UMi Super Review Android smartphone

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

First surprise that the purchaser presents UMi Super – is a solid packing made of metal. It seems to be a trifle, but nice.

But fancy equipment does not strike:

  • Power adapter;
  • USB cable – USB Type-C;
  • Documentation;
  • Paper clip tray under the SIM-card.

UMi Super: Introduction

Outside China, the company UMi virtually unknown, and that is not surprising. Until recently, nothing interesting in its smartphones was not at all – no eye-catching design, the standard characteristics, raw firmware and a whole bunch of bugs and flaws in the bargain. Such companies in China – dozens, if not hundreds, and UMi completely lost on their background.

In recent years the situation has changed in UMi seriously decided to get in the smartphone market and a significant player with every new smartphone it is getting closer to his goal. One problem, brighter future – it is somewhere on the horizon, and UMi Super offer to buy now.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

UMi Super: Design

The smartphone has a low-key but pleasant design. Available in three different colors: black, gold and silver. I went for a test unit of gold color. I’m not a big fan of golden colors, but I must admit – UMi Super in this version looks very good, kitschy or his clumsy at all desire can not be called.

UMi designers refused to follow the vogue for streamlined housing in the last style of iPhone, smartphone design more rigorous. This sharp corners and edges here and there – the back rest subtly curved side faces slightly chamfered at the edges, and even the protective glass gently rounded in the popular style of 2.5D today. All these little touches are very important and directly affect the ergonomics, but they practically do not affect the impression of the device. In his hand smartphone felt a sort of metallic wedges in the best sense of the word. Perhaps something like this could be the iPhone 4, while dare Apple to install a 5.5-inch screen.

As you can tell from the list of characteristics, UMi Super received a metal body, large 5.5-inch screen and a solid battery capacity of 4000 mAh. All this could not affect the weight of the smartphone, which is 185, the comparison can be Galaxy Note 7 lead, which in larger diagonal screen weighs 169 grams Dimensions in UMi Super also received not the smallest – 75×150.8×8.5 mm.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

I like this situation rather than not – because of their size smartphone fits comfortably in the hand, rather than digging into the palm faces superthin body or trendy curved screen like some other devices. Solid weight underlines smartphone design, adding a light brutality. That is the “sense of quality items,” which is so fond of mentioning in the review, there is the machine fully. That if we talk about the subjective impressions. But from an objective point of view, the extra weight – it is always negative, and for days on end if not to release a smartphone from the hands, as do many people today, the value starts to make every gram.

The left side is a tray with two slots, the first of them combined (that is, there can be placed as a microSD memory card and SIM-card), the second is suitable only for “Sims.”

Just below is a programmable key, which you can assign any application. Read more about it, we talk a little lower.

On the right side are located the volume rocker and lock button. In my sample both buttons noticeable backlash, if you shake the smartphone in hand, could be heard as they gently tapped on the body. Possibly, this is a problem specific apparatus may party as a whole.

On the bottom is a connector USB Type C, on either side of it are a speaker and microphone holes and insert the plastic antenna. They fit to the body is not quite perfect, in place of the bevel faces little plastic sticks out ahead.

The top of the standard can be seen (yet), 3.5 audio jack for headphones, is seen next to another miniature plastic insert.

Smartphone rear wall almost completely made of metal, plastic, there are only two small areas at the top and bottom. At the height of the details of the newly fitted together imperfectly, between the plastic insert and the face of the body also has a tiny gap. What ever the critical flaw is not likely the vast majority of smartphone owners simply do not notice it.

The upper part of the rear wall reserved for the camera lens, a dual flash and a fingerprint sensor pad. Below is the company logo, which resembles a complex character than the inscription in English. Model name Apply a thin font on the lower part of the body and not too conspicuous. For the approach to branding designers UMi can put a solid top five, many of their colleagues in the shop prefer to stretch the name of the company on the whole surface of the back cover, if not render it on the front panel.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

Most of the front side of the smartphone takes a screen covered with 2.5D glass – a reasonable compromise between the standard “flat” coating and “curved” screen with a controversial ergonomics. Above it visible-light sensors and proximity, the opening speaker and eye front camera. Under the screen is hidden block touch keys. By default, they are blocked, and the smartphone is controlled via the on screen control unit keys. No markings on the touch key block not see them with the naked eye is impossible. An exception is the central key “Home”, which surrounds the LED indicator missed events.

