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Oukitel U6 has a secondary E-Ink display and a battery life of up to 120 hours
No, that is no typo on the title. The Oukitel U6 has an estimated battery life of up to 120 hours, granted that you are using only that secondary E-Ink display. Oukitel takes a hint from other manufacturers like Yota Devices and UMi, who have already implemented dual-screen applications. But this doesn’t mean Oukitel can no longer be unique; in fact, their device is pretty awesome, and it should be more accessible (where available).
The first thing you will notice is that Oukitel’s handset is quite gorgeous. It does resemble a couple other phones already in the market, at least when you look at the minimalist bezels and metal frame. But though it manages to look very good, those looking for a powerhouse may have to look elsewhere. This phone packs a Mediatek MT6735M processor, which does beat the Snadpragon 410, but only by a bit. In addition, the phone has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be extended by up to 64 GB via microSD.
That is all just a bunch of numbers and weird wording to those of you who will be interested in a device like this one, though. The point is the phone will run relatively well, and you likely won’t encounter too many hiccups. What really makes this phone special is display dynamic duo. You can find a 5-inch 720p LCD screen on the front, which grants you all the vibrant colors and light you will need to enjoy videos, images and the like.
Want to save some battery? Use the screen in the back, instead! This E-Ink rear panel measures in at 4.7 inches and offers a 960x540p screen. That would equate to a 235 PPI (pixels per inch) pixel density, which isn’t great, but it will certainly do the trick for your casual reading and other simple activities. Also, that relatively low resolution will look much better once you realize it can make your phone last up to 120 hours! And standby time can extend up to 180 hours, all with the help of a simple 2100 mAh battery.
As you may know, having an E-Ink display has its privileges. These panels spend very low amounts of battery, and only do so when changing the content in the screen. This is why other phones can leave an image on the ePaper side even after the device’s battery has died. Another benefit is the improved visibility in direct sunlight, not to mention that fact that it’s much more comfortable to read for prolonged periods of time.
There’s more features on board, such as an IR blaster, fun gestures and more. Not all details have been provided just yet, so this is about all we can tell you about the Oukitel U6 so far. More information on price and availability should emerge in due time. For now all we can say is that this phone should be reasonably affordable. We sure hope it comes to the USA, but as it goes with most Chinese smartphones… this is highly unlikely.
Would you buy the Oukitel U6 is it came with the right price? I would love to have it for my longer trips. And with those specs, I likely wouldn’t mind forking out the cash to have it as a secondary phone.