Breaking: UMi Zero 2 to get dual screen design! Coming 1st September


umi zero 2 teaser

For those of you following UMi, you have no doubt been impressed by the UMi Iron specifications, but the UMi Zero 2 goes a step further with dual screen design!

Earlier today a new Facebook page was created simply named “UMi Zero 2”. So far the page is a blank canvas waiting for likes and content, but there is one very interesting image already on there.

The cover image for the page reads “Duplex Life”, above that we can make out the partial image of a phone named the Zero Pro with what looks like an E-ink display on the rear. We can tell this is the rear of the phone as there is a large main camera above it, and we also have a glimpse of the front of the phone too.

Although the details don’t look like much for now the UMi Zero 2 image actually reveals quite a lot of information about the phone.

We can make out a dual screen design, the rear likely an E-ink model like the famous Yotaphone, there are on-screen navigation for the front screen, a physical home button (which may hold a fingerprint scanner) and we can see a metal frame.

There are more details too! A small circle reading “1/9” can be seen next to the Zero 2 name which we believe means a 1st September launch date! This would give us 2 months to wait and if the UMi Iron is anything to go by, UMi are going to spend those months teasing some innovative features for the new flagship phone.

[ UMi Zero 2 Facebook ]
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43 Comments

  1. Rob
    July 3, 2015

    Wouldn’t “1/9” be 1st September and not october (1/10)??

    • July 3, 2015

      doh

      • Rob
        July 3, 2015

        That’s OK, I thought I was missing something initially!

        • Max
          July 5, 2015

          it could even be 9th of January, couldn’t it?

          • Rob
            July 5, 2015

            The thought did cross my mind but then I remembered it wasn’t Elephone!!

      • Max
        July 9, 2015

        so we found out that the 1/9 does have nothing to do with a release date, but with the amount of specs released. this was “one of nine”. your next news about the screen size is “two of nine” as you can see on the upper left corner of the picture. means 7 more news to follow. 😉
        you might want to change that in both news AND the headlines!

    • July 3, 2015

      Thanks and fixed 🙂

  2. Riccardo Benzoni
    July 3, 2015

    E-ink display?? this will be mine! 😀

  3. Andrew P
    July 3, 2015

    Impressive. I always wanted to try YotaPhone, but it’s not so widely available and expensive. Seems like UMi gonna make it available and not expensive.

  4. Marius Cirsta
    July 3, 2015

    OK now this is really exciting… I’ve always like the UMi Zero but it’s a bit dated with its SOC and all … but if UMi come out with a version 2 I’m probably going to go ahead and buy that 😀

  5. Marius Cirsta
    July 3, 2015

    OK now this is really exciting… I’ve always like the UMi Zero but it’s a bit dated with its SOC and all … but if UMi come out with a version 2 I’m probably going to go ahead and buy that 😀

  6. Ruby
    July 4, 2015

    Za Russians at Yotaphone will not be very happy when they see this!

    http://www.nzedge.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/marton_csokas20may13.jpg

  7. Ruby
    July 4, 2015

    Za Russians at Yotaphone will not be very happy when they see this!

    http://www.nzedge.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/marton_csokas20may13.jpg

  8. 3_nity
    July 4, 2015

    no more UMI on my life!

  9. 3_nity
    July 4, 2015

    no more UMI on my life!

  10. Chickens
    July 4, 2015

    With Iron and Zero 2 on the horizon, I hope they don’t forget about eMax (mine is still on shipping, currently missent to Denmark according to 17track). Hopefully when they push Lollipop there’d be further OTA just for optimisation or something, maybe just as snappy as Kitkat or something.

  11. Chickens
    July 4, 2015

    With Iron and Zero 2 on the horizon, I hope they don’t forget about eMax (mine is still on shipping, currently missent to Denmark according to 17track). Hopefully when they push Lollipop there’d be further OTA just for optimisation or something, maybe just as snappy as Kitkat or something.

  12. Chickens
    July 4, 2015

    I hope the e-ink shows what’s being photographed by the main camera

  13. Chickens
    July 4, 2015

    I hope the e-ink shows what’s being photographed by the main camera

  14. July 4, 2015

    Part of UMI belongs to Efox, so Efox is the best choice for you to order UMI devices. Just keep it mind :ß

    • calvin greene
      July 4, 2015

      Now that’s something I didn’t know, cheers efox

    • Muhammad Yasir
      July 4, 2015

      keep IN mind*

      yep , im a grammar nazi !

