Ulefone Armor 7 review

GSMArena team, 21 Feb 2020.

Android 9 Pie - pure but not vanilla

The Ulefone Armor 7 boots Android 9 Pie. The maker advertises it as a pure version of Android, but it's not really. And that's fine. It's still a clutter-free launcher and close to what you'd get with the vanilla Pie.

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The software indeed looks a lot like vanilla Android. The home screen, lock screen, notification shade, and the recent apps menu are similar to those from the stock Android, excluding some of the icons.

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Android OS on Ulefone Armor 7

Looking deeper into the Settings menu reveals the changes that Ulefone has made - there is AI app launch acceleration, various gestures, the custom key options, nav bar settings, among others.

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Various settings

You can assign up to three different actions on the custom key - one upon the short press, another one - on long press, and the third option is when you double click it.

There is no app drawer available on the Armor 7, but if it's a must - there are plenty custom launchers.

The app package is pretty straight-forward. The default Android apps are pre-installed, so you have a gallery, a media player, and a file manager. There is also an FM radio app by Ulefone, a custom Notes app, and a Heart Rate app (though no Health app is pre-installed).

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FM radio • Notes • Heart Rate

The OutDoor Toolbox is probably the most powerful app you will find on Armor 7. It offers Compass, Level tool, Flashlight, AR level for paintings, Height meter (seems like a gimmick), Magnifier, Alarm bell, Pressure info (uses the baroceptor), Sound meter (uses the microphone), Heart Rate (again), and Pedometer.

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Outdoor toolbox

There are no ads across the UI whatsoever, so you can be sure you won't be bothered by unwanted spam here and there. And that pretty much covers the Ulefone Armor 7 starter package.

Performance and benchmarks

The Ulefone Armor 7 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P90 chip. The SoC was launched at the end of 2018 and is based on the 12nm manufacturing process from TSMC.

The P90 packs an octa-core CPU with two large Cortex-A75 cores ticking at 2.2GHz and six smaller, energy-efficient Corext-A55 cores working at 2.0GHz.

There is a (3-core) PowerVR GM 9446 GPU for taking care of graphically intensive tasks.

Finally, the Armor 7 packs 8GB of RAM.

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The Helio P90 surely isn't the newest chip around, nor is the most powerful amid fellow midrange offers. There is Helio G90 or Snapdragon 730(G) to beat it. Still, let's see how fast is the P90.

The overall processor performance is in line with the competition. While most of the big cores are based on Cortex-A76, the A75 inside the Helio P90 still do a fabulous job.

GeekBench 4.4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    7039
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    7008
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    6999
  • Realme X2
    6926
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    6913
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    6017
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    5620
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    5401
  • Honor 9X
    5345

GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme X2
    1750
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    1733
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    1692
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    1622
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    1476
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    1294

The single-core performance is somewhat mediocre, but we didn't have high expectations either.

GeekBench 4.4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    2558
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    2536
  • Realme X2
    2508
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    2472
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    2018
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    1905
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    1668
  • Honor 9X
    1559
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    1519

GeekBench 5.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    548
  • Realme X2
    545
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    542
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    493
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    380
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    347

The PowerVR GM 9446 GPU posted rather uninspiring scores on the graphic tests. It is a bit more powerful than the Exynos 9611 and Kirin 710 GPUs but shows the lackluster performance when compared to the Snapdragon 730, Helio G90, or even the Snapdragon 712.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    27
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    27
  • Realme X2
    24
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    24
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    24
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    18
  • Honor 9X
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    11
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    8.9

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    15
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    15
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    14
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    14
  • Realme X2
    13
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    7.5
  • Honor 9X
    6.5
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    5.9
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    5.6

Aztek OpenGL ES 3.1 High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    10
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    10
  • Realme X2
    9.2
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    5.9
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    5.6

Finally, when AnTuTu combines the good CPU and mediocre GPU scores, among other tests, it puts the Helio P90 just between the leading G90 and S730 chips and the aging Exynos 9611, Snapdragon 675 and Kirin 710.

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    224759
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    218200
  • Realme X2
    215578
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    192458
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    180057
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    163017
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    141077
  • Honor 9X
    140362
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    113051

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
    279355
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30
    272229
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
    263396
  • Realme X2
    257443
  • Ulefone Armor 7
    216770
  • Honor 9X
    187528
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    175363
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    167395

The Ulefone Armor 7 offers more than enough punch to handle flawlessly everything you throw at it but games. Gaming is very much possible, too, but the GPU isn't best equipped to make for a smooth and hiccup-free experience. Still, the Armor 7 is no gaming phone, so we can live with that.

Reader comments

  • Ar7Ulephone2021

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  • AnonD-993436

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