Video: Gizchina UMi X2 unboxing!


Another great day and another much-anticipated phone unboxing. Keep reading for out UMi X2 unboxing video.

Yesterday we had the JiaYu G4 unboxing and today we have the UMi X2! UMi have been good enough to let us borrow a sample UMi X2 to review, and great timing too as we can do a full comparison with the JiaYu G4!

The video below is just a short unboxing (as my camera had no power and the phone was running low too) and we plan to conduct a full review with a more in-depth video later in the week.

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Gizchina UMi X2 Unboxing

UMi X2 hands on photos

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UMi X2 specification

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57 Comments

  1. ChinaWizKid
    May 13, 2013

    Hi Andi,
    Good to see this. Does it have Gorilla Glass 2, or Temepred Curved Glass?

    • ChinaWizKid
      May 13, 2013

      Apparently, i don’t think this has Gorilla Glass.

      • ChinaWizKid
        May 13, 2013

        Hey Andi, am just waiting for your feedback, about its Glass type!!!! Thanks

        • May 13, 2013

          Gorilla glass 2, but it is a flat display not curved

  2. Abhishek
    May 13, 2013

    thanx Andy sir.

  3. tessa
    May 13, 2013

    It would be nice to see a performance comparison against HTC One and Samsung S4 – this is the most interesting thing about these phones from China.

    • May 13, 2013

      No problem, send me either a One or S4 and I’ll do it 😉

    • anony
      May 14, 2013

      Benchmark doesn’t tell everything but it does tell something when it’s almost twice higher and more than twice pricier.

  4. ChinaWizKid
    May 13, 2013

    Andi, Will you be covering the full coverage, with Benchmark scores, critics, recommendation etc for UMI XII. Your critical observation for this widely awaited piece.

    • May 13, 2013

      Yep, everything 🙂

  5. wolf
    May 13, 2013

    Hi Andi, is it the Turbo (MT6589T) version or is it the normal version? Could you test if it has the USB-OTG function? Thanks

    • May 13, 2013

      I thought it was until I ran Antutu. It’s the 1GB RAM , 16GB ROM version 🙁

      • MACDADDY
        May 13, 2013

        @Andi, Funny since your spreadsheet does not even mention a 16GB version.

        Does this mean UMI are just as fake as Jiayu and NEO with their high spec phones, but false claims?

        I’m really tired of all this hype, media attention and information. While nothing of it seems to be true or remotely close to being released.

        • May 13, 2013

          Nope, it means they are offering a 1GB RAM ‘Youth’ model at a lower price as well as the 2GB RAM Premium model

      • Flamer
        May 13, 2013

        Thats fine with me that you can review the youth because if this version runs smooth, then I know my turbo 2gb will run even better!

  6. ChinaWizKid
    May 13, 2013

    OMG, LoL……this is the height of this company

  7. Markoff
    May 13, 2013

    could you please post prices also in RMB for people living or traveling into China?

    • May 13, 2013

      1199 Yuan 16GB, 1499 Yuan 32GB

  8. May 13, 2013

    So the 1 GB RAM version also comes with Turbo chip or normal one?

  9. RunnY
    May 13, 2013

    Hi Andi. Could you discover witch display is brighter? The jiyayu G4 ones or the UMI?

  10. Simon
    May 13, 2013

    This going to be a great week, bring them on 🙂

  11. Ernesto
    May 13, 2013

    Hi Andy, is it definitely confirmed that this phone won´t have the 3G/900 band available?
    Thank you.

    • Mike
      May 13, 2013

      The box says 900/2100. Can be seen in the video at 720p

  12. Simon
    May 13, 2013

    Just based on the initial looks, which do people prefer ?

  13. Lex
    May 13, 2013

    Andi, great review video. Please we are curious about the 3G 900/1800 band please. Kindly confirm.

    Secondly, all the Chinese phones seems not to support 3G 900/1800. I’ve been battling with this for a long time now and it’s affecting my daily visits to this great site. Can you one or two MT6589 phones with 3G 900/1800 band apart from Zopo and ThL?

    Thanks dude.

  14. anony
    May 13, 2013

    How is the screen compared to G4 andi?

