The UMi Super is Awesome! Hands-on Review

UMi Super Android 6.0 Smartphone

The ‘UMi Super’ Takes the Crown as King of the Mid-range Phones.

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No longer do you have to pay the big bucks for a phone that includes great hardware, great design & decent camera performance. The UMi Super storms onto the stage, fixing the mistakes of the UMi Touch, whilst offering nearly all of the features most people look for in a modern smartphone.

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Inside the UMi Super you’ll find one of the latest MediaTek Octa-Core Mobile Processors, 4GBs of RAM, 32GBs of Samsung eMMC storage, an ARM Mali-860 Dual-Core GPU, Full HD Screen and to top it all off it even includes a fingerprint sensor. If this isn’t enough to get your tech buds tingling, then add to this, that the UMi Super will be launching for around £160 ($220 / €199) and we’ve got ourselves some real value for money.


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UMi Super Halo LED


Although I have a lot of praise and compliments for the UMi Super there were a few niggles and software hiccups that popped up during testing. I’ll dive into in more details of those niggles below, but first, let’s take a look at the UMi Super Pros & Con’s.

Own a flagship for only… UK : £160 | EU : €199 | US : $219

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What we love

  • Halo Notification LED
  • Craftmanship & Build-quality
  • Sensor packed (Hurray!)
  • Screen Quality (Natural)
  • 4GB RAM
  • Helio P10 CPU (Octo-Core)
  • Great gaming performance
  • 32GB Fast Samsung storage


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Could be better

  • It’s Heavy (Big battery included)
  • Camera isn’t a camera button
  • Max volume is low
  • Fingerprint sensor is temperamental
  • Camera not as good as UMi Touch’s




The 5.5″ Full HD screen is a real pleasure to behold with its excellent viewing angles and natural colour tone. Images & video are crisp thanks to the 1920x1080p resolution that gives the phone a respectable PPI of 401 which is plenty for a 5.5″ phone. Also included is MediaTek’s MiraVision software which allows you to tweak the screen settings to your desired look (natural, vivid or custom).

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I found the UMi Super’s, Sharp manufactured, screen to be an improvement over the UMi Touch’s screen, although, I’m sure some will disagree. When I place the two phones side-by-side, for me, the Super feels much easier on the eyes. The reason for this is that UMi Super has more natural colour tones (favouring a very slight yellow tint to the whites) compared to the slightly blue-ish tint we see on the Touch and a lot of other Chinese smartphones.


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Choose between on-screen or physical buttons


During testing, I also found that the screen’s colour reproduction performs best at around 50% brightness which is ideal for battery life. Any brighter than this and some detail starts to be lost whilst lowering the brightness below 50% starts to give the whites a greyish tinge.

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It’s pleasing to see that with the Super, UMi have given us a choice between using on-screen buttons or physical buttons. Although not obvious at first, as they are not backlit, there are buttons either side of the halo notification LED. When using the on-screen buttons you can easily flick these off-screen and experience that 5.5″ screen in all its glory.


Screen Tech Specs: SHARP 5.5″ LTPS Screen, Natural Colours, 1080×1920, 401 PPI, 2.5D, Gorilla Glass 3

Design & Build-quality

As soon as you pick the UMi Super up, it oozes monolithic slab sturdiness. This phone isn’t light at 185 grams, but the trade-off is that you get the extra battery life and a phone that feels like it could survive the apocalypse.


Throughout the phone there is a sense of symmetry, the front sensors (except the camera) are hidden, and the rear of the lines up neatly along the vertical axis. This lends itself well to the design, with the only focal point drawing our attention, being the breathing LED halo.

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Adding to this, feeling on symmetry, is the reduced screen-to-phone ratio when compared to the UMi Touch. The top of bottom of the phone are noticeably smaller than it’s older brother and it’s reigned in those curved edges a little as well.


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…oozes monolithic slab sturdiness…


The whole phone, simply put, feels well made in a much more understated way than UMi have done previously. The CNC polish, on the chamfered edges of the metal unibody, has been toned down giving a matt textured shine that looks premium without shouting ‘look at me’.

The final cherry on the UMi cake is the dedicated camera button quick app button. Why won’t this take selfies? I don’t know, but everything from the click to the circular fingerprint ridges on this button, feels right. Oh and bonus points for it matching the packaging design!

