The marketing of Chinese devices in the western market has allowed the general improvement of smartphones in the medium and low range. Until a few years ago, those looking for a terminal with a good processor, high-resolution display and a good camera, necessarily had to buy high-end smartphones. Today, on the other hand, high competition has increased the average quality of products sold in a price range between 100 and 200. I was able to personally try the smartphone Umi Super, a device that is sold on TOMTOP at the affordable price of 179.99.
High-level components and services are offered at a competitive selling price. In general the considerations of this device are very positive. There are some aspects that can be improved or refined with future software updates, but for this price range a respectable terminal. If you want to learn more about Umi Super, keep reading the detailed review of this interesting smartphone.
Umi Super, quality at a reasonable price
Design and technical features
Umi Super a mid-range smartphone but made with good quality materials. The rear body is in fact made mostly of aluminum, with two 1cm plastic bands placed at both ends. The plastic bands are essential to allow the insertion of cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas.
The hardware performance offered by Umi Super they are very satisfying. The processor Mediatek Helio X10 he does his job very well. It allows a rapid opening of the app and an excellent fluidity when using the smartphone. I used this smartphone with satisfaction for a week, and the transition from a top-of-the-range device was not noticed at all in everyday use. THE 4GB of RAM they are well exploited by the operating system and manage to keep the last open applications or browser windows in memory. Almost iricaricenti of the interface when you have to pass often between unapp and another.
To put the processor and RAM under strain, I opened 5 tabs up Google Chrome and simultaneously launched two games (Asphalt 8 is Real Racing 3). For about 5 minutes I switched from one game to the next by making a car race on both titles, then returning to Google Chrome and opening the 5 sites previously loaded in sequence. There was no reloading throughout the test. The 5 websites have always remained in memory, and I was able to resume the race on both games from exactly the same point where I was left.
The display ofUmi Super ununit LTPS (Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon) from 5.5 inches with resolution FullHD. LTPS technology is placed halfway between the screens IPS and Amoled, guaranteeing a good range of colors, which are not distorted like those of Amoled displays. The viewing angles are very good and you can see the display even with a high degree of inclination. The white points are well defined with a perpendicular display of the screen. Instead, they tend slightly to yellow if you see the cutting display.
Nothing dramatic, as only a very careful eye can perceive this variation of tone. Blacks, on the other hand, are not absolute and tend towards dark gray at maximum brightness. Overall, the display and the excellent pixel density allow a satisfying fraction of the device. The games are well defined, the images clear and sharp and it is hard to notice the pixels of the interface.
The operating system preinstalled on Umi Super Android 6.0 Marshmallow in stock version. In fact, there are few software customizations in the company and the use experience is very close to that of the Google Nexus. The Chinese company is focusing on this smartphone. This is evidenced by the number of updates that have been released to date (as many as 7 from May 2016 until September 2016). Furthermore, Umi intends to issue a Major Update ad Android 7.0 Nougat December 24th.
Also the ledRGB can be customized. The system allows you to adjust the color that the LED must have when there is a call notification, a text message, when the phone is unloaded or being charged. On the other hand, through app that can be downloaded from the Play Store, you can decide to assign a custom color to each type of notification we can receive on the device.
The system speaker was placed at the bottom, next to the door USB Type-C. Overall the audio is not very high but it is clear. During the playback of the songs, however, the absence of bass is very noticeable. Although it is clear, the sound is very flat and the nuances and different tonalities of the songs cannot be captured. Also the volume of the ear capsule used during the calls is not very high, for the voice of the interlocutor clear and there are no hisses or noises.
There front camera, from 13mp, the aspect that convinced me less than Umi Super. Almost every feature of the smartphone, from the processor to the display, guarantees optimal performance, especially if compared to the terminal's selling price. The camera, on the other hand, does not live up to expectations. In low light conditions the slow interface and focusing times are long. As if that were not enough, the shots leave many details in the street and zooming in on the photos, you can see some areas that have not been properly focused. Surely the software problem, and if you install a third-party camera downloadable from the Play Store, all the photos are dark, as if you were taking a picture in the dark. Reading the comments on the company's official blog, there seems to be a bug with camera drivers that can't adjust the display of photos with third-party apps. This means that if you want to take a picture with WhatsApp, in the absence of light you won't see much in the camera interface. You can use the flash, which illuminates the environment decently, but the shot must be taken "in the dark".
The battery, data in hand, from 4000mAh. During a day of stress use, in which I made 40 minutes of calls, I used instant messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram and I was connected for half a day in 4G with different web browsing sessions, I managed to total 4 hours and 45 minutes of screen turned on and I arrived at dinner with only one charge. With a more bland use, on the other hand, you can cover a whole day without problems. The autonomy, able to cover a day of use, seems satisfactory. But if compared to the battery amperage, it leaves a few software optimizations leaked.
Fingerprint and GPS sensor
The fingerprint sensor placed on the back of the device well integrated in the system. In addition to unlocking the device, I allow secure access to supported apps such as 1Password. Although unlocking is very quick (just place your finger, even with the screen off, and the device unlocks in a fraction of a second), sometimes it may be inaccurate. If you want to make a statistic, on 10 unlock attempts, the footprint is correctly recognized 7 times.
To resume the title of this review, I would define Umi Super a Super smartphone with some compromises. Among the positive aspects of this terminal it is certainly necessary to signal the processor Mediatek Helio X10, which together with 4GB of RAM and to the Mali-T860 manages to guarantee speed and fluidity in all circumstances. The materials and the general assembly are also beautiful, with some details like curved glass or aluminum milling that give the terminal a premium appearance.
Processor, RAM and graphics card well managed by the operating system.
Speed in opening and running apps.
Android Stock Software.
Ricever Android 7.0 Nougat next December.
GPS looses its position very often.
The display often does not detect the touch when the smartphone is resting on a flat surface.