UMi Super: Controls

With the control elements in UMi Super situation is quite complicated. I can not help feeling that the original UMi have been much more ambitious plans and instead of the standard key unit planned to do something more exotic, like Meizu multifunction key. This is evidenced and inscribed in the center key notification light, and “hidden” block touch keys and programmable keys, and many other aspects. To bring this initiative to the end of the company could not or did not want to, but all of these additional buttons into the final version of the smartphone still moved. And obviously in a slightly unfinished form.

Let’s start with the programmable keys on the left side of the smartphone. By default, it is assigned the launch of the camera, as in the good old push-button phones. At first glance it may seem that the dream of many users come true and you can again start the camera and take a picture in one or two taps. But there it was – really key allows you to start the camera application, but only just. In sleep mode the smartphone it does not work at all on the lock screen (when you need to enter a PIN or pattern), it launches the application in the background, but do not eliminate the need to enter a password. And this despite the fact that the standard for Android swipe from the bottom right corner of the screen allows you to move the camera without any delay.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

Once you unlock your smartphone, you will find another disappointment – Pressing the softkey not releases the shutter, and throws on the desktop, simply turning off the camera application. As a result, the practical use of it is minimal, much easier and faster to unlock the smartphone with fingerprint reader and touch the camera icon in the dock bar. Or turn on the screen by pressing the power button, and then run the camera vertical swipe from the bottom right corner. Maybe someone will be able to find this key to better use by assigning to it the launch of some other applications (e-mail, calendar, flashlight, a customer favorite social networks and so on), but for me it was useless. More or less it liked only extra feature – translating phone to silent mode by long pressing.

Next – block touch control buttons at the bottom of the screen. I suspect that the majority of smartphone buyers simply do not know about its presence – by default it is blocked, and no marking or the indication at the bottom of the housing is not. Initially, you can activate it in the smartphone’s settings by going to the «Buttons» section and tapnuv on line «Buttons Type». The process was clearly not the most intuitive, and the latest versions of firmware for that added special digging in the switch panel. In my opinion, it looks somewhat out of place there, because to constantly switch between on-screen and the touch keys, you will not be for any scenario. In fact, its only task is to somehow attract the attention of users to the presence in the unit of touch buttons.

By activating the touch-sensitive keys, unconsciously expecting that it is here that the touch panel and the backlight will turn on with the usual indication, but no, they have to click and blind. And, in principle, this would not have any particular problems, because usually you remember the location of the keys in a couple of hours with your smartphone, and then in any case, you start to press them without looking. Here are just a user and then waiting for a surprise – it turns out that a set of on-screen buttons and touch not the same as the smartphone. Power on-screen buttons is the same as in the Android 4.0 and above: “Task Manager”, “Home” and “Back”. And they even give the order is reversed, which is very convenient.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

But the touch keys are chosen in Android 2.x style: “Menu”, “Home” and “Back”. No action on the long press “Menu” and “Back” is not provided, and hold “Home” button opens a list of recently run applications.

One can argue about whether Google was worth a few years ago to abandon the “Menu” button, but it has made in any case can not be undone. Some developers still remember that in theory such a button on your smartphone can be, but is completely useless apps it in half. Actually, it does not work even in a part of pre-installed applications and some sections of the system, where the menu is exclusively horizontal swipe (Gmail client, screen calibration utility and so on). But when pressed on the menu applications, and does throw on your desktop.

If you are accustomed to using contextual search Now on Tap, something about it, too, will have to forget, because it is activated by a long press on the “Home”, which is reserved for the Task Manager.

