UMi Touch: Full Specifications & Pricing Revealed

UMi Touch: Full Specifications & Pricing Revealed

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After a few weeks of creating hype around its next big thing, UMi have finally revealed full specifications of the UMi Touch.

The UMi Touch is supposed to be a ‘user defined’ affordable phone from the company. Todays press release talks about the pricing, availability and full specifications of the UMi Touch.

UMi Touch: Specifications

Model UMi Touch
SIM Card Hybrid SIM
Color Gray
Capacity RAM: 3GB

ROM: 16GB

Language Multi Language
Chipset CPU: MediaTek MT6753
System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen Display size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Cameras Rear:  13 mega-pixel Sony IMX328

Front:  5 mega-pixel

Battery capacity Non-removable 4000mAh

UMi Touch: Pricing and availability

The UMi Touch is priced $179.99. A ‘Partner Program’ has been launched, which will run between 22nd January and 15th February where potential buyers can visit UMi’s official website or any of its partner web stores for a chance to eligible for a discount which will allow them to purchase the phone for $99.99 on the 17th of February.

Opinion

The asking price sounds a tad pricey for what’s on offer. After all, for not much more than the asking price of the Touch, you can get a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. You get a powerful processor (Helio X10 vs MT6753), and all the bells and whistles of a Xiaomi device, including MIUI.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.12.36 PM_resultThat said, UMi have done one thing right: the OS. Unlike the Redmi Note 3’s MIUI, UMi’s Android 6.0 ROM on the Touch is expected to be clean and no-nonsense.

Have your say

Now that full specifications of the phone are finally out, do you think you’ll be one to buy the Touch? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • balcobomber25

    I like the looks of it but that is just too weak of a processor to be in a $180 phone, the $99 “partner program” price should be the actual price. If this had an X10 or P10 it would be a an actual competitor for the Redmi Note 3.

    Does UMi still support Root Joy on their phones?

    • Assefa Hanson

      they do

  • Assefa Hanson

    imx 328?

    • Muhammad Yasir

      getting real tired of this cam ruckus !

  • Dieter

    You say that redmi note 3 is an option because powerful and great OS with MIUI and next you say UMI gets clean Android 6 – not as much nonsense like in MIUI???
    So what is now your opinion on MIUI???

    • balcobomber25

      He actually never says whether he thinks MIUI is great or not. He just says “You get a powerful processor (Helio X10 vs MT6753), and all the bells and whistles of a Xiaomi device, including MIUI.”

      Personally I would take MIUI over stock Android any day, but it’s really all personal opinion.

      • Sere83

        lol, if you like massively inefficient clunky skins with an insane amount of bugs, ram hogging on an industrial scale, performance depletion after a couple of monthes, poor multitouch implementation, input lag, weekly updates that add new bugs and a slim chance of the latest android version then maybe. Personally i’d take stock or close to stock android android any day of the week over MIUI.

        • balcobomber25

          We must use a different MIUI.

          • Sere83

            lol your delusional, look on any of the miui forums and every one of those is talked about at length.

            • balcobomber25

              I don’t need to look on forums I have a Mi3 sitting right here, works perfectly.

            • MaxPower

              What you don’t understand is that there are many stock Android fanatics that love to have their smartphone with just the dialer and the text app running.
              They love to have at least 2.5GB of free Ram and they call it “efficiency”.

              I think they still miss their old Nokia flip phone

            • balcobomber25

              I guess I will never understand then lol.

