Review of Vphone X3: Chinese armored car on the march

Manufacturers from China do not cease to please us shockproof innovations, developing opportunities beyond protected gadgets. Effectively made Vphone company with its novelty X3. The manufacturer claims not only about protecting the smartphone qualities, sometimes even slips about under the military standard MIL-STD 810G, but also the good performance of the gadget. The viral videos device split nuts and try to drill it through. We could not resist the temptation and took the device to the test, to personally test it for durability and talk about the results. V-Phone X3 Official Firmware - download

Technical characteristics of Vphone X3

  • Display: TFT IPS, 5,5 '', 1280x720, capacitive, multitouch
  • Processor: 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735, 1,3 GHz (Cortex-A53)
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T720
  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Support Memory Card: microSDHC
  • Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE: 1, 3, 7, 20
  • SIM: SIM + micro-SIM
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Navigation: GPS
  • Camera: Basic - 13 megapixel flash, autofocus, front - with a 5 megapixel
  • Sensors: lighting, motion
  • Battery: 4500 mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: mm 166,3x85,2x14,7
  • Weight: 261 grams

Box content and Packaging

Really brutal and spectacular - in size Vphone X3 is much easier to call a small tablet. Throughout the circuit robust plastic housing is protected by damping inserts. User manual for Vphone X3.

The entire front side is occupied by a solid composite glass with a distinctive cut on top for the earpiece, and the corners of the module are spaced front-facing camera and a unit of illumination / proximity sensors. In addition, the right of the speaker disguised LED missed events.

Bottom placed large icons touch buttons, unfortunately, devoid of lighting, in the lower right corner - the microphone hole.

The sides of the body have a complex shape, improving the reliability of the grip with one hand. On the left end taken out tight power button, and on the right are separate volume keys.

Micro-USB displayed on the lower bound and protected by a sealed cap. As well protected and located on the top of a 3.5 mm audio jack. Both connectors are deeply recessed, so complete your headphones and cables should be used with care. Or just buy a replacement of accessories, good to find such a cable.

The entire rear surface of the device clearly indicates shockproof properties of the gadget. Reinforced panels, extruded shapes and Torx-fixing screws on the perimeter, firmly connecting the housing halves, with a tight seal between them. At the top of a massive block is placed in the main camera, which is installed next to the LED flash and the lower bolt fixed cover, under which there are slots SIM-cards and microSDHC tray underneath.


The smartphone has a display TFT-IPS, diagonal of 5.5 inches. The screen resolution is 1280x720 pixels, which provides a density of 267 dpi. At fonts noticeable pixelation, but from a distance of 30-40 cm is no longer visible.

In general, the quality of the screen does not strike, that is logical. Massive protective glass, a simple matrix and minimum stock in brightness leads to a noticeable deficit of contrast, white balance, although able to withstand near 7000 K. In the room and in the twilight picture looks good, but in bright sunlight fades, leaving only the ability to see contrast text and number caller.

For the sensor, despite the powerful glass, nothing to complain about. It recognizes up to five simultaneous touches. But high sensitivity mode to control when wearing gloves - alas, does not exist.


Talk about convenience Vphone X3 wearing a shirt pocket, it is clear, it is not necessary. He will approach special pockets or backpack tourist equipment. On the other hand, dropping a armored car to the ground, certainly will not worry about their safety. A PLASTIC relief housing projections even in wet palms sits like a glove.


Vphone X3 running the Android 5.1 operating system with a minimal number of changes compared to the version of the sink. Slightly differently framed a tab application and functionality of the content key. To call the Program Manager here it is necessary to hold the Home button, as in the old machines.

From software preinstalled can be noted from the pedometer Tayutau. Also, set the file manager and magnifier application that allows you to look at the camera through small objects, there is still an ordinary ruler.

Because really interesting allocate iCare Health Monitor application that allows using flash to measure the pulse, blood pressure and assess the current emotional state.

Keyboards and software for communication - the standard for the fifth version of Android. The music player is also a staff, as well as a gallery.

Apparatus in the work

The smartphone is based on the classic solutions MediaTek MT6735P with quad 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, 2 GB of RAM and graphics Mali-T720. The internal memory of 16 GB smartphone from which you start about 10.5 GB is available for the installation of applications and data storage, so that the memory card is very useful. Support for USB-OTG is not provided, but it can hardly be called a disadvantage, given the deeply recessed socket.

In everyday conditions smartphone active operation there are no complaints about the speed and stability when performing complex tasks. Multiple tabs in the browser unit holds without problems, and games often remain in the background - and do not notice.

Synthetic test results reflect the standard indicators for MT6735 chipset.

In order to assess the real potential of playing the game are taken from our standard collection.

From watching videos via YouTube and browser players do not have any problems. From the side MXPlayer can be comfortable to watch videos in HD / FHD resolution and bit rate of 10-15 Mbit / s.

Impressions from a bunch of earpiece and microphone rather neutral. The volume level is minimal, but the claims have arisen in voice quality. Unfortunately, the main speaker proved to be very weak: quiet, bottoms trimmed, sharp sound and squeezed. Vibration motor, however, is very energetic.

The headphones clamped to the sound turned low frequencies and minimal margin for volume. Subjectively, sound system close to the budgetary constraints of the complete sets, which will suffice for podcasts and video. A little digging in the engineering menu, the author was able to raise the volume on the third, but the deficit was not possible to improve bass response.


The quality of cameras in smartphones protected often leaves much to be desired, so we were interested to Vphone statements with respect to the best in class image quality in cameras X3. The phone is set 13 megapixel main unit with autofocus and LED flash and 5 megapixel front camera. The application is as close to the standard solutions from Google, offering a simplified automatic shooting mode. Switches camera, flash and HDR are right at the top, left handed down a list of ready-shooting modes. Settings delivered in the general menu and offer a minimum of adjustments - white balance, ISO, and frame options.

In bright sunny weather main camera shows good quality images with an adequate balance of white and rich color palette. The main complaints are related to low dynamic range, because of what is necessary to withdraw the exposure minus fighting flare penumbra.

When shooting indoors light begins to show deficits in contrasting noises on contours, however, the white balance is maintained at the proper level. By the nature of the noise at low ISO, it is clear that the main problem is the camera - halftone processing algorithms low contrast, as in the example with the light bulbs in the tunnel

At night, at dusk and the likelihood of getting a clear picture remains only where the exposure meter can bring a bright light source. Otherwise detail hardly suitable for viewing on a smartphone screen, as in the case of ten unsuccessful attempts to remove the early dawn in the fields.

Shooting close-up given cell with varying degrees of success, it also depends on the level of illumination. Day of trees and flowers go well, allowing even slightly blur the background.

There is an effective HDR mode significantly improves the detail in the penumbra with uneven lighting pictures. Noisy character rendering dark areas there is a program part associated camera.

Also there is a possibility of shooting wide panoramas, which can be limited coverage by pressing the end of the session. The image is produced modest quality, height of only 544 pixels.

Available video recording at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels at 30 f / s, which allows you to capture interesting moments with no complaints about the quality.

Wireless interfaces

The smartphone has two slots for SIM-cards, one of which can be used for high speed 4G / 3G connection and a second restricted 2G networks. Mode toggle, passive support for two active numbers.

Also at the disposal of the owner Vphone X3 has standard communication modules Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. Worked as a staff, no complaints.

Navigation arsenal mixed by only a GPS, resulting in a "cold" start-up takes about a minute, "warm" takes 15-20 seconds.

Battery life

Huge built-in battery at 4500 mAh can count on long battery life. Moreover, to fully charge a smartphone from complete memory takes about four hours. Fast charging is not supported, which is confirmed by measurements Ampere application.

At 20 minutes of talks and half use of the camera, an hour of active video viewing seals and even hour viewing of web-pages, with a constant background conversations in messengers and a 30-minute battery of games is enough for two days. The result is good, but not a record. Hour game WoT: Blitz takes a 25% charge, and video viewing in Airplane squeeze all the juice out of the battery after 11.5 hours. Comparable values and produces "synthetic" from Futuremark's, confirming the good, but not a record result.

Tests of survival

Big screen, good camera and capacious battery - it's all good, but as the show itself protected Vphone X3 in the harsh test of strength? The manufacturer claims compliance with IP-68 protection rules, is proud of what is indicated on the rear panel. In addition, the guaranteed resistance to household falls and high loads, and some official slides and all indicated compliance with anti-vandal standard MIL-STD 810G. And the first impression of the appearance of the gadget is fully consistent with these statements. It's time to go to the beach?

Diving in shallow water unit proudly ignores remaining fully operational, and a responsive touch screen prevents shoot underwater video.

Sand baths it is also uneasy. Sealed enclosure does not allow grains of sand anywhere to drop, although the film on the screen can get a few scratches from sand grains.

However, the sand can be washed off, and then put the device to dry under the bright rays of the sun.

Next, we conducted a test of a cold, which put the machine into a bucket with water and left overnight in the freezer. After eight hours, ice sculpture rather indelicate to split. Freed from the ice machine immediately joined and went to work as if nothing had happened.

Inspired Vphone promotional video on YouTube, we also decided to try to drill a hole in its screen, which armed the Chinese and the Chinese drill bit. The device has experienced such a mockery and without cracks.

In the end we decided to move the device cars. The smartphone was released from the test without any damage.

Results of

At first glance at the brutal Vphone X3 did not have any doubt that before us thoroughbred "SUV." Practical tests have fully disclosed his temper and hardened resistance in unusual situations where there is no place tidy and respect for the art. Decent hardware stuffing machine can be recommended to those who do not want to deprive themselves in 2016 all the benefits of mobile technology, going for a few days hiking and offroad. But for everyday use smartphone with a solid body, the actual filling, good camera, capacious battery and cost about 11 thousand rubles, too, is quite suitable.


  • durable water-resistant casing;
  • good hardware stuffing;
  • good image quality during the day;
  • long time.


  • screen fading in the sun;
  • No control mode with gloves;
  • no mount for the strap / carbine.