This post is sponsored by UMi. 

It’s easy to choose a good-high end phone. After all, there isn’t too much differentiating them, and even the prices are equally high. Things do get more competitive once we start moving towards the affordable end of the spectrum, though. Take the UMi Plus as an example, a smartphone with great high-end qualities, but a price that will undercut most of its competitors.

You may not have heard of UMi before, and we know it’s hard to trust obscure brands, but this one does offer a great bang for your buck. Let’s start by saying that you can pre-order this phone for just $179.99 (regular price is set at $249.99). What do you get for under two Benjamins?

UMi Plus specs: 

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 2.5D Arc screen
  • Octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 processor
  • ARM Mali T860 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Available in gold and gray

There’s also plenty of extra features you usually don’t see in affordable handsets, including a fingerprint reader, an aerospace class aluminum body, quick charging, dual SIM slots and more.

We are sure you are probably wondering about that processor. Having your doubts is only natural, as Mediatek chipsets are not up there with Qualcomm, Samsung and the others. This happens to be a pretty good CPU, though. It is known to be able to beat much of the Snapdragon 600 series, and even older high-end processors like the Snapdragon 801.

Add in the fact that the rest of the specs in here are pretty much considered high-end, and you have yourself an amazing smartphone for a crazy low price. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, something not even big manufacturers can accomplish sometimes. In addition, we have an amazing 4 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery in there.

On top of all that, you don’t have to deal with all that crazy bloatware many devices still carry. This phone offers a “Pure” experience, meaning the UI is as close to stock Android as you can get. We know how much many of you love a clean Android UI!

The competition

UMi is obviously not alone in the market. There are both big and small manufacturers going against it, so we thought a nice chart would give you a good perspective at what we are looking at.

 UMi PlusOppo R9Xiaomi Redmi Note 3Meizu M3 Note
Display5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.5 inch; 1080 x 1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Main Camera13-megapixel13-megapixel16-megapixel13-megapixel
Front Camera5-megapixel16-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel
Processor2.0GHz octa-core Mediatek Helio P102.0GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10Quad-core 1.4GHz, dual-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 6501.8 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53
Internal Storage32GB64GB32GB16GB
Battery4,000mAh battery nonremovable2,850mAh battery nonremovable4,000mAh battery nonremovable4100 mAh battery nonremovable
Fingerprint ScannerHome buttonHome buttonBack coverHome button
Special FeaturesFast charging, Dual-SIMFast charging, Dual-SIMDual-SIMDual-SIM
Price$179.99 pre-order ($249.99 regular price)$424.99$219.99$254.90

As you can see, the UMi Plus can really hold its own.

Wrapping up


The UMi Ultra may not be backed by one of the popular brands, but it is looking like a good phone to buy in a tight budget. Its only downside is probably the processor… and it isn’t that bad. Every other spec in the list is amazing!

Once again, the $179.99 price point is for those who pre-order the device. Simply go to the UMi Plus page and subscribe to get more details by email. Hey, you could even win one for free. Just subscribe for the giveaway in the same page, tell the company which is your favorite feature in this phone and give them a quick comment. The winner will be chosen this September 30th at 18:00 GMT+2.

Are you signing up for one? If so, we would advice that you hurry up. The $179.99 price point is only being offered for a limited time. The price will go back up to $249.99 after some time.