Update: Ulefone Be Touch 2 will be a more powerful YET cheaper Be Touch


ulefone be touch 2

Two of the most talked about phones in the last month have been the Ulefone Be Touch and the Elephone P7000. While the latter took its own time in getting to shelves, the Be Touch is already shipping and is available readily.

During the review of the Be Touch, we found the phone to be an extremely well made device but with lack of proper supporting software. Also, a gripe that a lot of GizChina readers had with the device was that it has only a 720p display. Ulefone seems to have heard that, and is already preparing the launch of the next phone.

(UPDATE) The phone — the Ulefone Be Touch 2 — will be more powerful and yet have a cheaper price tag. The Be Touch 2 will sell for US$179.99, a US$20-30 drop from the ~US$210 of the Be Touch. The special price will only be for a limited time and will eventually rise to $230.

One among the major upgrades on the Be Touch 2 will be the display, which will finally be a full HD panel. If you’ve read our review of the Be Touch, you’ll know that display is where the phone doesn’t score a lot of points. That should finally change with the upgrade. Coming back to the Be Touch 2, it’ll have the same 3GB RAM, octa-core MT6752 processor and 13 mega-pixel main camera.

Software is something the company seems to have taken seriously for the Be Touch 2, which is why the phone will ship with Android 5.1. Battery will get an update too, which will now be a 3050mAh unit from the 2550mAh of the Be Touch.

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92 Comments

  1. WOOHer
    June 8, 2015

    If I’ve already bought the first version, I felt realy sad about this news. But I haven’t:). Begin thinking of buying it.

    • MaxPower
      June 8, 2015

      How’s the software?
      Buggy or good?
      Can you easily root or install custom roms?

      • WOOHer
        June 8, 2015

        I don’t know. I don’t have this phone.

      • xteamchinax
        June 8, 2015

        So far no root, but the latest OTA has been running pretty smooth. I’m willing to wait for a confirmed safe root method, hopefully on xda soon.

        • balcobomber25
          June 8, 2015

          Have you tried Vroot or Kingroot? Those root almost any device.

      • Suskind
        June 9, 2015

        Software updates is good, and they have frequently updated OTA

      • Android Hound
        June 9, 2015

        I think you can find the tool on XDA

  2. George
    June 8, 2015

    ohhhh you bastard, im so gonna buy this, check out right now

  3. Marco Lancaster
    June 8, 2015

    It’s like a Kick on the balls of the first Be Touch owners…

    Ps: If the new battery fits on the early model, should be quite interesting.

    • xteamchinax
      June 8, 2015

      Yes agreed. But, I bought 2 extra Be Touch batteries on aliexpress, so i pretty much have 7650mah ready wherever I go. Only thing I don’t have is the full HD display… which is where the kick in the balls hurts the most ?

      • Riccardo Benzoni
        June 8, 2015

        you wiill have better performance and if you can put the bt2 battery then you have a winner! Gamers who will buy this second version will get hurt!

        • Suskind
          June 9, 2015

          Antutu 720P is 46000,Atutu 1080P is 45000,The performance gap is not big, I will choose 1080P.

          • balcobomber25
            June 9, 2015

            Antutu doesn’t tell you a thing about the performance, it tells you an arbitrary number that has no meaning when it comes to actual performance you will experience.

            • Suskind
              June 9, 2015

              ok…

            • balcobomber25
              June 10, 2015

              Seriously don’t go by Antutu or any benchmark for that reason. It gives you a number to look at and not much more. Two phones with similar numbers on Antutu can have drastically different performance results based on specs used and software. And then there is phones like the S6 and S6 Edge which have the same exact components but a 10,000 point gap between the two of them. And of course there is HTC which admitted to using software tricks to cheat Antutu scores.

          • Riccardo Benzoni
            June 9, 2015

            antutu? please… just open a demanding game on the 720p and one on the 1080p and tell me if they play the same!

      • Paap Mrittu
        June 8, 2015

        I think with mt6752 720p reso is better than 1080p atleast for future games.

        • Suskind
          June 9, 2015

          Antutu 720P is 46000,Atutu 1080P is 45000,The performance gap is not big, I will choose 1080P.

