Vodafone Smart Ultra 6

8.8/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, minutes (2G), 900 minutes (3G).



The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 exceeds its price point, and then some.

- Sean Cameron , TechRadar 

Vodafone have added the best specs that could possibly have been used while keeping the handset affordable.

- Nirave Gondhia , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

8.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • Crisp, colourful display
  • Good performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Price
  • Battery life

What's bad

  • Vodafone only
  • Boring design
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Inconsistent camera
  • Weak speaker

The budget phone market continues to see phones grow in power while dropping in price. With help from ZTE, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is hoping to take the top spot. But budget phones often require compromises.

Did Vodafone cut corners in the right places? The reviews are rolling out and we’ve dug through them to bring you this summary!

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One of the first things mentioned by many reviewers was how plain the phone looks. While it sports a slim unibody design, it’s plastic not metal. Talk Android noted, “For a 5.5-inch handset, it’s quite pocketable.” However, most review echoed Trusted Reviews, who said, “There are no serious practical issues with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6’s blueprint, but it is a total style vacuum.”

Flip the phone around and reviews improve. Everyone loved the 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. If you’re looking to play games or stream video, the touch buttons on the lower bezel allow you to use every pixel. Android Authority summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not the best display on the market as sunlight legibility is a little suspect but overall, definitely impressive given the handset’s target market.”

Powering those pixels, you’ll find a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Paired with 2GB of RAM, reviewers had no complaints regarding load times or delays. Expert Reviews UK even called the phone’s performance “truly astonishing.” Talk Android was the most critical, saying, “While the Smart Ultra 6 isn’t going to set new benchmark records, it will do the job, without noticeable strain.”

You should have plenty of room to keep your favourite games and media on hand. If the 16GB isn't enough, you can add more with a microSD card. While the phone runs an older version of Android—5.1 Lollipop—reviewers noted that they appreciated the ability to uninstall most of the pre-installed Vodafone apps.

A 3000mAh non-removable battery keeps everything running. Pocket-Lint put their review model through the ringer and said, “[The battery will] generally last you a full day, leaving around 30 per cent in the tank by bed time.”

Reviews of 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing lens weren’t as nice. Trusted Reviews summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not a fool-proof camera, then, but thanks to the high-resolution sensor it can capture quite a lot of detail once you learn how to get the most out of it, and swallow the idea that you'll just have to discard some duds.” Most reviewers noted inconsistent image quality and slow shutter speeds. But, when pictures were good, they raved.

Reviewers agreed that the phone is an excellent choice for the budget-conscious. TechRadar said, “For the average user, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 ought to suffice nicely. I generally found it a pleasant surprise in day-to-day use. If you don't expect a blazing-fast gaming demon, then this will certainly do.”


Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)


Expert Reviews

A bargain phablet

from Expert Reviews

With so many practical features, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is still good value for its price. Contract prices are now a little high compared to the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which is arguably more attractive and has better build quality, but on pre-pay, the Ultra 6 is still a decent bargain thanks to its larger, higher resolution screen and superior camera. If you don't mind joining Vodafone, the Smart Ultra 6 is a very good buy for those after a jumbo budget smartphone.

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With so many practical features, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is still good value for its price. Contract prices are now a little high compared to the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which is arguably more attractive and has better build quality, but on pre-pay, the Ultra 6 is still a decent bargain thanks to its larger, higher resolution screen and superior camera. If you don't mind joining Vodafone, the Smart Ultra 6 is a very good buy for those after a jumbo budget smartphone.

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Talk Android

Definitive budget smartphone in the UK

from Talk Android

Vodafone partnered up with ZTE to develop the Smart Ultra 6, and the result is a handset boasting an impressive array of components for a very affordable price. Yes, the design is somewhat uninspired and nondescript, but it isn’t terribly offensive, and you can always put a case on it to add a bit of excitement. No, the camera is not going to compete with the Galaxy Note 5, and yes, the Snapdragon 615 can stutter at times when you are racing through the apps. But for a handset with a Full HD display, a beefy battery, and competent cameras that usually costs just £115, it’s downright appealing.

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Vodafone partnered up with ZTE to develop the Smart Ultra 6, and the result is a handset boasting an impressive array of components for a very affordable price. Yes, the design is somewhat uninspired and nondescript, but it isn’t terribly offensive, and you can always put a case on it to add a bit of excitement. No, the camera is not going to compete with the Galaxy Note 5, and yes, the Snapdragon 615 can stutter at times when you are racing through the apps. But for a handset with a Full HD display, a beefy battery, and competent cameras that usually costs just £115, it’s downright appealing.

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Pocket-lint

One of the very best low-cost phones around

from Pocket-lint

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a phone of such great value that you'll wish it wasn't only available from Vodafone. However, the Vodafone is a substantially better deal than the arch-rival EE Harrier. The main reason to think twice about buying the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is that — and no prizes for guessing this one — it comes locked to Vodafone. And some other networks like Three, Tesco and GiffGaff arguably offer some better services deals for those looking to save pennies.

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The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a phone of such great value that you'll wish it wasn't only available from Vodafone. However, the Vodafone is a substantially better deal than the arch-rival EE Harrier. The main reason to think twice about buying the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is that — and no prizes for guessing this one — it comes locked to Vodafone. And some other networks like Three, Tesco and GiffGaff arguably offer some better services deals for those looking to save pennies.

