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Vodafone Smart Ultra 6
Vodafone Smart Ultra 6
Vodafone Smart Ultra 6
Vodafone Smart Ultra 6

Informr score
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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!

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.”

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
3000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Expert Reviews
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 it...

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Talk Android
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...

- Peter Holden, Talk Android

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 p...

- Andrew Williams, Pocket-lint

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...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews

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

- Sean Cameron, TechRadar

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Common Questions

ZTE backs up the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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

1.5 GHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP 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.

Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 Specs

Release Date June 19, 2015
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.93 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to 10 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 159 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): VF-995N
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