Oukitel U2 is Yet Another Oukitel Phone (#YAOP)


More and more Chinese brands are developing the Yet Another syndrome. The list, which originated with Elephone, now hands brands like Oukitel, Doogee, etc. on it.

After announcing the U8 (review), U9, U10, U6 (in chronological order), Oukitel is now teasing the U2. The U8 was a curved-glass-metal-chassis phone which was fairly impressive, and the U6 is touted to be a super powerful dual screen device.

The U2 that Oukitel is now talking about seems like a phone which will be fairly entry-level, but with a body made up of glass and metal. It’ll come with the MT6735 (most likely in it’s ‘P’ avatar; more info here) and with 8GB of ROM, will sport 1GB of RAM. Oukitel also tell us that the U2 will have only a 5-inch screen and a qHD resolution.

I don’t know what fascination OEMs have with the MT6735 SoC, but it is not cool. There are better options out there, and it is hard to believe there’s no external influence making OEMs ship phones with the MT6735.

Your thoughts on the Oukitel U2 and #YAOP?

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38 Comments

  1. Technerd
    July 27, 2015

    Im going to buy if it only costs 50euro.

  2. saor
    July 27, 2015

    Global lte

  3. Paul Sleight
    July 27, 2015

    I expect it’s on Muhammed Yasir’s like list already! 😀
    If I understand correctly, mtk chips are manufactured in “foundries” licenced by mtk. Rather like subcontracting out. Perhaps one or more of these foundries are able to exert pressure on OEMs in some way, either by cut-throat pricing, or by mafia style cut-throat threats ?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 27, 2015

      AHAHHAHAHA … sorry , but the qHD and 1 GB ram is a punch in the liver 😀 , i’ll pass buddy 😀

      but how is it even POSSIBLE that mtk are FORCING OEMS to use their chips through threats ??? that sounds too screwed up … and even depressing :/

      • Paul Sleight
        July 27, 2015

        Sorry, I should realise that you have certain standards! 😀 cheap is only one!
        I’m not suggesting Mtk are forcing anyone… They don’t actually make the chips, I’m hypothysising that the small companies who do make the chips are engaged in some sort of price war between themselves, possibly engaging in, shall we say, unusual sales techniques

        • Muhammad Yasir
          July 27, 2015

          hmm … that could be possible
          and with the amount of laziness we find in the average human being , i bet nobody bothers going micro to root out these shady practices being done in the deep…

      • Aa
        July 27, 2015

        It’s funny that you dislike qHD and 1 GB, and you want cheap phone. If you find something cheap with HD and 2 GB, than it will have bad camera, poor quality, weak speakers, buggy ROM etc, you know?

        • Muhammad Yasir
          July 27, 2015

          and my dear friend , what guarantee is there that this 1 gb phone will have the deadliest camera ever ? that will out class even iphone’s optics ??

          its all about patience and perseverance … along with a pinch of fun added in 🙂

          i can wait for the perfect phone 😀

          • Aa
            July 27, 2015

            I didn’t say that 1 GB phone will have good camera.

            Ok, let’s put this simply: it is hard to believe that you can get a perfect phone for 100-150 dollars – either you will get poor quality, or you will get bad specifications.

            In a few months there will be cheap phones with octa-core and 2 GB, but guess what? 16-core and 4 GB will be the standard.

            Okay, I went too literally, but you get the point. You can’t get too much for too little money, maybe on some promotion or something like that, if you are lucky, but you finally have to buy some phone from China, and not wait for promotion.

            Few days ago, I ordered Lenovo A880 for just $80 from PandaWill and it’s for my girlfriend. And I ordered Prestigio 7500 from EverBuying for just $90, it is for me.

            They are not perfect, but they are cheap.

            You get the point?

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 28, 2015

              i get it … trade-offs are a common thing in the tech world , as are
              the crazy EXPONENTIAL growth rates ( from 2gb ram and quad core standard, we jump straight to 4 GB ram and octacore , nearly skipping 3 gb ram
              and hexa core )

              im just being patient atm … apart from a bargain
              seeker im also a tech geek 😀 , i love seeing new devices with good
              efforts on design , pricing and innovation pop up every now and then 🙂

              you are probably right about the part of perfect being impossible , BUT i might get my hands for the next best thing ….

              and im literally willing to wait for the turn of the year to make up my mind 🙂

              enjoy your new phones , tho

            • Aa
              July 28, 2015

              Thanks. And I am also geek, I also enjoy new phones on Gizchina. 🙂

    • iKosh
      July 27, 2015

      I don’t think it’s on anyones list with these specs, and the metal-glass build doesn’t help either.

    • Steve B
      July 27, 2015

      “I don’t know what fascination OEMs have with the MT6735 SoC, but it is not cool.”

      Brother-in-law used to work in the mobile industry in Taiwan; Benq, HTC, etc., and
      talking to him recently he reckoned Mediatek have a huge influence on
      what is released and when. Not just the supply of chipsets, but broader
      product planning and design.

    • Steve B
      July 27, 2015

      “I don’t know what fascination OEMs have with the MT6735 SoC, but it is not cool.”

