Ulefone Power 3 Review – The Best Ulefone yet!


The Ulefone Power series has been a massive hit for Ulefone, however it has constantly been outclassed by the Xiaomi Redmi/Redmi Note series. Can Ulefone finally break the curse with the brand new Ulefone Power 3?

Ulefone Power 3 Review

The Ulefone Power 3 isn’t just a big battery phone now, but an 18:9 aspect ratio phone containing the very new MTK6763 octacore processor, a new SoC by Mediatek promising many new network features and image processing system. However, I wonder if the Ulefone Power 3 can finally outclass the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which should be able to take on or beat the Ulefone in every way.

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Ulefone Power 3 Specifications

Processor Helio P23 MTK6763 Processor
Display 5.99” 2160×1080 FHD Incell IPS LCD
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB eMMC
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat
Cameras 13MP Camera, 5MP Front
Battery 6,080mAh
Physical Dimensions 15.90 x 7.59 x 0.99 cm, 210g

Big thanks to Gearbest for providing this review unit.

Ulefone Power 3 Hardware

The Ulefone Power 3 is a completely metal phone that looks very beautiful from behind because of the antenna band design. It has a large amount of heft to it because of the battery size, however at 210 grams, it still isn’t too heavy all things considered. The phone feels fairly thick, clocking in at 9.9mm, however it doesn’t feel as insanely thick as the Ulefone Power 2 because the sides of the phone are rounded.This phone is considered by Ulefone to be a very bezelless phone, with a claimed 90% screen to body ratio. While that is highly doubtful (a 90% ratio that is), it is fairly bezelless with small top and bottom bezels, but sizeable side ones. The photoshopped press images show very slim side bezels and while the real bezels are not big, they aren’t small either.

There is one issue with this phone that I don’t consider to be a deal breaker for me personally, and that would be the lack of the headphone jack. Some of you might consider this a deal breaker and if that is the case I completely understand, however I personally don’t use the headphone jack at all, so no issue for me.

The fingerprint sensor for me is a little high so I have to constantly adjust my grip to reach it, but that can be blamed on my small hands.

Good build, no headphone jack

Ulefone Power 3 Display

The Ulefone Power 3 does not have a bad display at all. The screen has a 2K resolution and it is 6″, very crisp and clear. The colour reproduction and saturation is very, very pleasing to the eye, with colourful pictures looking quite dazzling on the display, outclassing many other phones, even pulling ahead slightly of other more expensive phones (definitely better than the Redmi 5 Plus).Gorilla Glass 3 and touch response are other aspects that make this a great display, however, the maximum brightness is a dark spot (ooh nice pun) in this otherwise bright display, maxing out at around 400-450 nits, not the brightest of displays, especially in bright sunlight.

Ulefone Power 3 Audio

The speakers output some decent sound, but not the loudest. Audio quality is quite decent, good mids and highs and audio clarity is quite decent, not a bad speaker if I would say so. However, the bass output is a bit lacking, so explosions and bass drops could sound tinny.

Ulefone Power 3 Battery

Like the previous phones in the series, the Ulefone Power 3 contains an absolutely massive 6,080mAh battery that will provide incredibly battery life, however its main competitor in terms of battery life, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (and Redmi Note 4) competes on equal footing because of the much more efficient Snapdragon 625 processor.The previous Ulefone Power 2 couldn’t keep up with the Redmi Note 4, however the Ulefone Power 3 finally can. Combining the MTK6763 and the battery, I was easily able to get 10 hours of battery life with 20% left. Keep in mind that this was incredibly heavy use, consisting of watching Youtube videos, playing games, and running benchmarks. In addition, I was taking lots of photos as well.

I guarantee that you will be able to get better battery life than I was able to get if your use is lighter (and it will be).

On par with the Redmi Notes!

Ulefone Power 3 Software & Performance

Ulefone seems to be a company that takes criticisms and feedback to heart, as they have abandoned the idea of putting skins (remember that incredibly ugly skin/black icon pack on the Power 2?), instead keeping it completely stock and adding a nice Pixel type swipe up drawer to the launcher. Other companies could definitely learn from this type of behaviour.UI performance however is slightly slower than top end phones and well optimized midrange devices like Xiaomi’s Redmi line of phones, not very noticeable unless putting it side by side with another faster device.

