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XTouch UNIX Pro Smartphone Review: When RAM And Budget Matters

Haroon Sultan
Technology Reporter
Editors Rating

7.6
overall
GOOD
Pros: Rapid charge capabilities, good build quality, more RAM than you need
Cons: Average camera sensor, default settings need tweaking for some users

XTouch is a brand that is relatively new to the market and has yet to reach critical mass. But if there is any phone that can take them there, it’s their latest flagship smartphone, the XTouch UNIX Pro. With an impressive spec sheet for an unexpectedly affordable price tag, there’s more than one reason to give this phone another look.

Design

The XTouch UNIX Pro features an all-metal designed body with undeniably high build quality. The phone has a comfortable weight to it that lends a sense of durability without feeling unnecessarily heavy.

The 5.5-inch full HD display is sufficient for watching videos and day-to-day tasks, nothing too special in that respect. It performs fairly well in bright sunlight and the viewing angles are good.

The home button on the bottom of the smartphone doubles as a fingerprint scanner, which is quick to respond to your fingertips. The touch-sensitive buttons on either side of the home button don’t seem to light up, although that’s an option that should be adjustable in the settings menu.

On the back, you can find the large main camera sensor and the LED flash. The sensor doesn’t show much of a bulge, which is great. The right side of the UNIX Pro has the volume buttons and the power button, whereas the left side contains the SIM tray and a dedicated shortcut button to bring up the camera app on your device. It’s not something I found myself using often, but you can change the app to something like your favorite game of the contacts app instead.

On top, we have the good old 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom side has a speaker grill as well as the USB Type-C connector port.

Specification and Performance

The UNIX Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20, an octa-core processor focusing on performance and energy efficiency. The more surprising hardware spec is the whopping 6GB of RAM which most phones costing twice as much as this one lack. Apart from that, we find 64GB internal storage space that can be expanded up to 256GB using microSD cards.

The smartphone runs a themed version of Android Marshmallow, something I personally did not enjoy using on default. However, with a bit of tweaking and downloading some replacement apps, it quickly became a much better experience overall. The UI is smooth with transitions and apps run smooth as silk.

We ran some benchmark apps to give a more technical idea of how the UNIX Pro ranks up against the other phones we’ve reviewed.

Camera

The rear camera on the XTouch UNIX Pro features a 16-megapixel sensor with phase detection autofocus and F/2.0 aperture. Consider the price tag on the device, it makes sense that you won’t find the best mobile camera. But the UNIX Pro manages to snap pretty decent photos all things considered and didn’t really feel like a budget smartphone camera at first.

The default camera app comes with panorama, HDR-support, a professional settings mode and a few other features. Although it did feel a little clunky and I preferred other camera apps over it, it does get the job done.

The front-facing camera has an 8-megapixel camera sensor that takes care of most selfie needs. It doesn’t seem to thrive in darker situations, so I would definitely suggest shooting in brightly-lit environments.

Battery

The 4,000mAh battery has more than enough juice to last you the day, especially considering the full HD resolution display and the bevy of energy-saving features included in the software. The rapid charge technology included with the USB-Type C charging port lets you quickly get back on the road.

 

Review Verdict:

Besides throwing a massive amount of RAM into a solid smartphone body, the XTouch UNIX Pro ticks a lot of boxes that should be considered when looking for new brands to switch to. With a budget-friendly, performance-focused flagship leading the way, XTouch is looking to quickly soar through the ranks and find a place in every pocket in the region. The XTOUCH Unix Pro is priced at AED 999 in Dubai, UAE.

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