The Ulefone Power 3S is a budget device from the company Ulefone. Since it’s a budget device, it does come with compromises, however, there are some excellent features too. It comes with a bigger battery, which is great for content consumption on its big screen. We earlier did the review of the Ulefone Be Touch 2 which was a great budget device of that time. Let’s discuss the device in more detail and see what the company has to offer this time with the Ulefone Power 3S.
Ulefone Power 3S Design
Coming to the design, the Ulefone Power 3S looks like just another usual smartphone. While the back panel is made of plastic with a metal frame and glass front. The back of the device is nothing special. However, it feels smooth to touch and doesn’t collect smudges like Glass backed devices. It is available in two color options: Black and Rose Gold.
Even though the device is heavy and thick, it feels very comfortable to hold. That’s due to the smooth and curved edges, which helps in gripping the device properly. In numbers, the smartphone is 9.9 mm thick and weighs around 210 gram. However, the bigger than usual battery adds up the extra weight to the device.
Upfront, there is a modern 18:9 screen. Above it, you will find the earpiece, selfie camera, and an ambient light sensor. The Volume and Power key is on the right side while the Dual SIM tray is on the left. Surprisingly, the SIM tray comes with a dedicated slot for a MicroSD card. At the bottom, you will find the primary mic, speaker, and Type-C charging port. The brand has kept the lost headphone jack on the top. There is a vertically arranged dual camera unit with flash placement on the back. Additionally, just below the camera module, there is a fingerprint scanner. Overall, the device feels sturdy, but it lacks the premium touch of the other high-end devices.
The Ulefone Power 3S comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD screen. It comes in a modern 18:9 form factor without any notch. The screen has a Full HD 1080 x 2160 pixels and a pixel density of 402 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Also, the screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 2.5D curved glass, adding a premium feel to the device.
Talking about the quality, the Full HD resolution sharp and crisp content on the screen whether you are watching videos or reading the text. The colors on the screen are vibrant, providing a pleasing viewing experience. It does have decent viewing angles, but the brightness is average. That means it’s hard to use the device outdoors on a sunny day, but you can crank up the intensity and use the shadows to see the content on the screen. The top and bottom bezels are there, excluding the notch. Overall, the screen is good, but it’s not comparable to flagships devices.
Performance and Software
Talking about performance, the Ulefone Power 3S comes with MediaTek 6763T onboard. An Octa-Core processor which is clocked to work at a maximum frequency of 2.0GHz. With ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU (770Hhz, 2-cores) the processor provide enough performance to run casual games like Subway Surfer, Temple Run efficiently.
For day to day tasks, the Ulefone Power 3S never struggles. It runs app like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. smoothly without any issue. Also, as I said above, the device can run casual games like Subway Surfer, Shadow Fight, etc, with no issue at all. However, when it comes to heavy gaming like PUBG mobile, Asphalt 9, Shadowgun Legends, etc., the chipset manages to run the games at low settings smoothly. You can play these games at medium settings as well, but the gameplay will not be smooth enough. Overall, it’s a suitable device for day to day usage but not for performance lovers.
Coming to the software, the Ulefone Power 3S comes with Android Nougat out of the box. Well, it’s an old OS but it does come with minor tweaks. With that said, the software feels close to stock, which makes it fast and responsive. Also, it comes with 4GB RAM which makes multitasking fluid and with 64GB storage onboard you can store all your content easily. However, if you do feel the need for more storage. You can take advantage of dedicated MicroSD card slot for memory expansion up to 256GB.
Camera and Battery Life
Coming to the camera department, the Ulefone Power 3S comes with a total of 4 cameras. There are two cameras on the back and two on the front. The rear setup includes a 16 Megapixel primary sensor and a 5 Megapixel secondary sensor. While on the front, there is a 13 Megapixel sensor along with a 5 Megapixel sensor. Also, the rear setup comes with a dual-LED flash and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). The camera app comes with all the useful feature like HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, etc.
The rear captures some decent images during daylight. The photos have a nice amount of details, and the colors look good as well. However, during the night, the camera misses out the details in the scene, and lots of noise can be spotted when you zoom in the images. Talking about portrait shots, they are just average with average edge detection. On the front, the camera capture some good pictures in broad daylight. You can notice the right amount of details on your face, but, the camera loses its edge when used in the low light situation.
The quality comes down to average with noise and blurriness. Overall, the quality of the image is decent for the price but far from the best in the segment.
The main highlight of the Ulefone Power 3S is its battery. It comes with a 6350 mAh battery which isn’t removable. With such battery, the Power 3S was able to last around two days on a single charge, and it can go more depending upon your type of usage. From my personal experience, I did use the device for an extended period and managed to squeeze above 7 hours of screen on time. Also, it supports fast charging, and the charger which comes with it charges the device from 0% to 100% in just 2 hours, impressive right?
More Features of Ulefone Power 3S
The Power 3S comes with Dual SIM and Dual Standby support. It also comes with a dedicated slot for MicroSD card which can be used to expand the memory up to 256 GB. Other connectivity features include WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Also, it comes with sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity, and Ambient light sensor.
Neither the device comes with NFC nor IR emitter. There is a Fingerprint scanner on the back which isn’t the fastest but gets the job done. However, it’s located slightly above the usual position which takes time getting the hang of it. There is also a Face Unlock option which is quick but as I always say, its un-secure because it uses the front camera rather than dedicated hardware to scan your face.
The single speaker on the device gets decently loud, but the audio quality is average. It’s decent for listening songs or watching videos, but the audio lacks bass and feels flat. The good thing is that the device does come with a headphone jack which allows you to connect your wired earphones without the hassle of a dongle.
Bottom Line for the Ulefone Power 3S
Apart from being thick and heavy, the Power 3S does somethings well. Like the screen, it comes with a Full HD screen which looks vibrant and immersive. The Ulefone Power 3S is a useful device for the price, but that depends on the type of user you are. If you are a power user who wants to use their tool for heavy gaming or if you want a device which can capture some high looking images, the Power 3S is not for you. However, if you are the kind of person who wants longer battery life, excellent day-to-day performance, and more importantly, a headphone jack, the Ulefone Power 3S will be a perfect option for you. For more tech tips and solutions follow our Techulk Instagram Page | Techulk Facebook Page