Unihertz is getting ready to launch yet another smartphone with a tiny screen. The new Unihertz Jelly 2 features the same MediaTek Helio P60 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage as the Unihertz Atom XL 4 that hit Kickstarter earlier this year. But it packs them into a more compact body.

While the Atom XL has a 4 inch screen and a rugged design, the Jelly 2 has a 3 inch display and a basic plastic body.

The Unihertz Jelly 2 will be available for pre-order through a new Kickstarter campaign set to launch in July.

As the name suggests, this isn’t the first Jelly phone. The original was introduced in 2017 and featured an even smaller 2.45 inch display and rather underwhelming specs (including a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor and up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage).

The updated model has beefier specs:

Jelly 2Jelly
Display3 inch, 854 x 4802.45 inch, 432 x 240
CPUMediaTek Helio P60MediaTek MT6737T
RAM6GB2GB
Storage128GB + microSD16GB + microSD
Cameras16MP rear, 8MP front8MP rear, 2MP front
Battery2,000 mAh950 mAh
OSAndroid 10Android 7.0
Dimensions95mm x 49.4mm x 16.5mm92.4mm x 43mm x 13mm

The Helio P60 processor is an octa-core chip with 4 ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores, 4 Cortex-A53 cores, and Mali-G73 MP3 graphics. It’s not exactly a speed demon, but it’s a nice spec bump from the quad-core chip powering its predecessor.

The Jelly 2 also supports NFC, features a rear fingerprint reader, a USB-C port, dual SIM support, and has an infrared sensor and a programmable key.

Like the original Jelly, the new Jelly 2 is a 4G phone, and like its predecessor, the new phone has both a microSD card reader and a headphone jack.

While Unihertz hasn’t announced the retail pricing for the Jelly 2 yet, but a limited number of phones will be available for just $129 for Super Early Bird backers of the upcoming Kickstarter campaign. You can sign up to be notified when the campaign goes live.

via MrMobile, who has already posted a video review:

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  1. Unihertz are GPL violators — no kernel source code provided.

    Unihertz have been ignoring my Titan open source code requests since March. Latest emails I send every month are kept unreplied. As far as I know, other devices’ kernel code is also not published.

    If you care about device software longevity, Unihertz is not for you. Unihertz illegally disclaims the license terms and sadly is no better than any other shady Chinese company.

  2. Two things about the specs. I bought a Jelly Pro in March, it was delivered with Android 8 from the factory(i would have preferred it to having had the option of upgrading from 7 myself, or maybe even stay on 7), and from what i understand the Jelly Pro’s delivered today(since sometime around June) are equipped with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

    Not going in to details, other than to say there are some issues with moronic functions, that could be fixed by software updates, and i don’t like that the antennas are located at the bottom, but overall i’m quite happy with it. Haven’t been so much in love with a phone due to it’s size since my Ericsson T66 some 19 years ago, which i miss every day, wish i had bought a T600 while they were available, or a Z300i.

    I have zero interest in large smartphones that are impossible to have in a tight jeans pocket(i wanna be able to sit down in a pair of jeans without having to think about my phone), anything larger than 4 inches, you’d have to pay me to get one. With almost nothing else available in these sizes(i regret i didn’t get a 3.5 inch Alcatel with Firefox OS when they were available), to my taste, the Jelly Pro/Atom/AtomXL and now the Jelly2 are the four most interesting smartphones on the market, only being somewhat challenged by the 3.3 inch Palm Palm(if that is the correct way to refer to it?).

  3. Of COURSE there is people out there for this market! We WANT a « non censured » device (over options, battere life or image quality) that can be compact (real compact!).
    You can be geek AND not a gamer or social networker 😉
    Gooooo for this phone

  4. What are the differences from Atom?
    Does it have GPS and various sensors?
    Atom has: Fingerprint (front-mounted), G-Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass and GPS.

    Thank

    1. I currently have the atom phone and I’m looking for something bigger. This would probably be a better option for me. I’m wondering what would be the pros and cons about getting this phone over the atom.

  5. Well, the bezel kinda nullify the idea of a small phone.
    With smaller bezels they could stick 4″ in the same body which would made it useful for me.
    I would trade RAM and storage for screensize.
    Good luck with your next model

  6. Hmm. The video shows it has pretty slow LTE speeds. I wonder if it’s just him not doing a very thorough test (ie. only ran 1 speed test) or that’s what’s expected of the modem.

    I don’t use my smartphone much outside of quick browser lookups, calls and texts so I’m hoping to use this mostly for tethering my notebook and UMPCs and basic phone functionlities.

    1. I hope it’s just the guy not doing a very good job in doing the speed test. I’m also considering this as a phone spending most of it’s time for “phone” uses and internet tethering.

      I hope the battery life is pretty good given the relatively large battery capacity.

  7. It would be great if only not for a Mediatek SoC. But with this form factor and overall features and looks I may overlook this huge disadvantage.
    Mediatek sucks for future ROMs. AFAIK it’s very hard to port postmarketOS to it for example.

  8. Yup, I’m gonna buy one of these for sure. I’ve been waiting for a decent small smartphone. I’m really surprised to see a 2000mAh battery in this. Apple only puts an 1800mAh in the new iPhone SE.

  9. Is the Jelly 1 still getting SW updates? Wondering how long I’d expect to get updates for the Jelly 2.

      1. I think your expectations are off. I wouldn’t complain over 2 years of updates from a $59 phone. Ive owned $600+ phones from Samsung that recieved that same length of updates. Ive never kept a flagship phone longer than 2 years, I don’t see myself keeping an underpowered phone like this for longer.