UMi X2 Turbo to be released with updated 1.5Ghz Mt6589T chip, 50,000 available from 15th May!

Breaking news! UMi are planning to launch a faster, more powerful version of the quad-core UMi X2 named the UMi X2 Turbo complete with 1.5Ghz quad-core MT6589T processor!

Umi are reporting on their forum that a new quad-core MT6589T (Turbo) version of the UMi X2 will be launched. The new version of the phone will receive a more powerful 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor which apparently boosts performance by between 35-50%!

The first batch of UMi X2 Turbo phones will be launched with 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13 mega-pixel rear camera with F2.0 aperture, curved tempered glass and 5-inch full 1080p HD display at a lower 1199 Yuan price point ($195).

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A 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM version will also be released in the near future, however UMi are reporting that there are shortages in supply for 2GB RAM units which will delay the launch date.

The UMi X2 Turbo will be available from 15th May, with an estimated 30,000 32GB versions available and 20,000 16GB ROM models up for grabs! There are currently no details regarding the international launch of the UMi X2 Turbo!

UMi X2 Vs UMi X2 Turbo specification

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Thanks to Chinawhzkid for the tip!

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  1. TerrorSpawn
    May 6, 2013

    Why doesn’t UMi make a bigger battery!?

  2. ivo001
    May 6, 2013

    Better and cheaper? Nice.

  3. Simon
    May 6, 2013

    Decisions, decisions. Jiayu G4 vs Umi X2 or turbo vs……

    • TerrorSpawn
      May 6, 2013

      But I’m waiting for the Jiayu G6!
      5000 mAh, 5,7″ screen with 1080P, with the same Quad Core processor.

      • Simon
        May 6, 2013

        Well, thats likely to be a long wait !!! Unless they release both G4 & G6 at the same time. Hang on G6, wheres the heck is the G5 ?

    • May 6, 2013

      Here you go JiaYu G6 Vs UMi X2 Vs UMi X2 Turbo

      • Feallan
        May 6, 2013

        OK, OK, there is a new, shiny comparision tool, we get it!

        • Boris
          May 6, 2013

          gee, u so anal.

  4. ChinaWizKid
    May 6, 2013

    Is / How Curved Tempered Glass is different than Gorilla Glass 2? Have consumers being given wrong information. UMI has earned its reputation b4 product launch but because of their consisterncy in giving false promises will spoil their image in the Global Market.

    • MrPsanter
      May 6, 2013

      Can you please be more specific regarding these false promises?

      • atul
        May 6, 2013

        one false promise which I know of is initial promise of umi x2 to be released by 14th April

        • atul
          May 9, 2013

          now, at least it looks like, umi is going to deliver x2. let’s wait and watch.

    • Jan M
      May 6, 2013

      Tempered glass has come a long way in later times, and /CAN/ have properties comparable to gorilla glass / dragontrail and the likes. Tempered glass is just that – glass that has been heated high and cooled over long time. It is tough, and if it breaks, it goes into lots of tiny, less sharp peieces (like the rear and side windows on a car). Gorilla glass / dragontrail glass is an alkali-aluminosilicate sheat. Here’s a little explanation, and a few short videos about how its made and how it works:

  5. andrew
    May 6, 2013

    I will never sign up on a plan again. Life’s too short and there are some many great unlocked phones coming out of China.

  6. ChinaWizKid
    May 6, 2013

    he he he, India FAcebook page says that despite MT6589T, product would be shipped by May 15. Why are they up there to spoil BRAND IMAGE, or does it have that?

  7. Albert
    May 6, 2013

    Andi why u still writing Umi X2 aperture size F/2.0 ? I told u here many times that this F/2.0 is another false promise of Umi. Fact are: Umi X2 Youth version (1GB Ram, 16GB Rom) has F/2.4 aperture, and 2GB Ram 32GB Rom version have F/2.2 only! This is official Umi site with proof (look at specs described on box real picture):

    Also WCDMA has 900/2100Mhz support, not 850/2100

    • May 6, 2013

      did you look at the link on the official UMi forum?

      • Albert
        May 6, 2013

        My link is from official UMI X2 facebook site here:

        • May 6, 2013

          That’s a distributor not UMi. I’m just reporting the facts I have from UMi here in China. “1300万背照式二代F2.0光圈摄像头”

          • Albert
            May 6, 2013

            Ok, but still the real foto of UMI X2 is telling the true specs.

          • Albert
            May 6, 2013

            F/2.0 is only a failed promise!

          • Albert
            May 6, 2013

            I mean real foto of Umi X2 box. BIG sorry for spam.