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The MTK6763 processor sits between the Helio P20 and Helio P25 in terms of performance, there is still a slight hitch when launching apps for the first time, but the 4GB of RAM keeps the phone multitasking smoothly.

the Antutu benchmark and PCMark Work 2.0 benchmark both confirm that the MTK6763 (Helio P23) sits between the Helio P20 and Helio P25 in terms of performance.However, there is one area where the Ulefone Power 3 outclasses them both, and that would be gaming performance. I saw slightly better framerates on the MTK6763 than the P20/P25 due to the use of a different GPU, and gaming was definitely great.

Ulefone Power 3 Connectivity

The Ulefone Power 3 got very good 4G speeds on my network here in Canada and reception is awesome as well. There is also VoLTE and ViLTE in this chipset but unfortunately I couldn’t test both because my carrier (Zoomer Wireless) doesn’t support that. However it should work on other carriers that do support it.WiFi reception is average and bluetooth works fine.

GPS takes longer than usual to get a lock, but once it gets a lock its fairly accurate.

Ulefone Power 3 Camera

Update: Ulefone has updated the camera on the Ulefone Power 3 and it is much better now. The Ulefone Power 3 is now a great phone with very slightly subpar camera quality but that isn’t too much of an issue.

The Ulefone Power 3 has 4 cameras in total, 2 front and 2 back, and when you open the camera app its pretty stock and there’s a button to toggle between 1x and 2x zoom, which should be switching between the two cameras, but it continues using the main camera but zooms digitally instead.Let’s talk about the camera quality, it takes good photos and bad photos. The good photos have lots of detail, very pleasing colour saturation, and nice tone and some very nice bokeh or background blurring. The bad photos have a very soft quality to them, its actually soft enough that sometimes its hard to tell whether the photo quality is just soft or it didn’t focus properly, it can take some decent photos, but in my opinion the Ulefone Power 3 is more erratic than the Ulefone Power 2 which takes more consistent photos, the Power 3 cannot take photos with consistent quality.If you are in 1x zoom mode it does have trouble with fast moving objects, but for some reason if you move to 2x zoom mode, you can capture fast moving objects a lot easier with practically no blurring which is very strange.HDR actually works properly in this phone, photos with really dark areas are brightened up a lot and improved so that’s definitely good, and some cases like this sunset it actually made the picture look quite stunning in terms of colour, HDR definitely works here.

You can also get a blurring effect or portrait mode, but the effect isn’t very good here and pictures usually turn out worse.Low light though is still not great, it is improved from previous iterations, there is less noise and grain but its still there.

The front facing camera is pretty bad, not the worst I’ve seen but its bad enough.

The video quality is average at best, i can see some artifacting in this video although colour reproduction is not actually bad at all. Here’s some video in low light for you to take at before we move on.

Ulefone Power 3 Camera Gallery

Ulefone Power 3 Verdict

The Ulefone Power 3 represents a huge improvement over the Ulefone Power 2 in many areas, chief among them being the battery life, display, and performance. In addition, Ulefone seems to have listened to its customer’s feedback and acted on it, something that is quite rare nowadays.

However, the Ulefone Power 3 is not perfect, and the biggest sore spot in this phone would be the camera quality. While it can take good photos, the photo quality is very inconsistent, varying wildly from one picture to the other.

Starting at $300, this is a no buy at that price. However its discounted price of $220 represents a much more attractive option, considering the 4GB Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus costs more than that. The Redmi Note 4 still represents a much higher value proposition though.

Update: After the camera update, the Ulefone Power 3 is that much closer to being a great phone, while Ulefone could definitely do more to optimize the camera, the phone is a solid value proposition after they vastly improved the camera quality.

Great value when discounted

Ulefone Power 3 Gallery

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50 Comments

  1. Muhammad Yasir
    January 3, 2018

    worst phone

    • January 3, 2018

      why

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 4, 2018

        3 iterations and still no improvement over camera

        • princetom
          January 4, 2018

          Yes… Stagnant company.

        • January 4, 2018

          There is, but they took 1 step forward and 1 step back. Step forward in camera quality but step back in consistency

          • Muhammad Yasir
            January 4, 2018

            that’s what we call a half-a**ed move

            a good camera is worthless if it takes good pics periodically …

            it HAS to take good pics persistently !

            • January 5, 2018

              I know, but the opposite is worse though. At least you know that the camera can take good photos. Imagine if this was consistently taking bad photos…. lol

            • Muhammad Yasir
              January 5, 2018

              yeah … good point

              any other upcoming Ulefone where we can expect a marked improvement ?