Colours Available: Grey, Gold & Silver



Hardware & Responsiveness

Here’s the bit we all want to know, how does the UMi Super hold up when we put it through it’s Android paces. I wasn’t expecting anything less than fast, knowing that the Super has a 2GHz Octo-Core (Helio P10) mobile processor inside and you’ll be pleased to know all my expectations were met. It’s quick, noticeably quicker than previous generations of MediaTek processors like the MT6753 and the MTK6735.

Web pages load faster, apps open quicker, the whole experience feels fast and responsive.

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Helio P10 is 30% more power efficient than previous generation MediaTek CPU’s


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UMi haven’t been frugal on the rest of the hardware either. Inside we find 32GB of fast Samsung eMMC memory which we clocked at 216MBs read and 145MBs write speeds. Add to this 4GB of RAM of we have some pretty impressive specifications to go into our gaming tests with.

Sensors? Really? Yes really! The UMi Super has all the basic sensors and more. Previously Chinese manufacturers have always left us feeling a little empty in the sensor department which is why it’s exciting to see a whole host of data collecting thingies inside the Super.


This is in part thanks to the new range of MediaTek processors, which include more sensors built directly onto the chip. You can see all the sensors & connectivity of the UMi Super under the Connectivity section of this review.

CPU: Octa-Core 2GHz
GPU: Mali-T860 700MHz Dual-Core
Storage: 32GB Samsung (Fast!) (read speed: 216MB/s , write speed: 145MB/s)
Expandable: 264GB



UMi have done a good job keeping the Super’s OS clean and clutter free. The phone is pre-installed with the latest Android OS, (6 – Marshmallow) and comes bundled with only essential apps, all-in-all not straying far from a pure Android experience.

Where the experience differs from a true stock Android device, the changes are for the better. One of these features is an inbuilt background task clearing function which you access through a long press of the Android square. You can then further customise this in the settings, choosing which apps should or shouldn’t be closed down.

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Another nice OS addition is the option to slide away the onscreen touch buttons, which allows you to use the phone in true full-screen mode. The on-screen buttons now give you access to the open tabs button, a feature sorely missing on a lot of Chinese phones. It’s unfortunate that when switching to physical buttons the Super switches back to using the options button, which is pretty useless in most situations.


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The UMi Super doesn’t stray far from the stock Android experience


Upon turning the Super on for the first time I was alerted that UMi already have their first set of patches (OTA) ready to download. Updating the phone was quick and easy and I hope that UMi continue to support their flagship phone.

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As we are on Android 6, the latest version on Android, a lot of security bugs have already been fixed. But, it’s always good to run a security scan when you get a new phone. We’ve performed some popular anti-virus scans, will well-known Android apps, which all came back with no threats detected.


Full Virus Scan: AVG (Clean) / Avast (Clean) / ESET Deep Scan (Clean) /  CM Security (Clean) / Malware Bytes (Clean)

Other features include: Not Rooted, Fingerprint management, Bluetooth Smart Lock, Face unlock, LED Management, MiraVision, Sensor Calibration, Screen Cast, Sound Enhancement, Turbo download (4G + WiFi), SIM Management.


The UMi Super bucks the trends when it comes to Chinese smartphones and has opted for the much more capable ARM Mali-T860 which runs at 700MHz and is dual-core. I would have liked to have seen the Mali-T880 that we find in the Helio P20 that runs at a higher 900MHz, but the T860 is still a very capable chip.

I ran some popular Android benchmarks below and also tested with some 3D intensive games. What was impressive was the UMi Super played through the first two levels of N.O.V.A no problem without any stuttering or lagging whatsoever…  something I’ve not encountered on the older range of Mali GPU’s.

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AnTuTu Benchmark V

The UMi Super scored well with: 46655

  • 3D – 7680
  • UX – 18307
  • CPU – 15908
  • RAM – 4760


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Geekbench Score:

  • Single Core Performance: 834
  • Multi-Core Performance: 3288


Real World Gaming

Benchmarks are great for getting some numbers on the table, but I wanted to know how the UMi Super would perform with some of Androids 3D intensive gaming titles.

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N.O.V.A 3 – Played through seamlessly without any visible drop in framerate. This is a game that previous phones have failed to play, so I’m quite impressed with the Mali- T860.


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Asphalt 8 – High Settings – Smooth gameplay with the gyroscope feeling responsive.


If you’ve got a game in mind that you want us to test then let me know in the comments below.


The UMi Super has just the right amount of storage that you would expect for the selling price. 32GBs of fast Samsung eMMC storage, leaving you with 24.69GB of usable space. What’s great is that you can expand this by up to a 256GB with aMicro-SD card, giving you a max of 280GB if you need it.

