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Review: UMIDIGI Z1 Pro. Powerful, bright, stylish and practical

Written by Millo

Review: UMIDIGI Z1 Pro. Powerful, bright, stylish and practical

Due to the spectacular design, the new UMIDIGI Z1 Pro, definitely, stands out from the most inexpensive “Chinese” phones. Yes, we cannot call it very original, but the creators of this smartphone unquestionably managed to create something worthwhile making it worthy of purchase.

In addition, the Z1 Pro has a powerful “packaging”, a bright AMOLED-screen with a FullHD resolution, a decent dual camera, a 4000 mAh battery and a thin and fairly light casing.

At present, GearBest, the online store is offering you to the opportunity to purchase a stylish UMIDIGI Z1 Pro for only $259.99. Certainly, the model in the red case will please the worshippers of artistic creations, and a purely black version will suit anyone.

Design

Usually, the Chinese did not “reinvent the wheel” in terms of design. UMIDIGI Z1 Pro is simultaneously similar to Apple iPhone 7 Plus (the design of the dual main camera), iPhone 6S Plus (metal base and horizontal inserts for antennas at the back) and Samsung’s (front panel) which was the flagships of the past years.

Especially, if you choose the red version, then, it will turn out in the end surprisingly well. Even the basic accessories have been carefully chosen taking into account the color scale. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong if we say, this smartphone looks much more expensive than it costs.

The screen has a standard aspect ratio of 9 to 16, and the thin side frame is amazingly good. At the bottom of it, there is a hardware “Home” button with a built-in fingerprint scanner, and on the sides of it, you’ll see the standard touch keys for controlling the Android OS.

The USB Type-C connector is at the bottom, the 3.5 mm headphone jack is at the top right. The volume buttons and On/Off. are on the right whereas the SIM card tray is on the left. Look at the left of the front speaker, a Selfie-camera is awaiting you. The main camera is at the bottom, this setting resembles the Apple iPhone of the latest models.

The “iron” of UMIDIGI Z1 Pro

We think that Z1 Pro’s processor is chosen quite strangely. MediaTek Helio P20 was good for the end of last year, but now, Helio P25 grabs the attention due to its faster performance and better communication capabilities. Except some heavy models, UMIDIGI handles most of the tasks perfectly.

Moreover, the smartphone has as much as 6 Gb of fast RAM LPDDR4x and a built-in “flash drive” with a capacity of 64 Gb. If the latter is missing for some reason, the device owner can supply an optional MicroSD memory card up to 256 Gb inclusive.

About the screen? As we already mentioned above, UMIDIGI Z1 Pro has 5.5-inch and is based on the matrix AMOLED with a resolution of 1080 × 1920 pixels produced by Sharp. The display is protected by a high-impact Corning Gorilla Glass 4 glass with a 2.5D effect (the latter is taken for granted, and not just as fashionable).

Until we do detailed test of the camera, it’s difficult to say something about it. apparently, it seems to be really good, includes a pair of modules with a resolution of 16.0 Mp and 5.0 Mp. It supports face autofocus and is equipped with a powerful dual-tone LED flash.

It is worth noting that it favors a large number of sensors, in addition to standard distance, proximity, gravity and accelerometer sensors, include a gyroscope, a compass and a Hall sensor. The fingerprint reader is built into the “Home” button. The operating time is guaranteed as only 0.1 s.

One of the key advantages of UMIDIGI Z1 Pro over competitors is a 4000 mAh battery, that obviously fit perfectly in such a thin case (less than 7 mm). Neither of the top flagships can show anything like this. Well, except Huawei Mate 10, but look at its price tag!

UMIDIGI supports fast charging on MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0+ technology and promises that in just half an hour of the smartphone, it will be ready for a full day of work. Precisely, it’ll function for 100 minutes with all 100%. The power of the original adapter is 15 W (12 V, 1.25 A).

The smartphone runs under the mobile OS Android 7.0 Nougat without any significant additions from the manufacturer. In the future, it’s likely to upgrade to 8.0 Oreo.

Disadvantages of a smartphone

Surprisingly, they gained quite a bit:

• Hybrid tray MicroSD / Nano-SIM.

• Why choose Helio P20 (MT6757), and not more powerful Helio P25 – it’s not clear.

• The cost still seems a little too high. 200-225 dollars would be just right, and the customers would consider it like scattered hot pies.

Summary

Despite the slightly overpriced price tag, the UMIDIGI Z1 Pro seems to be an excellent purchase. It is a stylish, perfectly balanced device with a powerful battery and a bright screen. At the same time, the creators of the smartphone did not twist the characteristics of the same camera, as does the same Vivo.

On the whole, the Chinese are getting better every year. Now, it is not utterly inferior in quality to the market leaders – LG or Samsung.

About the author

Millo

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Australian outdoors, you can find Millo on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.