UMi eMax hands on and first impressions


umi emax review

We get hands on with the UMi eMax to see what the largest, big battery UMi is like in the hand and in the flesh.

The third launch of the year from UMi is the UMi eMax. It comes after both the Zero and the Hammer which both had smaller 5-inch 720p displays. Although there was nothing to complain about (in terms of screen quality) on either of those models, many fans wanted to see a larger, higher resolution model available, the UMi eMax is the answer.

UMi have marketed the eMax as a large battery phone to compete against other devices in the endurance segment of the Chinese phone industry. Compared to most standard 5.5-inch phones, the eMax does have a larger battery at 3780mAh. UMi say this is good enough for 10 days of standby, but we will soon if this is the case as we put the phone through a full review.

umi emax review

So in addition to the large battery and bigger, higher resolution display, what else does the UMi eMax have to offer? Well it is impressively thin at only 7.9mm. The design is a unibody one, meaning you can’t remove the rear panel to get at the battery, and there are no SIM trays but rather slots with dust covers. These two details might not seen like much but they decrease the thickness by a few mm while maintained dual LTE SIM support and space for a micro SD card.

umi emax review

Processing power comes in the way of a Mediatek MT6752 64bit chipset and 2GB RAM with 16GB memory (the phone supports 64GB SD cards also). The 1.7Ghz processor and 2GB RAM is good for Antutu scores of over 41,000, but I believe we will see more once Lollipop is release for the phone.

Yes, that’s right! The eMax is one of the few phones still shipping with Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box. Now before you all go off condemning the phone keep in mind that UMi do say Android Lollipop is on the way, and that many phones which are shipping with Lollipop as stock also tend to be rather buggy. Kitkat on the eMax is smooth, fast and so far bug free (but keep in mind this is just a first impressions and we might uncover things for the full review).

umi emax review

While Kitkat is mostly stock, UMi have added lock screen gesture support. Double tap to wake (and unlock), draw a ‘C’ for the phone app, ‘O’ for camera etc. UMi have also included HotKnot on the phone for wireless file sharing, there is MiraVision and ClearMotion also running on the phone.

In the video I mention that the audio of the eMax is pretty good unless you really crank the volume all the way up. However, head in to Settings > Audio Profile > BesSurround and you can get much better results. The more I use the eMax the more I am convinced there is a decent speaker in there and a few tweaks to the ROM might be all that’s needed to get the most of it.

Enough of the text though, sit back and see the phone in the flesh in my unboxing and first impressions below:

UMi eMax unboxing and first impressions

UMi eMax hands on photos

As you probably know we have a ton of phones in the review process at the moment (Xiaomi Mi4i next week we haven’t forgotten) so keep your eyes peeled for the UMi eMax review coming as soon as possible.

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114 Comments

  1. balcobomber25
    June 16, 2015

    Is Rootjoy available for this?

    • June 16, 2015

      Yep it will be available for all UMi phones, but not sure if there is much available on there yet for the eMax as its pretty new.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      June 16, 2015

      it is, I updated the stock rom with rootjoy

      • balcobomber25
        June 16, 2015

        Thats my favorite thing about Umi.

        • Adam Irvine
          June 17, 2015

          Yep, it’s one hell of a tool to be fair, it handles all the backup of important data too and so makes flashing a rom an absolute breeze 🙂

    • Chickens
      June 16, 2015

      I believe they released Miui (Kitkat) and WP8 for eMax yesterday?

      • Adam Irvine
        June 17, 2015

        Ye what is this WP8? I saw it available for my Dads Zero on the weekend but I couldn’t find any info or screenshots for it anywhere…

        • bassa
          June 17, 2015

          screenshots available here http://www.romjd.com/Rom/Detail/74777

        • balcobomber25
          June 17, 2015

          It looks like it’s an Android Rom made to look like Windows Phone 8.

          • Adam Irvine
            June 17, 2015

            Ahh, I thought as much… I hate that sort of thing, theres a silly amount of launchers out in the wild that do the same sort of thing.

            Bless…

    • June 20, 2015

      Wow. I’m just finding out about Rootjoy now? Why doesn’t EVERY manufacture have this?

      It would make “fixing” the default software some much easier and less of a risk.

      • balcobomber25
        June 20, 2015

        I think all of the smaller companies at least should do this instead of their continued failed attempts at making their own OS’s. Elephone is supposedly working on something like this and CM now has an easy installer for their ROM.

  2. Ekeluo Chukwuogor
    June 16, 2015

    Hi Andi, will we see a review of the Lenovo K3 note by you guys? It seems like one of the best available at ~$170 right now.

