As we know Chinese smartphone market is the biggest market in the world, and the competition over there is off the charts. Several OEMs are selling their devices in China, which includes foreign companies and tons of China-based OEMs. Umi is also a Chinese smartphone OEM, and even though they’re not exactly a big company, they’re trying to make a name for themselves by publishing compelling products. Umi has recently released a rather interesting device called the Umi Iron, which we are here to take a look at. This is a rather interesting smartphone which is made out of metal and sports really compelling specs on the inside, not to mention that it’s pretty affordable. Anyhow, let’s take a look at what the Umi Iron has to happen by taking a closer look at the device.
UMI Iron Design
The UMI Iron is a good-looking phone. It is something of a cross in an HTC, Samsung Galaxy, and iPhone 6 Plus, with a large 5.5in screen, all metal body and a rounded slab-like design with a gently curved rear. This phablet is rather large, thanks to the 5.5-inch screen, but not heavy, just 148g and 7.9mm thick.
This panel is a full-HD (1920×1080) LTPS panel, which is nice news for battery life. It is also a good news for consumers, too, and its 403ppi pixel density makes for clear text and pictures, free from any type of fuzziness. Colors are vivid and the screen usefully bright.
UMI Iron Display
The UMI Iron is a phablet with a 5.5in full-HD display. With an all-metal build. it looks good – something of a mash-up between an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy and an HTC- and it feels reassuringly tough. There are some nice extra touches such as the customizable pulse information light at the base of the screen, too.
There are no capacitive buttons on this smartphone, you’ll need to use the on-screen ones that are a part of its software. Umi has also implemented a LED notification light below the display, and it looks really fresh, at least in my personal opinion. The light is at the very bottom of the front side of this phone, and it’s very wide and thin, it really complements the design and I think most people will like this.
UMI Iron Camera
UMI says the Iron features the world’s main 13Mp camera. It’s a Sony IMX214 camera with six precision lenses, a blue glass filter, f/2.0 aperture and double-LED flash. The full 13Mp is available only in 4:3, otherwise the UMI Iron tops out at 9.5Mp in 16:9 mode. We’re more impressed by the front camera, though. With 8Mp to hand this f/2.2 front camera on paper should be useful than the rear camera of many phones on the same price point.
UMI Iron Software
Umi Iron comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop, and a very light skin actually. The company did add some of their own apps on top of Google’s OS, but zero that would bog down the system. The phone runs really easy, as I’ve already mentioned, and aside from an another icon pack and a couple of Umi apps and gestures, this is stock Android.
The Settings menu seems as it does on capital Lollipop, same goes for the notification tray. You get the double-tap-to-unlock option here, as well as some extra gesture features, you can write the letter’ on the screen while the display is in standby and the phone will begin the messaging app. That being said, let’s take a look at what Umi apps you’ll find pre-installed on this device, shall we.
- 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LTPS display (403 PPI)
- 3GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB)
- 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (Sony’s IMX214 sensor) + dual-LED flash
- 8-megapixel front-facing shooter (OmniVision’s OV8858 sensor) + LED flash
- 3,350mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
- Dual-SIM (2 x Nano SIM)
- 4G LTE (4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
UMI Iron Battery
The Umi Iron features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a 3350mAh battery powers this device. That mean said the battery life is not great, but it is also not bad either. I survive to get over 4 hrs of screen-on time with Umi Iron, but only barely. The battery life results were not all that compatible from day to day, though, it all depends on how you use your device.
Overall, the Eyeprint ID is cheesy at best, but I have to give UMI credit for employing such tactic. It’s different compared to the Fingerprint Scanners we normally see. Although it won’t be a perfect feature, but it does give the device edge over the opposition. In terms of hardware, the UMI IRON is never a slough, the processor is fast and the Camera features are also noteworthy, mainly the Front LED Flash which is also a gimmick done right.
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This is a rather interesting smartphone which is made out of metal and sports really compelling specs on the inside, not to mention that it’s pretty affordable.