  8. Albert
    May 6, 2013

    Yes, many times.

  9. MTW
    May 6, 2013

    Is there any solid info about how many GPU cores will MT6589T have? Only one or will they upgrade it to MP2/MP3? Or maybe they will leave 1 core and clock it higher?

  10. Tommi Mäkelä
    May 6, 2013

    WCDMA 900/2100 or 850/2100?

  11. Rahul
    May 6, 2013

    Doesn’t it seem like clocked version of the same chipset … wondering if you tried to get the prices right or some issue with pricing. How does an overclocked version be so significantly less costlier than its counter part ? … and Why does UMI stand down the original design and specs of 6589 … i smell something fishy.

    • May 6, 2013

      The $195 price is for the 1GB RAM, the 2GB RAM model is still around $242. These are Chinese prices.

  12. AJAY
    May 6, 2013

    Hi andi you had done mixtake here you stated kn blog that 1Gb ram 16gb version wt mtk 6589 turbo price 195 $ then in comparision 2gb ram and 32Gb wt MTK 6589 TURBO ALSO PRICED 195$ THIS IS TYPO ERROR LOOKS LIKE BCAUSE OF THIS TYPO ERROR SO MANY GUYS RAISED QUESTION IN UMI INDIA’S FORUM WT YOUR LINK AND THIS MTK 6589 TURBO 2GB RAM AND 32 GB ROM IS CHIPPER THEN PREVIOUS MTK 6589 G 1.2 GHZ PHONE .HA HA 🙂

    • May 6, 2013

      Strange anyone would bring up the pricing for the international model when the post mentions “There are currently no details regarding the international launch of the UMi X2 Turbo!”. $195 is for the 1GB version, $242 is the 2GB version for China.

      • anony
        May 7, 2013

        Eh, it’s just the usual braindead phone nerd crowds. Have you ever look at GSM***na? It looks like somehow they found their way here.

  13. flamer
    May 6, 2013

    Hi Andi, thanks for all the great work. everyone should cut him some slack he is just presenting the information he gets, some of it may be false but its impossible to tell until the product is released.

    I really really wish someone with an X2 can run mobile uncle tools and confirm which network bands it supports. 900 or 850 makes a big difference in my country as the primary network provider only has 3g (no 2g at all to fall back on) and it runs on 850 with 2100 used for infill.

    So if it is 900/2100 its no good to me, but 850/2100 I would snap this up in a second!

    I am 100% certain all the different umi variants (the turbo, the 1gb ram, the 2gb ram models) will all be the same frequency so we just need one unit to get the facts straight for once and all.

  14. I'l be waiting
    May 6, 2013

    Forget the battery, is this dual standby?? I’m a bit disappointed.

  15. ChinaWizKid
    May 7, 2013

    Does it have Curving Temepered Glass or Gorilla Glass 2 ?

  16. Albert
    May 7, 2013

    Also front camera has 2 mega-pixel not 3. Proof:

    This is screen is from guy who alredy have this phone. (Youth version, 1GB Ram, 16GB Rom). Youth version released 2 weeks ago, so we dont need to speculate about real X2 specs anymore.

  17. Reaper
    May 7, 2013

    See this image from an UMI x2 1gb version..
    Shows quad band GSM and WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100!!!!!!!

    *excited face*

    can this really be true?

  18. Albert
    May 7, 2013

    I think that its possible but not with standard (original) software. For example UMI X1 support WCDMA 850 and 900 (but I heard that it was with some not original software probably).

  19. Anuj
    May 7, 2013

    UMi Posted on their facebook page for indian users that all customers who booked UMi X2 will now get UMi X2 turbo at same price tag and with no delay…!

  20. ChinaWizKid
    May 7, 2013

    Latest Specs as per UMI is
    Android 4.2.1

    Phone Size
    141mm (length), 70mm (width), 8.9mm (thickness)

    Corning Gorilla 2.5D curved glass screen, the IPS 5.0 inches wide viewing angle, resolution of 1920X1080 pixels, the 441PPI retina screen

    CPU Model

    CPU Frequency
    Quad-core chip 1.5GHz



    Extended Capacity
    Support maximum 64GB MicroSD card

    2500mAh replaceable

    Front: 200W pixels, after: 1300W pixels second-generation back-illuminated, AF

    Bluetooth 4.0

    Gravity, distance, light, three-axis gyroscope, magnetic sensor


    Network Type
    Dual-card dual-mode

    Support band
    2G: GSM 850/1800/1900
    3G: WCDMA 850/2100Mhz

    Data services

    Multimedia formats
    MP3, MP4, 3GP, audio, video, FM radio

    Data interface
    Micro USB v2.0

    Headphone jack 3.5mm

    Multilingual – Support


    Available colors
    The titanium gray marble white (starting only provide the limited edition custom marble white)

    Built-in applications
    Baidu custom quality rice cloud services (15GB Cloud disk, backup sync photos, contacts, text messages, etc.)

