Umidigi Z1 and Z1 Pro Review, Specification, Price and Alternatives

Packing a whooping 4000mAh battery and still keeping it thickness at 6.95mm, the Umidigi Z1 pro was tagged “the thinnest big battery phone”.

Released mid 2017 with its lite version which is 8.2mm thick, the Z1 twins are absolutely awesome devices and are also competing with flagships, even recent ones. There’s no difference between them, just that the Z1 Pro is slimmer (6.95mm) than the Z1 (8.2mm).

Quickly, let’s go over some quick details before we see the full review. Enjoy the ride.

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Umidigi Z1 pro Basic Features

Network: 2G / 3G / 4G
Display: 5.5 inches FHD AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~401 ppi density))
Software: Android v7.1 Nougat
Processor: 2.3GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6757
Memory: 64 GB ROM | 4 GB RAM | 256GB sdCard suport
Cameras: Front — 5mp(1080p, flash) | Rear — Dual: 13MP + 5MP Dual Rear (quad flash, autofocus)
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-ion, Non removable.

Now that we’ve had a quick glance, let’s break it all down in the review, you can also Jump to Specs

Display, Storage and Platform

The Umidigi Z1 pro straps on a 5.5 inches FHD AMOLED display which consumes lesser power. It also has the touchscreen made of gorilla glass 4 into 2.5D design which gives room for its face-mounted fingerprint scanner. Impressive.

Featuring 401 ppi pixels density on 1080*1920 pixels resolution, graphics are sharp and crystal and for protection, it comes with a glass screen guard.

Just like the s2 Pro, the Umidigi z1 twins sport a whooping 6GB of RAM for cache storing and efficient multitasking capabilities. Not stopping there, it bring along 64GB of internal storage and supports up to 256GB sdCard which uses the sim 2 slot.

Beneath the iPhone 7-like body design is a Cortex-A53 2.3GHz Octa-Core CPU running along with MediaTek’s MT6737 chipset and ARM Mali-T880 mp2 graphics card. These coupled with the RAM above results in a flat, slick and efficient device… The true face of “SMARTPHONE”.

The Z1 pro comes with Android 7.1 out of box, I really don’t know if an upgrade is coming or not but it’s unlikely.

Camera and Media

The rear camera combo is great, but we’ve seen the likes of it and in fact, far better ones. And front camera? Well, just see below…

It sports a 5mp lens as the front camera with a soft flash. More than a few devices picked this lens last year, hopefully it will be dropped this year.

The dual rear camera setup is a 13MP lens as the major lens and another 5MP lens + quad led flash. Features include Geo-tagging, face detection, autofocus, touchfocus, HDR, panorama and videos are recorded at 1080p, 2K and 4K.

For the media aspect, we have our Audio player, Video Player, Sound recorder, Video recorder, Photo shooter, Photo editor, FM Radio and 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Battery and Comms

As it’s been earlier mentioned, it sports a 4000mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery with fast charge tech. That’s way cooler than many others. Up to 15 days standby time.

Comms? Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi direct, Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and EDR, FM radio, microUSB type-C with USB OTG, 2G, 3G and 4G.

Umidigi Z1 pro Price in Nigeria

As at the time of writing this article, the Umidigi Z1 pro is between #100,000 to #110,000 in Nigeria, price varies based on location.

Alternative Device

From the same mother is the Umidigi s2 pro, more recent are the Huawei Honor 7X and Xiaomi Mi 5X

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Umidigi Z1 pro Full Specs

Back to Review

Launch

Announced April. 2017
Status Released. May, 2017

General

Navigation Touchscreen, Gorilla glass
Battery 4000mAh, Li-Ion, non removable.
Colours Passion Red , Matte Black

Display

Resolution 1080*1920 pixels, (~401 ppi density) FHD AMOLED
Touchscreen 5.5 inches
Multi touch Yes

Platform

Os Android 7.1
Chipset MTK MT6757
CPU Octa-core 2.3GHz Cortex-A53
GPU ARM Mali-T880 mp2

Storage

RAM 6GB
ROM 64GB
SdCard Yes, up to 256gb. Hybrid (sim 2 slot)

Camera

Primary (rear) 13 + 5 MP (Samsung camera, quad flash)
Secondary (front) 5MP (f/2.0, flash)
Features LED flash, Panorama, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, HDR, face detection, auto focus

Comms & Networks

WiFi Yes, 802.11
Hotspot Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
NFC
USB Yes, type-C
Headphones Yes, 3.5mm Jack
FM radio Yes
Sim slots 2 (Hybrid)
Sim Type Nano Sim
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G Yes

Sensors & Controls

Compass Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Fingerprint Yes (Face mounted)
Temperature sensor No
Heart Monitor No
Barometer
Pedometer No
Iris Scanner No
Motion Sensor No
Gesture Control
Color Spectrum
Voice Control

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