Haven’t Heard Of UMiDigi Yet? Then You’re Missing Out!
UMiDigi phones are only getting better, and in recent months, they’ve released some of the best mid-range Android devices of 2019. They’re so hot right now, that it won’t be long before they become a mainstream mobile brand in the west.
Based out of Shenzhen (South-Eastern China), UMiDigi has been manufacturing smartphones since around 2012 (think back to the UMi X1) all the way to recent successes like last year’s awesome UMiDigi Z2 Pro.
While brands like OnePlus have been getting more expensive, UMiDigi has stuck to its core principle of offering sleek metallic phones with awesome battery life. And best of all, at one third the cost of a typical flagship.
From the beginning, UMiDigi’s mobile strategy has been to consult the public about what features are most important to them. Then implementing this feedback into their next smartphone.
Rather than going for top-tier performance specs, they focus on crisp displays, epic battery life, solid camera performance and a sleek build.
Having had my hands-on more than a few UMiDigi devices, I’ve put together this ‘Best of UMiDigi Guide‘ to help you decide if there’s an UMiDigi smartphone with your name on it!
Bonus Tip: UMiDigi phones comes with a pre-applied screen protector and case in the box.
Let’s get to it! Here are the Best UMiDigi Phones you can get your hands on in 2019!
Don’t forget to check out the 2018 range below, often reduced highly, they offer unparalleled value for money.
UMiDigi S3 Pro – A Ceramic Beauty
If you’re looking for a premium Android device that you don’t need a mortgage for, then the Ceramic S3 Pro has your back. The S3 Pro feels fantastic, is extremely tough and oozes premium. There is a downside though, it does mean that we lose the wireless charging.
If you’re a shutterbug, you’ll be happy to know that the S3 Pro uses a Sony IMX lens for both the 48MP main camera and the 20MP selfie snapper. The 48MP lens is coupled with another 12MP lens to create stylised bokeh effects as well as offering a 2x telephoto zoom.
This is the same Sony camera that we see in many high-end smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi 9, Huawei Honor View 20, Asus Zenfone 6 and OnePlus 7 Pro.
… 48MP Sony Camera & Feature-packed …
While we don’t get the flagship-speed performance of a phone like the Xiaomi Mi 9, the 8-Core MediaTek Helio P70 inside the S3 Pro is a capable chip. UMiDigi has paired the P70 with 6GB’s of RAM and 128GB’s of fast storage making the stock Android 9 OS experience snappy and stable.
Overall, the S3 Pro has a lot to offer. If you’re always running out of juice, you’ll love the 5150mAh battery. If you love smartphone photography, the 48MP snapper is epic. If you love paying half the price for a device that almost does it all, then you’ve love the UMiDigi S3.
Colours: Ceramic Black
Display: 6.23″ FHD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio P70 (8-Cores) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 9 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 12MP (Sony IMX586) | Selfie Camera: 20MP (Sony IMX376) | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 5150mAh (18w Fast Charge) | Weight: 216 grams
View this week’s Best UMiDigi S3 Pro Deals below:
UMiDigi X – Awesome Value & Feature-rich
UMiDigi has announced their first smartphone model that’ll feature in in-display fingerprint reader as well as an OLED display. This is a welcome move as OLED panels are becoming mainstream and allow extra power-saving measures as well as always-on displays.
… AMOLED Display + 48MP Camera + 18w Fast Charge …
You can check out the Full UMiDigi X review here.
Colours: Flame Black & Breathing Crystal
UMiDigi X – Available Now
UMiDigi F1 Play – Excellent Value
On paper, the UMiDigi F1 Play seems to offer everything the S3 Pro while costing 40% less. Look a little closer though and you’ll find some key differences between the two models.
Both feature a 48MP main camera, but the Samsung lens on the F1 Play can’t compete against the Sony IMX586 in terms of clarity, low light performance and accuracy. That’s not to say it’s a bad camera, as for the price, you be hard-pressed to do better.
… 48MP Snapper Coupled with a sleek Aluminium Unibody …
In terms of raw performance, the Helio P60 still offers a smooth Android experience without any slowdowns or stutters. Battery life and the display are almost identical, but the F1 Play sees a drop in storage to 64GB’s.
The F1 Play is a hard one to beat. It offers excellent battery life, a good full HD display with an excellent screen-to-body ration. The aluminium body is a classic and it doesn’t miss out on top-level features such as dual-band AC WiFi and NFC.
Colours: Red & Black
Display: 6.3″ FHD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio P60 (8-Cores) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 9 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 8MP (Samsung) | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 5150mAh (18w Fast Charge) | Weight: 193 grams
The UMiDigi F1 Play retails from as little as £139 | $169 | €149…
UMiDigi A5 Pro – For The Budget Shutterbug
The A5 Pro has to be the most exciting UMiDigi phone released this year. It throws away convention when it comes to the sub £100 phone.
Using glass front and back, having a triple-rear camera setup with a dedicated 8MP wide-angle lens and a healthy 4150mAh fast charge battery. On top is this it’s using a full HD display panel and comes with true Dual SIM functionality (dedicated 2x SIM ports + 1x SD Card).
… Beautiful Glass Sandwich Design + Wide Angle Camera …
So there had to be a few cuts somewhere right? It loses the faster AC WiFi standard, there’s no NFC and it’s still using Micro-USB for it’s charging port.
Even with these drawbacks, the UMiDigi A5 Pro is best in class for the sub £100 market. It’s a beauty, available in a reflective crystal colour and arriving with Android 9 out of the box.
