Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 – this “bison” is definitely too tough for you!

Content

  1. Contents of delivery
  2. TECH SPECS
  3. Positioning
  4. Appearance
  5. Buttons and connectors
  6. Display
  7. Working hours
  8. Коммуникация
  9. Камеры
  10. “Piece of iron”
  11. Software
  12. Conversational speaker and music capabilities
  13. Impression

Contents of delivery

  • Smartphone
  • USB Type-C cable
  • AC adapter (10 W in my copy, 18 W in commercial)
  • SIM tray extractor
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

TECH SPECS
Dimensions and weight 158 x 78 x 18 mm, 320 grams
Body materials Glass, plastic and rubber
Display 5.89 inches HD + (1560 x 720 pixels), 287 PPI, IPS. Safety glass CGG5 with rounded edges (2,5D). Capacitive multi-touch 10-finger interface
Operating system Google Android 10, proprietary shell F150
Platform MediaTek Helio G25, 4xCortex-A53, 2.0GHz + 4xCortex-A53, 1.5GHz
Memory 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, microSD up to 64 GB (separate slot)
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Сеть 4G: B1/3/7/8/19/20
Dual SIM nano (VoLTE)
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo 
Sensors and connectors Side fingerprint scanner, USB-C.
Light sensors, digital compass, proximity sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer
Main camera – 13 MP main module. F / 2.2 aperture
 – 2 MP for macro
 – 2 MP to blur the background
 – 2 MP additional
Front-camera 8 MP front camera. F / 2.8 aperture
Battery Capacity 8000 mAh, adapter 5V / 2A, 10W
Audio Two microphones for noise canceling
Color “Sahara” and “Rock” 
Price 9 000 rubles

Positioning

A mysterious story is connected with the appearance of this model on the review. At some point during the January holidays, I was contacted by some marketers from an unknown company F150. They said that they have an unannounced smartphone, which is protected so that mom does not grieve, and the price of this device will be around $ 100.

At the time of the correspondence with the “secret” F150 employees, there was no information about the new product yet, but the way the phone was described interested me.

While the gadget was flying from … the Netherlands, an official website appeared dedicated to the only phone called F150 B2021. Of course, there is “about us”, but, as a rule, the essence is something like this (like most similar companies): “We are a young and successful company, founded yesterday, but has already established itself in the international market.”

One way or another, the smartphone in life, and not in pictures, turned out to be very pleasant in appearance, and I would not even call it brutal: the B2021 is stylish, neatly assembled and to some extent beautiful.

The technical features of this model interested me in the last place, because for $ 100 there can be nothing worthwhile inside the device. Nevertheless: NFC, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, a slot for a memory card, two SIM cards and an 8000 mAh battery.

PS Concerning the F150 company. There is a suspicion that this is Oukitel, since F150 managers contacted me immediately after the correspondence with Oukitel representatives. Moreover, F150 was aware of our agreements with Oukitel.

The manufacturer at the last moment changed the name of the smartphone from Bison 2021 to B2021.

Appearance

The manufacturer compares the design of the B2021 to an SUV cutting across the sand dunes: the smartphone cameras represent the headlights, and the flash represents the spotlights on the car.

There are two colors on sale – “sugar” and “stone”, that is, sand and dark gray. Both variants have a fine, rough texture, reminiscent of the special armored paint on some cars.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Frankly, the smartphone looks much better live than in photographs and renders. On the one hand, he is cute and even, in a sense, cute, but on the other, you can feel the character, partly the same brutality. That is, two opposites coexist in it, so I absolutely do not exclude the fact that the F150 will appeal even to girls who constantly break their smartphones, even in cases.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

By the way, my wife often drops or drowns smartphones. Fortunately, she has the LG G6, which withstands all the tests. But she wouldn’t use the B2021 – it’s too big and heavy.

The F150 case is tailored to the type of most similar protected devices: durable plastic and a lot of metal, reinforced corners and thick frames, as well as rubber plugs on the connectors.

You have to be ready for the weight of the device – 320 grams. It is 100g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, this did not bother me at all. Probably because it is winter now and I mostly wear gadgets in the big pockets of a massive jacket. In the hot season, I don’t even know how people will carry this block of plastic, metal and rubber. Although I can assume that it is for those who are involved in extreme sports or work in conditions where there is a risk of damaging the phone. Both those and others will store the smartphone in some kind of backpack or bag.