  15. Lex
    May 13, 2013

    Great video you’ve got here again.
    Please can this phone work with a 3G 900/1800 band? If negative, can you list a few Chinese p(c)lones that supports 3G 900/1800 band? Thanks dude.

    • Simon
      May 13, 2013

      Lex what does 3G 900/1800 band mean is it specific to a region

      • May 13, 2013

        That’s what all GSM networks in my country use both 2G and 3G. So I’ve been wondering if these phones will actually work in my country since their 3G bands are stated to be 850/2100Mz. Do you have any idea if this will be compatible Simon?

        • Simon
          May 14, 2013

          No I don’t thats why I asked you. how do we find out about this ?

  16. May 13, 2013

    umi x2 looks like galaxy s3 and micromax canvas series(Indian cheapo). just want the g4.

    hey andi, are you chinese or american???? cause your accent in more like english men. i hope you answer 🙂

  17. XrainX
    May 13, 2013

    The UMI 5″ is screen si bigger than JiaYu 5″ screen.
    How is this possible? And no, is not about the bezel. I hope Andy will measure the exactly dimensions.

    • Elias Krause
      May 13, 2013

      That’s possible because the Jiayu G4 screen is only 4.7″ 😉

  18. chezy86
    May 14, 2013

    Hi Andy do you know if the youth model will have 1.5 ghz turbo chip mentoo have told me they will ship on 20th may looking forward to more videos from you before then great work!

  19. Simon
    May 14, 2013

    Jiayu has 4.7″ screen not 5″ screen

  20. LinuxMint
    May 14, 2013

    I noticed, that in most tech spec listings for the X2-Turbo 802.11n mode is NOT listed, whereas the slower 1.2GHz X2 supposedly has it, even though I couldn’t find anything about 2.4/5GHz dual-band and/or 300Mbps dual stream support.
    Is it even possible in this day and time to still launch a new phone of this class missing out on .11n WiFi?

    • anony
      May 14, 2013

      It’s more possible that those hastily created sites with underpaid coding monkey does not tell the real specs.

    • flamer
      May 14, 2013

      Why do you need 802.11n anyway? with an SDcard write speed of 10Mb/sec (and that’s being generous) what do you think 300Mb/sec compared to say 54Mb/sec is actually going to speed up? I’ll guarantee you will never see any difference between the two protocols on the same device. The read/write speed for caching on the phone itself is the bottleneck.

      • XrainX
        May 14, 2013

        Maybe for Miracast?
        Sounds very strange to me that in year 2013 to ask why somebody want more than the g standard. Now even n is not enough for streaming video from our android gadgets and we want more.

        • flamer
          May 14, 2013

          You have misunderstood me. Everything you download or stream off the internet is written or “cached” to your phone before its displayed to you. It doesn’t come straight off the wireless and onto your screen, its the same as any computer. I am saying that caching process is what is going to slow your phone down. Its the same issue android owners were reporting a while back where they had to upgrade their SD cards to class 10 to be able to record in 1080p, because the sd card couldn’t write fast enough for 1080p video. (and that’s only 3Mb/sec and you are now talking about 300mb/sec)

          You are trying to make a bottle of water fill faster by using a larger funnel with the same sized bottle. it will make no difference.

          • XrainX
            May 14, 2013

            Yes, you are right, I agree with you.
            Today Miracast have some delay. I don’t know if the delay is because of wireless or of the processing, but for sure I don’t want a g standard on my Miracast capable smartphone.
            Also I have another gadget which is streaming 720p video to my smarphone and I want to be smooth as possible. Being a quad-core I think the processor is enough, and the question remains about the wireless standard.
            I have media players from few years ago and I know wireless streaming of 1080p from my network to my player is almost impossible. With 720p is OK.

  21. Albert
    May 14, 2013

    Andi, u schould change both X2 specs above, cse we all can see (on your video) that on third internal side of “phone-book” box is writed: WCDMA 900/2100Mhz (not 850/2100), and aperture size is F/2.2 (not better F/2.0 like Umi promissed before). Also Andi I’ve been teling this from weeks here and u didn’t change it stlill, and now u deleting my comments – why ?

