Exclusive UMi Cross unboxing video, review on the way!


It’s always fun to receive a new Chinese smartphone to review, but even more so when the phone happens to be one of the hottest talked about devices! Keep reading for our exclusive unboxing and first impressions of the UMi Cross!

The UMi Cross is the second major release from phone maker UMi this year. The phablet takes everything which was great about the UMi X2 turbo then super sizes it with a 6.44-inch 1920 x 1080 OGS display and large 4180mAh battery!

UMi Cross Specifications

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UMi Cross Unboxing Video

The UMi Cross has literally just landed on my desk so this is very much a first hands on with early impressions. It is also worth noting that although the Cross comes with an Aliun OS logo on the rear the model which we have received for review is not running Alibaba’s custom OS.

UMi Cross photo gallery

UMi Cross First impressions

I’m surprised by the UMi Cross and first impressions are positive! It feels much better built than some of the other large screen phones we have tested in the past, the materials all appear to be high quality and the rigidity is reassuring for such a large phone.

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The display is bright, and responsive, the camera is fast and appears to capture some great shots (we’ll post photo samples in our full review), and the 4180mAh battery hopefully packs enough juice to keep the phone running as long as possible.

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If I had to be fussy I would say that the unequal lighting (brighter at the bottom than the top) on the capacitive buttons is a tad annoying, and the bezels are thicker than I would have hoped, but these aren’t going to be deal breakers!

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I am currently loading some games and video on the Cross, and am actually pretty excited to take this big screen phone out on the town to see just how good it actually is!

Thanks to UMi and Antelife where the UMi Cross can be bought online, for arranging this review sample, and keep posted for the full hands on review in the coming days!

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23 Comments

  1. Greg
    October 18, 2013

    The UMI makes your Xiaomi look like a key fob! Imagine trying to mount that on the handlebars on a bicycle/motorcycle 😉

  2. Geodex
    October 18, 2013

    I see UMI is still undecided on where to stick the back and menu touch keys.

  3. October 18, 2013

    Cool!
    Hey Andi, can you confirm that UMI Cross has real WCDMA 900/2100mhz band (900MHz??). TIA

    • Adrian
      October 18, 2013

      This phone will only work with GSM+WCDMA network :
      GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz WCDMA 850/2100MHz.

  4. Airyl
    October 18, 2013

    TBH, I thoughtt I wasn’t going to like this when I first saw it weeks ago. Now that you have it in your hands though, I can see that it’s really well built and looks fantastic. I wouldn’t mind getting one of these myself.

    • Airyl
      October 18, 2013

      Also, I see a Hi-Fi logo on the back. Does it really have Hi-Fi Andi? Also, what on earth is Pac Man doing there? 🙂

    • October 18, 2013

      I was the same, it really is well made

  5. deuter
    October 18, 2013

    Howdy ! Andy is the WCDMA 900 or 850 could You please check it ? cause if it’s 900 Im gettin it right away !
    Thank You

    • October 18, 2013

      Yes, I will double check

  6. Joan
    October 18, 2013

    Too bad that gpu won’t handle games pretty well, at that resolution that is. Other than that, this phone looks solid

  7. Deuter
    October 18, 2013

    Hi Andi do You think that 6589t have enough power to run fhd display? And What about wcdma is IT really 900mhz? Thanx in advance

    • October 18, 2013

      I will double check the frequencies before the review. The MT6589T is running the display fine till for now. Today, we will get some games on it and really push it to see what it can handle 🙂

  8. ady
    October 18, 2013

    a phablet like this with snapdragon 800 and the same price

  9. DatGuy.com
    October 19, 2013

    Hey Andi, does that 3D printed GPS antennae really help improve GPS?

    • October 19, 2013

      Not had chance to test it yet 🙂

    • October 21, 2013

      they are the same phone

  10. Sabin
    October 23, 2013

    Hi Andy, any chance for the Cross to get the new octa core procs from MTK?

    • October 23, 2013

      Yes, it is very likely but not until next year probably.

  11. John
    October 24, 2013

    Hello,
    full review is upload?

    Thank you.

  12. David
    October 26, 2013

    Hi.

    Gorilla glass?

    Full review?

    Thanks

  13. Dani
    October 27, 2013

    Hi Andy.

    Umi Europe: 900mhz and gorilla glass 2. Mistake or two versions????

    http://umi.eu.com/en/node/53

    I hope your full review. Soon, please. XD

  14. cw
    November 11, 2013

    When is ur full review? I want to see it first before buying. It’s kinda risky buying online.