UMi X1 second round pre-orders begin 20th September!

The UMi X1 has grabbed many people’s attention as this Chinese phone boasts basically the same specification as the (delayed again) JiaYu G3 MT6577 4.5 inch phone, only in a much thinner package. Best of all the second round of pre-orders is just 7 days away!

The first lot of 1000 UMi X1 phones sold out in a few hours on September 10th at the special low retail price of just 899 Yuan. The second lot of 20,000 UMi X1 phones will be available for pre-order on 2oth September for the slightly higher price of 1099 Yuan ($173).

Like the JiaYu G3 the UMi X1 gets a dual-core MT6577 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.5 inch screen and a rear 8 mega-pixel camera. It is also a lot thinner than the JiaYu G3, but due to this get’s a smaller 1750 mAh battery rather than a 2700 mAh unit.

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While the UMi X1 is now slightly more expensive that the JiaYu G3 it is still a pretty amazing looking phone for the money and with the same hardware is likely to perform just as well as the G3. But you will need more trips to the charger is you a big gamer.

The best thing about the UMi X1 however is that fact that this lesser known high performance phone is currently being manufactured and seems to be cleared for sale in China meaning that we are more likely to get hold of the UMi X1 than the G3 which has been delayed till 1st October (which incidentally is the start of a week-long national holiday in China so….)

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  1. Andrea
    September 13, 2012

    Will it be a China-only round? Or also us international buyers will be able to buy it?

    • September 13, 2012

      @Andrea China only but at least resellers can get hold of this unlike the JiaYu G3

  2. Fel
    September 13, 2012

    as for nearly all china fons…. only domestic sales. maybe if u have an alipay account … but rather say NO.

  3. Boniface Mbaria
    September 13, 2012

    Wow…its great that china has all this super cool android phones at such great prices…definately getting one..not sure which..though..hope they will be on international sale

  4. Andrea
    September 13, 2012

    @Andi thank you for your reply. I really hate this selling mode… it’s getting on my nerves…

    • September 13, 2012

      @Andrea agreed! If there is one thing which will prevent Chinese companies taking on the likes of Samsung and Apple it’s the sales method!

  5. Andrea
    September 13, 2012

    @Andi yes, they build up a crowd of waiting customers with leaks months before the actual release date and then what do they do? They start with this pre-sell joke with limited pieces and limited only to china… After that they begin shipping after an unknown time.. What the hell..

  6. September 13, 2012

    It’s starting to piss me off. It’s over a month I keep reading about all these great phones, but every time I have to make the conclussion that it’s impossible to get one shipped to Belgium for example.

    Or it’s not out yet, or it’s delayed, or it’s in pre-order, but only in china, or they gonna upgrade it again first, or it’s sold out…

    Never “hey here is a phone that’s out now, and here is the order button so you’ll have it in a week for sure”



  7. kaskuser
    September 13, 2012

    finally i buy umi x1.
    hate jiayu sell way.with all promising delay.
    btw i dont believe jiayu have 2750 mh battery in their current size. because to have 2750 mh battery you must have big size battery like double power battery.

  8. September 13, 2012


    Lol did you see how big the battery of the G3 is?
    come on men, its hugeeeee!

  9. RunnY
    September 13, 2012

    Another importent question is, what kind of display uses the UMI X1. Is it the same one used in the prototyp G3 or is the better (unknown) one, which will be used in the mass-production G3s.

  10. kaskuser
    September 13, 2012

    @downstar : not big enough,
    you can see in my link.
    this is 2200mh battery, and this battery need own back casing, to fit the huge battery on phone

    i think with jiayu size, max battery capacity is just 2000 mh

    @runny : you can see screen quality in this link
    better than laptop display, and in a light room, not like jiayu video which take the video in dark room. umi display use asahi glass from japan which quality is same good as gorilla glass

  11. kaskuser
    September 13, 2012

    @downstar: sorry forgot link

    you can search in ebay or amazon, how big size of high capacity battery and you can compare with jiayu size baterry


  12. kaskuser
    September 13, 2012

    @runny :
    you can see different quality of display –>
    umi x1 :
    jiayu :

    even jiayu in dark room and umi in light room, umi display is better

    @andi : sorry for long post 😛

    • September 13, 2012

      @kaskuser thanks for the great info 🙂

  13. D J
    September 19, 2012

    so this 2nd round of pre-orders start tomorrow. where can I pre-order from? I don’t see any signs of this on the website. I am in Beijing.