There was a time when a 5.5″ smartphone was considered big. This was the screen size of the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Today, however, even a 6″ device won’t turn any heads. With progress in screen technology, manufacturers managed to make slimmer and slimmer bezels, which allowed bigger displays without increasing the overall size of the device too much. Now, if you want a truly big smartphone, you have to go pass 7″, a screen size that was usually reserved for tablet.
Oukitel has such a device: the Oukitel K9. This smartphone comes with a huge 7.12″ FullHD+ (2244×1080) screen that should be more than enough for any content consumption. And the best part, it only has a small waterdrop notch for the camera, increasing screen real-estate. The rest of the specs aren’t that bad either, considering the price. You will get a Helio P35 CPU, 4GB RAm and 64GB of internal storage. The CPU is decent, but definitely not as good as the Helio P70, Mediatek’s current top chipset. Still, it should be good enough for most tasks.
The internal storage could be bigger, many smartphones have 128GB of storage nowadays, but luckily you can expand it using a microSD card. Such a big device also needs a big battery. The Oukitel K9 is equipped with a 6000mAh battery that supports fast charging. The company rates it at almost 10 hours of video playback and more than 300 hours of standby time. Using the quick charger, the battery can be fully charged in little over 1 and a half hours.
The camera may be a downside for some. On the back, the Oukitel K9 comes with a 16MP + 2MP camera setup that is underwhelming considering the abundance of smartphones with 48MP cameras, even at this price range. The camera is not the selling point of this device, but it’s screen size, so they have an excuse. On the front you will get an 8MP camera. Connectivity wise, the Oukitel K9 is a standard Chinese phone: dual-4G SIM slots, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth and a fingerprint reader. Sadly, NFC is missing here.
If you are interested in the device, you can get it for just $199.99. There is limited quantity at this price, but there are two stores that have it on sale. If at one of the stores the phone is out of stock (or the price increased), check the other.
– Oukitel K9 – $199.99 Store 1
– Oukitel K9 – $199.99 Store 2