Ulefone Vienna hands on and first impressions


ulefone vienna hands on

Another new phone from Ulefone, but the Vienna promises to be more than just a standard smartphone, and claim this handset is an audiophiles dream come true.

Ulefone Vienna Hands on and first impressions

ulefone vienna hands on

Ulefone have a couple of phones in the pipeline for 2016. One is the bezeless Ulefone Power (which we are still waiting to finally see launch) and the other is the Ulefone Vienna (which should be shipping to customers soon).

The Vienna is a little different from your standard Chinese Android phone (at least from a lower tier manufacturer) and actually represents one of the first budget phones to feature audio HIFI as a selling point.

ulefone vienna hands on

According to Ulefone, the Ulefone Vienna uses a Smart Audio PA HIFI chipset for better audio performance when using earphones, and external audio is pushed through a ‘box’ speaker for improved performance.

So the idea is that this will be a phone for lovers of audio, who can’t quite stretch to the cost of a Vivo or Oppo phone.

ulefone vienna hands on

Even with the boost in Audio, the rest of the hardware doesn’t appear to have suffered and the Ulefone Vienna boasts a 5.5-inch Sharp FHD display, 2.5D screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (as standard), an octacore Mediatek chipset, large 3250mAh battery, dual SIM support, LTE, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, and a fingerprint scanner on the rear.

ulefone vienna hands on

In the hand the Vienna is actually has a very nice design to the rear with nice fit and feel for the fingerprint scanner, dual LED flash and (slightly protruding) rear 13 mega-pixel camera.

ulefone vienna hands on

It’s odd to see that although the phone is touted as an audio-centric device, the main speaker is on the back of the phone and there is only one of them, but hopefully this won’t hamper performance.

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ulefone vienna hands on

The rear of the phone is the same grey colour as the Ulefone Touch range, but is plastic rather than metal. Its a unibody design so you cannot remove the battery and the dual SIM/SD expansion is handled via a tray on the left. Below the tray is a single ‘record’ button.

ulefone vienna hands on

In the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR remote, the right has volume and power keys, while the base is home to a standard USB plug.

ulefone vienna hands on

The face of the Ulefone Vienna is covered with a piece of 2.5D curved glass, there are icons for the hardware buttons on the chin, a FHD 5.5-inch display and front facing 5 mega-pixel camera.

Build quality feels rather good for a plastic phone, with everything fitting together as it should.

Ulefone Vienna Gallery

Ulefone Vienna Audio Impressions

As this is a hands on and first impressions I won’t go in to too much detail at this point, but I will leave you with my first impressions of the audio capabilities.

ulefone vienna hands on

Audio is impressive through the rear speaker. Although I was worried that the single rear speaker might not have enough power I was completely wrong! The rear speaker is increibly loud and clear, it is lacking in bass, but overall it’s much much better than most speakers from other Chinese Android phones.

With earphones in and the audio experience takes another level. Bass is much better, clarity is terrific, it might not be up to Vivo levels of audio, but Ulefone have done an amazing job and the phone does live up to it’s audio-centric credentials!

Ulefone Vienna Hands on Video

A full review of the Ulefone Vienna will be posted in the coming days so keep posted.

For more details check our the Ulefone website.

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50 Comments

  1. Atomicrus
    May 3, 2016

    Nice anthem dnb tunes)

  2. MattD
    May 3, 2016

    Typo: the bezeless device is the Future, not the Power

  3. Tremaine Underwood
    May 3, 2016

    I am really keen to hear what you think of the audio performance Andi. I still think it would be a nice idea if you put together like a top 10 phones from an audio point of view for the audiophiles out there :-). It may have to be split into 2 lists, one for earphones, one for speakers.

  4. Ivo001
    May 3, 2016

    “One is the bezeless Ulefone Power” –> Future

  5. Rustam Hamdam
    May 3, 2016

    Who cares about the music quality through the speaker, so many people just make that point. I would really love to hear what this phone can do with good earphones and how does it perform vs ZTE Axon phones or other phones with DAC

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    May 3, 2016

    wow …. Ulefone finally stepping up ?!