  • Read speed: 216MB/s
  • Write speed: 145MB/s


Touch ID (Fingerprint Sensor)

When the fingerprint sensor on the UMi Super works, it’s fast, the pivotal word being ‘when’. I found the rear fingerprint sensor to be a bit temperamental, probably only working around 7/10 times. Often the phone would say that I’d tried to many times and lock me out for 30 seconds. I’ll put this down to early software bugs, but if UMi don’t get a fix out soon I can see this being a deal breaker.

Speaker Quality

I couldn’t tell you where the external speaker in the UMi Super is. You can cover up both speaker grills and the USB port and still hear all the sounds clearly. A plus to this is that you can’t muffle the speakers when holding the phone.

There is a good amount of bass, with clear treble and voices. It lacks the depth and quality that you get on today’s flagship phones but for a mid-range phone, it performs okay. I found the max volume to be too low, even with tweaking the onboard sound settings.

Making Calls (internal ear & mic quality)

The internal speaker and microphone both sound a little flat compared to my nexus device. They leave the voice sounding a little lifeless.



Inside the UMi Super, you’ll find a hefty 4000mAh Sony battery that scored one of the best Geekbench battery scores we’ve seen in a while. UMi have coupled this large capacity battery with PE+ Quick Charge Technology that they claim can charge the phone up to 75% in just 30 minutes.

We put this claim to the test below, although, I should point out that as the Super uses a 2-pin charger we did use an adapter, between the charger and the plug socket, during our tests.

As you can see below our results aren’t quite as optimistic as the UMi claims (still decent for a 4000mAh battery):

  • 50% – 1 hour
  • 75% – 1 hour 28 minutes
  • 100% – 2 hours 10 minutes



The first thing you’ll notice about the Panasonic camera lens is its fast, you can keep taking photos without pausing. Focussing feels much snappier than when using a Sony IMX lens although this may be in part due to the Helio P10. Face detection works well and tracked targets accurately.

Another nice feature is the inbuilt Instagram-like filters that UMi have built into their camera app. These work for both the selfie and rear camera.

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The fact that the dedicated button on the side doesn’t work as a shutter button is frustrating. Also, I would have expected this to open up the camera app when the phone is locked, in reality, it actually does nothing unless the phone is unlocked.

I took both the UMi Touch and UMi Super out together, taking the same shots, so I could compare the Sony camera against the Panasonic. Overall I found the Sony lens achieved better photos with a higher level of detail and clarity. The colours also looked more realistic with the Sony IMX lens.


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Overall the Panasonic is a decent, fast and capable camera but lacks sharpness and colour reproduction of the Sony IMX series. You can see the full album of UMi Super test photos taken below here.

Camera Features: HDR, Time lapse, EIS, ZSD, Anti-shake, Face detection, White Balance, Scene mode, Picture in picture mode, Beauty Mode, Gesture snap, Smile snap, Panorama, Live filters (9 modes)

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Back Camera:

  • Panasonic Lens (MN34172)
  • 13MP
  • Bright Dual LED Flash
  • 1080P video recording


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Front Camera:

  • 5MP
  • GalaxyCore® GC5005
  • Beauty Mode
  • Inbuilt Filters



The UMi Super has full support for all network bandwidths here in the UK. It also sports the latest USB-Type C connector, Bluetooth 4.1 as well as dual-band WiFi. I’m impressed with the amount of forward thinking connectivity and sensors that UMi have managed to cram into a phone at this price range.

If you have an older laptop or computer then be warned the USB Type-C cable that comes with the Super doesn’t like USB2 ports.

Quick tip: When you first put your SIM inside the Super, the cellular data option is off by default, so make sure to turn this on in the settings to enable your 4G data connection.

4G Data Speeds using Ookla.

  • Download: 31.92Mbps
  • Upload: 29.92Mbps

Frequencies Supported: GSM (2G) 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz, WCDMA (3G) 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz, LTE FTE (4G) 800(B20) / 1800(B3) / 2100(B1) / 2600MHz(B7)
Full UK Coverage: YES
Bluetooth: 4.1
Sensors: Accelerometer, Light sensor, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint, Orientation, Gyroscope, Compass, Magnetic (Hall)
USB Type: USB Type-C
SIM support:  Dual standby
WiFi: 802.11a, b, g, n 2.4GHz + 5GHz

UMi Super Box Contents

What’s in the biscuit tin Box?

