UMi Iron, feature focus


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UMi have sent up some information about the UMi Iron to clear up the confusion about the specs and details of the phone. Keep reading for the details.

UMi did a pretty good job of keeping the UMi Iron a secret, especially considering the sheer amount of the features the phone boast, but still resellers managed to jump the gun, release details and confuse matters with inaccurate details.

To clear the air and get facts straight, UMi have sent out details of some of the current and coming soon feature of the UMi Iron. Most of the features here are software based so will only come with OTA updates, which is good news in itself as it means UMi have planned OTA’s which is more than can be said for some other brands.

UMi Iron EyePrint ID

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UMi are using a few different names to describe their Eye reading technology, but it sounds as though the feature uses algorithms by Eyeverify which used the front camera of the phone to read and recognise your eye print to allow access. This feature isn’t available out of the box, but will come with an OTA scheduled for 6th July.

It’s an interesting feature that we want to test, and also wonder if it is always active or if you first need to unlock the display to get the system to wake up first?

UMi Iron Health Features

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The new material from UMi also sheds a little more light on the health aspects of the phone. Already mentioned is a heart rate monitor which can read your BPM by simply placing a finger on the sensor, but there is also a feature to check UV light in your area. According to the details using the front camera of the phone will pick up how much UV light there to warn you of dangers to your skins health. We’re not sure how this works but we feel it is more to do with the location of your phone based on GPS rather than the camera.

UMi Iron Beam Notification

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A notification beam is a feature that I love to see on Android phones. I like the look of it on Oppo devices but it always bothered me that Oppo only offered one colour for the light. UMi however have used an RGB notification beam. By default Red means charging, blue is for a missed call and green for unread message.

UMi are asking UMi Iron owners to update their phones via OTA as soon as they arrive so that the notification light and heart sensor features will become active on the phone.

UMi Iron HIFI sound

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Although Mediatek have made some great strides in improving audio quality on phones equipped with their processors, UMi have gone that extra step to ensure better than average audio HIFi. Using a Texas Instruments audio chip with Directpatch Technology, the UMi Iron promises to be a audiophiles dream.

UMi Iron Hardware

Encased in the alloy body is a 5.5-inch FHD display with 441ppi, Mediatek MT6753 chipset, 3GB RAM, FDD LTE, 8 mega-pixel OV8858 front camera, 13 megapixel Sony IMX214 rear camera and 3180mAh battery good for up to 12 days of standby.

So those are the current features of the UMi Iron, not bad for a phone that will cost just $179.99, and with OTA updates coming we can expect more added features to the Lollipop ROM in the coming weeks and months. Keep posted to GizChina as we should soon receive our review UMi Iron and will make an unboxing once it arrives.

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33 Comments

  1. KS
    July 1, 2015

    Interesting phone, looking forward to your review.

  2. Tremaine Underwood
    July 1, 2015

    I wonder why most of the new phones coming out now have a MTK6753 processor. Is it that much cheaper then the MTK6752?

    • PaulBV
      July 1, 2015

      Cheaper processor, gpu, less performance but perhaps consume less battery

      • Tremaine Underwood
        July 1, 2015

        Yes that probably is the case. For me though and, this is personal preference, I would rather see 2gb of ram and and the faster processor. I know Antutu scores can be taken with a pinch of salt, but take the M1 & M2 note, they are essentially the same phone except for the processor. The scores for the 2 devices differ by nearly 10000 points. The phones are from the same manufacturer so any cheating should cancel itself out.

  3. WOOHer
    July 1, 2015

    And nothing about the digitizer matherial again…(( DOES ANYBODY KNOW THERE,is it made of ORDINARY GLASS, GORILLA OR DRAGONTRAIL? Why nobody is interesting in this part of the handset?

    • csak1user
      July 1, 2015

      I’m interested, but there is no way for a reviewer to find out.
      Only UMI can tell. But they advertise every tiny part/feature of the phone, so I guess if the glass would made by some known brand (Corning, AGC) they have would already mentioned it.
      So I guess it is a regular hardened glass

      • Cpaun
        July 1, 2015

        Most likely, consigering the thick screen protector they seem to ship with the phone.

        • csak1user
          July 1, 2015

          They ship screen protector with the phone?
          The unboxing/reviews what I see so far, the screen protector was a separate product, just like the leather case.

