UMi® is the most salient Chinese manufacturer in rendering some of the best Chinese smartphones with a budget-friendly price tag. The organization is even better than Xiaomi and LeTV in doing so. Although, some of their terminals are not convincing at all due to some errors, but UMi has the potential to address its name amongst top international manufacturers alike Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi etc. But, why isn’t UMi among the best? Probably, the answer lurks in the trivial fame of the Chinese company and their limited sales. But everything is going to change through UMi’s latest flagship known as ‘UMi Super’.
To be specific, UMi Super is a 5.5-inch high mid-end phone featuring the modern Helio P10 processor and 4GB RAM for a breathtaking performance with a stupendous value. But, this isn’t enough to describe UMi Super. We must grasp the details of this terminal in this review and to know the true meaning of Super.
What’s in the Box?
UMi Super comes well packed within a shiny black box. No doubt that this time, they have paid attention to the packaging and first look of UMi after the delivery. We can have the first experience of the phone after lifting the Sadly, we don’t see extra accessories with it only the essential ones which includes:
- UMi Super Smartphone.
- USB Type-C charging cable with USB Charger (original plug is EU but can select others).
- User Guide and SIM slot opener in the black envelope under the phone.
Design and Appearance
We don’t easily get impressed by the appearance of any phone. But UMi Super had that charm that made us dazzle. Seriously, a perfect unibody metal chassis with the most accurate processing in any of the UMi products. The phone has physical dimensions of 150.8 x 75 x 8.5 mm. It’s true that the phone is pretty much thick with respect to the average thickness of 7.5mm. Even it seems to be a little bit hefty with those 196 grams, for which the Aluminium metal body seems to be a valid reason. Despite this, the phone fits perfect in the hand and we feel the presence of a premium phone.
On the rear of the phone, we see the silver or golden metallic shine with respect to the back camera placed on the center-top of the Super. Right below is the Dual LED flash and a fingerprint reader. The top and the bottom of the back comprises of plastic for antennaswhich are logical.
The sides appear to be CNC processed with smooth curves at the corners. The 2.5D is also present here, but sadly due to the slightly thick bezels, the phone’s display is not completely bezel-less. One can find dark gray borders visible on the side frame to further enhance the beauty of the terminal.
On the front, the most striking and rare aspect is the circular lining which acts as anotification LED with 7 colors for different types of notifications and home button (on screen) at the same time. It’s the only button there which is illuminating. Isn’t it interesting? On the top, the traditional location of the front shooter and the earpiece is retained.
In buttons and port placement, we have a USB Type-C situated, along with HiFi speakers with studio playback sound at the bottom and surprisingly there is also the 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The smart button on the left allows you to select the recent apps. Here’s a comparison of UMi Super with two top phones:
In short, UMi Super is the most elegant phone created by the Chinese manufacturer UMi which combines perfectly with trends and traditions.
Screen and Display
One of the strengths of UMi Super is its 5.5-inch huge screen with LTPS display from Sharp®. The resolution of the screen is also Full-HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) with a nice pixel density of 401 ppi. The specialty of Sharp is to provide excellent contrast and sharp colors along with indiscernible individual pixels.
The phone has the minimum brightness to be used under direct sunlight with no problems. As it is LTPS so we will have some good viewing angles with colors rendered naturally and vigorously.
For the protection of the screen, UMi Super features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the previously discussed 2.5D glass. The smart wake function hasn’t been introduced yet, but we hope that it will be available in the next software update.
To be specific, the display seems to be fair, it could be Quad-HD but for a higher price tag. Right now, for that price it is excellent.
Hardware and Performance
Mentioning the hardware of UMi Super, under the hood, we have the latest mid-class SoC MediaTek Helio P10 or MT6755 (8 cores @ 1.95 GHz) – a Quad Core processor well known for its powerful and energy efficient performance. It is accompanied by Mali T860 as GPU and the one of selling point which is probably the 4GB RAM. The smartphone has ample power to play the latest 3D games smoothly with less heat dissipation. Even multitasking is Superb at that level and no freezing and delaying during use befall. The picture below shows the benchmarks of the processor and the speed rate of RAM and ROM.
Speaking of the ROM, we have an internal memory of 32GB which is expandable through Micro-SD card (up to 256GBGB). Previously, he spoke a little about the fingerprint reader. Now for details, the company says that it is a Microarray 4th Generation fingerprint reader.The reader unlocks the phone in only 0.1s which are the shortest for any phone.
No doubt with that benchmark the phone will not be amongst the top 10 phones, but for $200, its great.
About 80% of the phones integrates a Sony sensor, but UMi Super rear camera is an exception; a 13 MP camera signed by not only but Panasonic. The highlights about this camera are all about the speed. It has an auto-focus which can focus within 0.3 secs and zero shutter lag. Moreover, we see a balance among the colors like natural. Even the camera provides good results (not perfect) in low light. However, the image with this camera is the one with extreme details. Here are some samples are shown in the slide:
We are now left with 5 MP front shooter, which has a mediocre outcome and not that much interesting.
UMi Super currently runs on the latest Android OS known as Marshmallow (v6.0.1). It’s like the stock based OS, totally untouched. We don’t have any extra and annoying pre-installed apps on the terminal. Overall, like the camera, the OS is all about the speed also. It takes only 1 Sec to open most apps.
Even the camera app takes 0.5 secs to open. Overall, Android 6.0 runs smoothly without a single bug. For any updates, OTA feature is also there.
Speaking about the network connectivity, UMi Super supports 2G, 3G as well as 4G LTEalong all frequencies. We have a Dual-SIM here, but sadly the slot is Hybrid which means only 2 SIMs or 1 SIM and Micro-SD can work at a time. The reception is pretty much strong, even in those areas which provide weak reception for most Chinese phones. When it comes to WiFi and Bluetooth they are also excellent for the reception. WiFi seems to be 2X as it’s a Dual band WiFi module. Like previously said, the SIM slot can be opened via SIM slot opener present with the user manual. The voice quality of the earpiece is also fine and the microphone has the noise canceling feature which is nowadays common in the majority of the phones.
Navigation is also precise and real time with no errors, thanks to the GPS of UMi Super. The position of an individual is determined within two meters. However, a compass is missing here.
At last specifying some of the sensors, we have a gravity sensor, a proximity sensor, an accelerometer, a light sensor and a gyroscope installed.
Here comes a change as UMi says that their product is powered with 4000mAh composed by Sony. But the size isn’t confirmed yet, as a test showed 3400-3600 mAh. Too bad that Umi again tried to deceive the customer, here. Even we can’t remove and reinstate a battery as it’s non-removable. A good point is that UMi super supports Quick Charge which tops up the phone in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
So the battery life is just satisfactory and the phone would have rocked results if the battery had improved, slightly.
- Unibody Metal Design
- Nice Screen Display
- Supports all LTE frequencies
- 4GB memory
- Notification LED
- Latest Android 6.0
- Hybrid Slot
- False statement about battery