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While most smartphone makers have largely been focused on bigger screens, faster processors, and better cameras in recent years, Unihertz has been swimming against the tide with a series of niche devices like the Titan line of phones-with-keyboards and the Jelly and Atom lines of small-screen smartphones.

The company’s newest entry is the Unihertz Jelly 2E, a smartphone with a 3 inch display and $170 price tag. First unveiled earlier this month, it’s now available for pre-order for $10 off the list price.

In case the name wasn’t a giveaway, the Jelly 2E is basically a new version of an older phone – the Unihertz Jelly 2, which launched in 2020. If you were hoping for a major upgrade though, this phone isn’t really it.

The biggest improvement is that the Jelly 2E ships with Android 12, while the older model currently comes with Android 11. But in a lot of ways the older model is still the better buy: it has a faster processor, more memory, and more storage. The old model also supports NFC, while the newer version does not.

What the Jelly 2E does have going for it is a lower price tag. The original Jelly has a list price of $200 (although it’s currently on sale for $180).

The Unihertz Jelly 2E features a 3 inch, 854 x 480 pixel display, a MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 2,000 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and global 4G LTE support with dual SIM card slots.

While the phone is clearly a budget device, it does have a few features that are increasingly uncommon on higher-priced phones, including a microSD card reader and 3.5mm audio jack. There’s also an IR port that lets you use the phone as a remote control, and a user-programmable button that can be used to open your favorite apps.

via NotebookCheck (1)(2)

This article was first published November 1, 2022 and most recently updated November 24, 2022.

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  1. The good thing about this phone is NO FULLSCREEN and PHYSICAL BUTTONS. Why is so complicated to do? there is demand for that, so phone makers stop ignoring people who do not want friggin’ notch or any other dumb features. Fingerprint physical button is also a very nice addition and not on screen cr** :(.

    1. I used to want separate buttons on my phone, but I switched to gesture navigation because I heard some people say that button users were stupid, and it turned out to be a significant improvement over on screen buttons at least once you get used to it.
      However I don’t know if those gestures would work well on a screen this small, and I still don’t like it as much as I liked the physical, tactile buttons of my Galaxy S5 Sport.

  2. Slightly bigger display Cubot KingKong MINI 3
    Do check YouTube reviews and no idea about updates.

  3. While I know much more expensive devices can have bad OS bug/security support, how’s Unihertz‘s support?

    1. I’m wondering the exact same thing, my wife wants a small phone, if the OS support is there, it would be perfect for her needs.

      1. I have the original Jelly2, I usually use it for trips and when I go to protests. It’s usable but not great for an every-day phone, especially typing on the screen. If you are comfortable with text-to-speech, then sure. Support… exists. It’s not great. There was a firmware upgrade, but for example it did not work OTA. I don’t know if A12 is worth it, A11 is mostly the same, except the Material You from A12, that you probably won’t miss on such a small screen. On the other hand, the OG Jelly 2 is pretty powerful for what it is, and this 2E is a significant downgrade with less than half the performance, and a phone that is constantly struggling with the task will deplete the battery faster too. I would still advise to go for the OG Jelly 2.

        1. I have pretty much the same opinion as you, and I also have the original Jelly 2 (as well as the Jelly Pro ;)). I have hoped for the Jelly 3 with a 3.5” or even a 4” 720p AMOLED display, front and down firing stereo speakers, IP68 waterproofing, probably a bigger battery – other than that the Jelly 2’s specs are fine -, but no, this Jelly 2E came, and man, it’s such a downgrade! The NFC has gone, 2GB of RAM has gone, half of the storage space has gone, the MTK Helio P60 has been downgraded to an MTK A20 with the fraction of the P60’s performance…
          I have skipped anything from Unihertz after the Jelly 2, because I didn’t want a phone with a keyboard, a phone with a smartwatch on its back… I just want a proper small device, smaller than my daily driver, the ASUS Zenfone 8 (which I LOVE, but the smaller the better! ;)).

          1. I have a 2022 iPhone SE. It’s a smallish phone, and it has a physical home button, which I prefer. Apple still makes the iPhone mini which is a bit smaller, but it’s a lot more money, and lacks the physical home button. Apple seems to have gone for “big and bigger” with the iPhone 14. I wish Samsung would make a smaller phone.

    2. Support is not the worst out there but also not great. There is no guarantee of timely updates, and you shouldn’t expect more than one OS update at most. I’ve got a Titan Pocket which has a security patch level from ten months ago and no update, so I wouldn’t expect monthly releases either. However, they do release updates on occasion which will update the security patches and the phones are often used by people producing alternative custom ROMs which do get patches but don’t get customer support. Unihertz tends to condone this and don’t lock things to keep people from doing that.
      Depending on your criteria, this might be acceptable or not. Depending on your use case, it also might be worth getting the original Jelly over this one, as the processor is a lot poorer (see this comparison for details: https://nanoreview.net/en/soc-compare/mediatek-helio-p60-vs-mediatek-helio-a22 TLDR it’s a lot slower on everything).