This is the review of the Umi Max, a new phone by UMI created after the big success of the UMI Super. Umi has been known to produce really good smartphones, particularly recently. There have been various UMi-branded gadgets in the most recent year including UMi Iron, UMi Super and the UMi eMax Mini. UMi has now discharged another smart phone.
This 4G smartphone has a big 5,5″ FullHD screen (1920×1080) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Helio P10 Octa Core 1.8GHz chipset, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, digital fingerprint scanner, Hi-Fi, USB Type C with Fast Charge, Bluetooth 4.1 and comes with Android 6.0. It is equipped with a 4000mAh battery and its memory can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card. It has GPS, G-sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.
Umi Max comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera for selfies. It has two SIM card slots, so you can use two SIM card or a SIM card and a memory card to increase the storage of this handset up to 256 GB. The UMI Max has a LED notification light as the UMI Super, which gives the possibility to choose one of seven different colors for the notification of applications. It is equipped with a C-type USB port, and one fingerprint scanner that unlocks the phone very quickly and effectively.
The phone comes with Android Marshmallow version 6.0 preinstalled, with lots of supported languages, a clean installation of Android with some, few options added by UMi, such as the choice of using physical or virtual buttons. The frame is made of metal and has the capacitive Home button red round.
Umi Max review
We’ll take a look at the various aspects of this phone, from the design, to performances and features.
UMi Max has a metal body and a large 5.5-inch FullHD screen. It is protected by a Gorilla Corning Glass 3 and has a secondary camera in the front. The front panel has the red Home button illuminated by LED light notification in 7 colors. Users can easily customize the color of the notification lights and have different colors for different applications.
Taking a closer look at the design of UMi Max, we can note the excellent workmanship and the care in the design and construction of the phone. This phablet is good product, and the finish has an excellent standard. Only downfall of the housing is that the phablet weighs 203 grams, perhaps because of the 4000 mAh battery that comes with UMi Max. In any case, it is not so heavy in the hand and the weight does not affect the overall usability of the device even with only one hand, you get used soon and then you do not notice anymore. The thickness of the UMi Max is 8,50 mm, and a relatively slim phone; it is 75 mm wide and 170.5 mm long. For comparison, the Xiaomi redmi Note 3 which has similar parameters, weighs 164 grams. This device has a design and an excellent finish, as you will discover for yourself going forward in reading this UMI Max review.
The body is entirely made of aluminum, but two plastic strips on the back, bottom and top. In fact, the UMi Max looks great and gives the feeling of a high overall quality. The battery is not accessible and replaceable.
The 5.5-inch display is surrounded only by a margin of 2.2 mm to give an elegant look. Below the display is the Home key, which is circular, a little similar to that of iPhone, illuminated by a LED for various notifications and multicolored alerts. Next to the Home button are the two soft buttons, one for each side. The user has the option to choose whether to use the physical buttons or touch screen buttons.
On the rear panel, there is a beautiful camera that has the dual LED flash. Just below the camera flash is the fingerprint sensor. Umi said that the security chip that handles the fingerprint sensor allows you to unlock the phone in a short time of 0.1 seconds. A time certainly lower than that required to insert any form of password or sign and at the same time improves the safety. This chip has the ability to store the fingerprint securely within the device memory.
On the right side are the volume keys and the power button
while on the left the slot for two SIM or SIM + MicroSD and an extra button on the left side, which can be configured at will to open some applications, like the camera, or whatsapp
On the bottom is the Type-C USB port, and on the top side an audio jack
The internal speaker is of average quality. The sound distorts a bit, but the quality is still good. However, when connected with headphones, you get a surprisingly good sound, which is well suited to listening to music on the move.
As regards the sensors, the UMi Max is equipped with accelerometer, proximity sensor, brightness and compass. It has also a gyroscope for use with VR goggles.
UMi Max is equipped with a of 5.5-inch IPS touchscreen, produced by Sharp, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401 ppi, which is well above the value of the human eye retina, therefore, the individual pixels are not distinguishable to the naked eye. The picture quality, as observed during our review of UMi Max, is very good, considering the price range.
The Sharp display has good contrast and high brightness, sufficient even for outdoor use. However, it showed some weakness in a very strong light, such as direct sunlight at noon, due to reflection. During our review of UMI Max, the touch screen simultaneously recorded five points of contact and it was found to be relatively accurate.
