Coming soon: Two new rugged Ulefone flagship smartphones

News Summary:

  • The upcoming Armor 15 is also one of Ulefone’s ruggedized models, which means that even the 12+13MP rear cameras are suitable for use underwater thanks to IP68/IP69K and MIL-STD-810. Accordingly, the tts features serious rubberized dual stoppers along the top edge that, when pried open, reveal their own pair of TWS headphones.

  • TWS earbuds are becoming a mandatory addition to any new smartphone order in 2022 – in fact, some devices have responded so strongly to this trend that they combine both types of devices into one product. Ulefone has embraced this emerging solution by doing away with the typical wireless earbud charging case that comes in the box with its new Armor 15 – because it is the charging case.

These aren’t run-of-the-mill AirPod clones: they’ve been designed with pen-like protrusions on their popcorn-shaped shells that make them easier to pull out of the Armor 15 and double as touch controls. The built-in accessory automatically connects to Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity when removed and shares the 6,600 mAh battery power with the rest of the smartphone/charging case.

Despite these potentially welcome features, however, the front-facing speakers leave room for a display with a diagonal of just 5.45 inches (whose specs Ulefone glosses over in its latest teasers, by the way), powered by the ~2-year-old and LTE/4G-only MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. Moreover, with only one SKU with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, the Armor 15 could fall even further behind in 2022.

The Armor 15 also features a non-wireless audio cover with prominent front-facing grilles for symmetrical “dual speakers” that make the device look more like a handheld console than a smartphone. It also supports fingerprint or Face Unlock-based security, NFC with Google Pay support, and Android 12 out of the box.

Finally, it’s honestly not clear whether or not sound via 3.5mm jack will be available here either, and its 2-in-1 all-in-one feature and support for wireless FM radio argue against its inclusion. Ulefone has also not yet revealed how much the Armor 15 will cost, saving that reveal for the launch of its Kickstarter campaign on August 8, 2022.