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Unihertz Tank Phone Review Night Vision Powerbank & 1200 Lumen Flashlight

Friday, December 23, 2022

 
A sizeable beefy super smartphone, for all intents and purposes - equipped with a super bright 12,000 lumens flashlight and massive powerbank with 22,000 mAh battery capacity!
 
Unihertz Tank has a metal frame, a plastic back panel and textured plastic buttons. The bottom side, top side and corners are reinforced with thick rubber, including the bottom backside, which integrates a rubberized anchor point to hook/clip a lanyard. Dimensions of Tank are 18cm long x 9cm wide x 2.7cm thick. The weight is 560 grams.
 
Tank's Panda glass display has a punch hole 32MP selfie camera offset to the left side, which is a more popular design than the classic notch camera design. The rear facing 1.5W mono speaker sounds good, although feels under-powered for the size of the phone. 
 
The speaker location is unusual since most most smartphones speakers are located on the bottom side of the phone, next to the charging port. That said, Tank's rear speaker does not get blocked, thanks to the raised anchor point for the lanyard which prevents the speaker vents from being muffled when resting against a desk. If the phone is resting on a bed, the bed sheets can potetially muffle the speaker vents though.


Unihertz Tank's charging is located on the bottom side, next to a 3.5mm audio port - both protected by a thick rubber cover to protect against water and dust. The charging/audio port protective rubber cover is useful; however, it is not hinged so, you cannot swivel the rubber cover out of the way when charging. This is an issue because the rubber cover gets bent backwards when the charging cable is inserted. Overtime, the rubber gets deformed and will not properly seal the charging port.
108MP camera

Unihertz Tank thick square frame allows you to set the phone upright on its side - something you cannot do with regular smartphones - giving you the possibility of taking photos and capture video hands-free. 
 
32MP infrared camera
Speaking of cameras, Tank is equipped with an 108MP camera, which performs well in low light/night time conditions, as well as a dedicated night infrared 20MP camera. Unihertz Tank camera has a digital zoom with a longer zoom range than the Jelly 2E smartphone. Check out the embedded video for camera performance tests.


The Unihertz Tank built-in microphone has a high volume amplification so, your voice gets picked up loud and clear without having to speak loudly into the phone. The pickup sound is natural too, and features noise filtration to remove background noise naturally without affecting the quality of the call. 
 
A few other eye catching specs are found under the hood. The Tank phone features 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage and an Octa Core 2.2GHz CPU - the same processor found on the Sony Xperia 8/Xperia 10 and vivo Y89/Z1 Lite phones. The Octa Core 2.2GHz processor is a powerhouse, allowing you to multitask efficiently, run heavy apps, video editing and gaming.


With 8GB RAM, the Unihertz Tank is future-proof for a future years. 8GB RAM is more than plenty for web browsing, social media, video streaming, and heavy mobile gaming. Most popular new release games will run without any issues. The 256GB internal storage capacity is plenty too, for storing photos, videos and music offline. There is no micro SD external storage support like with Jelly 2E.


One of Tank's main features is a camping flashlight rated at 1200 lumens with 4 modes: off mode, high mode, low mode and strobe mode. Tank's camping flashlight performs well; however, Tank isn't as versatile as an Anduril flashlight, which feature cool functions such as beacon, lighting storm mode, muggle mode, turbo mode and momentary switch mode. 
 
Tank's 1200 lumen camping flashlight has a floodlight beam. You can see it in action tested against the Archer 300 lumen throw bike torch from the embedded video on the Gadget Explained B-roll YouTube channel.
 
In terms of battery performance, the internal battery can power the camping light for 6 hours straight. Call time is around 6 days. Charging time with the included 66 watt charger is 4 hours. Via a 10 watt charger, it takes 9 hours and via a 100 watt charger, it takes just 2.5 hours to fully charge Unihertz Tank.



Potential deal breakers
  • No OIS - optical image stabilization
  • Rear facing speakers
  • Big, bulky and heavy (560 grams) - about the size and weight of a powerbank. A lot heavier than most smartphones; hence some may find Tank not as practical as a daily carry
  • Unhinged charging port cover 
  • Camping flashlight could be more powerful for such a big phone
  • Does not support 2k/4k video recording
  • Camping flashlight cannot be turned on in camera mode
  • No stereo speakers - only mono speaker 
  • No wireless charging support
  • No micro SD card slot


Selling points
  • More durable than an iPhone
  • Good noise cancelling microphone
  • IR blaster - same as the Unihertz Titan Pocket phone
  • 32MP front selfie camera
  • Supports OTG function
  • Supports reverse charging (powerbank mode) 
  • Infrared night mode for photo and video recording
  • Supports 60fps video recording
  • Supports 1080p and 720p
  • Dual nano SIM card
  • Far field microphone perfect for conference calling
  • Rugged - reinforced rubber corners
  • EIS (electronic image stabilization) works well at stabilizing the video when running and walking
  • IP68 water/dust resistant
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Responsive capacitive touch screen
  • 22000mAh internal battery
  • 8GB RAM - plenty for gaming
  • 256GB internal storage - ideal for content creators
  • Octa Core 2.2GHz processor - perfect for fast and and efficient task processing on the phone
  • Supports Power Delivery (PD) fast charging
  • Supports gesture controls
  • Panda MN228 glass
  • Included charging cable can handle up to 100 watts (20V/5A)
 
Accessories included with Tank are two screen protectors of different thickness, cleaning alcohol wipes, an EU 66W (11V/6A) Power Delivery fast charger (weighs 117 grams), a 1 meter USB-C male to male fast charging cable. You can buy the Tank smartphone from Unihertz website.
 

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