8/10
Informr score
The Unihertz Atom XL currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 48MP camera
  • IP68 rating
  • Fingerprint-resistant screen
  • Reasonably priced

What's bad

  • Older CPU
  • Missing dust and dirt protection for ports

Unihertz is known for making smaller phones for the smartphone market. While the Atom XL isn’t the smallest phone in their lineup, it is quite possibly the most rugged small smartphone out there. But is it worth using and does it offer enough features to justify the price?

Design

The Unihertz Atom XL is one tough little piece of equipment. It features rounded corners and a mixture of metal and rubber pieces that make exceptionally resistance to the falls, dings, and splashes of an active lifestyle or a busy job site. It’s IP68-rated for water and dust resistance and features an IR sensor, dual SIM support, a walkie talkie feature for direct phone-to-phone communication when outside of typical coverage areas.

Display

The 4-inch screen is bigger than Unihertz’s other phones but still smaller than the average smartphone. The Gorilla Glass screen has an oleophobic treatment to keep fingerprints and smudges away as well.

The size makes it less than compelling for gaming or movie watching, but reviewers found the detail plenty sharp when needed and the color balance was acceptable -- especially for the price point.

Performance

While rugged phone’s aren’t known for chart-topping performance, the Atom XL is no slouch. It’s not a gaming phone by any stretch, but reviewers found the phone will play casual games, check email, and perform common daily tasks with no complaints.

Software & Storage

The Unihertz Atom XL ships with Android 10. Reviewers found the added software and features -- including a compass and heart monitor -- useful. There’s also ample room for your apps and media with 128GB of onboard storage along with microSD support. Just keep in mind that using the microSD card will mean sacrificing the second SIM slot.

Cameras

The 48MP rear camera on the Unihertz Atom XL is one of it’s more advanced features. It also includes an 8MP selfie camera. While the phone won’t keep up with top-tier phones, reviewers found the photo results plenty competitive with similarly priced phones.

Battery Life

Between the software that keeps the background apps at a minimum, mid-tier performance, a smaller 4-inch display, and a larger 4300mAh battery, the Unihertz Atom XL should last a full day with ease.

ZDNet states, “The battery also did very well, lasting me for more than two days with regular usage and hours of screen time.”

Audio

Reviewers didn’t dig in when it came to audio quality, instead opting to check out the walkie talkie features of the phone. However, they found that feature to work great with plenty of volume and clarity. As such, one can likely assume the audio quality would match for videos and calls.

Of course, headphones are always going to outperform tiny phone speakers and with a 3.5mm headphone jack, you should be able to connect your favorite cans with no problems.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • 4-inch LCD display
  • P60 Octa-core 2 GHz MediaTek Helio processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of storage with microSD option
  • 48MP front-facing lens and 8MP selfie lens.
  • 4300mAh battery
  • Infrared sensor
  • DMR antenna

Bottom Line

The Unihertz Atom XL is an outdoor-friendly phone ideal for the adventurer. Its IP68 rating and an anti-scratch and fingerprint-resistant screen layer mean it’s ready to handle the hazards of the great outdoors. Better yet, it’s small enough to fit in your bags or pocket without weighing you down or taking up too much space.

Tech Radar says, “The Unihertz Atom XL is a very enticing proposition if you can wait for a few months; its mainstream performance shouldn’t distract from the fact that it is a well-rounded bargain for a rugged smartphone, especially with the DMR feature.”

The Verge states, “I don’t think this will or should be many people’s primary phone, but I can see it making sense as a backup or a situational device.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

The Unihertz Atom XL is surprisingly stellar, but a tiny device like this isn’t for most people. Even though the Atom XL can work as a primary device, most people would likely use it as a secondary handset. Those who like to go camping and hiking can also bring along the Atom XL. With the handset’s...

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup
TechRadar

The Unihertz Atom XL is a very enticing proposition if you can wait for a few months; its mainstream performance shouldn’t distract from the fact that it is a well-rounded bargain for a rugged smartphone, especially with the DMR feature.

- Desire Athow, TechRadar
ZDNet

There is not much that competes down in this $300 range and when you consider this phone is built to withstand so much I don't know why everyone wouldn't pick one up to have a solid backup phone to take with you outside. It's a perfect phone for taking fishing, hiking, or camping and I can also see...

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet


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Screen Size
4"

The Unihertz Atom XL's screen size is 4 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4300 mAh battery.

Atom XL Specs

Overview
Release date August 19, 2020
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2000/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.45 x 6.5 x 1.75 cm (5.3 x 2.6 x 0.7 in)
Weight 243.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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