    • mf1gt3r
      June 16, 2015

      Its a really cool phablet. I think they should review it. Mine is on the way. Will review once I’ve received it.

      • June 16, 2015

        Yop, id like to. I’ll see if we can get our hands on one

        • balcobomber25
          June 17, 2015

          Andi you think you guys will be getting the new devices from Gionee (E8 and S7) to review?

          • June 17, 2015

            I will certainly buy an E8 so watch out for that 😀

            • balcobomber25
              June 17, 2015

              Lol the E7 is still one of my favorite camera phones ever, the E8 I think is too big for me but I do use an X8 now so who knows.

    • Katedral
      June 16, 2015

      I think Andi is not interesed in free reviews. If Lenovo pays like Meizu, why not 🙂

  3. mf1gt3r
    June 16, 2015

    Just ordered the Umi Hammer today together with the Elephone P7000. My biggest problem is the charging time of the elephone which I’ve heard is close to eternity. I think I’ll love my first Umi phone.

  4. Noname1919
    June 16, 2015

    Seems much better then p7000. Bought two of these umi 109usd each. And cancelled p7000.

    • chandu
      June 17, 2015

      109$ where did you get it

      • Chickens
        June 17, 2015

        Flash sales that ended last June 5.

  5. balcobomber25
    June 16, 2015

    Is Rootjoy available for this?

    • Andi Sykes
      June 16, 2015

      Yep it will be available for all UMi phones, but not sure if there is much available on there yet for the eMax as its pretty new.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      June 16, 2015

      it is, I updated the stock rom with rootjoy

    • Chickens
      June 17, 2015

      I believe they released Miui (Kitkat) and WP8 for eMax yesterday?

    • balcobomber25
      June 17, 2015

      Thats my favorite thing about Umi.

    • Adam Irvine
      June 17, 2015

      Ye what is this WP8? I saw it available for my Dads Zero on the weekend but I couldn’t find any info or screenshots for it anywhere…

    • Adam Irvine
      June 17, 2015

      Yep, it’s one hell of a tool to be fair, it handles all the backup of important data too and so makes flashing a rom an absolute breeze 🙂

    • Guest
      June 17, 2015

      screenshots available here http://www.romjd.com/Rom/Detail/74777

    • balcobomber25
      June 17, 2015

      It looks like it’s an Android Rom made to look like Windows Phone 8.

    • Adam Irvine
      June 17, 2015

      Ahh, I thought as much… I hate that sort of thing, theres a silly amount of launchers out in the wild that do the same sort of thing.

      Bless…

    • Dave Weinstein
      June 20, 2015

      Wow. I’m just finding out about Rootjoy now? Why doesn’t EVERY manufacture have this?

      It would make “fixing” the default software some much easier and less of a risk.

    • balcobomber25
      June 20, 2015

      I think all of the smaller companies at least should do this instead of their continued failed attempts at making their own OS’s. Elephone is supposedly working on something like this and CM now has an easy installer for their ROM.

  6. Ekeluo Chukwuogor
    June 16, 2015

    Hi Andi, will we see a review of the Lenovo K3 note by you guys? It seems like one of the best available at ~$170 right now.

    • mf1gt3r
      June 16, 2015

      Its a really cool phablet. I think they should review it. Mine is on the way. Will review once I’ve received it.

    • Guest
      June 16, 2015

      I think Andi is not interesed in free reviews. If Lenovo pays like Meizu, why not 🙂

    • Andi Sykes
      June 16, 2015

      LOL

    • Andi Sykes
      June 16, 2015

      Yop, id like to. I’ll see if we can get our hands on one

    • balcobomber25
      June 17, 2015

      Andi you think you guys will be getting the new devices from Gionee (E8 and S7) to review?

    • Andi Sykes
      June 17, 2015

      I will certainly buy an E8 so watch out for that 😀

    • balcobomber25
      June 17, 2015

      Lol the E7 is still one of my favorite camera phones ever, the E8 I think is too big for me but I do use an X8 now so who knows.

  7. mf1gt3r
    June 16, 2015

    Just ordered the Umi Hammer today together with the Elephone P7000. My biggest problem is the charging time of the elephone which I’ve heard is close to eternity. I think I’ll love my first Umi phone.

  8. Guest
    June 16, 2015

    This comment was deleted.

    • chandu
      June 17, 2015

      109$ where did you get it

    • Chickens
      June 17, 2015

      Flash sales that ended last June 5.

