The Ulefone Vienna is a smartphone that is supposed to convince especially with its perfect sound reproduction. Additionally, the phone offers an Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, as well as a fingerprint scanner and an infrared sensor. All in all, the phone has some good qualities to become a top seller. The following review will reveal if the smartphone can convince in daily use.
Design and processing
The 5.5-inch smartphone leaves a high quality impression. It feels good holding it, and all buttons on the right hand side can be operated with only one hand without any problems. The weight of 158g is pleasant, and nothing is loose at the phone. The slot for SIM cards and a micro-SD card is on the left, as well as a trigger for the camera. The Ulefone Vienna is available in black, white, grey, or pink. An audio jack and the infrared sensor are located at the phone’s top. The rear camera slightly juts out of the casing. The fingerprint scanner can be found beneath and the speaker is at the bottom on the left.
Unfortunately, there is no notification LED, and the three common soft touch buttons are not illuminated.
The smartphone is well processed without exception. There are no gaps to be found and the phone leaves a high quality impression.
Ulefone Vienna scope of delivery
The scope of delivery includes:
- Ulefone Vienna smartphone
- Micro-USB cable and USB charging adapter (EU plug)
- Quick reference guide
- Silicone cover
- Screen protector
The Ulefone Vienna uses a 5.5-inch display with a 1920x1080pixels resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi. You cannot spot any single pixels. The viewing angles are extremely stable and the brightness is sufficient. All colours are represented strongly and nicely. Users can customize the display in the settings with MiraVision.
The phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The 5 point touch screen is fast, precise and reliable.
The Ulefone Vienna can fully convince with its display, and does not have to fear any comparison to more expensive smartphones.
Performance and operating system
A Mediatek MT6753 processor and 3GB RAM provide enough power, and is supported by a Mali 720 GPU. Games are perfectly playable. Only demanding 3D games will force you to use medium graphics settings. The performance is perfectly sufficient for average users and occasional gamers. Thanks to 3GB RAM multitasking is possible and an almost unlimited number of apps can be opened at the same time. The internal 32GB storage can be expanded via micro-SD card.
The Android 5.1 operating system in the 32 Bit variation runs smoothly without jerking. Ulefone uses adjusted icons and a launcher without an app-drawer. Except for these adjustments Ulefone does not change the Android surface and there are no annoying preinstalled apps. An update on Android 6 is soon to come.
The fingerprint scanner worked straight away in 9 out of 10 attempts in the test. If the fingerprint is recognized, the phone is immediately unlocked. You can save up to five different fingerprints in the settings.
The performance should be sufficient for every user except for hard-core gamers. The system runs smoothly without jerking in daily use.
The Vienna houses a quite unusual product in terms of the camera. Instead of the common Sony sensor, a Panasonic MN34172 sensor with 13MP is used. The trigger time is surprisingly short and the autofocus is fast, precise and mostly reliable. In day light you can take nice pictures with the smartphone.
The 5MP front camera can’t keep up with the rear camera in terms of quality, it is however satisfying.
There is an additional trigger on the left side to take pictures. Via a double click you can open the camera from the launcher.
The Vienna’s camera is another strong point and the smartphone can convince.
Communication and connectivity
2G: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
3G: WCDMA: 900/2100
4G: FDD-LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 TDD-LTE: 2300
The Vienna has a dual-SIM function, which is, however, only usable if you go without micro-SD storage expansion. The phone supports all LTE frequencies. The reception was always good in the 3G as well as in the 2G network. The voice quality is satisfying. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi work perfectly.
An additional and cool feature is the infrared sensor. You can use it to operate devices like a television, a sound system or air-conditioning by remote control by means of apps of the Playstore. It worked well in our test.
The Vienna has a remarkably good GPS reception so that navigation works perfectly. The GPS-fix is fast and the determination of the position is up to a few metres precise. Additionally, the Vienna houses a built-in compass.
The advert claims the Ulefone smartphone to be a perfect phone for listening to music. Therefore, it uses a NXP Smart PA chip set, which anyhow provides a sufficient volume while listening to music with headphones. However, that’s much of a difference in terms of sound quality compared to other smartphones. The quality is completely satisfying, but not a highlight of the smartphone. The same applies for the reproduction of the internal speaker. At full volume it sounds especially tinny.
In terms of communication and connectivity, the Ulefone Vienna is on the same level with other smartphones. Unfortunately, this also holds true for the sound quality, which usually gives Ulefone prominence, but the smartphone can’t stand out here.
The Vienna’s strong built-in 3250mAh battery gets through a day with a display-on time of 3-4 hours without any difficulty. The phone achieved an almost 8 hour run time in the Geekbench test 3. The battery life is satisfying and sufficient for most users. It’s a pity that the battery is built-in and consequently can’t be changed. The Ulefone Vienna is fully charged in 2 ½ hours. However, one cannot speak of ‘fast charging’ as it is advertised by Ulefone.
* Incl. VAT and, if applicable, delivery costs – subject to interim changes.