Exclusive: UMi Rome in gold and black real photos


umi rome hands on photos

The UMi Rome has the makings of a really disruptive phone, with hardware punching well above its compeition and a low price. Here the first real photos of both the gold and black versions of the UMi Rome.

While we haven’t had time with the UMi Rome ourselves, we have managed to get these real photos showing what both the gold and a new black version of the UMi Rome will look like in the flesh.

UMi Rome Photos

umi rome hands on photos

The UMi Rome, for those of you who haven’t heard about the phone, is a budget device which was offered on pre-sale earlier this month at only $89. A low price for any phone, but especially impressive since the UMi Rome promises a 5.5-inch AMOLED 2.5D display, 3GB RAM, octacore MT6753 chipset and Type C USB.

umi rome hands on photos

UMi are saying that 100,000 UMi Rome phones have been pre-ordered at the low intro price, and now pricing will rise to $109.99, still a bargain if the hardware lives up to the hype.

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Photos released to us today show the gold UMi Rome alongside a black version, which gives us a better look at the 100 process CNC alloy chassis. The frame actually looks similar to the UMi Hammer S with a nice curve to the rear, holes drilled in the base for dual speakers and a taper before meeting the rear panel. The chassis measures in a 7.9mm leaving enough room for a 2500mAh battery.

Do you plan on buying the UMi Rome? Do you think this budget phone could really disrupt the smartphone market?

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94 Comments

  1. Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
    December 5, 2015

    “UMi are saying that 100,000 UMi Iron phones have been pre-ordered at the low intro price”

    Something is wrong there ?! Hehe

    Phone looks good but UMI never fails in designing their devices so no surprise there. Now it’s all up to performance of the phone. Really curious since I’ve had the Hammer and no own the Iron. Both had their cons and pros but I never felt like I over paid for them.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      December 5, 2015

      iron was a disgrace tho …

      i hope rome is their saving face , going into 2016

      • Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
        December 5, 2015

        I wouldn’t call it a disgrace, phone works perfectly except for the few bugs. Yes it could definitely have been better but still it’s a great phone.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          December 5, 2015

          i see …
          what stood out for u ?

  2. Roberto
    December 5, 2015

    Yes I bought black color…

    • Muhammad Yasir
      December 5, 2015

      reviews plz !

      • Nilzie
        December 5, 2015

        I doubt anyone will get it this year. Sellers are listing the lead time as december 15

        • Muhammad Yasir
          December 5, 2015

          i c

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      Same

  3. Nilzie
    December 5, 2015

    who said it has usb type c?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      December 5, 2015

      andi’s been making some mistakes on this device for awhile now …. in one article he said that Umi Rome had fingerprint scanner :p !

      • December 5, 2015

        Just going off UMi have been feeding us… hope the rest of the specs are accurate….

        • Muhammad Yasir
          December 5, 2015

          lol , if umi rome does indeed have a fingerprint scanner … then its a killa budget phone atm !

          • Steve B
            December 6, 2015

            think the camera will probably be the let down, imx179 (?) yet to see anything good out of that.
            Obviously more $, but check out Elephone M2 review on geeksnack.com , not best samples, but shows a lot of promise.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              December 6, 2015

              hahaa … thats what elephone are about …
              eternal promise … altho i hope they realise thats a death warrant on its own and stop being ‘eternal’ :p

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    December 5, 2015

    fingers crossed

  5. Robert Dennis
    December 5, 2015

    Where were all the 89 dollar ones up for sale then? Did we ever discover them?

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      You missed the train on that one. But I got mine two days ago off aliexpress for 98 usd. its still on pandawill for 99. Everywhere else it goes for 119.

    • Galindo
      December 6, 2015

      There is no business selling price of $ 89, umi official said the price of 89 dollars is just a deceptive slogan, which is despicable means umi has been used, it is cheating. People can not believe they even use the phone whether the material is correct, there is no false arguments.

      • Nilzie
        December 7, 2015

        well dont be mad because you missed the promo

  6. jose lopez huertado
    December 5, 2015

    No me gusta los botones capacitivos dentro de la pantalla los marcos horribles al rededor de la pantalla y la pobre batería así que un 0 para umi

    • KU DE TA
      December 5, 2015

      English!

    • Joel Adames
      December 5, 2015

      SP. jose en las fotos se ven claro los botones afuera. asi que debes revisar las fotos y lo demas para no comentar como desinformado.
      EN. jose in the pictures you can clearly see the buttons outside. so you should look at the pictures and else so you won’t come out comenting as uninformed.

      • jose lopez huertado
        December 7, 2015

        Ya lose que están fuera pero también están dentro lo he visto en vídeos por lo tanto yo no se porque an puesto los botones fuera si están también. Dentro de la pantalla

  7. SPLEND1D
    December 5, 2015

    I have ordered one for my brother. A nice bargain methinks

  8. Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
    December 5, 2015

    “UMi are saying that 100,000 UMi Iron phones have been pre-ordered at the low intro price”

    Something is wrong there 😉! Hehe

    Phone looks good but UMI never fails in designing their devices so no surprise there. Now it’s all up to performance of the phone. Really curious since I’ve had the Hammer and no own the Iron. Both had their cons and pros but I never felt like I over paid for them.

