The UMi Z is an impressive handset, dressed in metal and sporting a 5.5-inch display with impressively thin side bezels on the front. The SHARP-made panel has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and its colors can be fine-tuned to the user's liking thanks to the MiraVision technology, provided by MediaTek.


Speaking of MediaTek, its brand-new Helio X27 SoC is what beats under the UMi Mobile Phone chest. It continues to employ 10 processor cores, split into three different clusters — each designed to work under different loads. This way, the phone is easy on the battery consumption when doing light tasks, but can turn the performance up to 11 if need be — the maximum clock speed the Helio X27 is capable of is 2.6 GHz, whereas it's “light load” cluster works at 1.6 GHz. The SoC is coupled with 4 GB of Samsung-made RAM for extra multi-tasking prowess. The internal memory is a fast eMMC 5.1 chip, also made by Samsung, which provides 32 GB of storage. If this looks like it's not enough — no worries, the UMi Z accepts microSD cards of up to 256 GB for storage expansion.

The battery that keeps all the lights on is also an impressive piece of the puzzle that is the UMi Z and UMI Plus E — made by Sony, the cell holds 3,780 mAh of charge, which, combined with the Helio's promised power-saving capabilities, should last an average user quite a while.

The UMi Z is currently up for pre-sale on POMP Mall for $219.99. The manufacturer says that shipments will start before the 25th of January. When the phone is officially out, its price will be around $279.99. Of course, shipping and taxes may apply, depending on where on the planet you live.