UMi Z: The cheapest alternative to play demanding 3D games on?


In recent years, an increasing number of people have begun playing games on their mobile devices, sometimes more, sometimes less demanding ones. So, how do you know which phones are able to run your favorite 3D games smoothly without incurring into lag or dropped frames?


Obviously, it doesn’t only depend on one factor alone, every component of the phone has to work together to achieve the best gaming experience possible. The UMi Z from the recently renamed UMIDIGI is a device with high-end hardware and a very affordable price, so what about we have a closer look at its gaming capabilities, through some benchmarks and real gaming scenarios.

Gizchina News of the week

Before that, a short sum up for those who aren’t aware of all the phone’s details. The UMi Z is powered by the latest MediaTek Helio X27 deca-core SoC clocked at 2.6Ghz, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of memory. Knowing this, let’s see how the phone actually performed. Here’s the Antutu score:


Followed by a processor benchmark on GeekBench 4.

In GFX Benchmark we have a look on how the UMi Z compares to other phones in the most popular games.

To end with the Vellamo Benchmark which benchmarks the general speed of the phone in Chrome browsing, Metal and multicore loads.

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, we weren’t going to show you just benchmark scores but some real gaming scenarios as well.

Here’s a video of the UMi Z running Real Racing 3:

This is how it runs Hellgate London:

and finally N.O.V.A. Legacy:

Overall, the UMi Z seems to deliver solid gaming skills, it can power through most demanding games without suffering and it comes at a price that makes it a very appealing choice for gamers on a budget. If you’re interested in buying one, you can get the UMi Z over here at $50 off retail price.

Previous Report: Galaxy S8 pre-orders scheduled to go live on March 29
Next Huawei P10 sales go sky rocket on, 100 Million Yuan ($14.5M) in 1 minute!


  1. March 24, 2017

    I can’t help but wonder how much you were paid for this advert. Is this the only phone that can handle heavy 3D games at a relatively cheap price?

    This kinda posts is the reason why GizChina have lost almost all is readers.

    Keep it up and you won’t see any comments on your posts in weeks or even months.

    • Kamui
      March 24, 2017

      true true

    • Ibrahim Bahakim
      March 24, 2017

      “UMi Z: The CHEAPEST alternative to play demanding 3D games on?”
      I am not sure about pricing or do I care about those cheap brands. I only care for ZUK Le Eco Xiaomi etc..
      But Tom “the writer of this topic” said that it is the cheapest phone not the only phone. Since I don’t know the prices of those brands I will assume this topic is true.

      • March 24, 2017

        I have the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual powered by the Snapdragon 652 and I’m pretty sure it’ll perform better than the Umi Z while costing quite lower.

        • Ibrahim Bahakim
          March 25, 2017

          Man that thing is cheap af!! I wish to import it and resell here.. I already forgot what we were talking about and all I am seeing is, Coolpad Cool 1 Dual… Can you please tell me everything you know about this phone? The camera, speaker, display, battery, performance etc..
          I want to import few of those to sell here, but I am not sure if it is good enough. I only import Xiaomi tbh so it is a good first try. :p

    • nibeltz
      March 29, 2017

      but it works well i have to say….i didn’t even expect it.. hope it will not cause problems in the future.

  2. Jh1
    March 24, 2017

    Zuk z2….Xiaomi mi5, le eco le max 2…..All have sd820 soc’s. Pretty sure they can handle games for less

  3. Lazar Prodanovic
    March 24, 2017

    This is really pathetic & T880 MP4 works even far worser than A510 & throttle down much more. There are 120$ cheaper phones that will work better in 3D GPU tied workloads.