  7. Atomicrus
    May 3, 2016

    Nice anthem dnb tunes)

  8. MattD
    May 3, 2016

    Typo: the bezeless device is the Future, not the Power

  9. Tremaine Underwood
    May 3, 2016

    I am really keen to hear what you think of the audio performance Andi. I still think it would be a nice idea if you put together like a top 10 phones from an audio point of view for the audiophiles out there :-). It may have to be split into 2 lists, one for earphones, one for speakers.

  10. Ivo001
    May 3, 2016

    “One is the bezeless Ulefone Power” –> Future

  11. Rustam Hamdam
    May 3, 2016

    Who cares about the music quality through the speaker, so many people just make that point. I would really love to hear what this phone can do with good earphones and how does it perform vs ZTE Axon phones or other phones with DAC

  12. Guest
    May 3, 2016

    wow …. Ulefone finally stepping up ?!

  13. Nam Dang
    May 3, 2016

    Lol my post got deleted.
    Guess some were not happy about the truth.
    Okay, rewriting:

    What I hate most about people asking about high end audio quality is some do know anything about.
    I see people regarding this phone as their optimal device for audiophiles.
    Please, if you don’t know the meaning of it, don’t act like you’re one.
    The usage of a DAC doesn’t guarantee you a superb and clear audio quality.
    External (portable) ones can be bought at 30$ already.
    After all, “audiophile” is used way too often.
    Using something like a Xiaomi Piston is nowhere near audiophile.
    Get that before you act like you care a lot about audio quality.

    • Scott Rennie
      May 4, 2016

      So do you have anything on the quality of the DAC used here? The xiaomi pistons, the last two models especially are extremely good earphones and have received very decent reviews from audio centric publications, for the price.

      • Nam Dang
        May 4, 2016

        So far, this DAC still needs to be tested.
        GizChina reviewed many phones in the past telling the audio quality is superb.
        One of these phones was 2014 flagship Oppo Find 7.
        Guess what: I have this phone and it sounds mediocre (output, speakers are good).

        Xiaomi Pistons are solid bass-heavy In-Ears in their own price range.
        If you love their sound signature (V-shape – bass heavy and treble) plus listening to certain genres (EDM, Pop, Rap, etc.), then you’ll be fine.
        They are good if you don’t know better.
        One important rule: there are less audio centric publications you can rely on.
        The known ones are mainly focused on mainstream market.
        I’m sorry to say, but GizChina authors don’t have knowledge about audiophile and HiFi.
        Try head-fi.org, they are quite solid or the better hifi-forum.de (which is in German).
        If people don’t want to spend much money, that’s okay. It makes sense.
        But overhyping some cheap product, because you don’t know any good ones doesn’t make it superb.
        Just my two cents.

        • Scott Rennie
          May 5, 2016

          Thanks. That’s a comprehensive and useful response, nice website also. I admit that I use them mostly for EDM or similar whilst working, which is perhaps why I am so pleased with them. I really haven’t heard anything as good at this price. Agreed, they are not superd, but for 13 euros or so, and my tendency to break and lose things they work out well. My current pair are on there way out, what would you recommend? (if you have the time)

          • Nam Dang
            May 5, 2016

            Hey Scott,

            at first it has to be said that better earphones are also more expensive.
            Xiaomi Pistons are good for their price, but not – according to every china product sites like GizChina – best up to 200$.
            I read descriptions powerful bass and crisp/clear highs.
            Let me tell you that this “crispy/clear” sound is only created by more dB (volume) In the upper frequency.
            Technically they are standard.

            Back to your question:
            I know many people won’t be purchasing In-Ears >30/50$, that’s why Xiaomi Pistons are so favoured.
            Since you’re listening mostly to EDM I recommend buying SoundMAGIC E10s.
            They are quite cheap, but their sound signature is more balanced
            -> not boomy, mids and highs have good resolution isolation is mediocre, but therefore sound is more airy and has better soundstage.
            Personally I’m more into Over-Ear headphones and actually they are >150€ (my Beyerdynamic T1 was 800€ expensive).

      • metalboyz
        May 4, 2016

        Piston sounds boomy and muddy, IMO.
        There are lot of better choice at that price point.

        • Scott Rennie
          May 5, 2016

          Fair enough, the latest ones are a little bass heavy, I preferred the prior generation on that point. Though I haven’t heard anything as good at that price. I’m looking for some new earphones though, what would you recommend?