Buttons and connectors

On the right side of F150 B2021 the following elements are located:

  • flat fingerprint scanner. Very convenient location, triggered instantly, high accuracy;
  • power button;
  • two separate volume buttons. It seems to me that they are made of plastic.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

On the left side:

  • special multifunctional button. Two actions can be assigned to it: short press and double. If the button is held down for more than a couple of seconds, the shell interface will change its appearance from the system UI to a modified one for the appearance of the device;
  • a metal “cradle” is hidden behind the plug. It can accommodate two nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card. Yes, at the same time.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

There is also a powerful plug at the bottom. Below it is USB Type-C and 3.5 mm.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

On the back there are 4 lenses, framed by a copper-colored metal edging, and a wide bright flash. Below is an additional microphone for noise cancellation. Even lower, in the recess, is the speakerphone, hidden under three grilles. In addition, there is a loop for the strap.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

In terms of protection, the manufacturer claims IP68 and even IP69K! The IP69K degree of protection is designed for applications where additional protection against high pressure and high temperatures is required. Typical applications: vehicles and the food industry, where equipment is intensively cleaned using high pressure or steam water.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

And, of course, there is the well-known MIL-STD-810 – the US Army standard that determines the level of equipment protection.

The smartphone did not try to cook in a saucepan, but F150 B2021 feels great in the snow, under the shower and even in hot water.

Total: maximum protection from external influences, surprisingly, completely shameful appearance and the coolest assembly, but … large weight and dimensions.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

F150 and Apple iPhone 12

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

F150 and ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5S

Display

As you understand, with the large dimensions of the device, it is impractical to create a smartphone with a large screen diagonal:

  1. the gadget will become completely monstrous;
  2. the probability of killing the screen will become much higher.

Therefore, the F150 B2021 uses a 5.86 inch display. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Well, thanks, at least not the usual tempered glass. But the resolution here is only HD, that is, 1520 × 720 pixels. It would seem horror, gloom and “come on, goodbye!”, But the pixel density is 287 ppi. This means that it will be difficult to see individual pixels. Here is an excellent IPS-matrix from all points of view. Even after my Apple iPhone 12, the B2021 display looks good.

Another issue is maximum brightness. It is low here – 320 cd / m2. On average, even for cheap smartphones, it is around 400 cd / m2. I don’t understand what made the manufacturer limit the backlight brightness.

Another weird thing: the screen has an iPhone-like protrusion. Usually, various sensors, front-facing cameras, and so on are hidden in this cutout on Google Android devices. However, this is done when the display bezels are reduced to a few millimeters. Here, the frame is almost 10 mm.

There are no special settings in the phone: auto brightness, manual brightness, day or night mode, temperature.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Total: nice screen, good detail, large viewing angles; low brightness and completely inappropriate cutout.

Working hours

Wow, well, I was tortured to test this unit in terms of operating time. Still 8000 mAh, and then try charging this volume again!

In short, the F150 can handle three days of ultra mode accurately. Games discharge the device in 15 hours, movies can be watched for 20 hours. It’s cool for an IPS display. Would be AMOLED – you would have waited for this review for another two weeks 🙂

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

In the kit you will find a 5V / 2A power adapter. If the phone is discharged, then consider that the next 6 hours will have to use some other device.

However, the specs indicate that an 18W adapter should be included. Maybe I got a test copy.

Коммуникация

I warn you right away that this is a 4G device, there is no 5G here. The usual band is B1 / 3/7/8/19/20 for fourth generation communications. VoLTE support is a nice little thing. For MTS it only works on the way.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

To make it more fun to read the parameters, the manufacturer has integrated Bluetooth 2021 and even NFC into the B5.1! And Wi-Fi boasts IEEE802.11 a / b / g / n / ac.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

The rest is quite typical: there is a GPS / GLONASS / Galileo, an electronic compass, a gyroscope, an accelerometer.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Below is a table with SAR measurements:

Max SAR Value (W / kg)
RF Exposure
Conditions
10-g Head 10-g Body
(Separation distance of 5mm)
10-g Member DAS (See note3)
(Separation distance of 0mm)
0.217 0.526 0.847
Max Simultaneous Tx 0.241 0.560 0.847

Камеры

And here begins a purely Chinese story about cameras: when you see one thing, but in reality it turns out to be completely different. Yes, I mean, there is one 13MP main camera, a macromodule, a camera for blurring the background and … a dummy for beauty. Basically, you only have one camera.