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      iron was a disgrace tho …

      i hope rome is their saving face , going into 2016

    • Jean Carlo Palmisano Rademaker
      December 5, 2015

      I wouldn’t call it a disgrace, phone works perfectly except for the few bugs. Yes it could definitely have been better but still it’s a great phone.

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      i see …
      what stood out for u ?

  9. Roberto
    December 5, 2015

    Yes I bought black color…

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      reviews plz !

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      I doubt anyone will get it this year. Sellers are listing the lead time as december 15

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      i c

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      Same

  10. Nilzie
    December 5, 2015

    who said it has usb type c?

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      andi’s been making some mistakes on this device for awhile now …. in one article he said that Umi Rome had fingerprint scanner :p !

    • Andi Sykes
      December 5, 2015

      Just going off UMi have been feeding us… hope the rest of the specs are accurate….

    • Guest
      December 5, 2015

      lol , if umi rome does indeed have a fingerprint scanner … then its a killa budget phone atm !

    • Steve B
      December 6, 2015

      think the camera will probably be the let down, imx179 (?) yet to see anything good out of that.
      Obviously more $, but check out Elephone M2 review on geeksnack.com , not best samples, but shows a lot of promise.

    • Guest
      December 6, 2015

      hahaa … thats what elephone are about …
      eternal promise … altho i hope they realise thats a death warrant on its own and stop being ‘eternal’ :p

  11. Guest
    December 5, 2015

    fingers crossed

  12. Giannis Souliotis
    December 5, 2015

    I also wait for the gold one!! Umi did good job in this device, I can’t wait for it to come!!!

  13. greg
    December 5, 2015

    I would have one , but with no 3G or LTE bands for America its not an option right now

  14. Robert Dennis
    December 5, 2015

    Where were all the 89 dollar ones up for sale then? Did we ever discover them?

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      You missed the train on that one. But I got mine two days ago off aliexpress for 98 usd. its still on pandawill for 99. Everywhere else it goes for 119.

    • Kieslowski
      December 7, 2015

      There is no business selling price of $ 89, umi official said the price of 89 dollars is just a deceptive slogan, which is despicable means umi has been used, it is cheating. People can not believe they even use the phone whether the material is correct, there is no false arguments.

    • Nilzie
      December 7, 2015

      well dont be mad because you missed the promo

  15. jose lopez huertado
    December 5, 2015

    No me gusta los botones capacitivos dentro de la pantalla los marcos horribles al rededor de la pantalla y la pobre batería así que un 0 para umi

    • KU DE TA
      December 5, 2015

      English!

    • Joel Adames
      December 5, 2015

      SP. jose en las fotos se ven claro los botones afuera. asi que debes revisar las fotos y lo demas para no comentar como desinformado.
      EN. jose in the pictures you can clearly see the buttons outside. so you should look at the pictures and else so you won’t come out comenting as uninformed.

    • jose lopez huertado
      December 8, 2015

      Ya lose que están fuera pero también están dentro lo he visto en vídeos por lo tanto yo no se porque an puesto los botones fuera si están también. Dentro de la pantalla

  16. SPLEND1D
    December 5, 2015

    I have ordered one for my brother. A nice bargain methinks

  17. Mahdisml
    December 5, 2015

    Hello ! buy umi rome or wait for elephone m3 ???which one is better ????

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      considering the fact that that m2 JUST started shipping, youre gonna wait for a long time

    • MattD
      December 5, 2015

      Your doubt is the exact reason why elephone teased the m3 so early: they want to bring people to wait for their device instead of buying somenthing available right now. But keep in mind the m3 will take 6-8 months to be released.

      Actually the m2 surprisingly seems a nice choice overall, i suggest to look some review: i really didn’t expect such level from elephone

      • Joel Adames
        December 5, 2015

        yup!!. m1 and m2 should work for them. i still don’t see why elephone think they need to be in the news with a new phone every other day if they are not going to launch it soon enough. their “2015 flagship killer” if anything is just going to be a regular middle-high spec phone by the time anyone gets them in JANUARY if ever!!!

        • MattD
          December 5, 2015

          They really thinks it’s a good marketing move, while they don’t realize it’s the worst possible move because their devices could never live up to the hype, even if they were perfect… And we all know elephone’s devices are REALLY far from perfection… 😀

  18. Giannis Souliotis
    December 5, 2015

    I also wait for the gold one!! Umi did good job in this device, I can’t wait for it to come!!!

  19. MattD
    December 5, 2015

    UMI’s design never chase to amaze me… They just need to get better in the build and sw departments! 😀

  20. greg
    December 5, 2015

    I would have one , but with no 3G or LTE bands for America its not an option right now

  21. Marco Lancaster
    December 5, 2015

    The black one looks dope.
    Also cuz, with 100% of sure, the gold will come with black bars feature.

  22. Joel Adames
    December 5, 2015

    the back reminds me of the bluboo XTOUCH … wich gizchina has delayed to review or say “this is my mouth” about it…. Yash said Andi was in the waits to get one…. a month ago…. hahahaha

  23. Guest
    December 5, 2015

    Hello ! buy umi rome or wait for elephone m3 ???which one is better ????