      Brother-in-law used to work in the mobile industry in Taiwan; Benq, HTC, etc., and
      talking to him recently he reckoned Mediatek have a huge influence on
      what is released and when. Not just the supply of chipsets, but broader
      product planning and design.

  4. Pedro Ventura
    July 27, 2015

    Price tag mt6735 is the cheapest solution… mt6732 devices are moving to mt6753 or mt6735 for the chepeast ones

  5. Dante
    July 27, 2015

    Muhammed Yasir silently disappeared from the forums

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 27, 2015

      had university today 😀 , so came in late … but im here YA’ALL!

      • Dante
        July 28, 2015

        Well the forums wont be silent anymore …. 🙁

        • Muhammad Yasir
          July 28, 2015

          u want them to be ?

          • Dante
            July 30, 2015

            A bit 😐

            I love it silent

            • Muhammad Yasir
              July 30, 2015

              well then … how about becoming a monk 😀 ?

            • Dante
              August 2, 2015

              lets make a gizchina temple in tibe. Or even better in Shangrila

            • Muhammad Yasir
              August 2, 2015

              brilliant !

              guess what , i’ll visit that too :p !

              keep some ear buds ready , just in case 😀 !

            • Dante
              August 6, 2015

              I dont even think these will be enough http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001RMY5JW?psc=1

  6. generationally
    July 27, 2015

    Why do we see so many MT6735 and MT6753 based phones now? It is simple – these two chipsets are the only MTK chipsets currently available that supports CDMA2000. That is a big deal in China as China Telecom uses CDMA2000 as their 3G solution.

    So phones based on these two chipsets are then of interest to the 185 million(!) China Telecom subscribers.

    • Paul Sleight
      July 27, 2015

      That’s probably a more realistic argument than mine! I wasn’t aware of that, only that the new chips had “world mode LTE”, which while it sounds good, it doesn’t seem to be user selectable, so no benefit over the ’32 and’ 52

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      July 27, 2015

      most of these manifacturers (Elephone, Ulefone, UMI, Doogee, Oukitel, Ecoo) only work with markets outside of china, so I don’t think it is the main reason. I would say that mt6735 and mt6753 are cheaper than most valuable mt6732 and mt6752, which allows manufacturers to splash more money on build quality/features… just look at all the phones with 35/53, usually packed with features or premium materials at lower prices.
      It seems that these underpowered counterparts run fairly well and not so much behind their “premium brothers” due to a better optimization with lollipop, so they are actually not bad for the average user… but I wish manifacturers had given/will give more love to mt6732, a really nice SoC seen in very few phones.

  7. balcobomber25
    July 27, 2015

    I wish these brands would focus on just releasing 1-2 good phones a year instead of the “throw 100 on the market and hope 1 succeeds” philosophy they are all starting to employ. If you take the time to really develop a good phone you will make just as much money (if not more) than releasing 100 crappy phones. You also build a reputation which in this business is worth millions.

    • Tajwar
      July 28, 2015

      someone should employ you

      • Muhammad Yasir
        July 30, 2015

        the ultimate tragedy of chinese mobile industry … The absence of Balco 😀

  8. Yeti hand
    July 27, 2015

    YASH GARG

    I think you should refrain from giving us your opinion if there is nothing to back it down! What is wrong with the mtk6735? I used it and it has never disappointed me. Why are you bashing that soc?
    there are better options? If the goal is to use facebook, snapchat and twitter the answer is NOOOOOOO this soc is not worse than any other.
    Also this phone is obviously a budget one did you check the spec? qHD? 1gb of ram? 8go of rom? And you want a more powerful processor?? Why??
    I didn’t know you needed that much power to send a message via twitter or messenger….

    • July 28, 2015

      Sure let’s wait and see what this phone does. It’ll be cool if it’s like $90, but at $120 I really don’t think the MT6735 makes sense. You’ll get phones with MT6732 and even the MT6752 for that much.

  9. Aeonia
    July 27, 2015

    = to a bad render. That is no way to advertise a new smartphone..not in 2015.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      July 27, 2015

      it reminds me the images that were shown when win 98 was installing…

  10. Steve B
    July 27, 2015

    “I don’t know what fascination OEMs have with the MT6735 SoC, but it is not cool.”
    Brother-in-law used to work in the mobile industry in Taiwan; Benq, HTC, etc., and talking to him recently he reckoned Mediatek have a huge influence on what is released and when. Not just the supply of chipsets, but broader product planning and design.

  11. Steve B
    July 27, 2015

    “I don’t know what fascination OEMs have with the MT6735 SoC, but it is not cool.”
    Brother-in-law used to work in the mobile industry in Taiwan; Benq, HTC, etc., and talking to him recently he reckoned Mediatek have a huge influence on what is released and when. Not just the supply of chipsets, but broader product planning and design.

  12. Chickens
    July 28, 2015

    Girl: “Hi! Nice phone, what’s its name? It looks beautiful”
    Guy: “U..U2..”
    A wonderful friendship is born.. And they ate spaghetti that night.

  13. bilbao
    July 30, 2015

    I don’t know if I would trust this young brand, it’s really new and we don’t have so many advices yet.. For now i’m using Elephone devices and i’m pretty happy!