GearBest: The UMi Touch & Touch X, Both Powerful & Under $150

There are a number of Chinese smartphone manufacturers who are hitting the headlines regularly nowadays. UMi being a prime example. This is a company who brings to the market ultra-competitively priced handsets and a number of them which are very similar named like the UMi Touch and the UMi Touch X. While these are both smartphones that are designed to be ultra-affordable, there are some notable differences between the two and to help better understand those differences, here is quick overview.

The UMi Touch is certainly the more high-spec device and one of its biggest selling points is that it comes with a Touch ID-enabled fingerprint sensor. While in terms of the specs, the UMi Touch comes equipped with a 5.5-inch display which makes use of a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside, the UMi Touch comes loaded with 3GB RAM and is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek (MT6753) Octa-core processor. Storage comes in the form of 16GB internally and there is the option to expand thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). While on the camera side of things, the UMi Touch comes loaded with a 13-megapixel rear camera which is coupled with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional features include a 4,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE support, dual-SIM support and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. In terms of network compatibility, the UMi Touch is set to work with 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G: WCDMA 900/2100 MHz and 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz

While the UMi Touch X is not meant to be as powerful as the Touch, this is still a device which comes with some decent specs considering the cost. In fact, when it comes to the display, it is exactly the same, sporting the same 5.5-inch display and making use of the same 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside, is where you will begin to see some of the differences with this model coming equipped with 2GB RAM and being powered by a 64-bit MediaTek (MT6735) Quad-core processor. However storage is exactly the same with the Touch X also offering 16GB internally and microSD card expansion (up to 128GB). Cameras are a noticeably different area with the Touch X coming equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. While the rest of the additional features (barring Touch ID) remains the same and includes a 4,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE support, dual-SIM support and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Network compatibility is listed as 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G: WCDMA 900/2100 MHz and 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz.

So while these are different range devices, the difference between them mainly comes down to the RAM, processor and cameras. What makes them both such a good value is that they are so low in price that even between them, the difference in price is minimal. Those looking for the lower-spec UMi Touch X can currently pre-order the handset for only $129.99. However, those looking for the higher-spec UMi Touch can currently pick it up through GearBest for only $139.99. To be fair, this is a sale that GearBest is currently running on this handset, as the Touch is normally priced at around the $200 marker. But whichever way you look at it and whatever device you are more inclined towards, they are both excellent value for money.

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]
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