UHANS is one bad-ass (read: wonderful) smartphone manufacturer. Truth be told, their devices are always quite unique in their own world. Talk about the UHANS U300 (earned the nick “rugged baba” in our review), the UHANS Note 4 or the UHANS Max 2 with 4 optical sensors. You just have to give it up for their devices.
One of their latest, the UHANS i8 comes with features that gives it the eligibility to go toe-to-toe with flagship giants from top dogs like Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and likes. Features like the Face ID recognition technology is definitely one to look out for on the UHANS I8. The Face ID recognition is one of the highlight feature of the device and going by information made available by the manufacturer, it can save up to five faces and unlocks in less than 0.1 seconds. I call that flash unlock!
Below is a video of how the Face ID feature on the UHANS i8 works. You can watch that before delving to the review and where to buy the device at the best price.
Let’s dive right in shall we?
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
A finely polished metal body, curved edges glass display, super tiny side bezels, dual rear camera set-up and a neatly embedded fingerprint sensor all inhabit the UHANS i8 body. I really wonder what more could possibly earn a device the “premium” status that the UHANS i8 doesn’t have.
For visuals, a 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution sits comfortably on the front’s real estate. The display is a Full HD display with a high pixel density of 401 ppi. You should expect nothing but true and sharp colours and images production from device display.
PROCESSOR, OS AND STORAGE
The MediaTek MT6750 chipset oversees all the device functioning while the 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Cortex-A53 processor and massive 4GB RAM are also on board to ensure processes like launching applications and multitasking run as smooth as silk.
There is a 64GB built-in storage capacity to keep files, and other multimedia. Many a times when we see as device with a ROM size as large as this not featuring a SD card slot for storage expansion, this isn’t the case with the UHANS i8. The Second SIM card slot doubles as the SD card slot.
The UHANS i8 runs on the Android V7.0 operating system (which isn’t the latest?) but good news is the device will receive the Android Oreo OS update later in the future.
CAMERA AND BATTERY
The primary cameras of the UHANS i8 are dual sensors – 16 MP main lens and a 3 MP supporting lens, and flanked to the left (when views from the rear) by two LED flash light. The secondary camera in charge of taking selfies is an 8 Megapixels lens but without a LED/soft flash. Now you have to rethink taking selfies at a night party.
What’s good is a body without a soul? What’s a good device without a nice battery? The 3,500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery sure does good justice to the goodness of the UHANS i8. The device supports Quick Charge but like majority of devices this year (and the last) have birthed, the battery is non-removable.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
If you are wowed by the features of the UHANS i8, for as low as $139 (approximately NGN 50,000) you can own one. Affordable, isn’t it? Seem like a really fair price to pay for an iPhone X alternative.
UHANS i8 Full Specifications
|Device / Specifications||UHANS i8|
|Device type||Android Smartphone|
|Release date||September 2017|
|Screen size||5.7 inches|
|Screen type||IPS LCD HD+ capacitive touchscreen|
|Screen protection||Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Display resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel density||401 ppi|
|Internal storage (ROM)||64 GB|
|Primary/ Rear camera||Dual 16 MP + 3 MP with Dual LED flash|
|Secondary/ Front facing camera||8 MP camera|
|Processor (CPU)||2.0 GHz Octa-Core Cortex-A53 processor|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, rear mounted|
|GPU||ARM Mali T860|
|SD card support||Yes, up to 256 GB|
|SIM support||Hybrid Dual SIM|
|SIM type||Nano + Nano|
|Connectivity||2G, 3G and 4G|
|Operating system (OS)||Android v7.0 Nougat (upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo)|
|Battery type||Non-removable Lithium Polymer|
|Battery capacity||3,500 mAh|
|Fast/ Quick charge||Yes|