            • January 6, 2018

              Actually I just got info that Ulefone updated firmware to make hte camera better, I’m skeptical but going to try it.

              Also no idea about upcoming Ulefones, but they actually did a better job with the Power 2 than the Power 3 camera software.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              January 6, 2018

              let me know about the new software results !

  2. Shad8x .
    January 3, 2018

    I think it deserves 4 tbh : P Great review.

    • January 3, 2018

      Sup Shad, I’m seeing you everywhere now

      • Shad8x .
        January 4, 2018

        Why hello there 😀 I never noticed that you also write reviews on gizchina. When I saw your dog on the sample photos i was very surprised haha.

        • January 4, 2018

          haha yeah

        • Славољуб Комљеновић
          January 4, 2018

          Yeah I recognised the dog too lol

  3. Guest
    January 3, 2018

    worst phone

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 4, 2018

      why

    • Guest
      January 4, 2018

      3 iterations and still no improvement over camera

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 4, 2018

      There is, but they took 1 step forward and 1 step back. Step forward in camera quality but step back in consistency

    • Guest
      January 4, 2018

      that’s what we call a half-a**ed move

      a good camera is worthless if it takes good pics periodically …

      it HAS to take good pics persistently !

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 5, 2018

      I know, but the opposite is worse though. At least you know that the camera can take good photos. Imagine if this was consistently taking bad photos…. lol

    • Guest
      January 5, 2018

      yeah … good point

      any other upcoming Ulefone where we can expect a marked improvement ?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 6, 2018

      Actually I just got info that Ulefone updated firmware to make hte camera better, I’m skeptical but going to try it.

      Also no idea about upcoming Ulefones, but they actually did a better job with the Power 2 than the Power 3 camera software.

    • Guest
      January 6, 2018

      let me know about the new software results !

  4. Shad8x .
    January 3, 2018

    I think it deserves 4 tbh : P Great review.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 4, 2018

      Sup Shad, I’m seeing you everywhere now

    • Shad8x .
      January 4, 2018

      Why hello there 😀 I never noticed that you also write reviews on gizchina. When I saw your dog on the sample photos i was very surprised haha.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 4, 2018

      haha yeah

    • Славољуб Комљеновић
      January 4, 2018

      Yeah I recognised the dog too lol

  5. fztt
    January 3, 2018

    Battery life better than redmi note 4?

    • January 4, 2018

      No same

      • fztt
        January 4, 2018

        Sad, redmi note 4/4x is sold at a great price now where I am…

        • January 5, 2018

          Yeah the Redmi Note 4 is still bad news for many manufacturers

  6. fztt
    January 4, 2018

    Battery life better than redmi note 4?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 4, 2018

      No same

    • fztt
      January 5, 2018

      Sad, redmi note 4/4x is sold at a great price now where I am…

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      January 5, 2018

      Yeah the Redmi Note 4 is still bad news for many manufacturers

    • Aleksandr
      February 27, 2018

      I charge my new “Power 3” once each 4 or 5 days..
      I used to charge the “Samsung Grand Prime” once in a day or 2 days..

  7. Greg Zeng
    January 7, 2018

    Ordering the yet to be released product now. The review here is of the pre-release model. My PayPal bill is lower than the RRP issued in the first press release. Speculation is very different from the first press release. See the manufacturers website. Details are changing before and after the official release dates. Firmware updates will change camera performance as well.

  8. Greg Zeng
    January 8, 2018

    Ordering the yet to be released product now. The review here is of the pre-release model. My PayPal bill is lower than the RRP issued in the first press release. Speculation is very different from the first press release. See the manufacturers website. Details are changing before and after the official release dates. Firmware updates will change camera performance as well.

  9. blackmondy
    January 10, 2018

    Ulefone has a terribly bad record of display problem with the 1st-gen Power. Let’s see if this successor suffers the same fate.

  10. blackmondy
    January 10, 2018

    Ulefone has a terribly bad record of display problem with the 1st-gen Power. Let’s see if this successor suffers the same fate.

