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Umi Z Review: A $250 Smartphone With 13MP Samsung Front And Rear Cameras

By Cameron , Feb 02, 2017 12:06 PM EST
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The UMI Z smartphone is a premium looking device that costs only $220-270. You will also be surprised as to how powerful this smartphone is. Interested? Read on.

Design

The UMI Z has a body dimension of 156 x 76 x 9.1 mm and weighs 175 grams. Looking at the design of the UMI Z, one can say that it looks like a combination of the iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 3T. It features an aluminum alloy unibody with colored casing designs with two options; gold and gray.

On top, you will find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which produces great audio output. It is clear, crisp and has a lot of bass on it as well. At the bottom, there seems to be two speakers, but are actually one speaker and the other a microphone. It also has a USB-C port that supports OTG so you can plug in a USB stick and it will read it.

At the right side, you will find the power button and the volume keys. On the left, is the SIM card slot where you can either insert two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card. There is also a Fingerprint Scanner embedded on the Home Button, which is perfectly accurate when used but is rather quite slow compared to smartphones in its budget range.

Display

The UMI Z features a 5.5-inch IGZO display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Regarding its display performance, colors are impressively sharp and vibrant, and screen sensitivity is great. The only downfall is that sometimes you will find that the texts are overlapping on the screen and the icons are a bit out of place. Aside from that, there is nothing. Oh, one more thing: the capacitive keys are a bit unorthodox and you might find it hard to adjust at first.

Platform

The UMI Z runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which according to the company said will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat soon. It is packed with a Helio X27, an amazing chip under the Helio line. It also features 32 GB of internal storage with 4 GB of RAM.

For its performance, almost everything is buttery smooth. When it comes to multi-tasking it performs well and you can keep multiple apps in the background without the device closing it for easy pull-out.

Camera

For the rear camera, the UMI Z features a Samsung 13 MP shooter. Day shots are simply amazing and low light condition shots are surprisingly great, given that it is a Chinese smartphone and the price range that this device is at. It is also capable of shooting 4k video which is also a good sign.

For the front camera, it also features the same Samsung 13 MP shooter with a flash - something that is uncommon for a new smartphone these days but is still a good addition to taking selfies. Just like the rear camera, the performance was astounding.

Battery

The UMI Z is powered by a 3,780 mAh battery. It can last up to about 4 hours of screen-on time, which is something not really that impressive. Speaking about battery life, this smartphone can charge from zero percent to full battery in under two hours.

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