Most applications behave after disabling the onscreen keyboard part is normal, but in rare cases in their place is a black stripe. For example, it is well behaved twitter client Talon.

In general, additional keys have UMi Super left a mixed impression. But I want to stress separately, that their presence in the smartphone – is in any case a plus, even with all the controversies and roughness. In fact, it’s just an added bonus that makes no use. Standard the onscreen keys work without any problems, and even have two different layouts to choose from, so no need to switch on the touch-sensitive buttons are not present. A soft key is so positioned that does not prevent and do not lead to unnecessary pressing. So that in any case the user does not lose anything.

Devices that support almost all the accumulated layout options in recent years, is now virtually none. From this point of view UMi Super – a happy exception to the rule.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

UMi Super: LED notifications

The role of the missing message indicator LED performs inscribed in the touch button “Home”. It works independently of whether the unit is active or not the touch key.

The indicator is large, bright, it is clearly seen from afar. It supports multiple colors for different types of notifications, which is very convenient. Throwing a glance at your smartphone, you realize immediately that it was missed – call, SMS, chat message or notification of low battery. The only moot point – the settings are displayed by default for this indicator. The fact is that when the screen LED ring flashes, gradually suffused with white light, and then extinguished. Since the brightness of the LEDs in large, it distracts from the screen and quickly becomes annoying. No practical sense flashing LED is not responsible. Perhaps such a strange way the developers have tried to draw attention to lock the keys “Home”, but then where would be best approached uniform lighting is soft.

Fortunately, go to the menu and turn off the display backlight when the screen – business a couple of clicks, but otherwise no issues there for him. In the same menu, you can choose the color of the display when you have missed calls, low battery, battery charging and other events, which is a definite plus. For example, many people are traditionally annoying bright light LED, which is normally lit when the smartphone charging and prevents sleep. In UMi Super is no such problem if the display while charging you do not need, it can simply be turned off.

UMi Super Review Android smartphone

UMi Super: Fingerprint Sensor

Fingerprint Scanner works flawlessly, scanning is fast, no false positives. You can record up to 5 different fingerprints. Purely subjectively scanner slightly worse than in the same Nexus 6P, but overall, this difference is not critical.

If you want to use a fingerprint reader for fast unlocking a smartphone, the system will ask to come up with an alternate password, in case something goes wrong. In general, there are no surprises, everything is standard for Android 6.0.

At first glance it might seem that the use of this sensor is minimal, because except for unlocking your phone, it and use something really nowhere. But in practice to get used to it very quickly and turning a smartphone without the fingerprint scanner, the first time you feel not so comfortable.

UMi Super: Display

The smartphone uses a 5.5-inch LTPS Sharp production display, a protective coating – Gorilla Glass 3. Glass is made in fashion now 2.5D format and slightly rounded at the edges. Unusually this solution is not called, but it still looks nice. But oleophobic coating at the screen very average quality, that sad.

The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, pixel density – 400 ppi. Multi-touch support up to 5 touches.

In terms of color no complaints to the screen there. If you start to find fault, it may be noted that the white color gives almost imperceptibly into the blue, but black is almost perfect.

For my taste, the factory calibration is quite good, but if she suddenly someone is not satisfied, the display can always be calibrated independently. It is responsible for this MiraVision settings group, which in recent times appears in smartphones.

The brightness is adjusted to a fairly wide range, the smartphone can be used as in direct sunlight and in the dark. By the uniformity of illumination is also no claims.

Battery

The smartphone uses a battery capacity of 4000 mAh, which by today’s standards very well. But in practice, nothing special in terms of battery life smartphone does not stand out, large screen size, and (probably) not the best optimization software to reduce all the advantage there. As a result, the stars from the sky is not enough smart, but there were no unpleasant surprises. Using them will be comfortable in most situations, and a bonus in the form of configurable power-saving modes and support for fast charging pleasant.