          • metalboyz
            May 6, 2016

            IMO all of piston are boomy.
            It’s hard to recommend an earphone, people have different taste of music.
            If you can, i would suggest you to try it yourself before buying it. There are a lot of headphone store that allowed auditions of headphones/earphones/headphone amplifier/DAC/cables before you buying it, or just trying the new arrival item.

            Or if you can’t, you can take a look at here for your reference: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/

  14. Nam Dang
    May 3, 2016

    Lol my post got deleted.
    Guess some were not happy about the truth.
    Okay, rewriting:

    What I hate most about people asking about high end audio quality is some do know anything about.
    I see people regarding this phone as their optimal device for audiophiles.
    Please, if you don’t know the meaning of it, don’t act like you’re one.
    The usage of a DAC doesn’t guarantee you a superb and clear audio quality.
    External (portable) ones can be bought at 30$ already.
    After all, “audiophile” is used way too often.
    Using something like a Xiaomi Piston is nowhere near audiophile.
    Get that before you act like you care a lot about audio quality.

    • Scott Rennie
      May 4, 2016

      So do you have anything on the quality of the DAC used here? The xiaomi pistons, the last two models especially are extremely good earphones and have received very decent reviews from audio centric publications, for the price.

    • Nam Dang
      May 4, 2016

      So far, this DAC still needs to be tested.
      GizChina reviewed many phones in the past telling the audio quality is superb.
      One of these phones was 2014 flagship Oppo Find 7.
      Guess what: I have this phone and it sounds mediocre (output, speakers are good).

      Xiaomi Pistons are solid bass-heavy In-Ears in their own price range.
      If you love their sound signature (V-shape – bass heavy and treble) plus listening to certain genres (EDM, Pop, Rap, etc.), then you’ll be fine.
      They are good if you don’t know better.
      One important rule: there are less audio centric publications you can rely on.
      The known ones are mainly focused on mainstream market.
      I’m sorry to say, but GizChina authors don’t have knowledge about audiophile and HiFi.
      Try head-fi.org, they are quite solid or the better hifi-forum.de (which is in German).
      If people don’t want to spend much money, that’s okay. It makes sense.
      But overhyping some cheap product, because you don’t know any good ones doesn’t make it superb.
      Just my two cents.

    • metalboyz
      May 4, 2016

      Piston sounds boomy and muddy, IMO.
      There are lot of better choice at that price point.

    • Scott Rennie
      May 5, 2016

      Fair enough, the latest ones are a little bass heavy, I preferred the prior generation on that point. Though I haven’t heard anything as good at that price. I’m looking for some new earphones though, what would you recommend?

    • Scott Rennie
      May 5, 2016

      Thanks. That’s a comprehensive and useful response, nice website also. I admit that I use them mostly for EDM or similar whilst working, which is perhaps why I am so pleased with them. I really haven’t heard anything as good at this price. Agreed, they are not superd, but for 13 euros or so, and my tendency to break and lose things they work out well. My current pair are on there way out, what would you recommend? (if you have the time)

    • Nam Dang
      May 5, 2016

      Hey Scott,

      at first it has to be said that better earphones are also more expensive.
      Xiaomi Pistons are good for their price, but not – according to every china product sites like GizChina – best up to 200$.
      I read descriptions powerful bass and crisp/clear highs.
      Let me tell you that this “crispy/clear” sound is only created by more dB (volume) In the upper frequency.
      Technically they are standard.

      Back to your question:
      I know many people won’t be purchasing In-Ears >30/50$, that’s why Xiaomi Pistons are so favoured.
      Since you’re listening mostly to EDM I recommend buying SoundMAGIC E10s.
      They are quite cheap, but their sound signature is more balanced
      -> not boomy, mids and highs have good resolution isolation is mediocre, but therefore sound is more airy and has better soundstage.
      Personally I’m more into Over-Ear headphones and actually they are >150€ (my Beyerdynamic T1 was 800€ expensive).

    • metalboyz
      May 6, 2016

      IMO all of piston are boomy.
      It’s hard to recommend an earphone, people have different taste of music.
      If you can, i would suggest you to try it yourself before buying it. There are a lot of headphone store that allowed auditions of headphones/earphones/headphone amplifier/DAC/cables before you buying it, or just trying the new arrival item.

