The iPhone 7 Plus Wannabe: Meet The Ulefone Gemini Pro

Welcome the Ulefone Gemini Pro – the iPhone 7 plus wannabe. Chinese smartphone makers Ulefone, are not quite known as the established phone brands in the world, nevertheless, they’ve created a niche for themselves in the low-budget but nicely-specd device category. One of their latest entrants is the Gemini Pro: a dual rear camera smartphone. This new device is an improvement over the older Ulefone Gemini that also sports a dual camera set-up.

The Ulefone Gemini Pro is rumored to come in 6 color variants: red, green, blue, gold, black, and grey.

Specs at a glance

  • 5.5-inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM
  • MediaTek Helio X27 (MT6797X) deca-core CPU and Mali –T880 MP4 GPU
  • 3680mAh Li-Po battery
  • Weight: 181 grams
  • Dimensions: 155 76.9 x 8.4mm
  • Android v7.1.1 Nougat

 Design & Display

Ulefone Gemini Pro comes in a metal unibody design with a matte finish at the back.This smartphone is nicely built with a thickness of 8.4mm and weighing 181 grams. Screen-to-body ratio for this device is about 70.19%, which is not bad. Like the original Gemini, the Pro version has its fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button; and also the navigation buttons are still virtual.

An interesting feature of this device is the inclusion of a USB type-C port.

The Ulefone Gemini Pro still uses the same 5.5-inch display with 2.5 curved edge as its predecessor. Display resolution is Full HD at 1080 x 1920 pixels. There’s also a Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the screen.

Hardware, OS & Performance

The Gemini Pro comes with the MediaTek’s new Helio X27 chipset that features a deca-core CPU. The 10 processor cores are spread out this way: 2 x 2.6GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4 x 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A53, and 4 x 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Graphics processing is done by a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU with 4 cores.

RAM size on this smartphone is 4GB with a large 64GB of onboard storage. There is a microSD/nano-SIM card hybrid slot for storage expansion – up to 128GB.

The device runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, which offers a ton of exciting features.

Camera

This is the focal point of this device. For the dual camera setup at the back, you have two 13MP sensors with dual-LED flash and auto-focus. This is complemented by an 8MP selfie camera at the front. The selfie camera is pretty good and can record Full HD videos. There’s no front flash on the device.

The dual camera setup supports the “bokeh” effect (in photography) that gives captured images the quality of depth of field.

Battery

To power the Gemini Pro is a non-removable 3,680mAh Li-Po battery. The battery supports fast charging and saves you the long hour of waiting for your battery to be fully charged.

Conclusion

If you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket for the iPhone 7 plus, but still want to feel the experience of a nice dual camera smartphone, then the Ulefone Gemini Pro – at less than half the price of the iPhone – would be a suitable choice.


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