UMi Zero 2 will NOT ship with Helio X20, beware the #HYPE


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This morning UMi sent out a press release entitled “UMI Zero 2 To Feature 4GB of RAM & Helio X20?”. We think the answer is clearly a ‘no’ unless they plan to launch the phone well in to next year.

UMi have launched a lot of phones this year, but let us now forget what the company started with, the original UMi Zero. The original Zero had great design, and nice hardware, but it also suffered from a multitude of serious problems. Customers reported that the phone wouldn’t turn on from new, there were issues with the rear panel falling off, and a very troubling problem that caused the internal battery to expand splitting the phone apart!

Eager to put those stories behind them, UMi are now trying to stir the pot and build #HYPE about the UMi Zero 2.

UMi Zero 2 news is nothing new, the first reports of the phone were that it would feature a dual screen design, then there were contradictory reports of the phone featuring a genuine leather rear (confusing) and now these new ‘rumours’.

In the email UMi talk about different processors but they specifically ask if we believe the Zero 2 will come with a powerful Helio X20 chipset. The answer is a firm ‘no’. Mediatek will be supplying their larger partners with Helio X20 first, and companies like UMi will have to wait until there is a good supply of the chipset available before they can use it. This would delay the launch until mid 2016 at the earliest.

Instead we believe the UMi Zero 2 will ship with the current Mediatek Helio X10, in fact UMi even seem to believe this too;

its likely that the phone will feature the deca-core Helio X20 chipset for maximum performance. However, this may drive up the cost unnecessarily, and hence, the company may decide to settle with the MT6795 Helio X10 octa-core chip. Even this processor is quite capable of powering flagship devices, so it won’t be disappointing to see it inside the Zero 2.

So don’t get pulled in to the hype machine! UMi won’t be offering X20 phones until well in to next year, and their Helio X10 powered phone hasn’t even got a set release date yet.

In the meantime you can buy phones from Xiaomi, LeTV, and even Meizu all with the Mediatek Helio X10 chipset, not worry about quality issues and also steer well clear of all that BS hype.

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24 Comments

  1. Ben Liu
    September 23, 2015

    Pretty sad that they have to resort to these types of tactics.. Umi was supposedly a respectable company..

    • September 23, 2015

      All Chinese companies are doing this, following the OnePlus marketing Hype. Hope they will realise that it can’t work for everyone soon and we will get less BS.

      • Dante
        September 23, 2015

        The Op2 was hypermegahyped and people now hide their dissapointment under a smile saying that OP2 is still the best

        • September 25, 2015

          OP2 was well overhyped, still a good solid performing everyday phone. Only phone That I’ll replace it with is the Huawei Mate S, or perhaps a new Nexus.

          • Dante
            September 25, 2015

            So you picked the Op2 over the Letv Le one? – Good choice – And yes i hope the new nexus Is gonna be good

      • Mesterio
        September 24, 2015

        Andi still loving the OP2?

  2. Chickens
    September 23, 2015

    The marketing team released UMi eMax specs stating LTE B20, but reviewers found out it did not have one and they had to change specs, even the box still has B20.
    The marketing team releases 3780mAh spec but when opened it only shows 3500mAh.

    The marketing team releases a notice for Android 5.1 Lollipop in August for eMax, they give out an Android 5.0 rom for TCL M2M that was uploaded in July.

    And the Official eMax Lollipop project seems dead, like the Hammer and Zero Lollipop projects.
    UMi is a company you can trust.

  3. Muhammad Yasir
    September 23, 2015

    i expected some british slangs in here .. Andi :p

    • September 23, 2015

      next rant I promise

  4. Filipp
    September 23, 2015

    But helio x10 is really low end SoC having 8 a53 cores like in 6753 / s615 and an obsolete g6200 gpu

    • Guaire
      September 23, 2015

      If X10 is low end, what is the SD410 or SD210?

      Get serious. It’s upper mid-range.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        September 23, 2015

        it should be high-end … only slightly coming behind the 6797 !

      • Filipp
        September 23, 2015

        410 and 210 are crap
        period
        in terms of gpu s800/801 easily beats all the 8core a53 SoC
        oreover, 120 dollars Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 having 6795 is not mid range phone

        • Guaire
          September 23, 2015

          Those craps are low end. Real low end for the industry.

          Even if what you said is true, having weaker GPU than the SD800/801 doesn’t relegate them to low end.

          BTW fastest X10 has a faster GPU than some of the SD800 models and roughly equal to SD801 according to Gfxbench results which you can easily check out from their database.

  5. Blue Gum
    September 23, 2015

    Umi just release a reliable all-rounder at a decent price and stop with the lies, you already have one of the better company names for a china-phone, don’t ruin it by destroying your reputation.

    Make a phone with:

    Stock Android 6.0 + updates for 1 year.
    5.5 inch Full HD display of better than average quality, perhaps Sharp or JDI.
    3GB RAM dual channel.
    Helio P10 or Snapdragon 618(2xA72+4xA53).
    32GB base model, 128GB premium option + MicroSD support.
    Many 3G + 4G bands supported, make it an international phone.
    Decent cameras, megapixels don’t matter that much past 12.
    Metal frame.
    Gorilla glass 3 or 4.
    Front facing stereo speakers.
    Small bezels, yes that means the top and bottom, not just the sides.
    Release before Feb next year.
    $229-269 for base model.

    A man can dream.

    • September 23, 2015

      He’s back :O

      • Muhammad Yasir
        September 23, 2015

        who’s blue gum ?

        • Blue Gum
          September 24, 2015

          No idea.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            September 25, 2015

            wot ?

        • September 24, 2015

          Is this the guy who was always posting the same dream specs on every article? If not then I am sorry

          • Muhammad Yasir
            September 25, 2015

            he was croat or something , as far as i know :p

  6. 3_nity
    September 23, 2015

    ZERO is my first and last phone from UMI. No more UMI on my life.

  7. reposed
    September 23, 2015

    Perhaps if it does ship with the Helio x20, they should code name it “Hero”, or Zero 2 Hero.