  9. Chickens
    June 16, 2015

    Looking forward to the full review, the BesSurround tweak is a great help for us, erm casual players.

    • Noname1919
      June 17, 2015

      Install viperfx or maxxaudio

      • June 17, 2015

        Was, going to suggest the same. Solid tip!

      • Chickens
        June 17, 2015

        Ok, thanks

  10. Chickens
    June 17, 2015

    Looking forward to the full review, the BesSurround tweak is a great help for us, erm casual players.

    • Guest
      June 17, 2015

      This comment was deleted.

    • Andi Sykes
      June 17, 2015

      Was, going to suggest the same. Solid tip!

    • Chickens
      June 17, 2015

      Ok, thanks

  11. Muhammad Yasir
    June 17, 2015

    hammer had a DISASTROUS camera… lets hope this is one better !

    • balcobomber25
      June 20, 2015

      It wasn’t the best camera but it was far from disastrous, in fact with the right software it can take pretty good pictures.

      • Mrinal
        June 26, 2015

        What software would you recommend?

        • balcobomber25
          June 26, 2015

          Lenovo Super Camera (not on play store need the APK file which is on XDA), FV-5 (costs like $1.99 on play store) but is very good and worth it) or Open Camera (free on play store) in that order.

          • Mrinal
            June 26, 2015

            Thanks! I’ve tried FV-5, wasn’t too impressed. I’ll give Lenovo Super Camera a try and maybe Open Camera as well!

  12. Chickens
    June 17, 2015

    Is it possible to check if it is compatible with Fast Chargers or 2A chargers?

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 18, 2015

      I’ve heard it only deliver 1A to the phone, no matter the charger, so probably charging time will be longer.

      • Chickens
        June 18, 2015

        Nice, I’ve always wanted to use a powerbank to charge my phonerbank so it can powerbank other phones.

  13. Guest
    June 17, 2015

    hammer had a DISASTROUS camera… lets hope this is one better !

    • balcobomber25
      June 20, 2015

      It wasn’t the best camera but it was far from disastrous, in fact with the right software it can take pretty good pictures.

    • Mrinal
      June 26, 2015

      What software would you recommend?

    • balcobomber25
      June 26, 2015

      Lenovo Super Camera (not on play store need the APK file which is on XDA), FV-5 (costs like $1.99 on play store) but is very good and worth it) or Open Camera (free on play store) in that order.

    • Mrinal
      June 26, 2015

      Thanks! I’ve tried FV-5, wasn’t too impressed. I’ll give Lenovo Super Camera a try and maybe Open Camera as well!

  14. Chickens
    June 17, 2015

    Is it possible to check if it is compatible with Fast Chargers or 2A chargers?

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 18, 2015

      I’ve heard it only deliver 1A to the phone, no matter the charger, so probably charging time will be longer.

    • Chickens
      June 19, 2015

      Nice, I’ve always wanted to use a powerbank to charge my phonerbank so it can powerbank other phones.

  15. manohar basavaraju
    June 17, 2015

    Its Omnivision back camera !!! good bye Umi. I never think of Umi again after their Scam in India… I am one of their Victim !!! i lost 230 USD

    • Noname1919
      June 18, 2015

      Omnivision is good.

    • balcobomber25
      June 20, 2015

      You do realize Omnivision makes some of the best sensors available today?

  16. manohar basavaraju
    June 17, 2015

    Its Omnivision back camera !!! good bye Umi. I never think of Umi again after their Scam in India… I am one of their Victim !!! i lost 230 USD

    • balcobomber25
      June 20, 2015

      You do realize Omnivision makes some of the best sensors available today?

  17. Robert Dennis
    June 18, 2015

    No Band 20 as many reviewers have pointed out though. A little bit annoying to say the least.

  18. Robert Dennis
    June 18, 2015

    No Band 20 as many reviewers have pointed out though. A little bit annoying to say the least.

  19. June 19, 2015

    Whatever you do please stay away from GEARBEST SCAMMERS.

    The biggest bunch of Chinese robbers in the INTERNET.

    Had to claim my money to my Bank, stupid me to ignore the comments about them and succumb to the low price

  20. Yetimania
    June 19, 2015

    Whatever you do please stay away from GEARBEST SCAMMERS.

    The biggest bunch of Chinese robbers in the INTERNET.

    Had to claim my money to my Bank, stupid me to ignore the comments about them and succumb to the low price

  21. June 20, 2015

    what’s expected price of this device?

  22. Dave Weinstein
    June 20, 2015

    what’s expected price of this device?