  22. Greg B
    May 14, 2013

    I think I prefer the G4, but only because Jiayu have managed to squeeze that 4.7″ screen into such a small chassis. I think the G4 looks much better in Andi’s hand, although I do like the design of the X2.

    It’s a shame manufacturers are having trouble getting their 2GB RAM models to market, especially for those devices that are running 1080p screens because they will really need the extra RAM IMHO. It would be interesting to know whether manufacturers are the source of the over optimistic delivery schedules, or if perhaps MediaTek themselves really are behind the problems. At this rate Qualcomm might get their cheap A7 SoC designs to market and spoil the party!

    I know others have mentioned it Andi, but if you could definitively tell us whether or not USB OTG and tv out via MHL work on these handsets it would be great to know.

    Also, if I’m going to have to go for one of the MT6589 devices with 1GB RAM which often come with only 4GB ROM, I’d love to know if it’s possible to install apps to the external SD card (or at least their data). For example, on my now deceased Galaxy Note II, it was only possible to install apps to the internal SD card, and as there was only 10GBs available after a factory reset, games soon took up that space.

    It may be a good thing that UMI only sent Andi the 1GB RAM X2, because now we will see how the same SoC performs with both 720 and 1080 screens, side by side in the same week 🙂 I thought the G4 already looked smoother than the X2 just from Andi’s short unboxing videos.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  23. LinuxMint
    May 14, 2013

    Why are you talking about your phone? Don’t you have media files stored on any device connected to your home LAN that you want to display on the big screen?
    And no, doing the SD card leg-copy is not acceptable in that scenario, that’s like running back and forth carrying floppies back in the days.

    Smart engineers invented WiFi to wirelessly get data transferred from one location to another.
    802.11g has only a borderline sufficient throughput for streaming HD video, since only about 40% of its gross throughput is actually available on a good day, assuming no other client wants to additionally use the access point at the same time.

    So single stream .11n delivers up to some 60Mb/s under the same conditions, which should be enough for streaming, but still is poor, when it comes to transferring data or if more wireless clients are involved.

    300Mb/s dual stream .11n in run of the mill routers is available for more than 3 years now and even the majority of small .11n USB dongles support that mode since at least 2010 (Ralink RT20xx ring a bell?).

    So why should I expect anything less in a 2013 HDMI mini-PC?

  24. LinuxMint
    May 14, 2013

    Strange, the above answer was meant to be a reply to Flamer’s second response to my initial posting, but somehow ended up disconnected here at the end :-\

    • May 14, 2013

      It happens with long posts or should I say a post that has lots of comments in it. Up to a certain number of comments will follow the hierarchy n then the rest will just be disconnected even though you pressed the reply button. I found it weird too at first but then I found out why. There’s a bug in the coding that’s all.

      • May 15, 2013

        It might be just the way I’ve set it up. Let me take a peek and see if I can sort it out.

  25. Anirudh Ragi
    May 15, 2013

    Hi Andi,
    Can U post about the SAR values.

    • May 15, 2013

      I have no info at hand. I’ll see what UMi have to say about it tomorrow

      • Anirudh Ragi
        May 15, 2013

        Thanks Andi, also were U able to ask UMI about the mix-up, The box says 2GB model while ur antutu benchmarks showed 1GB RAM model.

        • May 15, 2013

          They say what they sent to me is pre-production, box and phone.

  26. May 15, 2013

    Hey Andi, is the 3G band just 850/2100 or does it have 3G 900/1800? I have asking this same question for days now Andi. Hope you reply to this.

  27. LinuxMint
    May 15, 2013

    > (Ralink RT20xx ring a bell?)
    Oooops! That was actually meant to be: RT28xx, as in f.e. the RT2870, a 2T2R:2 USB WiFi chip, being very popular starting some 4 years ago.

  28. Sumit
    May 16, 2013

    Hi Andi,

    I have a friend visiting china next month but he will be there for just 2 days..would this be available on any walkin stores or are there any other options for someone visiting china to get this phone

  29. Sumit
    May 20, 2013

    Waiting for response

    Hi Andi,

    I have a friend visiting china next month but he will be there for just 2 days..would this be available on any walkin stores or are there any other options for someone visiting china to get this phone

    • May 20, 2013

      Not likely, and if you are able to find one it will have an inflated price due to high demand.