      Or if you can’t, you can take a look at here for your reference: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/

  15. Paul R. Rohde
    May 3, 2016

    Can you please test if the Vienna can use all of a 128 Gb card. The specs say the maximum is 64 Gb.

    Also, how is the earplug? My Ulefone Power earphone plug is terrible. Some headphones don’t plug in, and my current headphones have to be pushed in hard and disconnect at the slightest touch. (The supplied headset plug is Ok, but the phones are really crappy) Is this a Ulefone characteristic or do you think my Power has a faulty plug?

  16. Zealer
    May 4, 2016

    The real machine is really ugly. so, never trust the picture from their official website.

  17. Paul R. Rohde
    May 4, 2016

    Can you please test if the Vienna can use all of a 128 Gb card. The specs say the maximum is 64 Gb.

    Also, how is the earplug? My Ulefone Power earphone plug is terrible. Some headphones don’t plug in, and my current headphones have to be pushed in hard and disconnect at the slightest touch. (The supplied headset plug is Ok, but the phones are really crappy) Is this a Ulefone characteristic or do you think my Power has a faulty plug?

  18. Zealer
    May 4, 2016

    The real machine is really ugly. so, never trust the picture from their official website.

  19. kik
    May 4, 2016

    I feel the display is really nice. The black is so black. But i already have Power.

  20. Windows 10
    May 4, 2016

    Hey Andi, you may upgrade your video recorder. Everything in your video looks dumb, though i like your reviews.

  21. Guns 'n' Vegetables
    May 4, 2016

    Don’t care about the speaker quality, looking forward to a detailed audio review with earphones on.

    • Nam Dang
      May 4, 2016

      You better check other sites which mainly focus on detailed audio reviews including measurements.

  22. Fabio
    May 4, 2016

    Wow, the fingerprint scanner seems nice.

  23. Tarantino
    May 4, 2016

    I can tell if the sound quality of the speaker is good or not since Andi has recorded it with a camcorder, with which Andi’s own voice even is not that real. But loud is good, it can play music in the living room while i can enjoy it in the toilet when i’m pooping.

  24. Mengkih
    May 4, 2016

    Well, it may not be a real HiFi device, but should be a responsive phone.

  25. kik
    May 4, 2016

    I feel the display is really nice. The black is so black. But i already have Power.

  26. Windows 10
    May 4, 2016

    Hey Andi, you may upgrade your video recorder. Everything in your video looks dumb, though i like your reviews.

  27. Guns 'n' Vegetables
    May 4, 2016

    Don’t care about the speaker quality, looking forward to a detailed audio review with earphones on.

    • Nam Dang
      May 4, 2016

      You better check other sites which mainly focus on detailed audio reviews including measurements.

  28. Fabio
    May 4, 2016

    Wow, the fingerprint scanner seems nice.

  29. Tarantino
    May 4, 2016

    I can tell if the sound quality of the speaker is good or not since Andi has recorded it with a camcorder, with which Andi’s own voice even is not that real. But loud is good, it can play music in the living room while i can enjoy it in the toilet when i’m pooping.

  30. Mengkih
    May 4, 2016

    Well, it may not be a real HiFi device, but should be a responsive phone.

  31. metalboyz
    May 4, 2016

    Nxp? Hi-fi?? LOL..
    From the spec and price point its comparable with lenovo k4 note (it’s awesome if you can compare it).
    Even with wolfson chip and dual 1.5W speakers (stereo), not to mention their software audio optimization (dolby atmos).

  32. metalboyz
    May 4, 2016

    Nxp? Hi-fi?? LOL..
    From the spec and price point its comparable with lenovo k4 note (it’s awesome if you can compare it).
    Even with wolfson chip and dual 1.5W speakers (stereo), not to mention their software audio optimization (dolby atmos).

  33. Lennald
    May 10, 2016

    On the back of the phone, are there two cameras? Or one camera and one fingerprint sensor? They look almost the same. I like the price and high specifications of some Chinese smartphones, like Ulefone, Oukitel and Umi.

  34. Lennald
    May 11, 2016

    On the back of the phone, are there two cameras? Or one camera and one fingerprint sensor? They look almost the same. I like the price and high specifications of some Chinese smartphones, like Ulefone, Oukitel and Umi.