          • Paap Mrittu
            June 9, 2015

            If you aren’t concerned about gaming then you are right to do so.

            • ljan ryan
              June 9, 2015

              I care more about battery if i play games.

      • balcobomber25
        June 8, 2015

        Personally I prefer 720p displays on anything less than 6 inches. It offers a beautiful display and isn’t nearly a resource hog. Of course this is only if they use a quality 720p display and not one with washed out colors and no black levels.

      • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
        June 10, 2015

        Nice, but unless you found a way to charge the battery that is currently empty at the same time as you’re using the other it’s useless. Because in the end of the day you end up with 2 or 3 empty batteries and it becomes a really boring to always swap the batteries, your phone back cover won’t like it too. 😉

        • xteamchinax
          June 10, 2015

          Dude, they’re called UNIVERSAL battery chargers, to charge, ummm, spare batteries. Like, $2 on eBay. Been around for like forever. Actually, I’ve never even needed to swap batteries yet. I also have a pretty compact 18600mAh Zerolemon portable battery (about the size of my Be Touch) in my backpack at all times, great for traveling, and needs re-charging maybe once every two months. So far, the Be Touch back cover appreciates the peace and quiet… and I always appreciate the spare power.

          • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
            June 11, 2015

            Hey great man, I like your setup. 🙂 Sorry I was aware of these universal chargers, is it really safe to use them with any kind of li-on batteries? I mean can you measure if they output the correct voltage?

    • tech mi
      June 9, 2015

      i think the Be Touch 2 battery will fit Be Touch. I’ve emailed Ulefone customer service asking if the Be Touch 2 will be thicker than Be Touch for bigger battery. They said the new battery has higher capacity but not a larger one, for the li-polyer cell instead of liquid lithium.

      • tech mi
        June 9, 2015

        sorry, li-polymer.

      • Suskind
        June 9, 2015

        Same size, lithium polymer battery capacity.

      • Android Hound
        June 9, 2015

        new technology? The means people can buy new battery for Be Touch? Amazing

        • ljan ryan
          June 9, 2015

          Nothing new, just lithium polymer, which is more capable and safe than liquid.

  4. Tim
    June 8, 2015

    Seriously fuckin scummy of them to do this so soon after the Be Touch, won’t be buying from them again

    • Rookie
      June 8, 2015

      Hahaha these last 5 months is crazy, just blink and you have missed 9 new smarthpones, 32 shtty ROMS, 5 new mtkchips, 990 so called flash sales and deals. I cant keep up.
      If a company’s flagship phone is stil in pre-order and already anouncing a new flagship say’s actualy enough.

    • balcobomber25
      June 8, 2015

      Why is it scummy? They listened to their fans and to the reviewers and corrected what many said was a mistake with their phone. Not only that but they are offering the updated version with better specs for even less. If anything that makes me want to buy Ulefone in the future, it shows they actually listen and care about their customers.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        June 9, 2015

        classy !
        are u Xabi Alonso in disguise ?

        • ljan ryan
          June 11, 2015

          why?

          • Muhammad Yasir
            June 11, 2015

            hory shet !!
            dont tell me you dont know about one or MOAR of the following things :
            – Xabi Alonso
            -Class

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      Except for the battery,720P and 1080P are not different from me.

  5. Paps
    June 8, 2015

    only black or white color ? no gold color to come ?

    • Suskind
      June 11, 2015

      I like white.

  6. NightFelix
    June 8, 2015

    That Black Bezel.. oh my… Better get the Black instead of White.

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      I feel as gray as the color of the white.

  7. Collier Jiang
    June 8, 2015

    When is this phone coming out?

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      Within a month?

  8. Richard, Chinatech25
    June 8, 2015

    The original be touch update has made my GPS useless.
    Will get one but I doubt the problem will be fixed.

    • xteamchinax
      June 8, 2015

      Curious, do you have the 20150529 OTA? I did a HOT FULL AGPS RESTART then REBOOT today and my GPS is quite nice in the car now.

      • Richard, Chinatech25
        June 8, 2015

        Yes received the update last week and my GPS has gone crazy since,

        • Suskind
          June 9, 2015

          GPS、BDS、Glonass?