            • Sere83

              Mi4i is one of the worst phones i have ever owned. Lagging in all menus, so delayed sometimes it takes 3 seconds to type a single letter in the keyboard. Overheating like I have never known on any phone, tax the phone even slightly and it heats up to sh*t. It was bought on the official Mi Store in singapore and running the official official rom never altered. Ram hogging again massive on this phone. One of the worst and most inaccurate unresponsive implementations of multi touch gestures in both the gallery and browser I have ever used. Compared directly to my nexus 5 it is embarrassing. Your standards must be laughably low for you to rate MIUI above AOSP. AOSP is so much smoother and so much less resource heavy even on my nexus 5 than on both my minote and mi4i. MIUI’s settings menu is an absolute convoluted mess, horribly overloaded with menus. Most of the terrible features xiaomi attempts to implement like sunlight display, side tap to go back, shrink screen with swipe over buttons on larger display are horribly implemented. There is micro lag on my mi note too and again multi touch poorly implemented. Mipad software is also basically beta, laggy and horrible, some visual glitches, menus looking horrible etc too. Next to an ipad or a nexus 9 it is a complete joke. Bought one for my mum. MIUI is hugely resource heavy, hugely overloaded with useless features and is basically what touchwiz was a couple of years ago. Oh yeah and I also own xiaomi’s first ever phone the M1 which I bought in 2011, I was there from day one, buying and using xiaomi products. I have seen the steady decline of MIUI first hand. You are simply dellusional or were not familiar with MIUI v4 or V5 to know how far down hill this rom has gone.

            • balcobomber25

              To sum it all up: Sere83 likes AOSP over MIUI. Balcobomber25 likes MIUI over AOSP. It’s pointless to go any further with this.

            • MaxPower

              Look at cyanogenmod forum, you can find as many.

              People still think they are using Windows when it’s about Ram usage and they obviously have no idea of what they are talking about.

              It’s obvious that on the same phone a plain stock Android with zero services is going to use less Ram of CM, Mokee or MIUI that have accessory services.

              You might not know but MIUI has a security center with a real time virus scanner, a permission checker that prompts anytime an app tries to grant privileges…
              A cloud services, backup service, updater, and many many more.

              On my MI4 with 3GB of ram I’ve never gone below 0.7 GB of free Ram even at the end of the day without cleaning anything.

              Like I said, read cyanogenmod forum and see how many issues they have (specific ones, not just how much Ram the phone uses)

            • tauerman

              They all think it works like windows, but it doesn’t. They don’t know that apps are suspended etc.There was a nice article in C’t Magazin some time ago.

            • Karly Johnston

              MIUI uses 500mb RAM over AOSP, this much is true

            • MaxPower

              MIUI is enriched with a lot of features that are missing on AOSP.
              That explains the difference in Ram usage

            • balcobomber25

              It’s a much heavier ROM than AOSP, it doesn’t use RAM just to use it. It is very feature rich.

            • Karly Johnston

              I don’t mind it on the 3GB Mi4c, but if I only had 2GB that would be an issue.

            • balcobomber25

              Depends on what you do on your phone. For someone who only does the basics 2GB is enough even with a UI like MIUI. If you are a power user you shouldn’t even be looking at 2GB phones.

            • Assefa Hanson

              whats AOSP?

            • balcobomber25

              Android Open Source Project – this article breaks it down

              http://www.androidcentral.com/android-z-what-aosp

            • Assefa Hanson

              thanks

            • ilotereth1970

              What is the point to have all these “security center with a real time virus scanner, a permission checker that prompts anytime an app tries to grant privileges…”, when you cannot receive notifications from installed apps like messangers, gmail, what’s app and so on? Also what is the point to have “suport”, when main bugs aren’t solved like mic issue in calling after using camera and huge influence on battery draining with each “mini update”? They can only provide such features, like “hiding folders” in file explorer. Who uses that? I don’t know… I’m a little bit dissapointed with using MIUI…

            • MaxPower

              I don’t know about messenger, but I get notifications from both Gmail and WhatsApp.
              Are you sure you’re running their official Rom and not the one made by the reseller?
              Also check the Sync app is enabled.
              If the problem persists then I would try to reinstall those apps.
              Again, I have had no such problems with MI4 and now with Note3.

              Battery draining affects every Rom, look at the forum of every vendor and you’ll see it’s a problem that affects mostly everybody.

              I’ve not noticed the microphone issue, it might be related to a specific phone. What phone are you using now?
              And again, make sure you’re using their official Rom, if so, you might want to switch to their “developer” one.

