While we were big fans of UMIDIGI in the past… There’s just too much competition in 2023
2023 Best UMIDIGI Phone update.
Last year I was happy to see the UMiDigi A11 Pro release. It was a breath of fresh air against the backdrop of overpriced and underperforming UMIDIGI phones of 2021.
Well now it’s 4 months into 2023 and we’re yet to see anything come close.
UMiDigi released the A13, A13S and A13 Pro in 2022. But quite frankly, it’s a little disappointing and overpriced… You’re getting worse performance and a low-res display for around 30% more cost. And that’s on the A13 Pro, with the A13 and A13S the gap is even bigger.
So what does UMiDigi have to offer us in 2023?
If you’re looking for a great budget phone? Check out our Top 11 U.K. Budget Phones for less than £129.99 – Ultimate Guide.
Let’s revisit this in a few months and maybe UMiDigi will pull something out of the bag in 2023.
Editors Note: These are the best UMiDigi phones from last year.
UMiDigi phones are only getting better, and in recent months, they’ve released some of the most unique mid-range Android 11-ready devices.
Based out of Shenzhen (South-Eastern China), UMiDigi has been manufacturing smartphones since around 2012 (think back to the UMi X1) to recent successes like last year’s awesome UMiDigi S5 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, they cost only a third of their flagship competition.
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. While in 2021 this isn’t a unique concept, back in 2016 it was what gained them so many fans.
So what do fans want in 2021? Inbuilt thermometers…
Rather than aiming for top-tier performance specs, they focus on crisp displays, epic battery life, solid camera performance and solid build quality instead.
Having had my hands-on shed-load of UMiDigi devices, I’ve put together this ‘Best of UMiDigi Guide‘ to help you decide if there’s an UMiDigi smartphone that matches your smartphone needs.
There hasn’t been a true contender to be named UMiDigi’s 2021 flagship phone this year. Instead, they’ve loaded up the rugged Bison GT with their top-tier performance specs. Hopefully, the 2nd half of 2021 will see more innovation and exciting designs from UMiDigi.
Update 20/08/2021 – It’s finally arrived, the UMiDigi Phone of 2021 that we’ve all been waiting for! The UMiDigi A11 Pro.
UMiDigi A11 Pro (Max) – Feature Packed!
Price from: £129.99 | $149.99 | €139.99
Helio G80 (8-Cores)
WiFi 5 (5GHz)
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
48MP Sony IMX
1080P @ 30fps
1080P @ 30fps
|ARM Mali G52 |
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Currently only available via pre-order on AliExpress, the huge 6.8″ A11 Pro Max will soon be hitting local stores globally. It’s the first phone from UMiDigi this year that truly gets me excited.
It’s a combination of all the best features seen on other UMiDigi phones below packed into a slim glass design. It makes more sense to think of it as an A9 Pro Max (Performance & Specs-wise) as it’s only the design that matched the previously released A11.
… Big Battery, Big Display, Big Camera, Big On Performance …
If you’ve been looking for a true dual-SIM phone with memory card support that packs a huge battery and a gaming-ready G80 processor, you’re in luck! And it’s a looker with a rear glass panel and the iconic flat metal sides that Apple revisited with their latest iPhones.
It’s worth mentioning that there’s no NFC and the fast charge, well, isn’t that fast, but all-in-all, it’s a solid device that’s priced firmly in the budget.
You can check out the full specs below, and stay tuned for a full review coming soon.
Available Now in Mist Blue & Frost Grey
UMiDigi A9 Pro (2021 Refresh) – Budget Choice
Price from: £119.99 | $129.99 | €135.99
Helio P60 (8-Cores)
WiFi 5 (5GHz)
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
48MP Sony IMX618
1080P @ 30fps
1080P @ 30fps
|ARM Mali G72 MP3|
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With a whopping 8GB of RAM, 128GB’s of storage and a 48MP main camera module from Sony, it’s easy to forget that the A9 Pro (2021) can be had for as little as £119.99.
It runs stock Android 11 out of the box and has full support for 2 SIMs and an SD-Card.
As with all smartphones, there’s always a compromise between price and performance, so where does the A9 Pro 2021 hold back?
… Oh and let’s not forget the inbuilt thermometer …
The Helio P60 processor, while capable, isn’t the newest nor does it have the best gaming performance. The 10w fast charging is pretty slow for 2021, although the 4150mAh size is respectable. Finally, to keep the price low, we’re missing NFC.
Related Read: UMiDigi A9 Pro Review
In terms of design, UMiDigi chose to go with a dual-glass sandwich structure with a raised camera bump. The metal frame is curved so feel comfortable in your hand, and the bezels are reasonable.