        • Suskind
          June 9, 2015

          ulefone be touch GPS、BDS、Glonass.

      • Richard, Chinatech25
        June 9, 2015

        Can you explain how you did this

        • xteamchinax
          June 9, 2015

          Install an app called MTK Engineering Mode from the Play store. Then click MTK Settings, go to Location tab, click YGPS, then click INFORMATION, then click HOT (wait 2 seconds), then click FULL (wait 2 seconds) then click AGPS RESTART. Finally, reboot your phone.

          I feel like this helped me by maybe tuning my GPS to satellites in my locale (Europe) rather than searching or GPS satellites in China. I could be wrong. But after I restarted my phone, I was to get a GPS lock within 10 seconds and google maps navigation was very smooth with decent accuracy (within 20 to 50 ft on average)

          Hope this helps

          • Android Hound
            June 9, 2015

            Hello guys, your avatar look like ulefone Be Touch

          • Richard, Chinatech25
            June 9, 2015

            ?, thanks. Did this and it’s definitely improved things the biggest being when I was stationary the GPS would wonder and put me in roads near by, not done it since I did this.

            Thanks

            • xteamchinax
              June 10, 2015

              You’re welcome. Glad it helped.

  9. iKosh
    June 8, 2015

    uleFone have pulled an Elephone with this.

    • Suskind
      June 11, 2015

      ???

  10. Mesterio
    June 8, 2015

    I hate sounding like a broken record but was it not common sense to do this in the first place. How can you compete with scrummy specs When Master Jiayu S3 is on the scene?? I mean seriously ???!!!

  11. Gigi Grace
    June 8, 2015

    Damn like this, it finally is not a downgraded version. Now all the specs seems balanced.

  12. Ruby
    June 9, 2015

    Me? I’m holding out for the soon to be released, even lower priced ‘Be Touch 3’ with improved GPS, bigger battery, faster CPU, Gorilla Glass 5, CyanogenMod 13S, and Sony IMX 20.7MP sensor! The new model will be covered by Ulefone’s world-class ‘UleCare’ 3 year warranty. Oh, and to sweeten the deal, Ulephone will be delivering all Be Touch 3s via DHL for FREE and cover any nasty custom charges you might incur.
    Move over Xiaomi, there’s a new dragon in town!

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      How about Be Touch100?

    • Android Hound
      June 9, 2015

      How about Be Touch100S?

      • Suskind
        June 9, 2015

        How about Be Touch101?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 9, 2015

      nice one Ruby 😀 !

      P.S : are u the Demon from the Supernatural Series ? (starring Sam and Dean ?)

  13. Wall Will
    June 9, 2015

    i’m quite confused with the Ulefone logic. Most firms release high specs version then the low one, like Meizu m1 note and MeIZU m2 note, while ulefone do the contrary. Well, 1080p and big battery is what i want anyway.

    • ljan ryan
      June 9, 2015

      But MeIzu released MX4 then MX4 Pro. Sorry, I’m just pointing this out, not agreeing with them.

  14. Suskind
    June 9, 2015

    In front is like iPhone 6 Plus,But I like the front fingerprint.

    • ljan ryan
      June 9, 2015

      me, too. front fingerprint is something really shortcut, if it’s on the back like huawei mate 7, it takes me some time to find where it is, and i have to pick it up from my desk. With front fingerprint, i can reach the home screen with one press.

      • Android Hound
        June 9, 2015

        Come on, on the back is hard to used it.

      • Xu Tan
        June 9, 2015

        Agreed, i don’t know what’s the point if you place the fignerprint scanner back, since it does not support fingerprint payment.

      • Suskind
        June 9, 2015

        Do not understand why they design in the back, so it is not convenient.The design of iPhone and ulefone Be Touch 2 is good.