The display window is slightly rounded at the sides (2.5 glass) to ensure a high-quality display and a good user experience. Also provided is the Gorilla Glass 3, scratch resistant. Users can configure the tools and Miravision pre-installed settings to adjust the image according to their preferences.
UMi Max comes with the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled, which already includes the Play Store and then it allows you to easily install any type of app present in the official google store. You do not need to do anything when you first start, just turn on your phone and enter the data of your google account if you have one, and the phone will be ready for use. Among the various languages present there is obviously English, simply select it when you first start the phone and then your phone will be in English. Every option is well translated, so the user experience is very valuable. During the test to review the Umi Max has never crashed or showed slowdowns.
The changes in the system are limited to some fast startup button setting or the notification LED that can be configured by changing the notification colors.
The operating system allows you to easily install the updates on the phone with a simple Plug & Play. The phone also allows you to install any custom user interface of your choice. Even the user interface is customizable. The phone also features the gesture recognition. A double “tap” will reveal the available functions. It ‘also possible to access the various applications of the phone simply by drawing a letter on the screen in standby.
The phone has very valid specifications thanks to a 64-bit processor MediaTek MTK6755 octa-core, with 3GB of RAM and the internal memory of 16 GB. The phone has the ARM Mali-T860 graphics processor. The Geekbench 3.0 benchmark tests gave very respectable performance. OTG function of the cell phone is capable of reading USB flash drives and turn your phone into a power bank and charge other devices with USB charging function.
The use in multi-tasking, such as navigation and the use of certain applications simultaneously, showed no slowdown and during tests the phone showed faster performance and uninterrupted. In a nutshell, this UMI Max review has shown that this phablet is designed to meet the daily needs of the majority of smartphone users. Here are the scores of the reference screens.
The test AnTuTu has provided interesting results. According to the database of AnTuTu, the UMI Max got a score for the performance of 48.374, which positions the device above the major smartphones such as the LG G3 and Nexus 5. The score was just below that of the Samsung Galaxy S5 , of which we will see some comparative.
The internal memory which is supplied with UMi Max is 16 GB with a read / write speed of 185/74 MB / s which is very good. In addition, one of the micro SIM slot can be replaced with a micro SD card of up to 256 GB. During the review of ‘UMi Max, it was found that the 3GB of RAM supplied with this device has a transfer rate of 6Gb / s data, which again is a very good performance.
The performance of the graphics chip are comparable to those of many other important mid-range phones in the market, such as, Moto E, Sony Xperia M2, EE Harrier and others.
The less graphically demanding games can all be played with UMi Max 4G smoothly. In some of the most intensive games, the performance show some decline. Asphalt 8 can not be played because of a lot of lag while 3dracing 3 works quite well, as well as Modern contrast. During extended gaming sessions, the device heats up a bit ‘. In short, UMi Max is not a suitable device to the top performing game, but has the potential to satisfy casual players of medium-performance games.
Umi Max is equipped with a main camera available from Panasonic with a resolution of 13 MP at the back. The aperture is f / 2.2 and has an LED flash. It ‘also present a second front camera with an aperture of f / 2.2 and a resolution of 5 megapixels. The main camera is acting quickly and focus within 0.3 seconds.
In his software includes real-time filters, such as the beauty filter for faces. There are many other options available with the main camera, such as live ohoto, HDR, panorama, motion tracking, and capture from multiple angles. Other special features include the voice command, the shutter activation smile, and Burst Mode to 40 consecutive shots. The video recording is of high quality as well as the playback quality is superior. The HDR mode can also be activated for video recording.
These photos were taken with the UMI MAX, as you can see are good but tend to red, probably this problem will be solved with the next firmware updates:
This photo is a panoramic from the member’s phone combining 3 photos (vertically):
And this is a photo taken in low light with active HDR:
The fingerprint sensor of ‘UMi Max works well. E ‘can store up to 5 different fingers, and unlocking is done in much less than a second and has a very high success rate – unlocking takes place almost always on the first try.
The UMI Max uses a high-capacity battery SONY® 4000mAh, which allows long call times and to continue to use the phone for a long time playing, or using the Internet, or even watching movies without having to worry that the phone is discharged in a few hours. During our tests we safely reached the end of the day, despite heavy usage. All credit goes to the efficient and recently SmartPower technology built into the Helio P10 chip.
During our review UMI Max, the battery lasted just over two days with an optimal use. Even with very frequent use and intense, UMi Max comfortably arrive late in the day. If you are looking for a device with the powerful battery, this phone certainly will make you happy regarding this aspect. With high-performance gaming, UMi Max can lose up to 12 percent of the total capacity of the battery in half an hour, then lasting about four hours of intensive game.