            • ilotereth1970

              I’m
              using RN3. And there is latest stable official china ROM in it. Mic issue as
              far as I know from MIUI forum exists in all phones with mic for noise noise
              cancelling. When you take a video in horizontal mode, it starts to use top mic
              for phone calls, need to reboot phone. Also MI PC suite with RN3 doesn’t work
              more than month and noone cares about that. I’m not the only one with problems
              about notifications, and yes, I also receive them, from all apps, but for an
              e.g. few hours later than it was send. There are a lot of suggestions for this
              problem, to allow for all these programs run in background, autostart, lock in
              background, set additional permisions, set as system apps and so on… But is
              it user’s problem to try many things to make the phone work as it should? I
              dont’t want to say anything bad about support, but first focus should be on
              real bugs, not on useless features from MIUI side.

            • MaxPower

              I wasn’t aware of the microphone issue. I use Skype in landscape mode but I haven’t noticed that problem. I guess I’ll try to reproduce it.

              I’ve just found out that you replied to me through a Gmail notification which wasn’t even locked.

              I use to lock WhatsApp though, just make sure.

              The lock seems a needed workaround for other roms like Lenovo, Nubia, or Letv.

              To answer to your question:
              Should a user go through all this?
              Obviously not, Xiaomi phones are meant for China and only few other markets, they don’t come with Gapps, you are supposed to get the apps through their Appstore…

              I kept their Rom, I installed Gapps and I locked WhatsApp to make sure I get the notification.
              The harassment worth the money I spent for the phone.

              If for you doesn’t worth then you should consider other manufacturers, there are lots of them, Chinese and non Chinese with their pros and cons as well.
              Don’t expect any of them running bug free, and I’m including Samsung and Apple in the list too

            • MaxPower

              Anyway, I’m not trying to convince anyone that MIUI is better.
              I find it superior to any other Rom, included the most praised CM.

              I’ve had no issue so far.
              The only problem I had was the camera focus on MI4 which was fixed within 1 month and meanwhile I used Lenovo SuperCamera.

              Another bug is that I can’t clear their default App Store but it’s not really big deal.

              I also have OPO with CM which gave me real problems like:
              – Quality call: I can’t understand any word due to a bad static noise and it seems that disabling Google Now the quality improves.
              So to use my phone to make call I had to get rid of Google Now (which I use it a lot)

              – Video Playback: upgrading to Lollipop I can’t watch any embedded video to any web page (included Facebook) I tried to install MXplayer and the codec but still no luck.

              Now, those are issues that killed my experience with CM. And that’s why I think MIUI is superior.
              But I understand that other people had a different experience and they like other roms. Fair enough

            • Bailey

              What are you using I get my notifications?

            • balcobomber25

              I get notifications from all my apps….

            • balcobomber25

              You get those same comments about stock Android phones as well. When Lollipop was released for the Nexus phones it suffered more issues than any other devices. The Nexus 4 and 7 had extreme battery drain and memory leak issues.

            • MaxPower

              I actually said it in another comment. That battery draining is a common issue.

              But people are never happy.
              If MIUI stays on KK because the benefits that Lollipop brings can’t compensate the new issues then people will say that it’s an outdated Rom.
              If they bring new updates with new issues to solve then they feel like beta testers.

              People are never happy, they want everything for less.
              No bugs, open source, unlocked bootloader, SD card, band 20, USA bands, removable battery, new design, A72 arm cores, no bezels, no borders, new Sony sensors, OIS, 8GB Ram, 256 GB Rom and of course…1999 yuan is overpriced.
              1499 sounds better.
              And among all the vendors they demand Xiaomi to make such phone. Hehe

              They deserve an IPhone, that’s what I think

            • balcobomber25

              Those specs/price is straight out of a Realjjjj post. Xiaomi Mi5 is overpriced unless it costs 1499-1799!

            • MaxPower

              Yeah I saw that, and to make himself more reliable he always says that there are other companies that will bring “a lot” more for cheaper.