According to the manufacturer while the following:

  • 12-hour Internet surfing mode
  • 15 hours of video playback
  • 48 hours of talk time in 4G mode
  • 120 hours of music playback
  • 13-15 days of standby time

Below is a time smartphone battery life performance at typical load, you will be able to make conclusions on their own.

“Gentle” mode:

  • 10 minutes of talk time,
  • 20 minutes surfing the internet,
  • 30 minutes browsing Twitter and social networks,
  • periodic correspondence in chat rooms, reading mail, view the calendar, notes, and so forth.
  • dozen photos,
  • in the background running Gmail, Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram and Twitter-client
  • used fitness bracelet Xiaomi mi Band, which was connected to your phone via Bluetooth

Outcome: smartphone worked 13 hours, after which he was left with a little over 70% of the charge. The assurances of the system, this would be enough for another day with a little work. Total time included the screen – 4 hours.

“Standard” mode:

  • 10 minutes of talk time,
  • h reading with low illumination,
  • hour surfing the internet,
  • half an hour listening to music and podcasts (screen is off)
  • 30 minutes of viewing social networks
  • periodic correspondence in chat rooms, reading mail, view the calendar, notes, and so forth.
  • 70 photos
  • 30 minutes of navigation,
  • in the background running Gmail, Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram and Twitter-client
  • used fitness bracelet Xiaomi mi Band, which was connected to your phone via Bluetooth

Outcome: smartphone worked 11 hours, after which he was left with a little over 30% of the charge. Total time included the screen – 4 hours.

In any case clarified that the battery charge is displayed correctly, no horror like instant discharge from 10% to zero is not here.

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UMi Super: Camera

Perhaps the weakest point in the smartphone. We can not say that the pictures are extremely bad, but overall the camera is below average. Under ideal conditions, shots are not bad, in other cases – as lucky. Wait for some miracles from your smartphone at this price it would be naive, but still would like more.

In UMi Super 13 uses Panasonic’s IP module, which the company itself describes as «Super high-speed» – 0.5 seconds to run applications, 0.3 seconds to focus and standard 0 seconds shutter lag. Calling this statement is true can be a stretch – in good light autofocus does work quickly, but at dusk or in the rain sometimes “thinks” for a few seconds. When shooting a close-up is better to specify the focus point yourself AF fulfills sometimes not quite true.

In general, under good natural lighting color rendering is not bad, but keep in mind that sometimes prevents the bright sun as much as Twilight. Helps out in this situation is to HDR mode, but it is painfully Super unhurried, pause between the first and second image takes a few seconds. About to make a shot on the run, there is usually no question, if you do not want the picture came out blurry have to freeze in place and try not to breathe. Given that the quality of the HDR from the average, the practical use of it becomes quite questionable.

When artificial light color can greatly distorted the overall picture quality falls. Night Scene frankly not impressive, but this is to be expected.

The application itself is a standard camera for Android, use it conveniently.

UMi Super: Hardware platform

The eight-chip Mediatek Helio P10 (he also MT6755) has been selected as the platform. This is one of the latest developments of the Taiwanese company, the decision if not the flagship, but quite decent for this price segment. Graphics Accelerator – Mali T860 700MHz.

What is more important in a smartphone is used as 4 GB of RAM, it is for the medium price segment is still a rarity. And if you appreciate the advantages of the “tough” processor or graphics accelerator, you can first of all in “heavy» 3D games, the extra gigabytes of memory will be felt in any daily work. Prior to that, my main apparatus is the HTC One M8 old man with 2 GB of “RAM”, and the difference with UMi Super was noticeable without any additional tests. UMi Super minimized applications are unloaded from memory is much less, which is especially important when you use Google Chrome with multiple tabs open.

The performance smartphone enough for all day to day tasks, and in the games, he is behaving quite well. For the test took place in the first few levels of Asphalt 8 and Unkilled at maximum settings, all quite playable. Heating smartphone remains at a relatively small level even under heavy loads.

Below is a screenshot of popular benchmarks, by which you can evaluate the performance of the smartphone on their own level.