        • ljan ryan
          June 9, 2015

          As far as i know, it’s not easy to place it in front, especially on the home button, especially when the button is sunken instead of extruding. The lower jaw is the thinnest part of a phone, and in regard to the sunken home button, the fingerprint scanner must be very very thin. Also, if you want the button to perform both its original function and fingerprint ID in the mean time, you must deal with the mutual inerference between each other element’s circuit. And the fingerprint scanner must be very small as on the front as not to enlarge the margin around the display too much. So i know Ulefone has taken great efforts just to make the one function more friendly to users. This moved me, though the phone may not be perfect in other aspects.

          • Captain Cook
            June 9, 2015

            Perfect. Welcome work for Apple.

        • balcobomber25
          June 9, 2015

          I don’t mind using a back fingerprint scanner, it’s actually pretty natural movement the way I hold my phone.

          • ljan ryan
            June 9, 2015

            hmmm, with front fingerprint you don’t have to pick up your phone to see what is coming if you don’t want to. By with rear one, you must.

            • balcobomber25
              June 9, 2015

              I always pick up my phone anyway just force of habit after all these years.

    • Captain Cook
      June 9, 2015

      If my iPhone 6 dead, i will buy Be Touch 2(Look like iPhone 6s)

  15. Suskind
    June 9, 2015

    ulefone Be Touch 2 do support dual sim?
    Which one of these two sim slots supports LTE?The same to Be Touch?

    • tech mi
      June 9, 2015

      Seems only 1080p and 3050mAh is different, the others are the same.

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      Will be.

  16. Captain Cook
    June 9, 2015

    FHD, big battery, Touch ID, iPhone 6s,only 179.99, tell me where and when can buy it

    • Suskind
      June 9, 2015

      Me too…

  17. Muhammad Yasir
    June 9, 2015

    yeah… that DARNED CAMERA better be improved ASWELL :@ !!!

  18. Pablo Fernandez Rosales
    June 9, 2015

    Where we can buy it??

  19. Fais Khan
    June 9, 2015

    This is getting out of hand

    I havent even had my Ulefone be touch for a month and its already outdated

    I dont think the specs on Ulefone touch 2 make it enough for me to upgrade

    Maybe buy a new battery

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      June 10, 2015

      The trick when you buy a new phone is to stop looking for a tech news because everything you buy today is outdated tomorrow. It’s not a problem, just sit and enjoy your phone.

  20. Zet
    June 9, 2015

    when start the offer? i see in some websites the normal price, around 229usd

  21. Zet
    June 9, 2015

    when star the offer?¿ i show in some websites the normal price 229,99usd

  22. Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
    June 10, 2015

    OMG, now it becomes a perfect phone and really a P7000 competitor. I love it! Now let’s try to change also the Elephone P8000 specs to feature a MT6752 instead of that weak MT6735.

    • Benjamin Barclay
      July 9, 2015

      dont elefone make the battery for elephone?

  23. Suskind
    June 11, 2015

    camera nice!ulefone Be Touch 2.

  24. Fakhre Alam
    July 5, 2015

    anyone has bought and used this phone?

    • Benjamin Barclay
      July 9, 2015

      battery life is actually about 2 hours with minimal use even! i.e. facebook, one call, internet and email apps on a 45 minute train journey and the battery is down to less than twenty percent! and thats with the screen on the lowest lighting. the phone overheats constantly – sits around 70 most of the time even with no apps open and nothing installed on the stock rom. the camera on the back gets almost too hot to touch if being used for more than twnety mins. finger print scanner is no where near as good as the iphone. Antutu real benchmark is barely 4000 with the stock – all in all looks a good phone but you need a battery pack still and also an ice pack for the back of the phone!!!!

      • Fakhre Alam
        July 10, 2015

        thanks a lot for saving me . i was about to buy this phone .

  25. Benjamin Barclay
    July 9, 2015

    battery life is actually about 2 hours with minimal use even! i.e. facebook, one call, internet and email apps on a 45 minute train journey and the battery is down to less than twenty percent! and thats with the screen on the lowest lighting. the phone overheats constantly – sits around 70 most of the time even with no apps open and nothing installed on the stock rom. the camera on the back gets almost too hot to touch if being used for more than twnety mins. finger print scanner is no where near as good as the iphone. Antutu real benchmark is barely 4000 with the stock – all in all looks a good phone but you need a battery pack still and also an ice pack for the back of the phone!!!!