Overall, the A9 Pro 2021, offers a solid main camera, coupled with plenty of battery life, a crisp full-HD bright display and a premium glass design.
Grab yourself a budget bargain in either Forest Green & Onyx Black
UMiDigi A11 – A Budget Beauty
Price from: £129.99 | $119.99 | €139.99
The A11 takes its design inspiration from the latest Apple redesign with a sleek flat edge and matte glass back. They’ve also moved the fingerprint reader to the side which is a nice touch.
Slapping ‘BEYOND DREAMS’ etched into the back panel isn’t my favourite design choice, but it’s easily covered with a case.
… Apple Good Looks But under-specced …
Right, now let’s talk value. If we compare the A11 with the A9 Pro 2021 above, you might be noticing some serious downgrades when we look at Performance, Camera and Display.
Which doesn’t make sense, with the A11 being priced at 10% more. So let’s move on.
Colours: Mist Blue & Frost Grey
Display: 6.53″ HD+ (1600×720) | PPI: 269 | CPU: Helio G25 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 11 | Rear Camera: 16MP + 8MP + 5MP + Thermometer | Selfie Camera: 8MP | UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: No | Battery: 5150mAh (10w Charging) | Weight: 222 grams
UMiDigi Power 5 – Big Battery Powerhouse
Price from: £119.99 | $129.99 | €135.99
Big battery powerhouses used to be difficult to come by in the Android world, but in 2021 they are everywhere… so does the Power 5 still cut it?
Well thanks to a plastic design, they’ve managed to squeeze in 50% more battery life than the A9 Pro while only adding an extra 6 grams in weight.
… Underpowered …
Like almost the entire UMiDigi lineup, it comes with stock Android 11, an infrared thermometer, face unlock, dedicated customisable button, dual SIM + SD Card and a headphone jack.
Unfortunately, this year’s Power phone left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Why? The low-end performance from the G25 CPU, lack of NFC, wireless charging and poor 10w fast charging.
Now I may sound harsh, but the competition between brands is fierce and the Power 5 just doesn’t cut it.
Colours: Carbon Grey, Sapphire Blue & Jade Green
Display: 6.53″ HD+ (1600×720) | PPI: 269 | CPU: Helio G25 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 11 | Rear Camera: 16MP + 8MP + 5MP + Thermometer | Selfie Camera: 8MP | UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: No | Battery: 6150mAh (10w Charging) | Weight: 211 grams
UMiDigi Bison (2021, Pro & GT) – Rugged Beast
Price from: £119.99 | $129.99 | €135.99
The UMiDigi Bison’s marketing is a little more than confusing. The original Bison was released back in 2020, but since then they’ve released the Bison GT, Bison 2021 and now the Bison Pro. So let’s talk about the features they have in common, before deep-diving into the differences.
… Apple Good Looks + Android good value …
Between the UMiDigi Bison & Bison 2021: The Bison 2021 ships with Android 11, and 8GB of RAM. It’s the same phone with a minor refresh.
The Bison 2021 vs the Bison Pro: The Pro comes in two more subtle grey colour choices, and the Bison Pro also uses the more capable G80 CPU which sees a 50% gaming boost over the P60, as well as small battery life and performance improvements.
The Bison GT, while still rugged, is a different model altogether which we’ll cover below.
Now that we’ve covered the differences unless you need the extra gaming performance the Pro offers, there’s some money to be saved by choosing the non-pro Bison 2021 edition.
If you’re interested in learning more about the rugged credentials of the Bison phone, then head over to our: Best Tough & Rugged Phones 2021 Article.
Colours: Storm Grey & Hack Black
Specs For Bison Pro
Display: 6.3″ HD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio G80 (8-Cores) | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 11 | Rear Camera: 48MP Sony + 16MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 24MP Sony | UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Waterproof: Yes (IP68,IP69K) | Battery: 5000mAh (18w Fast Charging) | Weight: 265 grams
Here are the Best UMiDigi Phones you can get your hands on in 2020!
UMiDigi S5 Pro – Oh Hell Yes!
Price from: £239/$259
Move over OnePlus Nord (Amazon), too little too late, the UMiDigi S5 Pro costs 30% less! Just kidding, it’s unfair to compare these two phones directly.
But for most users, the S5 Pro does it all! It has a glorious 6.39″ Super AMOLED edge-to-edge (no bezels here) display giving us super vibrant colours and perfect blacks. Plus underneath this crisp display, UMiDigi has hidden an in-display fingerprint reader.
