UMIDIGI presented two new flagship phones called Umidigi Z2 and its improved version UMIDIGI Z2 Pro at Global Sources Consumer Electronics exhibition in Hong Kong.
As practice shows, people prefer to buy Pro versions of Chinese phones, because the price not much higher than basic model, but specifications are better.
Let’s review design and specifications of new phones from Umidigi.
Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro: Design
Umidigi still did not find its own style, but it copies the features of the best phones on the market. For example, Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro has gradient color of rear panel like Huawei, and curved edges on back side like Honor.
So, at the top on front panel new phones have a notch. It hides dual front camera, earpiece, proximity and lighting sensors. To be honest, the notch is not surprising, because today every second Chinese phone has a nothch above the display.
At the bottom of the screen there are only touch control buttons.
Almost the entire front panel is occupied by FHD+ 6.2-inch screen with resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen to body ratio is 90%.
The devices received a metal case, covered on both sides with a protective glass curved. Also they have an aluminum frame. The glass panel, in addition to protecting the case, also provides wireless charging. However, it is available only in Pro model.
Thanks to new oleophobic coating on the back side, there are no fingerprints or scratches. Also back panel has vertical dual camera, two-color LED flash and fingerprint reader.
On the right side there is a power button and a volume key. The slot for two SIM cards is located on the left side.
At the bottom edge there is USB Type-C port, a speaker and a talking microphone. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5 mm audio jack. The antennas are located on the lateral ends.
Both flagships are available in three colors: black, phantom and twilight. The size of smartphones is 15.34 x 7.44 x 0.83 cm with a weight of 165 grams.
The package will include: the smartphone itself, protective film, silicone case, USB cable, charger, SIM needle and user manual.
Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro: Hardware
One of the main difference between basic and PRO model is chipset. UMIDIGI Z2 Pro is equipped with Helio P60 processor. It consists of 4 cores Cortex A73 at 2 GHz and 4 cores Cortex A53 at 2 GHz. Also it comes with graphics processor Mali G71 MP2 at 700 MHz. The smartphone has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.
As for UMIDIGI Z2, it received Helio P23 processor, which consists of 4 cores Cortex A53 at 2 GHz and 4 cores Cortex A53 at 1.5 GHz. Also, the smartphone has a graphics processor Mali G72 MP3, 800 MHz. The device has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory with microSD memory cards support up to 256 GB.
As you can see, the difference in preformance between these two devices is not very big. Both smartphones run on Android 8.1 Oreo. The main function of latest Android OS is Face Unlock.
Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro: Battery
Umidigi Z2 Pro has 3650mAh battery with quick charge support of 18 watts. It takes about 70 minutes to full charge the battery from 0% to 100%. Also, the phone supports fast wireless charging 15W. It takes about 100 minutes to full charge. It is twice as fast as other wireless chargers.
Umidigi Z2 battery has a capacity of 4050 mAh, and it also supports fast charging.
Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro: Camera
Another feature of smartphones is two dual cameras, located on front and back panels. The main camera consists of 16MP sensor from Sansung and aperture f/2.0. The secondary sensor has resolution of 8MP. It will provide quick focus and bokeh effect.
In low light conditions the function of artificial intelligence will help to improve photo quality.
The front camera has the same resolution and aperture, as the main camera. However, the sensors are manufactured by Sony.
UMIDIGI Z2 and Z2 Pro look very interesting. But which phones are the main competitors to them? Asus Zenfone 5 has very similar specifications and design. Let’s compare these three phones, and find out which is better to buy in 2018?
Comparison of Umidigi Z2, Umidigi Z2 Pro and Asus Zenfone 5
These phones have similar design and the same screen diagonal – 6.2 inches. Also, there is the same notch above the display.
The main difference is in location of main camera. UMIDIGI smartphones have dual camera in the center of back panel, while the camera of Asus Zenfone 5 is located in the upper left corner.
Also, Asus smartphone has 3.5 mm audio jack, unlike UMIDIGI devices.
In general, the performance of all three smartphones is almost the same. As for the memory, Umidigi Z2 Pro bypasses its competitors, because it has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, while Zenfone 5 has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in memory.
We think that performance of all three devices is more than enough to perform any daily tasks.
These phones run on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Asus Zenfone 5 is equipped with a battery capacity of 3300mAh, and this is much less than Umidigi new phones.
Talking about cameras, Umidigi Z2 and Z2 Pro look better than Asus Zenfone 5 phone, because Asus phone comes with 12 MP + 8 MP main camera. However, we have not seen real photos yet, so we can not say for sure which camera is better.
The most important category when choosing a smartphone – the price. We compare flagships, so the prices of these phones are not very low.
The price of Asus Zenfone 5, which is on sale since February 2018, starts from $475. If you are waiting for UMIDIGI Z2 or Z2 Pro, then they will go on sale in early June, you will be asked to pay $316 for Z2 model or $416 for Z2 Pro version.
So, for about $300-400, you can get good phones with high performance, four cameras, Android 8.1 Oreo, large displays with high resolution and artificial intelligence. It is very good price for these phones. Do you agree?