  23. gmatht
    June 22, 2015

    So, did you get the 10 day battery life, or have you had to recharge already?

  24. gmatht
    June 22, 2015

    So, did you get the 10 day battery life, or have you had to recharge already?

  25. Noname1919
    June 22, 2015

    Just got this phone today. Ltd is good. Camera is OK. Better then elephant. Amazing sound with earplugs! Good call quality but the earpiece speaker tends to do some annoying vibrations on high volume. Could be bad speaker. Video record superb! Good audio and video. Very nice phone so far. 4g not working but who cares. 3g with 12-17mbits is enough. Much better phone then elephant elephone

    • Mrinal
      June 26, 2015

      How is the camera compared to the Jiayu S3 or Meizu M1 note?

      • Noname1919
        June 26, 2015

        Camera is little noisy. Havent tested s3 and meizu. Video record is Amazing! Some uppdates could help camera. It has to much sharpness and not so Great details. Overall. Phone is pretty good. Call quality is good. Something elephone cant handle. Umi has impressive 3.5mm jack sound quality. Like HTC! Screen is Good. But my zopo zp998 had better viewing Angles. Battery life is Good but not sure IF its 3780mah. Guess it has max 5h onscreen time. So its Good. I would like to try ecoo e04 om jiayu s3 to compare.

        • Chickens
          June 26, 2015

          A reviewer opened his eMax and says it is 3500mAh

          • Noname1919
            June 26, 2015

            Ok that acceptabelt. How do i open this device? My earpiece speaker is little faulty. Need new one.

            • Chickens
              June 27, 2015

              He said he used a credit card or something.

  26. Guest
    June 22, 2015

    This comment was deleted.

    • Mrinal
      June 26, 2015

      How is the camera compared to the Jiayu S3 or Meizu M1 note?

    • Guest
      June 26, 2015

      This comment was deleted.

    • Chickens
      June 26, 2015

      A reviewer opened his eMax and says it is 3500mAh

    • Guest
      June 26, 2015

      This comment was deleted.

    • Chickens
      June 28, 2015

      He said he used a credit card or something.

  27. dustin
    June 23, 2015

    looks like TCL m2u/m2m

  28. Guest
    June 24, 2015

    looks like TCL m2u/m2m

  29. elmoel
    June 27, 2015

    i realize this desain is look like tcl m2u or m2m hahahahaha

  30. elmoel
    June 27, 2015

    i realize this desain is look like tcl m2u or m2m hahahahaha

  31. Mrinal
    June 28, 2015

    Can we still expect a full review? Can’t wait to see if this will be my next phone or not 😮 (not to rush, just eager ^_^)

    • Mrinal
      June 30, 2015

      😮 It’s not a sticky post anymore.. does that mean it’s not in the works anymore?

      • Chickens
        July 1, 2015

        The Mi4i review was just released so probably after that.

        • Mrinal
          July 7, 2015

          ye.. it’s not coming anymore.. Hope the Iron will at least get a full review..

          • Chickens
            July 8, 2015

            The Lenovo K3 Note review is the same in Gizchina.com and Gizchina.de (same pics etc), so probably it’s the same for UMi eMax, check the review at Gizchina.de instead.

  32. Mrinal
    June 28, 2015

    Can we still expect a full review? Can’t wait to see if this will be my next phone or not 😮 (not to rush, just eager ^_^)

    • Mrinal
      June 30, 2015

      😮 It’s not a sticky post anymore.. does that mean it’s not in the works anymore?

    • Chickens
      July 1, 2015

      The Mi4i review was just released so probably after that.

    • Mrinal
      July 7, 2015

      ye.. it’s not coming anymore.. Hope the Iron will at least get a full review..

    • Chickens
      July 8, 2015

      The Lenovo K3 Note review is the same in

    • Chickens
      July 8, 2015

      and Gizchina.de (same pics etc), so probably it’s the same for UMi eMax, check the review at Gizchina.de instead.

  33. Chickens
    July 1, 2015

    RootJoy shows some new ROMS, with one Kitkat update (Kitkat 0619). Some Russians say it makes the camera work better, clearer. If my yandex-fu is correct.

    I hope somehow it gets into the review. Now let’s hope for some speaker optimisation.

  34. Chickens
    July 1, 2015

    RootJoy shows some new ROMS, with one Kitkat update (Kitkat 0619). Some Russians say it makes the camera work better, clearer. If my yandex-fu is correct.

    I hope somehow it gets into the review. Now let’s hope for some speaker optimisation.