  11. john_wayne
    January 12, 2018

    Btw, (if I’m not mistaken) they claim 6 GB RAM but you tested 4 GB :/

  12. Guest
    January 12, 2018

    Btw, (if I’m not mistaken) they claim 6 GB RAM but you tested 4 GB :/

  13. Greg Zeng
    February 2, 2018

    I stopped using my Samsung Galaxy top-of-the-line, because I valued the features of my latest: “ulefone Power 3”. Of interest to me were: 6080mAh battery, 6GB DDR3 Memory, Samsung 21 mp camera sensor, Gorilla Glass 4, 91% screen:body ratio, 3A Quick Charge, fast finger ID, Android Oreo, dual-SIM or micro-SD-card, etc.

    Usually I have in my shirt pocket my 30x zoom Panasonic ZS70, with inbuilt OIS, so the smartphone-camera need not be as high-powered. My previous Samsung had an inbuilt IR and many other features which I did not use.

    At first I thought that the six inch screen would be too large for one-handed use. My medical-spastic condition (left-side hemiplegia) means that I have my right-hand in use. However my test Android showed ways to turn any phablet into easy one-handed use, with non-slip adhesive tapes.

    Top-line Samsung’s no longer have the 3.5 mm socket (for external devices & FM radio reception), but bigger battery, plus cheaper data-phone plans overcome the lack of FM radio. But the USB-C of the Ulefone Power 3 means that using the on-board FM radio is practically impossible. Neither can the external microphones, nor third-party 3.5mm IR blaster be used any more.

    My previous Samsung had inbuilt 128 GB DDR3 memory. Now the motherboard’s 64 GB is OK, because of the additional micro-SD memory card space. I do miss the Super-AMOLED that my previous Samsung & “Vernee Thor Plus” phones had. Luckily the opportunity cost on such a low cost phablet makes it easier than wasting my resources on throw-away product that cost a few times greater than my current favorite smartphone.

  14. Greg Zeng
    February 2, 2018

    I stopped using my Samsung Galaxy top-of-the-line, because I valued the features of my latest: “ulefone Power 3”. Of interest to me were: 6080mAh battery, 6GB DDR3 Memory, Samsung 21 mp camera sensor, Gorilla Glass 4, 91% screen:body ratio, 3A Quick Charge, fast finger ID, Android Oreo, dual-SIM or micro-SD-card, etc.

    Usually I have in my shirt pocket my 30x zoom Panasonic ZS70, with inbuilt OIS, so the smartphone-camera need not be as high-powered. My previous Samsung had an inbuilt IR and many other features which I did not use.

    At first I thought that the six inch screen would be too large for one-handed use. My medical-spastic condition (left-side hemiplegia) means that I have my right-hand in use. However my test Android showed ways to turn any phablet into easy one-handed use, with non-slip adhesive tapes.

    Top-line Samsung’s no longer have the 3.5 mm socket (for external devices & FM radio reception), but bigger battery, plus cheaper data-phone plans overcome the lack of FM radio. But the USB-C of the Ulefone Power 3 means that using the on-board FM radio is practically impossible. Neither can the external microphones, nor third-party 3.5mm IR blaster be used any more.

    My previous Samsung had inbuilt 128 GB DDR3 memory. Now the motherboard’s 64 GB is OK, because of the additional micro-SD memory card space. I do miss the Super-AMOLED that my previous Samsung & “Vernee Thor Plus” phones had. Luckily the opportunity cost on such a low cost phablet makes it easier than wasting my resources on throw-away product that cost a few times greater than my current favorite smartphone.

  15. YUN SOO DHOCK
    February 6, 2018

    hey friend
    What about fever?
    Is there no fever?

  16. YUN SOO DHOCK
    February 6, 2018

    hey friend
    What about fever?
    Is there no fever?

  17. Guest
    February 27, 2018

    You want to be careful about buying the Uelfone. I was attracted to the hyped up specifications, low price and bought a Ulefone Power 3 from GearBest. That was a big mistake.

    I swapped the working SIMs from my older popular phones to the Ulefone but it did not work. I believe there is a quality problem and the signal reception of the Ulefone is below standard. I later found out from forums that signal reception is also a problem for earlier Ulefone model. So, dont believe the hyped up advertising too much!

    Due to new strict international rule against electronic goods with lithium batteries, I could not return the Ulefone. GearBest then promised to refund me a small amount of money. They never returned my money.

    Then again, it is a good idea to be very very careful buying mobile phones or electronic goods with lithium batteries. It may explode and burn down your house when you are not at home!Just Google it to find out!

  18. Adam Chad
    December 5, 2018

    When considering the performance of the battery, both the standby time and the safety aspect should be considered. Poptel P60 keeps a good balance.