UMi Touch first look, “user-defined” Meizu MX5 clone?


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Yesterday we reported how UMi had created a phone from the features that users chose through their Apollo Project. Today, slightly tweaked details of the UMi Touch have arrived with the first official image.

If you missed the news yesterday let me quickly fill you in. UMi set up a questionnaire asking fans to choose hardware parameters so that the first ‘user defined’ smartphone could be created. The result of the project is the UMi Touch, an all metal phone that will be financed through a crowd funding event.

UMi Touch first look and specs

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The UMi Touch seems to be moving through development quickly with an update to the specifications today and the first official image of the phone.

The slight changes are the phone will come with a 3900mAh battery (before a rough idea of the battery size was all we had), and that the phone will cost $149.99. The $99 price tag will be for people who chose to pay $1 and become an ‘Apollo Partner’.

Other hardware (octacore Mediatek, 3GB RAM, 16GB memory, 5.5-inch display, etc) is the same as previously mentioned, and now with an image of the phone we can see exactly what the front facing fingerprint scanner is going to look like.

The render shows that the full metal unibody design of the UMi Touch closely resembles the Meizu MX5, with the only notable difference being the speaker grill on the rear and lack of laser auto focus.

UMi will begin the $1 crowd funding on the 20th January and have already set up a subscription page for follows to take part.

Will you be funding this project? Is an MX5 clone what people had in mind as a ‘user defined’ phone?

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28 Comments

  1. January 8, 2016

    The design doesn’t look bad. Clone or not.

    • May Czos
      January 8, 2016

      It looks worse, less original than other UMI phones. I like UMI Iron better.

      • balcobomber25
        January 9, 2016

        As an owner of an MX5 I am biased but I love the design.

        • May Czos
          January 10, 2016

          Personally I’m not a fan of this design but it’s not the main problem. Thing is – it already exists, Meizu uses it, Xiaomi uses it, there’s no need to use it again. UMI has their own decent design like in the Iron (ok, slightly inspired but still fairly original), they should stick to it.

          • balcobomber25
            January 10, 2016

            There’s only so much you can do with a metal phone. Nearly all of them look alike.

            • May Czos
              January 11, 2016

              Definitely not, there are many different designs.

            • balcobomber25
              January 11, 2016

              Not really almost every metal phone follows the same exact design trend, the only differences usually is the camera/speak placements.

            • May Czos
              January 11, 2016

              iPhone 6, HTC One M8, Samsung A series (2015), Huawei P8, Honor 7, Meizu/Xiaomi – they all look completely different. UMI Touch looks exactly like Meizu/Xiaomi, it’s basically identical.

            • balcobomber25
              January 11, 2016

              Completely different? Not even close, Every single one of those phones shares the same base design (started by the HTC One M7) with very little evolution. The only differences in any of those phones you mentioned is camera placement and logos.

            • May Czos
              January 12, 2016

              Every phone is rectangular with more or less curved edges. Does it mean that all phones are the same? No. Don’t tell me that this:
              http://androidphonehub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Huawei-p8-Back-1000×664.jpg

              Looks like this:
              http://g02.s.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1raI0IpXXXXbOXFXX760XFXXXY/original-5-5-meizu-mx5-Helio-X10.png

              Because it simply doesn’t. On the other hand, here’s Meixu vs. Xiaomi:
              http://miworldnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16-150FG05R2145_meitu_8.jpg

              Identical. Shapes, curves, details. UMI Touch is going to be the third company to share identical design.

            • balcobomber25
              January 12, 2016

              There is very little major difference between any 3 of those. The Huawei has the tops painted white instead of silver and the camera is in the top instead of the middle. Other than that it’s the same base design as is the HTC, iPhone and every other metal phone. They have subtle differences but they all have the same base design.

            • May Czos
              January 12, 2016

              Are you blind? Huawei is more rectangular, flat, edges are sharp (not rounded), different frames, glass element on the top with flat, rectangular camera “eye”. Meizu has neither of those!

            • balcobomber25
              January 12, 2016

              Again those are all cosmetic and minor differences.

            • May Czos
              January 12, 2016

              They’re not, they make it look completely different. Just look at the pictures I posted. The fact thet they’re made of the same material doesn’t make them look the same.

            • balcobomber25
              January 12, 2016

              In your opinion they look completely different, in my opinion they don’t.

  2. balcobomber25
    January 8, 2016

    Which Octacore processor and what camera?

    • May Czos
      January 8, 2016

      Mediatek MT6753.

  3. Steven Fox
    January 8, 2016

    Another useless 6753 device that does nothing more than all the rest at around the 150$ mark.

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    January 8, 2016

    nope

  5. Tony Lee
    January 8, 2016

    they could do like this:

  6. bro-reac
    January 9, 2016

    With that design or clonish look, am not sure users defined the specs as well.

  7. Mark
    January 9, 2016

    Shouldn’t the 5,5″ market be saturated by now?

    • balcobomber25
      January 9, 2016

      5.5 inch phones continue to sell well, it has become one of the most popular phone sizes. As long sales continue we will still see new phones in that market segment.

    • Marius Cirsta
      January 9, 2016

      Well I was against 5.5 inch phones at first, they just seemed too big for me but now I have the Redmi Note 2 and I must admit I’m completely won over by the 5.5 inch screen. I wouldn’t want the screen to be smaller.
      At the same time I’m not really going to go much higher than 5.5 either ( maybe 5.7 but even that’s stretching it ).
      There are people looking for good 5 inch and even smaller phones ( many women ) while some men would like 6 inch or even larger screens. I guess they’re a minority though and not many companies are going for this niche market.

    • Louis Mario
      January 10, 2016

      Agree with you. I gave them a try with the Iuni U3, beautiful phone IMO, but i got tired of its size (even that is one of the more compact 5.5inchers, if not the smallest), so i’m looking for a 5inch phone, the Xperia Compact series are good options, but expensive for my pocket.
      Still wondering why all the companies left the LG G2 desing to die.

  8. ffuucckk
    January 10, 2016

    Umi do you think we are stupid or something?

  9. krusty_t_clown
    January 11, 2016

    Hi all,

    as umi zero user I do advise everybody to never ever buy any umi product.
    Shitty support and promises never kept. Product with technical problems from the start.
    Regards

  10. Mark MacCurrie
    February 1, 2016

    I used to be against 5.5 inch phones, but after trying the umi Emax which I have had for 8 months or so now I am completely won over. Anyone who has trouble using a phone this big with one hand search eBay for these key words….. Cell phone finger strap. Stick one on the back of your device and will find it much easier to use ur phone with one hand without feeling like you’re gonna drop it.
    I have to admit, I am really excited about the umi touch. I think it will be my next device.