All too often we'll see budget phones that don't look like budget phones. While the price screams "cheap," the builds or designs certainly rival the looks of flagship-tier phones in most respects. This past year has shown that even budget phones can keep up with trends almost instantly, as budget phones with 2:1 aspect ratio screens launched almost immediately after the flagship phones that pioneered said features. Oukitel is here with its latest budget-minded phone, but the MIX 2 looks and feels anything but budget. It's looks and name definitely derive from the Xiaomi Mi MIX series, but it's got styling all its own as well.
Packing a MediaTek Helio P25 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, you'd be hard pressed to find much to do on the phone that doesn't make it feel like a flagship device. The 207 gram weight of the all metal and glass build feels heavy duty, yet elegant at the same time, and Oukitel drops in pre-installed screen protectors and a clear TPU case for protection out of the box. At $199/£148/€166, this is a cheap phone by modern standards, and the value packed in is definitely real. If you're not lucky enough to win our latest giveaway of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, this is certainly an option to consider.
Android 7.0 Nougat powers the software side of things, and while it's a major Android version behind, Oukitel ships the phone with the latest January 2018 security patch, which is an excellent sign of things to come. Whether or not it'll receive Android 8.0 Oreo is another story, but the very stock look and feel of the phone translates into real speed, and it's easy to see how far MediaTek has come with considering performance versus more flagship level SoCs. There's even a 3.5mm audio jack here, something that's gone away over the past year, and a decent 16-megapixel dual camera system on the back as well. Is this the way to go if you've only got $200 to spend on a new phone? Find out in our video below, and don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for the latest in tech reviews!