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Review: Umi Super, Super smartphone with some compromises

Review: Umi Super, Super smartphone with some compromises

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.

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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.

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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.

16 "width =" 600 "height =" 285 "srcset =" // 600w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 16-150x71.jpg 150w, // 300w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px "/> Regarding the graphic aspect, the <strong>Mali-T860</strong> not a video card optimized for gaming and on some occasions you notice. If with the game <strong>Real Racing 3</strong> I didn't notice any kind of slowdown even with the maximum graphic details, during the execution of <strong>Asphalt 8</strong> some lost frames were evident and a fluidity visually not always at the top. On the other hand, with games that are less expensive from a graphic point of view, I have not noticed any kind of problem and, on the whole, it is possible to play in a fluid way even more demanding contests.</p>
<p>As mentioned above, the opening of the app is very reactive. Also the use of the contents, for example on <strong>Facebook</strong> or up <strong>Google Chrome</strong>  very satisfying. On Facebook you can see micro lag as soon as you start the app. But with loaded data, the interface responds with reactivity and with smooth animations. Even the system browser responds very well and the browsing experience is excellent. The interface follows the finger very well, both when scrolling a page and when zooming.</p><div class='code-block code-block-11' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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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.

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<p>But not all that glitters is gold. Although it is a great display, I could see a small problem that I do not understand whether to impute hardware or software. When the UmiSuper rests on a flat surface, like a table, the touch of the mouth is often not received. Everything goes back to normal when you take the phone in your hand or if you simply place a finger along the aluminum edge of the device.</p>
<p>The company is aware of this bug and is trying to solve it through software updates. At the time of writing this review, however, the problem is still present. This aspect, however, does not invalidate the usability of the telephone when kept regularly in hand. In this circumstance the typing happens quickly and the display does not lose a beat.</p>
<h3><span class=Software

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.

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<p><img loading=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.

11 "width =" 600 "height =" 300 "srcset =" // 600w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 11-150x75.jpg 150w, // 300w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px "/> The user can decide whether to use the classic three Android software keys or the hardware ones implemented on this <strong>Umi Super</strong>. By deciding to use the hardware keys, the LED will also function as a Home key. By deactivating the hardware keys, instead, at the bottom of the screen a black bar will appear with the three Android keys. Finally, again using the settings, you can decide which application to start when you press the hardware key on the left side of the phone. By default the camera is activated, but any installed app can be chosen.</p>
<h3><span class=Multimedialit

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.

12 "width =" 600 "height =" 261 "srcset =" // 600w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 12-150x65.jpg 150w, // 300w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px "/> The double microphone allows an excellent reduction of the environmental noise in the call, not creating any problem whatsoever. Using earphones, the optimal quality. The audio drivers work very well when you connect a headset with a 3.5mm jack. high and well defined volume output from the headphones and even during calls I have not encountered any problems.</p>
<p>When I used a pair of Bluetooth headphones, instead, I encountered some problems. From the outset that both the Bluetooth of Umi Super and that of my 4.1 Low Energy headphones. I found sporadic blocks during listening. In some circumstances I had to disconnect the headphones and perform pairing again to resume playing the songs. I think it's a bug easily solved with a software update.</p>
<h3><span class=Camera

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".

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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.

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<p>Thanks to the charger supplied, you can use the quick charge on <strong>Umi Super</strong>. A full charge takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you need an emergency recharge, instead, with about 30 minutes you can recharge the battery up to 50%.</p>
<h3><span class=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.

15 "width =" 500 "height =" 380 "srcset =" // 500w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 15-150x114.jpg 150w, // 300w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 15-80x60.jpg 80w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px "/> The <strong>GPS</strong> instead not very precise. Fast satellite tracking, but often the navigator loses its position. I used Google Maps in an open environment in Milan, with 4G connectivity, and lost some of my position during my smartphone journey. In some circumstances the coordinates were distorted, resulting in being on the road parallel to the one I was traveling on foot. This can be called another software bug, which can be solved with subsequent updates.</p>
<h2><span class=Conclusions

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.

7 "width =" 600 "height =" 338 "srcset =" // 600w, // uploads / 2016/10 / 7-150x85.jpg 150w, // 300w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px "/> Among the negative aspects we must mention the camera, which is not properly exploited at software level, and the GPS. For the price at which this smartphone is sold, you cannot ask for more. Certainly I recommend it to everyone users who need a smartphone with excellent performance and a display of good quality visible in all light conditions, to review only the multimedia sector. <strong>UMI Super</strong>, the store <strong>TOMTOP</strong> sells it for the price of <strong>179.99</strong>.</p>
<p><span style=PRO

point-to-greenProcessor, RAM and graphics card well managed by the operating system.

point-to-greenSpeed ​​in opening and running apps.

point-to-greenAndroid Stock Software.

point-to-greenFrequent updates.

point-to-greenRicever Android 7.0 Nougat next December.


point-redNon-optimized camera.

point-redGPS looses its position very often.


point-yellowThe display often does not detect the touch when the smartphone is resting on a flat surface.