Oukitel have really kept their words in providing their prospective customers with strong smartphones with big battery life and yet affordable, Oukitek K4000, K4000 pro, K6000, K10000 and of course the much anticipated K6000 Pro can attest to that. We did a hands-on review of the K4000 pro a while back and from the incentive requests, its obvious that most people can’t wait to see the review of the K6000 Pro that is yet to go on sale, but not worry, we’ve got you covered. That not withstanding, we will be reviewing a mid-range smartphone from oukitel, Its the Oukitel C2.
From the first glance, you’ll agree that the Oukitel C2 is truly a rainbow kisser just as the Chinese company nicknamed it. The C2 model might not have the best screen nor a big battery capacity, but from its price tag, its very clear that the C2 model is well targeted for those who wouldn’t want to break the bank to own a smartphone. Despite coming at low price tag of 60 USD (NGN12,500), the oukitel C2 still holds some cool features in store and for some reasons, it was showcased in the massive spotlight of the world’s biggest mobile expo – the MWC in Barcelona.
Without any further talk, lets dive into details and see what the Rainbow Kisser brings on board in terms of smartphone.
- All plastic body.
- Dual-SIM dual-standby capability
- 4.5″ 480 by 854 IPS capacitive touchscreen.
- Quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB)
- OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, upgradable to android 6.0 via OTA
- 5MP back camera with phase detection autofocus camera, single-LED flash.
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi, hotspot, Wi-Fi direct; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; microUSB
- 1,800mAh battery capacity
- Smart Gestures, Light sensor are also supported.
Inside the box of the Oukitel C2 you’ll find the C2 device that was accompanied by a USB type C cord, a 5V/1A charger, 1,800 mAh battery, the warranty certificate, the user guide and an original 3.5 mm jack headphone that was missing in the box of the k4000 pro. Unfortunately, a protective rubber case has refused to ship with the phone but I believe that won’t be needed.
The Oukitel C2 felt incredibly light sleek, even with the battery on. Though the device doesn’t weigh that much, having a total weight of just 115 grams, the dimensions are 133.0 x 66.5 x 9.0 mm.
The general design of the C2 is really great but certainly not an award winner, it features a plastic unibody design which is something we regularly see in mid-range smartphones. The plastic cover is smoothly finished which gives it a more comfortable feel in the hand but lesser grip. The Oukitel C2 is provided in four different cool colours: Blue, White, Gold and Gray.
Power/Lock and volume adjustment keys can be found by the right hand side of the phone,at the top is the 3.5 mm jack audio port for headphones laying next to the micro USB port.The loud speaker is located below at the back while only the micro phone can be found at the bottom side of the phone.
Three are three action buttons just below the screen; Home, Menu and Back button, and above the screen is the call speaker and the front facing camera as there is no proximity sensor or notification light in this device. The screen has about 3.0 mm side bezels which is not for a mid-ranger.
Apart from the battery section, the display department is also where Oukitel have been very impressive, despite having a resolution of just 480p, the display present in the Oukitel C2 is somewhat brilliant, the colours came out very bold, clear and vibrant, although there is a barely noticeable tint of white towards yellow in the display just as we saw in the K4000 pro. The C2 does not support 3D display and has on two fingers multitouch detection.
The C2 has a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels with 240 pixel per-square inch (PPI) which is just fitting for its 4.5 inches screen. Just before you start asking, the screen of the C2 is not tampered and is therefore breakable, there is no protection from scratch on this one so the pre-installed screen guard will be very handy.
OS And Processor
The oukitel C2 is running android 5.1 lollipop out of the box, another win in my book, date for a marshmallow update is not yet scheduled but we hope it will be available. The User interface in the C2 is quite lag-free, it operates smoothly even when we had more opened applications.
It also features Smart Gestures like: Double tap to wake, slide up to unlock, slide down to camera, draw ‘M’ to start music and so on but double tap to sleep is not available, the gestures responded quite faster than expected. There is no ‘Gesture Motion’ and ‘Smart Somatosensory’ features that we also saw in the K4000 pro.
Powering this device is a 1.3Ghz Quad Core CPU with MediaTek MT6580 processors which makes the phone faster in terms of processing. A much expected 1GB RAM is on board with a native storage of 8GB but only 4GB is available for the user, However the storage can be further expanded up to 32GB with a micro SD card.
Oukitel C2 won’t be the best choice for those that will love to get the best out every shot, the device hosts a 5 mega pixels front and back shutters, it sports a single LED flash at the back. The flash didn’t come out bright when we tried taking a picture with it in a darker condition but it did help a bit.
Focusing on an image with the C2 camera is difficult as the camera has no autofocus features, most images taken with the phone came blur while some look just good, or something lesser than good. Below are some of the images:
The camera features HDR, Face detection, Smile detection and voice capture where you can take shots by just saying “Cheese” or “Capture”, a new and interesting feature. Both the rear and front camera can capture up to 3072 by 1728 pixel images and also supports video recording.
Sound produced from the speakers of the Oukitel C2 is worth mentioning, it was really beyond my expectations, the sound from the C2 is very loud enough and clear – even better than what we normally see in some high-end smartphones. The call speaker at the other is also very loud and clear during call.
There is no 4G connectivity option in this device but it supports dual SIM standby with two dedicated micro SIM slots. Network bands are; HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 for 3G and GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 for 2G, It also supports Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi direct, bluetooth v4, A-GPS and microUSB v 2.0. There is a Threaded message format available, IM, Emails, Push mail and MMS are also available.
The Oukitel C2 didn’t perform well in the battery department, it houses a 1,800 mAh of battery juice which is at the same time higher than the 1,400 mAh we had in the former Oukitel C1. The rainbow kisser has a battery saving mode that will help you get more from every charge.
It didn’t come with a fast charger as that won’t be needed, it took approximately 2hr 30 min to fully charge from 0% with its 5V/1A output charger. The battery has a standby of 48 hours and talk time of 11hrs with 3G, when we tried playing a car race game with the device, the battery discharged 14% in about 29 minutes, certainly not for gamers and hard users.
Oukitel C2 is obviously not a record breaker in any form but it is well targeted for those that wants to own an OKAY android devices and wouldn’t want throw in much for that. The overall performance and user experience of this device is quite impressive and coming at a price of just 60 USD (12,500) makes it worth looking out for.