The Story Behind the UMi Z

The Story Behind the UMi Z

This has been a breakout year for Chinese upstart UMi. In 2016 they’ve put their efforts into developing global markets and creating products for people around the world. Starting with UMi Touch, the first user-defined smartphone from the company, they been responding actively to the feedback from their customers. Their top products this year have been the Umi Super, Max, Plus and Plus E, many of which we’ve written about on XDA.

2016 UMi Z

2016 UMi Z in silver

UMi’s latest high-end smartphone is the Z, and the company has gone to great lengths to make the phone as impressive and premium as possible, all while not going into flagship-price territory. That’s one of the things we like most about UMi–their devices offer really great features and specs at low prices.

When it comes to the specs, the Z packs the Helio X27 Deca-Core CPU clocked at 2.6GHz, the top tier of the X20 family. This SoC is available exclusively for LeEco (Chinese market) and UMi (Global market) at launch.

The processor uses the Tri-Cluster CPU architecture which allows the CPU to activate the most powerful cores only when necessary, while using the more energy-saving ones for simpler tasks. This is a good solution for having power when needed and reduced energy consumption when we use the phone lightly.

The battery is a 3780mAh unit and is made by Sony. Why not go for 4000mAh, which has been the battery capacity of most recent UMi phones like the Super and the Plus/E? According to the company, this slightly smaller unit allows a better optimized internal space and dimensions, and reduced body weight. Moreover, since the X27 has the tri-cluster technology for optimizing power consumption, overall battery duration is better than many 4000mAh phones in the market. And with PE+ fast-charging, it doesn’t take long to power up the phone.


For the Z, UMi had more room for internal components which allows for better thermal management. A lot of processes and state-of-art machines were used to craft the premium body.

For cameras, UMi equipped the same 13mpx Camera with Samsung S5K3L8 sensor both on the front and the back of the phone. You can always take high quality selfies thanks to the great sensor, even in low light. The rear camera has PDAF and Laser stabilization so you won’t have to worry about blurry pictures. Focus is immediate and noise is reduced also thanks to the latest Mediatek ISP technologies. With four LEDs used in the flash lamp, the scene will always be bright with natural colors, allowing nice photos taken in various light condition.


The UMi Z includes the premium NXP TFA9890 speaker driver IC, which enables 9.5V boost voltage from an integrated DC/DC converter. Increasing the voltage headroom in the audio driver IC prevents amplifier clipping and keeps sound quality high at maximum volume.

The 5.5″ FHD display manufactured by Sharp is a high color-saturation 95% NTSC gamut unit with 17% better overall color saturation for a richer viewing experience. The display is protected by Dragontrail glass.

This phone is shipped with android Marshmallow but is expected to receive a Nougat update within the coming month.

Pre-sale will start on the 26th of December. The listing price is $279.99. You can visit UMi’s website and participate to the “subscribe surprise” event, where you will obtain a special prize if you purchase UMi Z after participating.

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