The latest UMi Flagship, the Super, comes in what looks like a square biscuit tin… it certainly is novel but I’m not convinced is oozes quality flagship phone. It will certainly look great if someone finds an UMi Super in the attic 30 years from now… the perfect surface to blow dust off, Indiana Jones style!

Inside you get the an: Instruction Manual (very basic), SIM Pin, USB Type-C cable & a 2-pin fast charge wall charger.


Final thoughts on the UMi Super

If you should be able to tell by now that I’m impressed with the UMi Super. Once you overlook that it’s a hefty stone smartphone, that’s good for skimming, you start appreciate the effort that UMi has made. All the craftmanship problems that we found in the Touch have been resolved and we are left with a feature packed phone that looks and feels great.

The big drawback for me, currently, is the temperamental fingerprint sensor, which I’m sure UMi are working hard to resolve with a software update, I’ll update this article once I hear back from UMi.

Do I recommend the UMi Super?? Yes, absolutely!

Own a flagship for only… UK : £160 | EU : €199 | US : $219

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James Gil
Technology Writer / Full Time Geek. When I'm not hacking my home entertainment system or importing Chinese gadgets you can find me drinking unhealthy levels of Coffee in Manchester, UK. Feel free to get in touch.
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  1. Thanks author for review and UMI team for the super device. All said is true. PROS: Body, battery, stock Android (hope new updates will be supported), hardware. CONS: almost useless left hardware navigation button functionality. UMI team, please, make it do it’s natural “App switching” function in next software update.

  2. No NFC will be a drawback for some, also the loose sim tray cover is slightly niggly but overall for the money paid (£124) you really cant complain…. it’s outstanding value for money.

  3. Any comments on the GPS? Some comments on the Umi board suggesting it is really bad.- taking minutes to get sync and jumping over the place (like the bad old days of mediatek GPS issues)..

    Otherwise it looks like a very good mid range phone

  4. Hi James – thanks for the review. There are some fantastic offers from the likes of Aliexpress and Gearbest but the obvious put off for me are the risks associated with buying from these sites. The Umi handset you reviewed along with the Xiaomi phones are so tempting but I don’t want to be banging my head against a brick wall should I need after sales service. Do you have any advice about using these sellers to purchase grey import phones?

    • Hi Rob,

      Good question, as I receive samples for free, it’s a part of the game I haven’t explored yet. I do have something in the pipeline though with regards to testing the most popular Chinese online stores – looking at delivery times, communication and returns.

      If you are UK based, then one option is to buy from eBay and select the UK only option. This guarantees you a UK postal address to return your item to if you are unhappy / warranty. Generally eBay favours buyers over sellers and the prices are pretty competitive. Amazon tends to be around £10-20 more but is a little more hassle-free.

      Hope this helps,
      James @ Review Hub

    • I bought my Umi Touch from GearBest and have just ordered a Umi Super from them. Arrived far quicker than I expected, cheaper than anywhere else and they give loyalty points too. It’s journey can be tracked every step and their communication is first class.

    • Rob, if it helps I too had worries about buying from China but have now used Gearbest 12 times and am very impressed. I did get a dashcam that was faulty which I had to return. I had to pay the cost £12 and it took over 2 weeks to get to them but on receipt they sent me a new one which arrived in 4 days. I felt comfortable enough to order a Xiaomi Mi5 from them this week.

  5. Hi James, nice review and nice to see a reviewer so enthused with the product as well! I don’t know if you mentioned it or not in the review but on this device is it possible now to install a microSD card and a 2nd SIM card together? (and not either/or as was the case with the UMI Touch?)

  6. Ulefone Future or Umi Super? How thick or visible is the bezel in Umi Super? (I hate bezels, always remind me of obituaries).

      • I’m the absolute bezel hater (in my mind they always look like obituaries) so, thanks for the answer and start thinking about Nubia Z11. The 6G/128G is the most beautiful smartphone I’ve ever seen (design and colors).

  7. yes,the other is just a little cheap,but they are located in China,it will take a long time,i will prefer to buy from eBay which located in German,thanks,James

  8. Hi,

    My phone is dead and I need a new one now! I know you haven’t had much time with the Ulefone Future, but if you had to choose between that and the umi super, which one would you go for? User experience and battery life are important to me. Gaming isn’t.

    • Hey,

      Good Question.

      I can only really vouch for the Super which, for the price, is a great phone. For me a little heavy but I’m used to a 5″ 120gram smartphone.

      I’m a sucker for the bezel-less screens though! I think in terms of design, everything with bezels will be looking dated pretty soon.