    Brush support
    , Brush, Brush Wizard a key support, a key Brush your phone faster and easier to use

    Mobile security
    Bottom of the system integration LBE security master, Tencent mobile phone housekeeper security components

    Available ROM
    Le Frog OS, the Baidu cloud-ROM, Ali cloud OS, MIUI V5, grand ROM

    • flamer
      May 7, 2013

      can you provide a link to this? these specs are different to the picture of the UMI box that was shown.

      I am going to believe the antutu and mobile uncle tools screenshots as they are taken from real UMI x2 which also match your specs listed.

      I think the picture of the box are lies…

  21. Manos
    May 7, 2013

    The GPU run faster! 156Mhz and at the Turbo is 357Mhz!
    Thats very good

  22. flamer
    May 7, 2013

    So the question is, where can I pre order the 32g/2g turbo version? I will happily pay in full now so long as I receive the turbo version when its released. oh and I am outside of India…

    • May 7, 2013

      there is an ad on the homepage

      • flamer
        May 7, 2013

        Thanks, purchased one, hope you get some commission 🙂

        • May 7, 2013

          I wish 🙂

  23. krish
    May 7, 2013

    where to buy this phone in india

  24. wangs
    May 8, 2013

    Liars….have been hearing about umi x 2 launch since FEB…but nothing yet. Now they say UMI turbo

    • May 8, 2013

      Now they say umi turbo with 1 GB ram minus gorilla glass for same price will be launched in India for same price.what about those buyrs who have payed eying for 2 GB ram etc ?

      • Flamer
        May 8, 2013

        The turbo does have gorilla glass: Corning Gorilla 2.5D curved glass screen
        and if you paid for 2gb model you get 2gb model (turboed at no extra charge) if you paid for 1gb model you get 1gb model (turboed for no extra charge)

  25. May 8, 2013

    memory card can be extended up to 64GB its not 32GB.

  26. May 8, 2013

    Anyone here from India? Who bought a phone from any vendor? Is there anyone who offers Free International Shipping?

    And If any of you have Shipped to India, did you have to pay any Customs?

    Thanks in advance.

  27. Geodex
    May 8, 2013

    Andi just complimenting you on the aliexpress link for the Turbo. Best prices so far I’ve come across. Hope they get at least 1000 of the 50,000 pieces because I don’t want to be left out. I need a phone badly.


  28. Simon
    May 8, 2013

    How many people from Europe have ordered from the link on the home page. ?

    • Geodex
      May 8, 2013

      Not yet ordered waiting for 15th May as only 67 orders has been placed with that store on aliexpress anyway. No rush

    • Peter
      May 9, 2013

      me, white 32gb = 240€ (313$) with shipping, -5$ with using this coupon code: registernewbuyer5

  29. Simon
    May 8, 2013

    Also which colour does the Umi X2 look more classy: Black or White ?

    • Geodex
      May 8, 2013

      32GB Black for me

      • atul
        May 9, 2013

        buddy, is there any difference in the two colours (e.g. gloss or matt etc.).

        • Geodex
          May 9, 2013

          Looks glossy from the facebook pictures. About 10 pics of the black on facebook. I cannot add links else you wont see my post. Type “umimobile facebook” in google and choose the first option.

          • atul
            May 10, 2013

            thanks buddy

  30. Simon
    May 9, 2013

    With 1Gb or 2Gb Ram ?

    • Geodex
      May 9, 2013

      Depends what is available on May 15th. I will have a chat with the seller on trade manager app that morning and see what he has before I pay.


  31. Burnt_52
    May 9, 2013

    Does this support NFC?

  32. Simon
    May 9, 2013

    Also what happens with regards to import duty

    • Geodex
      May 9, 2013

      The sellers mark them below the price. Last thing I imported was an Ainol tablet and it was marked as “digital chinese frame” worth $32. DHL just dropped it without me paying anything. I saw a guys post warning against FedEx shipping though as they check the items but DHL doesn’t. Which country are you in?

  33. retoga
    May 9, 2013

    please, if some can make it clear:

    is the phone supporting 850Mhz WCDMA?

    in the post, it said it will. however in every other side, it stayed 900/2100 Mhz