Of the 4 gigabytes of RAM after booting smartphone is available about 2.5. Of the 32 gigabytes of internal memory available to the user about 25 GB. There is support for memory cards, but then have to sacrifice a second “Simcoe”.

UMi Super: Sound

First of all, I must have traditionally warn you that my ears properly inherited from the famous bear. So more or less seriously evaluate the sound quality in a smartphone I do not take it, score lower – no more than my subjective impressions.

The smartphone uses audio chip AW8738, which UMi positioned as a Hi-Fi solution almost with studio-quality sound. In fact, no sensation did not happen as expected, the sound in the smartphone nice, but nothing more.

The signature player has an equalizer and several different audio modes. In the settings menu, you can find a couple of software “improvers” sound, although in my cheesy taste it is quite good without them.

The smartphone has support for radio, which for many will be an added advantage.

Software platform

Proprietary shell itself in the smartphone there is, at first glance it may seem that it uses a “clean» Android 6.0. In fact, this is not true – there are already a number of changes and additions, sometimes not entirely unambiguous.

By default, the smartphone uses 2 desktops. If necessary, the number and the order can be changed, but the home screen is still the leftmost desktop. I can not say that it is very convenient – if you use multiple screens every time you have to do extra swipe. In Android 6.0 this decision due to the fact that the screen is left enabled for Google Now, but UMi Super nothing like this.

Application menu is made in the classic style of old versions of Android and consists of several screens that also scroll through a horizontal swipe. In the background uses the same background image that is installed on the desktop. Given that the new application menu design is considered to be the most controversial new feature Android Marshmallow, many it may please. The only pity is that no folder support or normal sorting or other useful features in it, it’s just a list without any options. That is, in terms of available options is a step backwards rather than forwards.

They are very pleased that the program is almost no waste in the system. Pre-installed applications – at least for what I want to say a big thanks to him UMi. Download your favorite program from Google Play – business a couple of clicks, but get rid of the heaps of carefully pre-installed by the manufacturer F2P games, shopping applications and customers for unnecessary social networks – a simple task for the user is almost impossible.

Design widgets list is also taken from the earlier versions of the operating system, its appearance is shown in the screenshots below.

Icons in the curtain switch is slightly different from the standard, which is why its size slightly larger than usual. If you use a unit of touch keys, the combo box switches perfectly discharged into the screen, occupying the entire free area. But if you prefer the onscreen buttons, the situation is worse – the last row of icons is half hidden, and to reach them, the list would have to first scroll up. A convenient such a system is not exactly call, and it looks not very nice.

On the other hand, the hidden partition System UI settings of Android 6.0 is still here, so being able to get rid of unnecessary icons from the user remains. Let me remind you that it is activated by a long press on the icon of the gear, which is located above the list of switches.

The smartphone has its own manager permissions, by default it is turned off, as soon as the user informs a notification in the status bar. Get rid of the icons posts was not easy, she continued to stubbornly hang on the site, regardless of whether the controller permits or off. Gone icon after you restart the device.

Why does he need to Android 6.0, which permits regulated integrated system tools, it is not clear. Perhaps just an old storage, migrated here from Android 5.0.

But the opportunity to choose applications that are allowed to start at boot time, – a piece more than interesting. And even for myself, I no application she found someone this feature can come in handy.

Among other innovations worth noting download Turbo mode, which is the standard Android 6.0 is not available. If you activate it, then download files of large sizes will be made while using Wi-Fi and mobile Internet. Consumption of mobile data traffic will increase, but the download speed increase.

There is a function “cleaner” background processes, which will be unloaded from memory all unnecessary applications. The necessary software is pre-added to the exceptions list.

Greater sense in its use is not, because in the Manager application has a separate button that allows you to close all running programs. This option will appear in the new Android 7.0, but there is a button located at the top of the screen, it looks much neater and takes up less space. In UMi Super icon with a basket placed at the bottom of the screen, and sometimes it is drawn from the second delay, closing a half-open window thumbnails of the last.

