Specs summary


The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 900 minutes (3G).

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 exceeds its price point, and then some.

- Sean Cameron , TechRadar 

Vodafone have added the best specs that could possibly have been used while keeping the handset affordable.

- Nirave Gondhia , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Crisp, colourful display
  • Good performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Price
  • Battery life

What's bad  

  • Vodafone only
  • Boring design
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Inconsistent camera
  • Weak speaker

The budget phone market continues to see phones grow in power while dropping in price. With help from ZTE, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is hoping to take the top spot. But budget phones often require compromises.

Did Vodafone cut corners in the right places? The reviews are rolling out and we’ve dug through them to bring you this summary!

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One of the first things mentioned by many reviewers was how plain the phone looks. While it sports a slim unibody design, it’s plastic not metal. Talk Android noted, “For a 5.5-inch handset, it’s quite pocketable.” However, most review echoed Trusted Reviews, who said, “There are no serious practical issues with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6’s blueprint, but it is a total style vacuum.”

Flip the phone around and reviews improve. Everyone loved the 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. If you’re looking to play games or stream video, the touch buttons on the lower bezel allow you to use every pixel. Android Authority summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not the best display on the market as sunlight legibility is a little suspect but overall, definitely impressive given the handset’s target market.”

Powering those pixels, you’ll find a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Paired with 2GB of RAM, reviewers had no complaints regarding load times or delays. Expert Reviews UK even called the phone’s performance “truly astonishing.” Talk Android was the most critical, saying, “While the Smart Ultra 6 isn’t going to set new benchmark records, it will do the job, without noticeable strain.”

You should have plenty of room to keep your favourite games and media on hand. If the 16GB isn't enough, you can add more with a microSD card. While the phone runs an older version of Android—5.1 Lollipop—reviewers noted that they appreciated the ability to uninstall most of the pre-installed Vodafone apps.

A 3000mAh non-removable battery keeps everything running. Pocket-Lint put their review model through the ringer and said, “[The battery will] generally last you a full day, leaving around 30 per cent in the tank by bed time.”

Reviews of 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing lens weren’t as nice. Trusted Reviews summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not a fool-proof camera, then, but thanks to the high-resolution sensor it can capture quite a lot of detail once you learn how to get the most out of it, and swallow the idea that you'll just have to discard some duds.” Most reviewers noted inconsistent image quality and slow shutter speeds. But, when pictures were good, they raved.

Reviewers agreed that the phone is an excellent choice for the budget-conscious. TechRadar said, “For the average user, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 ought to suffice nicely. I generally found it a pleasant surprise in day-to-day use. If you don't expect a blazing-fast gaming demon, then this will certainly do.”

Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)

Expert Reviews

A bargain phablet

from Expert Reviews
With so many practical features, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is still good value for its price. Contract prices are now a little high compared to the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which is arguably more attractive and has better build quality, but on pre-pay, the Ultra 6 is still a decent bargain thanks to its larger, higher resolution screen and superior camera. If you don't mind joining Vodafone, the Smart Ultra 6 is a very good buy for those after a jumbo budget smartphone... Full review
Talk Android

Definitive budget smartphone in the UK

from Talk Android

Vodafone partnered up with ZTE to develop the Smart Ultra 6, and the result is a handset boasting an impressive array of components for a very affordable price. Yes, the design is somewhat uninspired and nondescript, but it isn’t terribly offensive, and you can always put a case on it to add a bit of excitement. No, the camera is not going to compete with the Galaxy Note 5, and yes, the Snapdragon 615 can stutter at times when you are racing through the apps. But for a handset with a Full HD display, a beefy battery, and competent cameras that usually costs just £115, it’s... Full review


One of the very best low-cost phones around

from Pocket-lint
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a phone of such great value that you'll wish it wasn't only available from Vodafone. However, the Vodafone is a substantially better deal than the arch-rival EE Harrier. The main reason to think twice about buying the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is that — and no prizes for guessing this one — it comes locked to Vodafone. And some other networks like Three, Tesco and GiffGaff arguably offer some better services deals for those looking to save pennies... Full review

Solid performance, fantastic value

from TrustedReviews
Right now, as we first look at the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 in June 2015, it offers more for your money than just about any other branded phone in the world right now. Sure, fling your card details over to a Chinese importer and you might be able to get hold of something similar from a no-brand OEM or one on the cusp of recognition like Elephone. However, we’d much rather have something go wrong with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 than an import. Not that we think anything will: it may be dull, but it’s not poorly made... Full review

4G for a budget price

from TechRadar
With a beautiful screen, great performance and excellent internet capabilities, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a revelation for the price. Yet, dogged with a poor camera, average battery life and excessive bloatware, it isn't quite a perfect budget hero... Full review
PC Advisor

The only thing that's budget is its price tag

from PC Advisor

The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is worth its £125 price tag without a doubt. It's one of the best experiences we've had with a budget smartphone, and nothing about this phone suggests that it's budget apart from its price tag. Compared to the Smart Prime 6, this is definitely the better option to go for and we'd definitely pay the extra £50 for it – it's more powerful, has better cameras and a larger, higher quality display. It won't run the latest 3D mobile games but for every day use, it's a great phone and the fact that you can add up to 128GB of external storage means that... Full review


Hardware is almost there, but alas not quite

from Mobilephones
It is difficult to give much praise to Vodafone over the Smart ultra 6, seeing as it is basically a very minor rework of an existing phone. This doesn’t however mean that you should go out and buy the ZTE Blade S6+ instead. In relation to the question of holding its own next to the best and biggest smartphones of today, well this still depends upon your point of view. For value for money, the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 is probably the best pound for pound smartphone on the planet, and incidentally cheaper the ZTE variant... Full review
Mobile Choice

The budget game-changer

from Mobile Choice
Vodafone have changed the way the mobile phone retail business is played. It is no longer about the high rollers and the most expensive handsets. The battle is now being fought on the budget and mid-range fields. Motorola’s Moto G has ruled over the budget handset market for long and the specs and £150 price tag made sense for it to. But Vodafone’s Smart Ultra 6 has snatched the crown away and is now the king of this space... Full review
Android Authority

The new king of affordable smartphones (in the UK)

from Android Authority
Affordable smartphones usually involve a compromise in some form or another but aside from an uninspiring design, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 delivers a premium flagship experience at a fraction of the cost and shows that a good smartphone experience can be affordable for all... Full review

Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive

from ITProPortal
Priced at £125, or from around £17 a month on contract, you do get a lot of phone for your cash here. Yes there are some minor niggles, but if you want a big screen, 4G connectivity and decent performance there’s not currently much else to match the Smart ultra 6 for this money... Full review

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