Poptel Mobile, a brand which started making waves in 2018 for their budget-range rugged smartphones have released a new phone that’s quite different to others on the market. What sets the Poptel V9 apart from other phones is that it’s an Android phone combined with a landline handset.
Unlike a tradtional landline, the physical buttons have been replaced by an 8″ 1280×800 IPS touchscreen and the wired handset is now a wireless Bluetooth handset.
On the software side the Poptel V9 is running Android 8.1 with a near stock AOSP appearance besides a slightly different theme and extra customisations such as showing/hiding the navigation bar and choosing what buttons show.
On the hardware side it’s powered by the UNISOC SC9832E quad-core CPU, Mali-T820 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with microSD card support, has a front facing 5 MP camera and a removable 1800mAh battery. The Bluetooth handset recharges automatically when its placed on the phone and has buttons for answering/hanging up, volume and hands free.
One of the best parts about the Poptel V9 is the fact that it has global 4G coverage including B8, B20 and B28 that a lot of countries heavily rely on. It also supports VoLTE and VoWIFI in countries that support it. Thanks to the built in camera it’s also suitable for making Skype and video calls.
Another selling point that Poptel have emphasised is that it can be used as a dedicated “Smart home controller”. Simply fire up your smart home apps, like Google Home, Mi Home, Smart Life etc. and use it to control your smart home devices. It’s also a good alternative to Google’s current Google Assistant device lineup as it has the full capabilities of a normal Android phone.