (or on every device that
    supposed to be touch… and your name is “Be Touch 2”!!)

    3. The speakers are terrible

    There are a lot more… to make a long story short – it’s not a repayable device to say the least.

    I threw my money to waste.

  57. Jason Mahnn
    January 20, 2016

    I’ve been using this phone since one month now. And I have this problem from the beginning of the time with the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint disables it self after sometime and then when I try to unlock the phone the scanner doesn’t know that there is a finger on the scanner it doesn’t even react or do anything but a restart fixes it. I have to keep restarting my phone whenever it won’t work. Does anyone have any idea why is it like this? Can it be fix?
    Help please thanks.

  58. Jason Mahnn
    January 21, 2016

    I’ve been using this phone since one month now. And I have this problem from the beginning of the time with the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint disables it self after sometime and then when I try to unlock the phone the scanner doesn’t know that there is a finger on the scanner it doesn’t even react or do anything but a restart fixes it. I have to keep restarting my phone whenever it won’t work. Does anyone have any idea why is it like this? Can it be fix?
    Help please thanks.

  59. anthom
    November 10, 2016

    [Comparison]
    The new Nomu S3 is also build like a rock, Nomu s30 is really an amazing device recently launched by NOMU Brand which is consists great spec and features,The Nomu S30 is purely waterproof,dust poof and rugged proof phone..
    Will NOMU Smartphones Survive in Freeze Test for 36 hours?
    see their latest youtube channel for video