It might sound too good to be true, but it certainly makes concessions in other areas. Let’s take a closer look at the UHANS H5000 and see if it’s worth it.
- Price: $105–$120 at GearBest
- Chipset: 1.3 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6737
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB
- Cameras: 13 MP rear-facing, 8 MP front-facing
- Size: 143.5mm x 72.2mm x 12mm (5.65in x 2.84in x 0.47in)
- Weight: 180g (6.35oz)
- Screen: 5.0″ 720p LCD
- Expansion: microSD card slot up to 64GB
- Battery: 4,500 mAh
- Operating System: Nearly stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Extra Features: Dual SIM support, microSD card support, FM Radio
The first thing you’ll notice about the UHANS H5000 is that it is bulky. At nearly half an inch thick, it’s noticeably thicker than most other smartphones. It has a bit less height and width compared to other smartphones, though, thanks to its 5.0″ screen (most phones are shipping with 5.5″ screens now).
Unfortunately, that screen is only 720p, meaning everything feels a little blurrier and more pixelated than you might be used to. Colors also tend to look washed out, but at least it gets reasonably bright. There’s also a thick black border around the screen that’s just distracting and makes the screen feel smaller than it is.
The H5000 is made entirely of plastic and has a removeable back that houses the dual SIM card slots and the microSD card slot. The body seems sturdy however, and doesn’t creak when you put pressure on different areas.
On the bottom of the phone, you’ll find two speakers. The right side has the power button and volume rocker, but the volume rocker is poorly designed and difficult to press in either direction. There’s no solid click noise or feel.
On top, there is the headphone jack and microUSB port. That’s right, the charging port is on the top. It’s definitely a unique design choice that could take a little getting used to.
Also note that this device uses microUSB and not the newer USB Type-C.
Basically, with the H5000, what you see is what you get. It looks and feels like a cheap phone with a big battery, and that’s what it is.
The rear-facing camera is a solid 13 MP and the front-facing camera is 8 MP, but neither of those produce pictures worthy of those numbers. Megapixel counts have essentially become pointless in the smartphone camera race. These cameras are just not great. The front-facing camera is particularly awful in low-light, and even the rear-facing shooter shows some noise in relatively well-lit photos.
One odd quirk I did notice about the rear-facing camera was that its auto white balance capabilities were noticeably more accurate than other smartphones I’ve tested. It just produced realistic colors for the scenario, but if the lighting was less than ideal, there was a fair amount noise in the photos anyway.
The camera interface itself is nearly stock Android, though given a few little tweaks. For instance, you can use a peace sign to activate the shutter.
With two speakers along the bottom of the device, the H5000 actually manages to produce some decent audio. It’s tinny, as you’d expect from any smartphone, but it gets just as loud if not louder than other mainstream smartphones.
And that’s all you can really ask for at this price point.
Though the H5000 is running nearly stock Android, some unusual changes have been made. For example, Android used to have a Gallery app that was later replaced by Google Photos, and a Messaging app that was later replaced by Messenger.
But in UHANS’s version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, those dead apps have returned from the grave. It kind of makes it feel like you’re using an older version of Android, even though you’re not. It also uses the AOSP default launcher (called Launcher3) rather than the new Google Now Launcher.
There’s a built-in file manager app that’s grey and dull, and the Recents view has a clear-all button. Aside from that, it’s basically stock Android. UHANS even went with software keys, which is a relief when so many budget Android phones have awkward capacitive keys.
Another strange tweak is the persistent notification that’s present if you have App Permissions enabled. This is something that I also noted in my review of the Blackview R6, and it’s made a return here with the H5000. You can turn off App Permissions to get rid of the persistent notification, but that would mean granting apps access to whatever permissions they want — and it’s frustrating that users otherwise have to live with this constant notification.
With a MediaTek processor and 3 GB of RAM, the H5000 is not exactly a speed demon, but it does fine. I scrolled through web pages on Chrome, watched videos on YouTube, played some games, and it managed to keep up.
There was a bit more lag in its scrolling than with higher-end Android devices, but not to a degree that it became unusable. It even did a decent job of keeping apps in memory while multitasking.
I could see it getting bogged down over time if you let your device become overridden with apps using background services, but if you’re taking care of your phone, it should get you through the day just fine.
One note for the American readers: this phone doesn’t have the proper bands for 4G LTE in the U.S. It has bands for the 800, 900, 1800, 2100, and 2600 MHz ranges, which should work fine for most folks outside of the U.S. (Be sure to check with your carrier, though.) Unfortunately, American carriers only use the 700, 1700, and 1900 MHz ranges. You’ll still be able to use Wi-Fi and access 3G data speeds, but 4G LTE in the U.S. isn’t available.
The 4,500 mAh battery in the H5000 is enormous, and it could easily last two days with medium usage, maybe longer with light usage. When I spent a day using it to its max, it lasted around 24 hours with over eight hours of screen on time before it even dropped to 17 percent. That’s impressive.
Unfortunately, the lack of USB Type-C means this phone is far from futureproof, since that’s the standard we’re moving to. Plus, there’s no quick charging, so this phone can take up to four hours to get fully charged.
Should You Buy It?
If you only have $100 to spend on a phone and you need something that’s going to last you for a few days on a single charge, it’s a wonderful option. Very few phones manage to carry such a large battery.
However, if you live in the U.S., you probably want to skip it due to the lack of proper 4G LTE bands. It also has weak cameras and a mediocre screen, but for as cheap as it is, you can’t expect it to be perfect.
Buy the UHANS H5000 at: AliExpress
Americans should avoid it due to the lack of 4G LTE bands, but those outside the U.S. should consider it if they want an inexpensive phone with amazing battery life.