          • Cpaun
            July 1, 2015

            Yes indeed. I supposed they will ship one with every phone, but I could be wrong.

  4. csak1user
    July 1, 2015

    I’m more and more excited about this phone. I’m glad I have preordered it. 🙂

    But maybe most of this features is just a gimmicky software stuff, rather than really usable hardware sensors.
    Also if you read the health slide, it mention the blood sugar and cholesterol level. lol. I’m sure they can’t measure it.

    • Chickens
      July 1, 2015

      As a diabetic, this would be a godsend if they can measure blood sugar levels, hopefully no more pricking.

      • csak1user
        July 1, 2015

        I haven’t seen a technology that can read your blood sugar without pricking.

        My grandma has a diabetes and I have made a resource a year ago about insulin measuring and pumping “machines”, but couldn’t find any that doesn’t require pricking for measure the blood sugar level.

    • csak1user
      July 1, 2015

      Just noticed that they can’t say that they can measure blood sugar and cholesterol level, just that it is at your “disposal?”.

      I think maybe there will be a healt app, where you can store these data and check it later/make statistics/analytics based on these data.

  5. Chickens
    July 1, 2015

    For the EyePrint ID, do I have to take off my glasses?

  6. ddccfff
    July 1, 2015

    wonder how easy it is to circumvent the eye security, would any photo of someone do?

    • csak1user
      July 1, 2015

      “- Very difficult for attackers to obtain eye image samples
      – Spoof alerts protect against photo and video replay attacks”
      http://www.eyeverify.com/product-technology/core-technology

    • Tremaine Underwood
      July 1, 2015

      If you have seen the movie ‘Demolition Man’, there is a way around it, but it doesn’t end so well for the owner of the eyeball 🙂

  7. thor2001
    July 1, 2015

    Why did they exclude FDD-LTE Band20/800 MHz…UMI haven’t learned anything

    • balcobomber25
      July 1, 2015

      Because their sales in Europe are most likely minimal to the point where the cost of using that extra antenna isnt justified.

      • t
        September 27, 2015

        their sales in europe are low because they do not officially sell in europe! i am sure that tus would sell extremely well if it was available and advertised there

        • balcobomber25
          September 27, 2015

          It probably would but it takes a lot of capital to sell in Europe, without a financial backing Umi isn’t big enough for that kind of commitment.

  8. csak1user
    July 1, 2015

    Just flash it through my brain what this directpath audio could mean.

    There are some computer motherboard where the audio part is isolated from the other parts of the PCB, so the audio path doesn’t cross any other wire. This really can make less noise and cleaner audio output. Maybe UMI has done the same on their Iron PCB.

    I’m still really exciting about this phone.

  9. Cpaun
    July 1, 2015

    So let me get it straight: they have some (software) features, but they won’t release them when they launch the phone. They will release them later… WHY??? I want all the features of my phone when I buy it, not later. I mean, what guarantee do I have that those features will ever be included?

    • csak1user
      July 1, 2015

      The phone is not on the market yet. It is on preorder. I hope, when the phone will arrive to me. which can be still 4 weeks, the software will be ready.

      • Cpaun
        July 1, 2015

        The article says “Most of the features here are software based so will only come with OTA updates”. OTA should mean software updates after the phone is released. That’s how I understood reading this article.

        • csak1user
          July 1, 2015

          You are right, they haven’t finished the software development before send the phone to factory, but if the features will be ready in the following month, you can start the usage of the phone with an OTA and you can use all the feature since day one.
          I’m fine with this.

  10. Muhammad Yasir
    July 1, 2015

    1-F**KING-80 $ ?!
    SOLD !!!!

  11. Muhammad Yasir
    July 1, 2015

    1-F***Ing-80$ ?!
    IM SOLD !

  12. Muhammad Yasir
    July 1, 2015

    pretty sure if this comes to PAkistan , people are gonna go apeshit crazy for buying this !

  13. Greenhill
    July 1, 2015

    They could have gone with 1mm more thickness and 4000Mah-ish batt..

    • hxdu
      September 27, 2015

      and if it was 300 mm more they could have used a car battery….

  14. Noname1919
    July 1, 2015

    Umi emax has Amazing audio processor. Something elephone is missing!