In addition to the “intelligent” energy-saving mode, the smartphone provides several additional detail custom profiles. In the settings you can specify which of them when to switch. If you are not too lazy to go into details and choose the optimum settings, you can save a few extra percent of battery charge. There is even a special black-and-white mode, though no AMOLED screen sense from its use will not grow.

Smartphone Localization is made by 90% percent, as expected. In the Android 6.0 initially laid the support of the Russian language, but all the new features and lists the options in the smart phone in English. Interestingly, the translation is still present a few typos, “Profiliaudio”, “ZagruzkavrezhimeTurbo” and so on.

Not all one and the stability of the system. Although no major problems for more than two weeks of operation with the smartphone has not happened (hang smartphone, spontaneous rebooting, etc.), minor problems periodically floated. Moreover, it concerns not only third-party apps from the Play Google, which in all can be accused of third-party developers, but also the standard Google apps. What is very strange, given that about any change in the global system as a speech UMi Super is not.

Several times crashes Google Now assistant, not allowing the watch list of recommended items. A couple of times got out a critical error during the operation of the camera. It is not habitually behaved Google keyboard – sometimes switching languages took about two seconds, the feeling, if the application is restarted. Once floating of Google Chrome, after I closed it stopped working the task manager. Each event in itself – rather annoying detail than any serious problem, but that’s where they come from so many in almost “pure» Android, absolutely incomprehensible.

On the other hand, new customers anything like this and can not run. The fact that UMi not sit idly by and periodically release updates to patch the current problems. Related to this is another one of my bug device – for some strange reason the first scan of the smartphone update said that it has the latest version of the software. As it turned out, it was not so – about one and a half or two weeks “over the air” came one after the other just three updates that have explicitly been available for a long time.

Maybe if I was able to update the smartphone from the start, no small bugs at all would have happened. Anyway, in the next five days of operation of the smartphone behaved much more attention.

UMi Super: Telephone component

For voice quality issues have arisen, but the volume of stock in the earpiece almost there. On a noisy street talk it was not very comfortable, in the subway, I sometimes stopped to assort the words of the interlocutor. On the Internet, write about a secret menu engineering, where the volume can be increased, but I have not tested it on your machine.

For the ringer volume of claims is not present, it will be sufficient for most situations.

Conclusions

UMi Super tried to make a bright and clearly different from the standard smartphone devices, but the result is quite controversial. Perhaps, with time UMi really have a good chance to grow to the level of Xiaomi, Meizu and other “premium Chinese”, producing original and distinctive smartphones. But at the moment the company is missing is not the experience, not the courage, not just time and resources. Attempts to bring in the concept of a standard Android smartphone for something new and interesting is quite unconvincing, as if the company before the end of itself is not sure what is and what she does. But almost all the innovations can be switched off, so if you want them, you can not ignore that a definite plus.

The network in UMi Super managed to emerge reputation “flagship killer”, but actually it does not fit. This does not mean that the smartphone went bad, just miracles do not happen, and seriously compete with the flagship A-brands it is not capable of.

UMi Super – typical Chinese mediocre with all the pluses and minuses. On the one hand – good characteristics and a nice price. On the other – a number of contentious issues and irregularities, some of which can be corrected with time, or may be left as is. In the apparatus lacks strengths, but frankly weak points in it as much. Before buying should again weigh for themselves and then, and more. Recommend smartphone wider audience I would not, but for some people it can be quite an interesting option.

Advantages

  • High-quality screen with a trendy glass 2.5D
  • Not the most jaded design, the use of metal
  • An alternative set of touch buttons
  • Programmable key
  • Convenient notification light
  • 4 GB of RAM, a good platform
  • Minimum waste in the form of pre-installed applications
  • nice price

Disadvantages

  • Solid weight and dimensions
  • Not the most stable shell
  • A number of controversial changes to the “pure» Android
  • Weak camera
  • Incomplete localization
  • No stock volume during a call
  • The appearance of the PCT version of a big question
UMi Super Review Android smartphone was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt