Umidigi A1 Pro: Review, Test and First Impressions

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Umidigi has released the second smartphone of 2018: the Umidigi A1 Pro which, despite costing less than 100 euros, still offers facial recognition, a borderless display and Android Oreo 8.1.

In this first look article, we’ve got the technical spec and our first impressions of the new Umidigi A1 Pro.

Technical Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek MTK6739 Quad Core 1.5GHz
Display5.5 pollici 1440 x 720 pixel
Memory3GB RAM + 16GB ROM
CameraDual Main Camera: 13MP + 5MP and 5MP front camera
SensorsGravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope
ConnectivityDual SIM dual standby
2G: GSM 1800MHz,GSM 1900MHz,GSM 850MHz,GSM 900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1 2100MHz,WCDMA B2 1900MHz,WCDMA B4 1700MHz,WCDMA B5 850MHz,WCDMA B8 900MHz
4G LTE: FDD B1 2100MHz,FDD B12 700MHz,FDD B17 700MHz,FDD B2 1900MHz,FDD B20 800MHz,FDD B3 1800MHz,FDD B4 1700MHz,FDD B5 850MHz,FDD B7 2600MHz,FDD B8 900MHz,TDD B19 800MHz,TDD B38 2600MHz,TDD B40 2300MHz,TDD B41 2500MHz
WIFI: 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Battery3150 mAh
Dimensions145 x 69,1 x 8,5 mm
Weight173 g
Package ContentsRear Cover
Phone
Instruction Manual (in English)
USB Type-C Cable
Power Supply
SIM eject pin
OtherFace Unlock, Fingerprint Recognition

 

Unboxing

The Umidigi A1 Pro comes in a beautiful black box, inside which we find, in addition to the smartphone, a back cover in soft and transparent plastic, an instruction manual in English, a USB Type-C cable, a power supply and a SIM eject needle.

Design

The Umidigi A1 Pro has a curved and reflective 4D curved body, with silver-colored metal edges. The two sensors of the dual camera and the fingerprint recognition sensor are aligned on the back.

On the top we find the slot for the SIM Card, which can simultaneously accommodate 2 Nano SIM or a SIM and a MicroSD.

On the right, we have the buttons for volume control and the on / off switch. At the bottom, there is the speaker, the USB Type-C charging port and the headphone jack.

Our model is Ice Blue, but the Umidigi A1 Pro is also available in black and platinum:

Display

The screen on the A1 Pro measures 5.5 inches and the screen / body ratio is 85%. The resolution is HD plus (720 x 1440) with 293 pixels per inch.

The 16M color support provides sharp and vibrant images. Personally, we found the display similar to other models in the same price range, but better in terms of clarity.

Performance

As proudly announced by Umidigi on Youtube, Umidigi A1 Pro is the first phone in the world to include the new MediaTek MT6739 chip.

This is essentially an update of the MT6735, which is one of the favoured chipsets among low-end phones. The enhanced MT6739 allows for better camera and video quality while maintaining aolid performance and easily managing lightweight multi-tasking. I did not find any significant problems during use; social media behaved well, even with slow applications like Facebook and Snapchat.

I would say that the biggest disadvantage is the 16GB of storage space that provides about 12 GB of usable space. Once my backup was restored via Google, I had about 1 GB of free space, which runs out quickly once you’ve taken some photos or downloaded some music. This problem can be solved with a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 256 GB.

These are the scores for the Umidigi A1 Pro from tests with AnTuTu and Geekbench:

As for the operating system, we find the latest version of Android Oreo 8.1 and the latest security patch is dated 5th April 2018.

Some websites claim that it has UmiOS which is an Android skin, but when I set up the phone, I had Launcher3, the default Launch of Android and Nova (this was probably downloaded automatically when I logged in).

From what I have seen, there are few or no changes to the system; only a few additional apps installed and nothing that opens automatically on startup.

Camera

The camera has a dual 13.0MP + 5.0MP sensor on the back and the software includes various modes such as beauty effects or bokeh.

I had some problems with the camera app; it crashed a few times and once it wouldn’t start, saying that I needed to close the app that used the camera first, which forced me to restart it. There is also a little delay in taking pictures, which can be annoying if you want to take a picture quickly.

Although the camera had some quirks, the overall quality of the photos is not bad for such a cheap phone.

The front camera is 5MP, and is average at best.

Battery

The Umidigi A1 Pro has a 3150mAh battery and the combination of a low resolution screen and low-end CPU allows you to get a full day of phone use without charging.

Unidigi claims to have equipped the A1 Pro with a fast charging 5V-2A, and it seems to load quickly, but it’s not as impressive as Huawei’s fast-charging options or Qualcomm QuickCharge phones.

Price and Availability

The Umidigi A1 Pro is available on the main Chinese online stores and also on Amazon.

You can easily find online coupons for stores like GearBest that can save you a bit of money.

Last updated on 23/04/2019 10:20

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