Shoots off a 13 MP module is fine for a $ 100 phone. During the day, the pictures are not bad, with a lack of light, the detail is reduced, but there is no soap. The dynamic range is narrow: shadows, details in the light areas of the frame – this is not about the F150. However, I’ve seen worse cameras.

I could not shoot a video – the “Camera” application flies to the home screen. Most likely, the software is still raw, although the firmware is from the manufacturer (December 26, last update).

The front camera is so-so, but there is a blur of the background – it works well.

The interface is primitive and in some places translated crookedly. I don’t think a potential user will dig into the camera settings. Yes, there is nothing especially there.

Sample Photos:

“Piece of iron”

Let’s take a look at the memory speed, because there is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. For 100 bucks you will hardly find such a thing!

The speed of the “RAM” is 4900 MB / s, which is predictably low. Flash memory speed – 164/229 MB / s, weak, but not critical.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Last summer, MediaTek presented a single-chip system based on the Helio G25 chip. There are 8 Cortex-A53 cores, 12 nm process technology, clock frequency up to 2000 MHz. The chip is designed for inexpensive smartphones. In terms of parameters, the G25 is close to the Helio P2018 popular in 22.

The device does not behave very confidently, but I notice this against the background of the main phone – Apple iPhone 12. That is, I notice periodic brakes and microlags in the F150 B2021. In terms of performance, Call of duty can be played on the device at minimum settings. I don’t think a potential buyer will be a gambling addict. Well, what is weaker than COD goes without difficulty.

Total: the phone is fast, but the animation lags are a little annoying; you can play games, but something simple, although COD will go to the minimum; there is a lot of memory, but its speed is low.

Software

The smartphone runs on Google Android OS version 10. If you are interested in the “bare” shell, then you do not need to do anything. But if you want to look at the UI from the manufacturer, hold down the button on the left for a long time.

A compass widget, pedometer, noise meter, power manager appear on the main screen. And it all works in real time. The icons are slightly transformed, the font becomes large and gothic.

Conversational speaker and music capabilities

The speaker is not bad here: loud, clear, bass. Yes, and located in the right place.

I also liked the speakerphone. It is surprisingly loud and sounds clear. Usually in protected devices with this problem.

The F150 B2021 has a 3.5mm jack to which you can plug in headphones. The sound is pleasant, but I will not name any special chips here.


Impression

Perhaps the F150 B2021 is the only rugged smartphone that made me feel good. Before that, I had some dubious gadgets.

Despite the low cost, the device has a number of unique features: IP69K and MIL-STD810G protection, durable materials, good build, excellent design, long battery life, all important communication capabilities (NFC, 4G, GPS / GLONASS, two SIM cards ).

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Among the shortcomings: the brightness of the screen matrix is ​​average, there are microlags in the UI animation, this software is still damp.

In Russia, it is easy to buy a protected Ginzzu phone, for example, RS9602 or RS8502. They cost about 8 rubles. But the parameters, of course, they have terrible: 000 GB of internal memory, 16 GB of RAM, MediaTek MT2 and so on.

If we consider the Doogee S40 for 10 – 000 rubles, then it has 11/000 GB of memory, a MediaTek MT3 processor, a 32 mAh battery, but the screen resolution is very low – 6739×4600 pixels.

Oukitel has WP5 for 12 rubles. There are 000/4 GB of memory, a MediaTek Helio A32 processor and an 22 mAh battery.

Review of the mysterious protected smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

At the moment, the F150 B2021 smartphone on AliExpress costs around 9 rubles. That’s a great value for a gadget like this. If you are a fan of this kind of device, I recommend it!

Do you use rugged phones like B2021? If so, which ones and why?

The author would like to thank F150 for providing the B2021 smartphone for review..

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