Ulefone T1 Premium Edition Review: OPPO R11 Barcelona Edition Rival

The Ulefone T1 is the company’s latest flagships managed to win many customers’ hearts. But many users have been complaining about the storage and a design identical to many other Chinese smartphones. So the company has decided to come in with an improved variant of this phone. There are not many changes in comparison to the regular model, but the manufacturer ‘has fixed’ all the shortcomings talked above. The Ulefone T1 Premium Edition comes with another coating that can be confused with Barcelona FC colors. In this sense, the Ulefone T1 can be compared with the OPPO R11 Barcelona Edition. We will come back to this idea later. As for now, the second enhancement refers to the storage. It has been enlarged from 64GB to 128GB.

Ulefone T1 Premium Edition Appearance

Though all the latest smartphones adopt an 18:9 aspect ratio full-screens, the Ulefone T1 Premium Edition doesn’t come with such a display. It sports a 5.5-inch screen with a regular 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution. The display is also covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it from minor scratches. Moreover, it is covered with an oleophobic coating to avoid fingerprints left on the display.

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There is a home button placed under the screen that can be also used for fingerprint-related operations.

A front camera accompanied by a flashlight and a speaker is placed above the screen. So we can state when looking at its front panel no differences can be noticed in comparison to the original model.

When turning into the back, we can see an identical design found in the OPPO R11 Barcelona Edition. Thus it uses two colors of red and blue, and there is a gold line where these two colors meet. A dual-camera is placed on the left upper corner paired with a LED flash. All these design elements are the same in comparison to the OPPO model. However, there are a few differences. The antenna ribbons on the Ulefone T1 are black. As for the OPPO model, it uses a double-U antenna design. Moreover, the latter has a Barca logo placed on the middle lower part. As the Ulefone T1 only looks like this handset, it couldn’t use this logo. At last, the Ulefone logo is printed vertically unlike the OPPO logo that is placed horizontally.

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On the left, we can find a SIM card slot supporting dual-SIM cards. But the second one can be sacrificed to enlarge the storage.

As expected, the volume rocker and the power button are on the right side.

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The Ulefone T1 Premium Edition comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. It is placed on the top.

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As for the bottom side, there is a USB Type-C port for faster data transfer as well as charging. There is also a stereo speaker.

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Ulefone T1 Premium Edition Performance

The processor of both models is the most attractive feature. The Ulefone T1 Premium Edition comes with a MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core chip. It runs on a 16nm process node and clocks at up to 2.6GHz. If you are not aware, MediaTek has designed this chip to compete with the Snapdragon 835, Samsung Exynos 8890, and Apple A10 Fusion. So you shouldn’t worry about the performance provided by this handset. Moreover, it is paired with a 6GB of RAM and 128GB built-in storage to meet all your requirements. In comparison to the OPPO model, it looks more attractive. The Barcelona Limited Edition comes with a Snapdragon 660 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of ROM.

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Ulefone T1 Premium Edition AnTuTu Result In Comparison To Other Models

  • Ulefone T1 Premium Antutu benchmark score
  • LeEco Le Max 2 (Snapdragon 820): 135,484
  • Lenovo ZUK Z 2 (SnapDragon 820): 132,410
  • UMI Z (Helio X 27): 110,070
  • Vernee Apollo (Helio X25): 93,251
  • Elephone S7: 92, 543
  • Ulefone T1 (Helio P 25): 67,409
  • Ulefone Armor 2 (Helio P 25): 66,331
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 (Snapdragon 625): 63,577
  • Blackview BV8000 Pro (Helio P20): 63,473
  • DOOGEE MIX (Helio P25): 61,975

As for software, the Ulefone T1 Premium Edition comes with Android 7.0 pre-installed. Though it runs on the same UI seen in the regular mode, the wallpapers and some icons have been redesigned to match this design more. However, the Android security patch has a date of September 5, which means, most likely you will get a few OTA updates once begin using it.

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At last, this handset comes with a 3680mAh battery supporting 9V/2A fast charging.

Ulefone T1 Premium Edition Camera

This is the part, where the T1 can’t compete with the OPPO R1. The latter belongs to a series known for its great shooting performance. Though the Ulefone T1 comes with a dual-camera, it only uses a 16+5MP sensors combination. As you understand, the larger lens (Samsung S5K3P3) is responsible for imaging, while the second sensor provides the background blurring effect known as bokeh effect. At last, before you realize what performance this camera provides via the sample photos below, we have to inform you this camera also records videos at 1080p resolution.

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Conclusion

The Ulefone T1 Premium Edition is sold for $269.99. This is a quite affordable price tag if taking into account its rival, the OPPO R11 Barcelona Limited Edition was priced at $522. Moreover, the latter has been sold out, as it was released in limited quantity. So those who didn’t manage to get their hands on this device can look at the Ulefone T1 as a worthy alternative to the OPPO phone. Moreover, our hero supports 25 bands worldwide and comes with an impressive set of accessories including a film, a simple case, micro USB to USB-C conversion cable, USB-C cable, AC adapter, and a few other less-useful things.

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