      • balcobomber25
        July 5, 2015

        I’m or I am.

        Haha just playing with you Muhammad.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          July 5, 2015

          you did read one of my posts where i clearly said “Im lazy” 😀 , dint u ?

    • Marius Cirsta
      July 6, 2015

      Then it means we’ll have the best prices of the new UMi 2 😀 I’ll check and if that’s so you’ll have my order 😀

  15. July 4, 2015

    Part of UMI belongs to Efox, so Efox is the best choice for you to order UMI devices. Just keep it mind :ß

  16. Muhammad Yasir
    July 4, 2015

    now lets hope it doesn’t retail for $500 😀

  17. Simon
    July 4, 2015

    How much of a success was the first umi zero ?

    • balcobomber25
      July 5, 2015

      In terms of Chinese phones it was very successful, in fact it is the phone which turned Umi around. Before the Zero they were one of the dozens of companies making generic phones with nothing to set them apart.

  18. monkeytree
    July 4, 2015

    Would be great if the e-ink screen would have an in-built light, like in the Kobo e-readers. Makes great reading in bed.

  19. CoinPhone
    July 4, 2015

    I find it rather “not saying stupid” but redundant to have dual screens with the e-ink screen supposedly able to save battery with reading or doing not so important tasks. I mean…….why can’t you just have a button that turns the main display grey??? And the volume rocker to adjust the resolutions? Why do you ever need a second screen? You mean to need a second TV to watch a B/W video???

    • balcobomber25
      July 5, 2015

      Even if you turn the main display grey or black and white its still an LCD screen that is resource intensive. It would be nothing more than changing the colors, it wouldnt have any actual benefit. An E-ink display uses minimal battery and is better for reading (both for your battery and eyes).

      • Lildwell2
        July 5, 2015

        I’m assuming that his response would be “why not just use an amoled screen since it saves battery and can be reduced to black to save battery”.

        • Marius Cirsta
          July 5, 2015

          E-Ink is … how should I put this “the shit” when it come to low power usage and sunlight readability. If you just want to see the info there’s nothing like E-Ink.

          Having a Kindle wint E-Ink I’m really excited about this UMi and I’m getting one for sure if it turns out to have a large enough E-Ink Screen.

        • balcobomber25
          July 6, 2015

          But even an Amoled display will never come close to the battery saving of an Eink display.

  20. NIck
    July 5, 2015

    On the photo you can see one the back of the phone it is written “Zero Pro”, so it is not Zero 2 but Zero Pro or it will be 2 versions of Umi Zero2 – Normal and Pro….

  21. July 5, 2015

    The e-ink display in the photo looks like it’s 3.5-4 inches. A lot of wasted space there.

  22. Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
    July 5, 2015

    Umi is really impressing me lately..

  23. Nick
    July 5, 2015

    CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THAT IT IS NAMED “UMI ZERO PRO” OR “UMI ZERO 2 PRO”??

    • Max
      July 9, 2015

      can you please stop spamming in capslock? also it says “Umi Zero 2” in the picture. no hint of “Pro” can be seen. 😉

  24. jimberkas
    July 5, 2015

    i need to use a case, so this is useless to me. but i like the concept. i think they need to work with case makers to produce cases that would offer this feature.

  25. Jeff
    July 20, 2015

    the display of my umizero comes off at corners. and it was never
    really in use. laying beside the laptop. google for more, there are many
    complaints. and now there will be double the amount of display to come
    of.
    sounds, rings, alarms are very bad to hear when you put the
    phone on the table and the back lies on the table. it is obstructed.
    Voice quality medium. Security is an issue. Since there are many chinese
    progs in the rom. you do not know what they really do.

    really bad
    manufacturing quality, efox and shops are not helping at all. Must
    always send to china. and since january there was no new rom. all bugged
    stuff. the last rom was a huge necessity, otherwise they would never
    have done it.

    bad phone quality, really bad software. no service at all, no help from the dealers.

    stay away for a while and wait for reviews. And dont buy at EFOX. Worst of those dealers.

    do not jump at it without google

    !!!

  26. willysson
    November 5, 2015

    Appears perhaps “1/9” might mean “January 9”!!!