    • Nilzie
      December 5, 2015

      considering the fact that that m2 JUST started shipping, youre gonna wait for a long time

    • MattD
      December 5, 2015

      Your doubt is the exact reason why elephone teased the m3 so early: they want to bring people to wait for their device instead of buying somenthing available right now. But keep in mind the m3 will take 6-8 months to be released.

      Actually the m2 surprisingly seems a nice choice overall, i suggest to look some review: i really didn’t expect such level from elephone

    • Joel Adames
      December 5, 2015

      yup!!. m1 and m2 should work for them. i still don’t see why elephone think they need to be in the news with a new phone every other day if they are not going to launch it soon enough. their “2015 flagship killer” if anything is just going to be a regular middle-high spec phone by the time anyone gets them in JANUARY if ever!!!

    • MattD
      December 5, 2015

      They really thinks it’s a good marketing move, while they don’t realize it’s the worst possible move because their devices could never live up to the hype, even if they were perfect… And we all know elephone’s devices are REALLY far from perfection… 😀

  24. MattD
    December 5, 2015

    UMI’s design never chase to amaze me… They just need to get better in the build and sw departments! 😀

  25. Angry Mobile Nerd
    December 5, 2015

    If you didn’t already know it was suppose to be “UMI”, am I the only one who thinks their logo reads “UYI”?

    • Airyl
      December 6, 2015

      It does look more like UYI than UMI.

  26. Marco Lancaster
    December 5, 2015

    The black one looks dope.
    Also cuz, with 100% of sure, the gold will come with black bars feature.

  27. Joel Adames
    December 5, 2015

    the back reminds me of the bluboo XTOUCH … wich gizchina has delayed to review or say “this is my mouth” about it…. Yash said Andi was in the waits to get one…. a month ago…. hahahaha

  28. Angry Mobile Nerd
    December 6, 2015

    If you didn’t already know it was suppose to be “UMI”, am I the only one who thinks their logo reads “UYI”?

    • Airyl
      December 6, 2015

      It does look more like UYI than UMI.

  29. Dante
    December 6, 2015

    very nice build for the price , reminiscent of the umi zero , one of the most hyped chinese phones that was just meh , but still amoled and metal and glass build + 3 gb ram + mt6753 is amazing for the price but i think theres a catch somewhere

    • Mateus Marta
      December 6, 2015

      I think it’s not glass, its plastic.

      • Dante
        December 6, 2015

        no judging by the renders and umi themselves , and other articles who stated that thats glass

  30. Dante
    December 6, 2015

    very nice build for the price , reminiscent of the umi zero , one of the most hyped chinese phones that was just meh , but still amoled and metal and glass build + 3 gb ram + mt6753 is amazing for the price but i think theres a catch somewhere

    • Mateus Marta
      December 6, 2015

      I think it’s not glass, its plastic.

    • Dante
      December 6, 2015

      no judging by the renders and umi themselves , and other articles who stated that thats glass

  31. G'n'T
    December 6, 2015

    The photos say it all. You’d have to be a stuffed monkey to buy an Umi.

  32. Tony Lee
    December 6, 2015

    you guys really need think deeply why and how it could be possible to be provided at such low price, the Rome. 6753 Soc, 3GB, AMOLED. don’t you suspect that there would have a lot flaws ?

    • MohammadAhamad
      December 7, 2015

      The competition between Umi Rome and Ulefone Paris is not about the two cities but about iPhone and Smasung. Umi sucks. They copy Smasung and even copy Ulefone’s naming approach.

      • Giovannni
        December 7, 2015

        I’m a users of Ulefone Paris and i assure you, it is very good and the company is still improving it.

      • Galindo
        December 7, 2015

        Nice phone!

  33. G'n'T
    December 6, 2015

    The photos say it all. You’d have to be a stuffed monkey to buy an Umi.

  34. Liisess
    December 7, 2015

    you guys really need think deeply why and how it could be possible to be provided at such low price, the Rome. 6753 Soc, 3GB, AMOLED. don’t you suspect that there would have a lot flaws ?

    • NO.5
      December 7, 2015

      The competition between Umi Rome and Ulefone Paris is not about the two cities but about iPhone and Smasung. Umi sucks. They copy Smasung and even copy Ulefone’s naming approach.

    • Windows 10
      December 7, 2015

      I’m a users of Ulefone Paris and i assure you, it is very good and the company is still improving it.

    • Kieslowski
      December 7, 2015

      Nice phone!

  35. vonBox
    December 8, 2015

    Im still waiting for my Elephone Berlin…

  36. vonBox
    December 8, 2015

    Im still waiting for my Elephone Berlin…

  37. Lennald
    June 18, 2016

    4 budget smartphones comparison video: Bluboo Maya vs Homtom HT7 vs Oukitel U7 Pro vs Umi Rome X –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOANYdVp5Tw

  38. Lennald
    June 18, 2016

    4 budget smartphones comparison video: Bluboo Maya vs Homtom HT7 vs Oukitel U7 Pro vs Umi Rome X –