While most customers tend to always choose a smartphone from a trustable and popular brand, it’s not every day that we see a good smartphone, that boldly carries the “Designed in UAE” badge on its box. Here, we take a look at the YaHalla Alif, a localized smartphone with a particular design and a massive battery under its wooden hood.
If you haven’t noticed by now, the device is named after the first letter of the Arabic language. The YaHalla Alif is aimed at those who want to try out something different out of the ordinary and doesn’t mind if the device is quite thick. The thickness that we are talking here relates to the large wooden back of the smartphone and feels like it’s specially customized for you. The YaHalla Alif is 9.5mm thick and weighs about 189g, which isn’t that bad, considering the fact that the smartphone houses a massive 6050 mAh battery on-board. (We will talk about the battery life at a later point). The main display is 5.5-inches in size and features the standard Full HD screen resolution with an LTPS AUO screen panel.
This should benefit more for better battery life and the screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 protection to resist accidental scratches. Viewing angles and colors are good enough for any casual user.
And while we enter the age of bezel-less smartphones, the Alif features the same design with huge screen bezels on the front side. So, unless you are one of those who would always change their personal buying parameters, the display is decent enough for most usage.While you may not get a bezel-less design, the smartphone does feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, that sits right below the 13MP (Sony sensor) camera. The fingerprint scanner and the camera blend well with the wooden rear panel. The power and the volume rockers are located on the ride side and there happens to also be an extra button that’s similar to the Convivence Key of TCL-branded BlackBerry smartphones. The microUSB port is on the bottom of the device.
Specification and Performance
Powering the Alif smartphone is the MediaTek 8-core MTK6753 processor (1.3 GHz speeds) with 3GB LPDDR3 RAM and packs 16GB of internal storage with MicroSD card expansion. The processor is also aided by the Mali T720 GPU for some decent gaming. We should remind you that despite the processor being a bit old, the chip was capable of resulting an Antutu score of 39284, which is quite respectable. (Latest mid-range smartphones can score more than double). While the smartphone did perform well for most casual usage, I wasn’t really happy about the fact that the device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. YaHalla should be reminded that most of the consumers look for the latest software updates and we wish that the Alif at least came with Android 7.0 Nougat. That being said, if you aren’t really keen on the latest software features offered by Android 8.0 Oreo, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS works perfectly well for your daily smartphone usage.
Camera and Battery
If you’re a bit disappointed about the software features, then the camera and battery specifications will surely get your interest back about the device. What we have here is a Sony manufactured 13MP camera on the rear side of the smartphone with an impressive aperture of F1.8. This means we can get bokeh effects while shooting close range and better night shots. Speaking of night shots, the camera also comes with dual-flash that’s perfect for lighting up dark situations (during a party for example). The front camera of the Alif holds a respectable 5MP selfie snapper. The main camera is capable of recording 1080p videos for longer times, thanks to the presence of the massive battery.
Speaking of which, the YaHalla Alif packs a 6050 mAh battery that’s estimated to last up to three days of normal usage in a single charge. The talktime is rated to last up to 63 hours. Additionally, the smartphone is also capable of quick charge (a 5-minute quick charge offers up to 2 hours of talktime). The battery takes about 120 minutes for a 100% charge. In our time of usage, we were able to use it for about 2 and half days in a single charge (mixed usage). Had the Alif came preinstalled with Android Nougat or Oreo, we could have seen an improved version of the Doze Mode that helps to save more battery life while in idle mode.
While the YaHalla Alif smartphone may not be as premium looking and better performing as some of the mid-range smartphones, the device is no slouch by any means. It's biggest selling point is unmistakably the massive battery capacity that drives the device for longer hours than most of the smartphones in the market. The wooden build is something that some users are currently looking and the camera performs decently with a nice aperture rating. If you don't mind an Android smartphone that isn't running on the latest Android OS but offers decent specifications, then the YaHalla Alif is a good choice to go with.