The UMI Zero caught the attention of all phone users all over the world with an awesome new design, and use of premium quality materials. When the UMi Zero was in the planning stages, UMi went for a new inventions from the phone itself, to even the unique packaging and accessories. The result is a truly unique smartphone, a mid-range phone with high-end features and looks!
UMi Zero arrived in it’s large unique style packaging. The box is much more luxurious than most phones at this pricen range, and really set you in a quality frame of mind. In the package you get 5-inch UMi Zero, screen protector, screen cleaner, USB, Texas instruments fast charger and ‘Z’ shaped protective bumper!
Umi Zero: Design
The UMI Zero is a 5-inch boasting a beautifully crafted, black “stealth-design”. The metal body of Mobile looks and feels impressive, and the Gorilla Glass 3 Protection on both sides provides that little new everyone is looking for in a mobile device. The build quality is outstanding at any price but considering the Zero costs only $200 it is even more impressive.
On the rear is a small speaker, while the 13Mp camera and dual-LED flash sit not in the middle but at the top-left corner - possibly a result of the Zero's ultra-slim design. One issue for some users will be the lack of a notification LED when you receive new texts and emails, although since our review a firmware update has corrected this issue
From the design and construction of the phone alone you would easily think that the Zero could be sold for double the asking price if it came from another manufacturer like samsung or LG. UMI didn’t lie when calling this a “super body”. The slim metal chassis measures only 6.4mm and weighs a feathery 145g. All very Outstanding!
UMI Zero : With Super AMOLED Display
Most Impressive feature of the UMi Zero is its display. Yes, it is a 5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 Pixel with 441 PPI, but the awesome feature is a SUPER AMOLED panel! This is the same screen technology used on high-end Samsung phones, and certainly not what we expected from a $200 Chinese device.The result: Intense and crisp colors, a very high contrast only few LCD panels can reach, and a true black, which sometimes makes it impossible to distinguish the screen from the phones black frame in the dark. At this price the screen is an amazing addition to a superb looking phone.
UMI Zero : Performance & System & Ram
UMI's Zero is an octa-core smartphone, running the 2GHz MediaTek MTK6592 Turbo processor with ARM Mali-450MP4 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It works smooth like any high range phones. Awesome working without any lag. I like the speed of this mobile and its really awesome.
it has Android 4.4 KitKat ROM, that its for the most part a vanilla ROM. Anyway we were forgetting a couple of peculiarities amid the test, the most imperative one being off-screen signals. KitKat does help these out of the case, yet the UMI Zero doesn't have them. This truly is a compassion which will ideally be settled with the last firmware. UMI guaranteed a ton of peculiarities, including the likelihood of introducing different custom ROMs like MIUI with simply a solitary tap, which we haven't seen yet on the gadget.
UMI Zero : Multimedia
1080p movies look on the gorgeous Super AMOLED panel, right? But in Audio, Well this isn’t quite up to the same standard as the high-end build and looks. It would haven been great to see UMi pack some nice audio equipment in the Zero, but I think there wasn’t much room in the budget for that. Sound quality is nothing to write home about on the built-in speaker, while it is better through its headphones, but lacks some serious bass system.
UMI Zero : Connectivity & Storage
At this price point the UMI Zero's storage and connectivity specs are perfectly reasonable. You won't get the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi (maxing out at the more standard 802.11n), NFC or 4G connectivity, but there is Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. If you're buying a phone from abroad it's important to note the frequency bands on which it operates, and the UMI Zero runs on 2G and 3G bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and WCDMA 900/2100MHz.
I guess 3G signals and WIFI is much weaker than on a similar plastic bodied phone. There were times during the review that we had no 3G signal at all which could become annoying. But In India you definitely get some good signal strenght. GPS was working surprisingly well with our review unit. We’ve got a first fix within seconds, and that’s even possible inside the building at the window. The sat-count was at 8 most of the time, the accuracy reaching up to 2m.
Storage-wise there's 16GB built-in, and if you're not interested in the phone's dual-SIM functionality you can instead insert a microSD card up to 64GB in capacity. It's either/or, though, not both. Don't forget that this being an Android phone you can also take advantage of Google's own and third-party cloud-storage services.
UMI Zero: Camera
UMI advertised the Zero to feature a 13 mega pixel rear sony shooter and 8 mega pixels for front.Pre-production versions of the phone came with an F2.2 aperture, but what is odd is that a firmware updated changed that number to F1.8. This is rather odd behaviour, and after reaching out to UMi they guarantee that production version will have a genuine aperture size of F1.8. Let’s hope that this is the case. You got quality Pictures with good resolution from both the side. You can take better selfies in this phone. Besides a high noise production the camera produces quite sharp shots with nice colors. The dual-LED flash creates beautiful and sharp images.
The UMI Zero allegedly boasts a 2,780mAh Non removable battery. It’s hard to say if this is true or not, as the battery life isn’t significantly longer than with other phone. You’ll get over a day, but don’t expect any wonders. One outstanding feature of the UMI Zero is it’s capability of using fast charging. The technology comes from Texas Instruments and uses a special 2.4A charger with a special Micro USB cable. One extraordinary gimmick of the UMI Zero is its ability of utilizing quick charging. This implies yonu'll be prepared to follow simply somewhat more than one hour, in the event that you procured the propensity for re-charging your phone at 20%. Anyhow if you don't mind be cautious and do't touch the attachment joined to the charger when charging the telephone while really utilizing it.
Final Verdict :
If however you are in the market for a mid-range phone and performance with the build quality and looks of a high-end phone then the UMi Zero is a great device. For the quality the Zero is simply outstanding and, at this time, extremely hard to beat!There are issues but many should be fixed with the final firmware on production models in future i guess, and it is a shame the phone uses and older CPU which cannot support LTE, but I suppose we can’t get it all at such a great price. Buy Umi Zero in India.
Here you get some Camera Samples...