Today, UMi has the most Napoleonic plans; eminent companies have become “donors” for the smartphone. MediaTek Helio P10 platform, Sharp LTPS display, Samsung memory, Panasonic main camera module, and Sony’s battery. Let's see what Frankenstein did.
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Screen: 5.5-inch diagonal, LTPS, 1920x1080 pixels, 401 ppi, 2.5D
- Processor: eight-core 64-bit MediaTek P10 (MT6755), Cortex-A53, frequency 2.0 GHz
- Graphics: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 700 MHz
- RAM: 4 GB
- Memory for data storage: 32 GB, microSD (up to 256 GB)
- Main camera: 13 MP, dual flash, 1080p video
- Front camera: 5 MP, video 1080p
- Audio Chip: AWINIC AW8738
- Networks: LTE (2100/1800/2600/800), 3G (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), DualSIM (micro-SIM)
- Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n, 2.5 / 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, FM, USB Type C, 3.5 mm for a headset
- Navigation: GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS
- Sensors: position sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Dimensions: 150.8x75.0x8.5 mm
- Case materials: metal, glass, plastic
- Weight: 196 g.
The smartphone comes in an aluminum box, which was a pleasant surprise. It looks solidly, when delivered from a Chinese store, you can be sure that nothing will happen to her.
Inside the hero of the review, pasted with protective films on both sides. In the presence of a well-fed charger with a maximum output voltage of 12V, which should provide fast charging. The USB cable is medium long, Type C. In addition, there is a clip and instructions in different languages.
A sample came to us with a case, packed in a dense cardboard box.
AppearanceUMi Super turned out to be quite well-fed, its thickness is more than 8 mm, and the weight is at all under 200 g. It is comfortable in the hand, there is a sense of solidity. The case is made of aluminum, on the rear panel there are plastic inserts at the top and bottom, they are close in texture and color to the main frame, they are not stylistically knocked out. There are narrow, barely noticeable, plastic inserts on the upper and lower ends of the dark gray color.
The logo of the company and the name of the device are on the back. A microphone hole is available. The main camera is located in the center and slightly recessed for protection, below is a flash with two diodes of different colors, even lower is a sensor for detecting fingerprints from Microarray.
The upper side includes a 3.5-mm jack for a headset or headphones, and the bottom includes a microphone and speaker. On the right is the volume change swing and the power key, on the left is a hybrid compartment for micro SIM cards with the ability to install micoSD with a capacity of up to 256 GB. When using two cards, you can use LTE in both cases. Replacement occurs in the "hot" mode, a reboot is not required.
Just below the tray is the Smart key, initially configured to launch the camera application. If necessary, you can configure to run any application.
The front part is protected by 2.5D-glass Gorilla Glass 3 without oleophobic coating with all the consequences. Below are the touch buttons, but only the main one has a flickering backlight. A static option is not provided in the current firmware.
Initially, the main key plays the role of an indicator, the device by default offers to use the on-screen buttons. If you go to the touch keys below the screen, you have to get used to the location of additional keys. There are no lights or signs.
There are no complaints about the hardware keys, there are no backlashes, the move is short, they are conveniently located.
Let's go back to the front: the side frames are narrow, about 2 mm, the upper part includes a speaker, a camera, proximity sensors and lighting.
According to the results of the inspection, we can say that UMi Super will appeal to lovers of large devices, the quality of materials and the fit are excellent.
In the case, the smartphone looks beautiful, sits confidently, clings to the body at four corners, while the side parts are open. It is unlikely that one should expect a high level of protection from him, minus the availability of hardware keys. They minimally go beyond the frame of the case and after installing the cover it is difficult to press them. Beautiful, yes, practical? Probably not.
IronThe smartphone is based on a modern bundle - the 64-bit MediaTek MT6755 with eight Cortex-A53 cores operating at a frequency of 2.0 GHz, paired with ARM Mali-T860 MP2 (700 MHz) graphics. The general name of the platform is Helio P10. The announcement was at the end of 2015, the 28-nm process technology is used for production.
The amount of RAM 4 GB (LPDDR3), built-in 32 GB (eMMC 5.1), manufactured by Samsung. In addition, you can install up to 256 GB using a microSD memory card.
In the presence of an AWINIC AW8738 sound processing chip, a 4th generation Microarray fingerprint scanner, USB Type C is used to connect and charge the battery. Sony's built-in battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh and supports Pump Express + fast charging technology.
As for mobile communication networks, there are two LTE modules (2100/1800/2600/800) with support for 300/50 Mbit / s, which corresponds to the LTE Cat-6 standard. Wi-Fi catches in both ranges, there is Bluetooth 4.1 and an FM module. Compatible with both GPS (A-GPS) and GLONASS. In the presence of a position sensor, proximity, light, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.
DisplayUMi Super uses Sharp's 5.5-inch Full HD display, made using LTPS technology. It has several advantages, including the ability to integrate control electronics into an array of crystals and significantly reduce the thickness and weight of the structure. It promises lower power consumption, quality colors and excellent viewing angles.
The maximum screen brightness reaches 440 cd / m2, while the minimum threshold is 16 cd / m2. The first indicator is far from a record, it is enough to work in bright light, but it will be hard in the sun. White balance is close to the standard, the deviation of red is -5.2%, green 1.0%, and blue 5.3%. The measured temperature was 7060K, which is close to the reference indicator. Not all brothers in the workshop can boast of such a factory calibration. With a calibrator and using MediaTek's MiraVision settings, you can get the original 6500K.
The image contrast is high, viewing angles are good, as is the uniformity of illumination across the field. The sensor layer defines a maximum of 5 simultaneous touches.
Sharp's screen was a success and the choice of UMi in its favor is justified, even a little more brightness.
SoundThe built-in speaker sounds decent even at maximum volume, the stock is good. Even if you close the speaker tightly with your palm, you can clearly hear it. The volume is lost, but not so much.
To improve the sound quality, the AW8738 chip is used. The standard music player has the ability to adjust the equalizer, there are various presets.
The sound is good, however, the volume margin is not the highest. The microphone works cleanly, removes unnecessary noise. The speaker is normal in volume, it sounds dull.
CameraThe camera software is standard, there is access to change ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, there are different shooting modes. Another thing is that you can’t get to them quickly, you have to go into the menu and there you have to adjust it. I would like to see easy access to critical parameters.
From the main window you can turn on the panorama mode, picture-in-picture (simultaneously takes a frame from both cameras), HDR, flash, etc. The smartphone does not support Camera2API.
The main camera at 13 MP produces decent quality pictures, with good lighting even at ISO 1600 the frames are good. It’s clear that when there is little light, fairy tales should not be expected at high ISO values. In daylight, the automation selects the white balance “Cloudy”, you have to choose the “Sun” mode so that the pictures are not yellow. At home, behaves normally.
It is worth noting that the camera makes frames without delay, it focuses quickly. Although the video is written in 3GP, the quality is normal, the resolution is 1080p. There are minimum settings for video, when switching to this mode, the viewing angle of the camera narrows.
5 MP front camera, pretty good, suitable for selfies.
SoftwareThe current version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is used, the standard version. Typical applications such as an audio player, voice recorder, radio receiver and flashlight are available. The default video player is standard, but it has not been separately submitted to the application. Runs through the file manager when selecting an entry.
Wireless settings include Turbo mode, when activated, the smartphone starts downloading data via Wi-Fi and cellular network at the same time.
In the "Screen" section, everything is standard, but there is the possibility of fine tuning MiraVision, calibration of the accelerometer and proximity sensor is available.
Of interesting note section Harlequin (translated harlequin) LED Notification. It sets the indicator behavior in case of calls, messages, etc. And everything would be fine, but there is no constant backlight mode, the indicator always flickers and shimmers.
In the "Security" section, fingerprints of up to five are recorded. It is possible to encrypt smartphone data.
The Smart Assistant section is not translated from the word at all. An additional hardware key and an energy saving mode are programmed in it, and control keys are configured.
Test resultsAnTuTu showed more than 51K points, then the HTML5 test - 17K. Geekbench produced slightly more than 3K, and PCMark 4.5K. The RAM speed is decent, but not record-breaking, the built-in drive turned out to be very fast, 208 MB / s for reading and 143 MB / s for writing. In 3DMark, the smartphone produced 415 points, and in Epic Citadel 39 FPS.
In Asphalt 8 you can play comfortably at medium settings, the Traffic Rider runs without problems at maximum.
NOVA 3 is going well, drawdowns are not so significant. Modern Combat 5 is overloaded only in the most difficult scenes, in the "Best Performance" mode it shows clearly more FPS. Unkilled - similarly.
In working scenarios, the device works quickly, there is a lot of RAM, the built-in has excellent speed, but there is not enough graphics to play confidently at maximum settings.
BatteryThe Super uses a 4000 mAh battery from Sony. Together with the LTPS screen, this should give good survivability results.
Subject lasted nearly 10 hours. Good result considering screen size, resolution and filling. There is enough charge for the whole day. If you do not run energy-intensive applications, you can count on one and a half to two days.
MediaTek's platform supports Pump Express + fast charging technology. According to UMi, it takes 100 minutes to fully charge the battery. In reality, it turned out just 10 minutes more.
To summarizeUMi Super is well tailored, maybe there isn’t much gloss, but it looks decent. The filling is relevant, here is a fairly fast platform and fast internal memory, 4 GB of RAM and adequate graphics. Of course, for high-tech games is not enough, you have to lower the graphics settings to medium. Separate mention is worthy of the display, Full HD resolution, good calibration and a good margin of brightness.
The decision to combine the on-screen and hardware touch buttons pleases, but the latter are not marked on the smartphone, except for the main one. The main hardware keys are well fitted.
The fingerprint scanner works, but it happens that it does not immediately determine the owner. Both cameras turned out worthy, they take pictures without delay, and with white balance, if necessary, you can solve the situation manually.
The battery life is at the level, but the payback for it is a decent weight and thickness of the case.
As a result, UMi Super, considering the cost at the level of $ 220, turned out to be interesting. Yes, there is something to complain about, but in terms of the combination of characteristics, our Frankenstein is pretty good and looks decent against the background of direct competitors.Pros:
- Quality screen
- A lot of RAM
- Good build
- An interesting combination of price and features
May not like:
- The speaker is deaf
- Heats up under continuous load
- Graphics could be more powerful
- Not all touch keys are marked.
- Weight and thickness
Final rating: 6 out of 10.