  9. Hi James, did you manage to do some testing with the GPS on google maps? I recently bought a Touch X and am returning it as the gps could not lock on to satellites at all!! I liked the phone in general, but GPS satnav is a must have for me. Was thinking of upgrading to the Super, but not if the GPS is sub par

    • Hi Dave,

      I took it out in the car to the local shops and Google Maps worked fine. Was only a short 10 minute journey. I’ll update again once I take it for a longer trip. Using the AndroiTS GPS app, it looks to have decent signal… but… a long journey is the real test.

    • Can’t comment on the Touch X but my Touch has the best GPS I have ever used.Always gets an accurate fix in under 10 secs. I have just bought a Super which apparently has even better GPS.
      I use Navfree and it is perfect on every journey.

  10. Hi James,
    What kind of video format it supports?
    Its shows in UMi super site it supports only — Video File Format3GP/MPEG4, or else it support all the formats. kindly brief me about this.


    • Hey Pradeep,

      Good question. As far as I’m aware Video Support is a software issue, not hardware. So you shouldn’t have any problems playing any formats as you can download media player apps like VLC for free from the Google App Store.

  11. There’s one point that nobody mentions in dual sim phone reviews. Can data transfer be used on both sim cards (I mean one at a time), as in croatian sim when home, and Filipino sim when there. I ask because my present asus zenfone 2 allows data connection only on sim 1. So for me on zen2, the whole idea of dual sim is useless.

    Hrvoje Blazevic

    • Hi Dukac,

      Great question, yes you are correct that sometimes the 4G data will only work on 1 SIM card slot. It really depends on what data specification the manufacturer decides to build into their device.

      For me, this isn’t a major issue as you can switch the SIMs around when needed whilst still getting your calls through.

      But, if you needed two networks in the same area then that would quickly become a hassle.

      Unfortunately we don’t keep the models we relieve for very long so I can’t test the UMi Super.

      I’ll start adding this test to future reviews though : )

      James @ Review Hub

      • Hi James. Yes, in case of say zenfone 2 it is s major hustle because sims are not in a side tray but inside the phone. So I have to remove the hard protective case, crack my nails to open the phone, find something sharp to pry lose both sims, and then close everything again. A major hustle.
        Anyway I got the answer from Amazon customers. Its a yes.


    • Hi Dukac,

      You can toggle between the data connections for the 2 different sim cards. I have tried it on mine with 2 different sim cards from 2 different operators here in Uganda and it worke perfectly without a hassle. So for you it will work perfectly. You can switch between the 2 sim cards.

  12. Hi, I just bought the Umi super from toptom, and I’m reading reviews on it and on a particular page they are saying that the wifi shut downs by itself every now and than. Is that true or they are just trying to give a bad name to a good priced bargin mobile?

    • Hey Jesmond,

      I tested the phone for around a week without any WiFi problems whatsoever. This was on a 50Mb line in the UK with standard 2.4GHz WiFi.

      Hope this helps.

      James @ Review Hub

  13. Hi I just bout umi super , very happy of it ,but now on every hour the phone just show up on the screen ANDROID and is like a freeze up,and I need to press the button for 10 sec. To go on again .

    • Hey Plamen,

      Thanks for letting me know how you’re getting along. I recently had a similar incident the OnePlus X.

      For me the problem was caused by the phone storage being to full. Although there was still 1+GB free the phone screen wouldn’t unlock of just freeze for 3-10 seconds.

      After putting in a 16GB SD card and moving all the pictures across the phone stopped the intermittent freezing.

      Also I’d check in the Android settings if there is an OTA update available as these can sometimes help fix and bugs.

      Hope this helps : )

      James @ Review Hub

  14. Hi, just have this phone and loving it. But anyone have any idea how to take screen grabs? Volume down and power button not working for me, nor is three-fingered swipe.

    • Hi,

      I haven’t got the model with me to test anymore but you’re right. On every Android device I’ve used the Volume Down + Lock always worked.

      I’ve noticed on some phones you have to hold both buttons for 1-2 seconds before the screenshot registers. Let me know if you find the answer : )

  15. I finally bought this phone after reading your review and doing my research. I bought it end of July. i got the gold version. I am very impressed with this phone its worth the money i paid for. I was getting very tired with old nexus 4. So this is the perfect replacement for it.

  16. I have purchased the UMI Sper and want to know if the back cover comes off so I can put a QI receiver inside? Please advise with my query.


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