Some weeks ago, I tested a rugged smartphone with 4.5-inch screen, and I was very surprised to see such a compact mobile device in 2022.
Now, I have even smaller smartphone with 3-inch display.
By the way, the name of this smartphone is Unihertz Jelly 2E, and today we will do a full review of it. Let’s start with unboxing.
So, the box of the new smartphone has a very minimalist design. There is only a company logo on the top and a model name on the side.
The design is definitely the main feature of this phone, because it is probably the smallest smartphone in 2022. The dimensions are 95 x 49 x 16.5 mm. The weight is only 110 grams.
There is Unihertz logo on the rear panel, as well as main camera, flashlight and fingerprint reader. Most smartphones in 2022 have fingerprint scanners on the side face or even under the display, but here it is located on the back. Anyway, I am glad it is available, and it works very well.
So, this is one of the most unique smartphones in 2022, because of its small display. Now, let’s take a look at the front panel.
You know, one of the reasons why this mobile device looks old is the bezels around the screen, especially above and below.
We can see a front camera, receiver, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor above the display.
I don’t see pixels or any problems with this display. The brightness and colors are good.
By the way, the aspect ratio is 16:9, so it is comfortable to watch videos on YouTube, unlike the previous compact smartphone I have tested before.
Did I just say comfortable? Perhaps that’s not quite the right word. The aspect ratio is good for watching videos, but a 3-inch display is too small for that. I think this smartphone is not designed for watching videos.
By the way, the speaker of the new Unihertz smartphone is very good. It is single, but it has a good volume and quality.
Now, let’s talk about software of the new smartphone.
The quick settings menu looks so tiny. However, you can select the functions without any problems.
By the way, you can add a fingerprint and even face lock in a security menu.
Talking about hardware of the new Unihertz smartphone, it is powered by Helio A20 chipset.
Helio A20 is an entry-level processor from 2022, so we need to run benchmarks and play games.
You know, I have tried to launch AnTuTu, but I couldn’t do that. I don’t know if the smartphone has a very small display for this benchmark, or it has a weak performance. Nevertheless, I cannot show you AnTuTu result.
So, Unihertz Jelly 2E cannot run AnTuTu benchmark, and it has very low results in GeekBench 5 and 3DMark. What about games? Can we play something? Let’s try.
You know, I don’t even want to download Genshin Impact, because I know that this smartphone cannot run it.
As you can see, the game is glitchy.
Unihertz Jelly 2E is definitely not a gaming smartphone, because it has a low performance, and because of a very small display, it is very uncomfortable to play games.
I have already told you that the new Unihertz smartphone has 16MP main camera.
In a camera app, we have some shooting modes, such as timelapse, video, normal and Pro. The mobile device has a single main camera, so there is no ultra-wide angle, portrait or macro modes in the camera app.
Sample Photos and Videos
Overall, the photos quality on Unihertz Jelly 2E are very decent.
I had a cloudy weather when I tested a camera of this smartphone, but you can see that the photos have very good details. In a sunny weather, they would be much brighter and rich of colors.
The smartphone really has a video stabilization, but it is better not to walk when you record a video. If you stand and move a camera, the video footage is quite smooth.
Unihertz Jelly 2E doesn’t have a night shooting mode, but the pictures and videos in low light conditions are also good for a budget phone.
The battery of the new Unihertz smartphone has a capacity of only 2000mAh. However, this is not surprising, given the compact size of the phone.
Finally, I want to talk with you about connectivity of the new Unihertz smartphone. As I already said, it has a hybrid slot for dual SIM and microSD memory card.
Both SIM cards support 4G LTE networks.
However, there is no NFC support, so you cannot use the phone for contactless payments.
Pros and Cons
So, you have been reading this article for about 5 minutes, but I have been testing the smartphone for almost a week. Now, I can tell you the pros and cons of Unihertz Jelly 2E.
The main feature of this smartphone is a compact size. This is the smallest mobile device that I have seen in recent years. It is very comfortable to hold in one hand, and carry in a jeans pocket.
Despite a plastic body, the smartphone has a high quality build. You know, this is a modern smartphone from 2022, so it has a fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack and even customizable button.
The screen resolution is quite low, but this is enough for a diagonal of 3 inches.
Overall, I am happy with display of this smartphone, because it is bright and contrast.
Unihertz Jelly 2E runs on the stock Android 12 operating system, and the user interface is smooth enough. Although, it is not very fast, because of the weak hardware and low performance, but I didn’t have any big problems with user interface.
I think this is because a smartphone has 4GB of RAM. This is enough for smooth performance of Android operating system.
Unihertz Jelly 2E also has 64GB of internal memory, and you can use the microSD memory card instead of the second SIM card to expand the storage.
You know, I am surprised by the camera of this phone, because it takes really good photos, and it even has video stabilization. That’s very good for a budget smartphone.
The new Unihertz smartphone supports dual SIM with 4G LTE networks.
It also has infrared blaster, so you can use a mobile device to control TV, and other home appliances.
Now, let’s talk about cons of this smartphone.
I have told you that a compact size is a feature of Unihertz Jelly 2E, but because of a very small display with a diagonal of 3 inches, it is not convenient to watch videos on YouTube or play games.
In fact, this smartphone is not for games, because it also has the entry-level processor with very low performance.
You can play simple games, such as Subway Surf, but it is difficult to play PUBG MOBILE.
Unfortunately, Unihertz Jelly 2E doesn’t have NFC support, but this is very important thing for many people, including me.
The smartphone has a very small battery with a capacity of 2000mAh, and the battery life is quite short.
In addition, the battery takes a very long time to charge for its capacity. I don’t think it even supports 10W charging.
Finally, the price of Unihertz Jelly 2E is $159, and I think it is quite expensive for this phone. If you can buy it for about 100-120$, it might be a good deal.
By the way, Unihertz Jelly 2E is a simplified version of Unihertz Jelly 2. If you have $179, I think it is better to buy Jelly 2, because it has a better chipset Helio P60, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and NFC support.