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Oukitel K9 smartphone review: Gigantic smartphone at an affordable price

Oukitel K9 smartphone review: Gigantic smartphone at an affordable price

Gigantic Android phablet from China. The Oukitel K9 sets out to be one of the cheapest smartphones with a display size that goes beyond 7 inches. Alongside the large display, it also offers a big battery and an up-to-date Android Pie system. In which areas Oukitel cut corners with the K9 in the end, we will show in our review.


The Chinese manufacturer, Oukitel, makes an appearance in our reviews mostly with budget smartphones belonging to the entry level and the lower mid-range. Next to robust smartphones such as the Oukitel WP1, buyers can also choose from several slim phones with large displays, such as the U23, the C15 Pro and the C13 Pro. For a price of about 240 Euros (~$267), the manufacturer carries its concept to the extreme with the K9 and opts for a 7.12-inch display with slim bezels and lower-mid-range hardware. 

A Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 and 4 GB of RAM take care of providing a smooth operating system. In addition, there is a PowerVR GE8320 graphics unit and 64 GB eMMC flash storage. But the Oukitel is not the only one on the market with this configuration and size. It has to face some rivals instead. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3, the Huawei P Smart Z 2019, the Honor 8X and the ZTE Blade V10 are all among the competitors. In addition, further smartphones found in our database can be added to the comparison in each table.


Oukitel K9 (K Series)

Processor
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8320
Memory
4096 MB  
Display
7.12 inch 18.7:9, 2244 x 1080 pixel 350 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB  
, 56 GB free
Weight
232 g ( = 8.18 oz / 0.51 pounds), Power Supply: 112 g ( = 3.95 oz / 0.25 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications

Case - Large battery in a slim design


Oukitel has given the K9 a modern design with slim display bezels and the largest possible display area in the front. The frame is composed of metal, and the back is made of plastic. The quality is very high, leaving no room for criticism. All places in which materials were merged are very consistent and can be compared to more expensive smartphones without issues. The rounded edges provide a good surface feel, and the K9 sits stably in the hand despite its size. Furthermore, buyers can choose from blue and black colors.

As expected, the K9 is the smartphone with the largest measurements in our test field. However, the manufacturer uses the case in relation to the display a bit better since the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, for example, has almost the same measurements despite having a slightly smaller display. The thickness is also only a bit taller with the K9, so that it can still be regarded as a slim phone. With a weight of 232 grams (~8.2 oz), it is not exactly light, but it is still far from being heavy.

Connectivity - Mid-range phablet with dual SIM


Oukitel equips the K9 with a Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 SoC, a PowerVR GE8320 graphics unit, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC flash storage. The latter can be expanded by up to 128 GB through a microSD card, according to the manufacturer. This removes the dual-SIM functionality though. The hybrid slot can only accept two Nano SIM cards or one Nano SIM and one microSD card at the same time. Both SIM slots support LTE and can make use of VoLTE and VoWLAN services, as long as the specific network provider offers these functions.

The Oukitel K9 lacks both NFC and a 3.5 mm audio jack. But with the respective adapter, headphones or external data storage devices can be connected to the Android phablet through the USB Type-C port. However, this is limited internally to the USB 2.0 standard. In addition, due to the missing Widevine L1, HD content from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Maxdome cannot be streamed. Furthermore, the Camera2 API is not completely available with "Full".

Software - Android Pie in Chinese smartphone


Oukitel has configured the K9 with a relatively pure Android Pie system in the version 9 and security patches at the level of May 5, 2019. The manufacturer's adjustments are limited to some changed icons, such as with the telephone and contacts apps. Moreover, Android connoisseurs and newcomers will quickly find their way around. About 55 GB of free storage space is available for the installation of apps and the storage of personal data. This space can be expanded through the use of a microSD card, but apps cannot be stored there, and reformatting it as internal storage is not possible either. Furthermore, only one single user can be logged in with the Oukitel K9 since the user account control feature is not available.


Communication and GPS - Oukitel K9 comes with LTE and fast Wi-Fi


The Oukitel K9 can establish mobile radio connections in GSM, 3G and LTE networks. The latter is possible with LTE category 6, with which download speeds of up to 300 Mb/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mb/s can be reached. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi are available for wireless connections in local areas.

In our Wi-Fi test, the Oukitel smartphone reaches 344 Mb/s on average for receiving data and 290 Mb/s for sending data. Due to the lack of 2x2 MIMO antenna technology, no outstanding speeds are reached, but the results are satisfactory and good enough to earn the second place in our test field











OUKITEL K9 4G Smartphone


$249.91


$189.99





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