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TrustedReviews

Solid performance, fantastic value

from TrustedReviews

Right now, as we first look at the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 in June 2015, it offers more for your money than just about any other branded phone in the world right now. Sure, fling your card details over to a Chinese importer and you might be able to get hold of something similar from a no-brand OEM or one on the cusp of recognition like Elephone. However, we’d much rather have something go wrong with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 than an import. Not that we think anything will: it may be dull, but it’s not poorly made.

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Right now, as we first look at the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 in June 2015, it offers more for your money than just about any other branded phone in the world right now. Sure, fling your card details over to a Chinese importer and you might be able to get hold of something similar from a no-brand OEM or one on the cusp of recognition like Elephone. However, we’d much rather have something go wrong with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 than an import. Not that we think anything will: it may be dull, but it’s not poorly made.

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TechRadar

4G for a budget price

from TechRadar

With a beautiful screen, great performance and excellent internet capabilities, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a revelation for the price. Yet, dogged with a poor camera, average battery life and excessive bloatware, it isn't quite a perfect budget hero.

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With a beautiful screen, great performance and excellent internet capabilities, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a revelation for the price. Yet, dogged with a poor camera, average battery life and excessive bloatware, it isn't quite a perfect budget hero.

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Tech Advisor

The only thing that's budget is its price tag

from Tech Advisor

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is worth its £125 price tag without a doubt. It's one of the best experiences we've had with a budget smartphone, and nothing about this phone suggests that it's budget apart from its price tag. Compared to the Smart Prime 6, this is definitely the better option to go for and we'd definitely pay the extra £50 for it – it's more powerful, has better cameras and a larger, higher quality display. It won't run the latest 3D mobile games but for every day use, it's a great phone and the fact that you can add up to 128GB of external storage means that there’s more storage than you can shake a stick at. Great work Vodafone.

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The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is worth its £125 price tag without a doubt. It's one of the best experiences we've had with a budget smartphone, and nothing about this phone suggests that it's budget apart from its price tag. Compared to the Smart Prime 6, this is definitely the better option to go for and we'd definitely pay the extra £50 for it – it's more powerful, has better cameras and a larger, higher quality display. It won't run the latest 3D mobile games but for every day use, it's a great phone and the fact that you can add up to 128GB of external storage means that there’s more storage than you can shake a stick at. Great work Vodafone.

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Mobilephones

Hardware is almost there, but alas not quite

from Mobilephones

It is difficult to give much praise to Vodafone over the Smart ultra 6, seeing as it is basically a very minor rework of an existing phone. This doesn’t however mean that you should go out and buy the ZTE Blade S6+ instead. In relation to the question of holding its own next to the best and biggest smartphones of today, well this still depends upon your point of view. For value for money, the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 is probably the best pound for pound smartphone on the planet, and incidentally cheaper the ZTE variant.

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It is difficult to give much praise to Vodafone over the Smart ultra 6, seeing as it is basically a very minor rework of an existing phone. This doesn’t however mean that you should go out and buy the ZTE Blade S6+ instead. In relation to the question of holding its own next to the best and biggest smartphones of today, well this still depends upon your point of view. For value for money, the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 is probably the best pound for pound smartphone on the planet, and incidentally cheaper the ZTE variant.

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Mobile Choice

The budget game-changer

from Mobile Choice

Vodafone have changed the way the mobile phone retail business is played. It is no longer about the high rollers and the most expensive handsets. The battle is now being fought on the budget and mid-range fields. Motorola’s Moto G has ruled over the budget handset market for long and the specs and £150 price tag made sense for it to. But Vodafone’s Smart Ultra 6 has snatched the crown away and is now the king of this space.

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Vodafone have changed the way the mobile phone retail business is played. It is no longer about the high rollers and the most expensive handsets. The battle is now being fought on the budget and mid-range fields. Motorola’s Moto G has ruled over the budget handset market for long and the specs and £150 price tag made sense for it to. But Vodafone’s Smart Ultra 6 has snatched the crown away and is now the king of this space.

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Android Authority

The new king of affordable smartphones (in the UK)

from Android Authority

Affordable smartphones usually involve a compromise in some form or another but aside from an uninspiring design, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 delivers a premium flagship experience at a fraction of the cost and shows that a good smartphone experience can be affordable for all.

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Affordable smartphones usually involve a compromise in some form or another but aside from an uninspiring design, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 delivers a premium flagship experience at a fraction of the cost and shows that a good smartphone experience can be affordable for all.

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ITProPortal

Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive

from ITProPortal

Priced at £125, or from around £17 a month on contract, you do get a lot of phone for your cash here. Yes there are some minor niggles, but if you want a big screen, 4G connectivity and decent performance there’s not currently much else to match the Smart ultra 6 for this money.

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Priced at £125, or from around £17 a month on contract, you do get a lot of phone for your cash here. Yes there are some minor niggles, but if you want a big screen, 4G connectivity and decent performance there’s not currently much else to match the Smart ultra 6 for this money.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 19, 2015
Regions available United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.93 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 159 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
No
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): VF-995N

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