Colours: Space Grey & Crystal
Display: 6.3″ HD+ (2280×1080) | PPI: 400 | CPU: Helio P23 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 9 | Rear Camera: 16MP + 8MP + 5MP (Sony IMX398) | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band | NFC: No | Battery: 4150mAh (10w Wireless Charging) | Weight: 203 grams
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UMiDigi Power – Huge Battery, Huge Value
If you’re thinking… hmmm… all these UMiDigi phones are starting to seem very similar. Then you’re absolutely right.
With a lower price-point than the F1 Play, the UMiDigi Power tones down the performance. Opting instead for the entry-level MediaTek Helio P35 chipset. We also see a big drop in camera performance, but key features such as NFC, excellent battery life (5150mAh) and AC WiFi still remain.
… Big Battery, Big Value, Small Price …
Considering the low asking price for the UMiDigi Power, it’s exceptional to still see 4GB’s of RAM and 64GB’s of storage as standard. If you want to play the latest 3D games on high-settings though, then opt for the F1 Play or S3 Pro above, as the IMG PowerVR GE8320 graphics chip is for casual gamers.
If you’re after a low-cost Android phone with a Full-HD display, metal unibody and big battery, then you can’t go wrong.
Colours: Gold & Black
Display: 6.3″ FHD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio P35 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 9 | Rear Camera: 16MP + 5MP (Samsung) | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 5150mAh (18w Fast Charge) | Weight: 190 grams
UMiDigi Power – Available Now:
Check Out The Best UMiDigi Phones of 2018
Still available, you can grab the following 2018 UMiDigi models at bargain prices. Often they’ve dropped in price by up to 50% since they launched.
UMiDigi Z2 Pro – The Flagship Power House
The Z2 Pro is UMiDigi’s 2019 flagship smartphone that’s rocking the Helio P60 CPU, 6GB’s of RAM and a whopping 128GB’s of storage with the option of adding up to 256GB’s more.
The 6.2″ FHD+ display offers us an impressive PPI of 403, while including reading mode and colour tone adjustments.
But things start to get really exciting when we take a look at the 90%+ screen-to-body ratio. The notch on the Z2 Pro isn’t the smallest, but who cares when the Z2 Pro measures in at 8.2mm thickness and weighs only 165 grams. For a 6.2″ smartphone, these stats are impressive!
Finally, the icing on the cake is the Wireless Charging, a reasonable 3550mAh battery, AC Dual Band WiFi, NFC, plenty of sensors and the quad camera setup.
The quad camera setup uses 16MP + 8MP lens for both the front and back letting you take your Bokeh to the next level! The rear camera boasts a f/1.7 aperture for better low-light photos, but it’s the Sony IMX371 16MP lens on the selfie camera that gives the Z2 UMiDigi Flagship Status!
Colours: Twilight, Carbon Fibre & Luxury Ceramic
Display: 6.2″ FHD+ (2246×1080) | PPI: 403 | CPU: Helio P60 (8-Cores) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 8.1 | Rear Camera: 16MP + 8MP | Selfie Camera: 16MP + 8MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | Battery: 3550mAh (+Wireless) | Weight: 165 grams
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UMiDigi One / One Pro – Best Value
The difference between the UMiDigi One & the UMiDigi One Pro is subtle. On the outside, they look like beautiful iPhone clones, but inside there are a few small differences.
The One Pro has double the storage at 64GB, and comes with NFC + Wireless Charging. Apart from this, both the One & One Pro are identical.
But with a hefty price difference between the two, you have to ask yourself whether you really need the NFC & Wireless Charging? As for storage, that’s what SD Cards are for although if you’re planning on going dual-SIM, the memory card will be sacrificed.
… iphone good looks with an android price-tag …
The 5.9″ display on the UMiDigi One comes in at HD+ giving it a PPI of 287. The notched display combined with the 8.2mm metal body looks and feels fantastic. Then consider it only weighs 180 grams and we’ve got ourselves another great UMiDigi smartphone.
Even at the low price-point of the UMiDigi One, we’re still treated to a MediaTek Helio P23 processor. This processor has swamped the smartphone market in late 2018 thanks to its power-efficient 8 cores that offer great entry-level performance.
There’s got to be a catch right? Well the camera performance isn’t the best and we’re missing AC high-speed WiFi. Plus you might not like the side-facing fingerprint reader, although we’re fans!
Colours: Twilight, Carbon Fibre & Luxury Ceramic
Display: 5.9″ 1512×720 | PPI: 2987 | CPU: Helio P23 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 8.1 | Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band ‘5GHz’ n | Battery: 3550mAh (+Wireless on Pro Version) | Weight: 180 grams
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UMiDigi A3 + UMiDigi A3 Pro – Super Budget
While the UMiDigi One offers the best value phone, let’s not forget the super affordable UMiDigi A3 and A3 Pro that keep the same good looks but with fewer features.
… The most affordable iphone clone …
Available in both a notch’d (A3 Pro) and a standard version (A3), they both use a glass sandwich (front & back) design that’s usually reserved for the high-end. Powered by either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and both have a dedicated micro-sd card slot capable of taking cards up to 256GB, making storage a non-issue.
To make these phones as affordable as possible, UMiDigi has opted for a quad-core entry level CPU. Where they haven’t compromised is on the connectivity as both the A3 & A3 Pro come with dual-band 5GHz WiFi, a rear-facing fingerprint reader and LED notification.
If your budget won’t stretch to the ‘UMiDigi One’, or if you’re looking for a low-cost smartphone, the A3 & A3 Pro are both great options.
Colours: Space Grey & Gold
Display: 5.7″ 1440×720 | PPI: 287 | CPU: MediaTek 6739 (4-Cores) | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 8.1 | Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 8MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band ‘5GHz’ N | Battery: 3300mAh | Weight: 187 grams
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