              I didn’t even commented on that, I’m still waiting to know any these companies while I asked him almost 2 years ago.

              But nothing, he keeps his secret.

            • balcobomber25

              Yea he always says that but never mentions the actual companies

            • MaxPower

              Pretty common.
              You say the “other companies” without mentioning anyone.

              Just enough to give yourself authority for what you’re saying and give no chance to be contradicted.

              I will send him a check today to buy me a phone that offers “a lot” more than the MI5 for less than 1999 cny like he said. I’ll add $50 as my token of appreciation

            • balcobomber25

              You might have to wait 2-3 years maybe by then such a phone will exist

          • MaxPower

            Same here.
            She (or he) might have used one of those ported MIUI roms made by those teens that define themselves ” hacker “

            • balcobomber25

              My thoughts exactly, and a lot of those comments on the MIUI forums are from ported or unofficial ROMs.

        • Karly Johnston

          RAM hogging definitely, everything else is false. If you don’t like beta dev roms run the stable.

        • Bailey

          Is that not the beta build if you are getting them every week? if so what did you expect your a test case

      • Assefa Hanson

        i saw in the umi touch video that you have different os options to choose from, and i saw “myui” what os is that?? im not familiar with root joy

        • balcobomber25

          Root Joy was a program they released with the Umi Zero which allowed you to easily switch between a number of ROM’s. MyUI was the ROM that Green Orange used.

          • Assefa Hanson

            oh ok

  • Young

    The price killed it.

  • highwind

    “and all the bells and whistles of a Xiaomi device”

    With bells and whistles you mean outdated Android, no multilanguage, limited LTE bands, locked bootloader?

    • balcobomber25

      I think he means weekly software updates, excellent support,the best community/forum on Android and phones that have some of the best optimization on Android.

    • jimberkas

      i don’t like the SOC, but I DO like that home button!

  • Muhammad Yasir

    either drop the price to below $150 or replace the CPU with P10

  • Nilzie

    who are the users who defined this phone?

    • balcobomber25

      They ran a promotion where users could supposedly pick from a few different specs from each category. I don’t know how true or realistic it was.

  • Sere83

    Why is everyone trying to rip off meizu nowdays?

    • Assefa Hanson

      WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING that every brand is ripping off some other brand?

      • Sere83

        lol, look at it though it’s a direct clone of the mx5.

      • alan4195

        Because ripping off another brand’s design seems to be the norm in China, and this site is all about Chinese brands.

        You’re welcome, BTW.

        • balcobomber25

          It’s the norm throughout the industry not just China. Apple and Samsung are just as guilty of that.

          • Assefa Hanson

            look at this sensible comment again look how unbiased it is

        • Assefa Hanson

          yes i say thanks to balcobomber25 for making sense, the mindset of people who think “ripping off” is a Chinese thing is pretty laughable

    • alan4195

      I know, right? Even Xiaomi copies their design.

      It’s enough to make you think that Meizu is the new Apple of China.

  • greg

    You just fail UMI , are you not aware of the current and upcoming devices with better SoC and same price tag?

  • Chickens

    As impressive as an Umi eMax on a working Official Lollipop ROM.

  • Bailey

    So by this little article I take it that miui is nonsense and not clean?

    • Evgenij Nebotov

      imho miui is uncomfortable. would pick a clean lollipop over it. and marshmallow – for sure! 🙂

      • Bailey

        No thanks I love miui and if I wanted clean or stock I would go for A Nexus device or a one plus device which I have. I really don’t know what is uncomfortable about to be honest.

        • Evgenij Nebotov

          My thoughts-no voice search on long tap, flashlight switches off in a moment when you turn it on by home button. The upper curtain could be much better.in old versions, depending on the side you swiped it-it it showed switches or the notifications-very nice feature, too bad no more.

  • umi hammer s

    I have the UMI hammer s and i am so so so happy i would choze the umi over xioami

  • Brooklyn701

    Dual SIM without SD is a no no for me. No matter how good the rest is….