… Beautiful Display + Gaming-Ready …
Now we all know that where mid-tier phones let us down is in the camera department, but this phone is a step above the competition. You get a 48MP main snapper for detailed shots plus a 16MP 120° wide-angle lens, but, the real star of the show is the selfie cam: a 16MP pop-up camera.
Check Out: UMiDigi S5 Pro – Full Review
If you’re a gamer, you’ll be happy to know the Helio G90T 8-core chip outperforms this year’s Snapdragon 700 series, making light work of AAA Android titles. They’ve dropped the headphone jack, but do include an adapter in the box.
Combine all this with the stock Android 10 OS and the S5 Pro is packed with flagship features while remaining a seriously underpriced phone.
Flagship Credentials with a mid-tier price-tag… Treat Yourself!
Colours: Ocean Blue or Cosmic Black
Display: 6.39″ AMOLED Full HD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio G90T (8-Cores) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 256GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 48MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 4680mAh (18w Fast Charge) | Weight: 202 grams
UMiDigi F2 – Our No.1 UMiDigi Choice! 9/10!
There’s a reason that the UMiDigi F2 is our number one choice in this list! It ticks all the right boxes for a mid-range smartphone whilst still remaining affordable.
At only 8.7mm thick coupled with a glorious 6.53″ bright & vivid display, the UMiDigi F2 looks fantastic! The dual-glass design means it’s a fingerprint magnet, but who cares when it looks this good.
… Huge Battery Life + High-end quad Cameras …
The tiny front hole-punch cutout hides a whopping 32MP camera for catching all those drunk selfies and the quad-camera rear setup is even more impressive. For the main set of cameras, we’re treated to a super-high-res 48MP main snapper, a 13MP ultra-wide and two more 5MP lenses to capture more details, meaning better photos.
UMiDigi is no slow-coach when it comes to upgrading their software with the F2 having Android 10 straight out of the box.
Other positives are the huge 5150mAh battery backed up by an 18w fast charger in the box. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as Face ID.
Love the sound of the UMiDigi F2? Treat Yourself!
Colours: Phantom Blue or Midnight Black
Related: UMiDigi F2 Full Review
Display: 6.53″ FHD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio P70 (8-Cores) | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 13MP + 5MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 32MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 5150mAh (18w Fast Charge) | Weight: 215 grams
UMiDigi Power 3 – Leave Your Powerbank At Home!
If you like the look of new iPhones, then you’ll love the midnight green UMiDigi Power 3.
With the same quad-camera setup as the F2 above you have a camera mode for every occasion. You also still get the same true dual-sim functionality letting you add two nano-sims as well as an SD card to the phone.
The Power 3 gets its name by pumping up the battery inside to 6150mAh while keeping the same super-fast 18w charging. You also get the added benefit of “Reverse Charging” at 10 watts. This will let you charge your other devices, headphones etc directly from the Power 3 phone.
… 10-watt Reverse Charging + Epic Quad Cameras …
It’s quite a bit thicker than the F2 at 10.3mm, but thankfully, this thickness hasn’t transferred into extra weight.
The UMiDigi Power 3 is one of the best equipped big-battery phones of 2020 with near-zero compromises on cameras, connectivity, performance & display.
The UMiDigi Power 3 is Available Now
Colours: Space Grey, Midnight Green & Red
Display: 6.53″ FHD+ (2340×1080) | PPI: 409 | CPU: Helio P60 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 13MP + 5MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 6150mAh (18w Fast Charge + 10w Reverse Charge) | Weight: 218 grams
The UMiDigi X features an in-display fingerprint reader as well as an OLED display. The downside is that unlike the rest of UMiDigi’s mid-range lineup, the X doesn’t use a Full HD panel.
… AMOLED Display + In-Display Fingerprint Reader …
The silver lining is that the lower resolution OLED panel consumes less energy, pushing the 4150mAh 18-watt fast charge battery even further while still keeping the weight under 200g.
It’s good news when it comes to the X’s rear cameras as well. UMidigi used one of Samsung’s 48MP Super-Pixel lens to capture incredible detail.
You can check out our Full UMiDigi X review here.
UMiDigi X – Available Now
Colours: Flame Black & Breathing Crystal
Display: 6.35″ FHD+ (1548×720) | PPI: 269 | CPU: Helio P60 (8-Cores) | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB (expandable 256GB) | OS: Android 9 | Rear Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Selfie Camera: 16MP | Full UK Network Support: Yes | WiFi: Dual-band AC | NFC: Yes | Battery: 4150mAh (18w Fast Charge + 10w Reverse Charge) | Weight: 196 grams
UMiDigi S3 Pro – 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 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
UMiDigi A5 Pro – Available Now:
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: