Many gadget-lovers have been hoping that Chinese smartphone makers would launch a low-priced alternate to the Yotaphone, but if the Siam 7x is typical of the market then that won’t be happening soon.
Liliputing has reported that a company by the name of CRBT is importing the Oukitel U6 into the US and is selling it as the Siam 7X. This phone features a 5″ LCD screen and a 4.7″ E-ink screen, When Oukitel announced it in August they said it would cost $270, but now that it is available in the US the price has almost doubled, to $550.
According to the spec sheet, the Siam 7x runs Android 5.1 on a quad-core 1.3GHz MTK6735A CPU with a MaliT760-MP3 GPU. It packs in 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot (64GB cards supported).
It has a pair of cameras (13MP and 5MP), and in terms of connectivity the spec sheet lists Wifi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, and GPS, but no NFC.
And of course it has the two screens, one a 5″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, and the other a 4.7″ E-ink screen with a resolution of 960 x 540.
Both screens have touchscreens, and the E-ink screen may or may not have software that lets you use it to its full potential.
And you can get all that for $550. That’s a lot less than the Yotaphone, but it’s still about twice the cost had you ordered an Oukitel U6 from China. Of course, that Chinese model had half the RAM, only 16GB storage, and weaker cameras, so it’s not a perfect comparison, but I’m not sure that the improved specs justify the higher price.
The US model might be better but this is still a Chinese smartphone. We can tell that from the dual-SIM card slots and the FM Radio, and Brad over at Liliputing points out that even though the phone supports Chinese 4G LTE networks, it won’t offer 4G speeds in the US. In fact, Brad says this phone only has limited support for US 3G networks, which means that it will probably offer 2G data speeds in the United States.
As someone who doesn’t use mobile data on my phone (I use a hotspot), that is not a real concern to me, but I’m sure you would want to get the most out of a $550 phone.
And 2G data speeds just won’t cut it, not at this price.