The adoption of this battery has permission to include a battery with a large capacity without compromising the thickness of the phone. The phone also allows you to listen to music for 60 hours, an excellent result for music lovers and those who enjoy listening to various songs on a long journey. According UMI, the device can achieve a stand by time of 264 hours or 11 days by disabling the data and not using any application.
The adapter for charging the battery supplied with UMi Max is 1A. With the ability of such a large battery (4000mAh), it takes about four hours to fully charge the phone. However, with a charger to twice the ‘amperage, or to 2A, the phablet is fully charged in one hour and fifty minutes.
UMi Max supports dual SIM dual standby. But the feature dual SIM can only be exploited if you do not want to expand the external memory using a micro SD card. The phone supports two SIM card or a micro SIM card micro and micro SD. UMi Max supports 4G frequencies, 3G and 2G. During our testing, the phablet has shown a good reception and voice quality during both call reception.
WiFi frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz have a good extension, and Bluetooth 4.1 connection was stable up to 8 meters. The GPS present in UMi Max connects quickly enough and you connect to a maximum of 16 satellites. During our tests, the GPS did not show any particular problems either on foot or by car to 80 km / h. A compass is also available for GPS, very useful for the directional guides.
You will find many solutions and excellent features in this new proposal by UMI in midrange price. And without any doubt one of the best proposals of this provider. If you are looking for a honest phone, with metal body, 5.5 “screen, good performance and reliable, stable operating system and in English or other languages, a good bright screen, a camera that makes good pictures in daylight and allows to take pictures and video in HDR, an excellent fingerprint sensor, and do not seek the services of top of the range – with 4 or 5 times higher price – this could be the right phone for you. the negatives are the GPS, as in many Chinese phones, and the pictures taken in low light.
Umi Max features
As I said this 4G smartphone has a large 5.5-inch FullHD screen (1920×1080) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Glass, a Helio P10 Octa Core 1.8GHz chipset, 3GB of RAM and 16GB ROM, fingerprint scanner, Hi-Fi , USB type C with Fast Charge, Bluetooth 4.1 and installs Android 6.0. E ‘equipped with a 4000mAh battery and its memory can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card. Has GPS, G-sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.
USB Type-C connector
Dual Sim or Micro sd card
Display:5.5 inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 FHD screen
CPU: Helio P10 Octa Core 1.8GHz
System: Android 6.0
RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 16GB ROM
Max Storage Expansion: 256GB
Camera: Back camera 13.0MP with flashlight + front camera 5.0MP
Sensor: G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual Micro SIM cards
|Basic Information||Brand: UMI
Type: 4G Phablet
OS: Android 6.0
Service Provide: Unlocked
Language: Multi language
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM,Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: Dual Micro SIM Card
|Hardware||CPU: Helio P10
Cores: 1.8GHz,Octa Core
RAM: 3GB RAM
External Memory: TF card up to 256GB
|Network||Wireless Connectivity: 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi,3G,4G
WIFI: 802.11a/b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: FDD-LTE+WCDMA+GSM
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
|Display||Screen type: 2.5D Arc Screen,Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
|Camera||Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back-camera: 13.0MP with dual flashlight
Front camera: 5.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Touch Focus: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
|Media Formats||Picture format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG
Music format: AMR,WAV
Video format: 3GP,MP4
|Other Features||I/O Interface: 2 x Micro SIM Card Slot,3.5mm Audio Out Port,TF/Micro SD Card Slot,Type-C
Bluetooth version: V4.1
Sensor: Accelerometer,Ambient Light Sensor,E-Compass,Gravity Sensor,Proximity Sensor
Additional Features: 3G,4G,Alarm,Bluetooth,Calculator,Calendar,Fingerprint recognition,Fingerprint Unlocking,GPS,MP3,MP4,People,Wi-Fi
|Battery||Battery Capacity (mAh): 4000mAh Buit-in|
|Package Contents||Cell Phone: 1
USB Cable: 1
User Manual: 1
SIM Needle: 1
|Dimensions and Weight||Product size: 15.08 x 7.50 x 0.85 cm / 5.94 x 2.95 x 0.33 inches
Package size: 17.50 x 9.80 x 5.00 cm / 6.89 x 3.86 x 1.97 inches
Product weight: 0.204 kg
Package weight: 0.411 kg