UMiDiGi Z2 Pro Review

7 September 2018, 10:05:56

UMiDiGi Z2 Pro Review

Overview

UMiDiGi Z2 Pro has been announced back in May but it's been only recently available on the market. Back then it was the fourth announced smartphone based on the new MediaTek Helio P60 chipset after the Oppo R15, Oppo R7 and Oppo A3. At the moment of writing this review, there are 17 smartphones on the market based on this chipset and most of them are from Oppo, Vivo and Nokia. The rest include single models from UMiDiGi, Ulefone, Xiaolajiao, Allview, BLU. Hence, the Helio P60 still gathers lots of interest in terms of checking its performance and power efficiency. In addition, UMIDiGi Z2 Pro upgrades a bit the quad-camera setup of UMiDiGi Z2 and has changed the main rear image sensor to 16MP Samsung S5K2P7 - it is from Samsung's latest ISOCELL Fast series of high-end image sensors and there are only four models that use it for their front cameras - yet another aspect of this smartphone that will be interesting to check. Strangely enough, the Z2 Pro has a slightly smaller battery compared to the Z2 - 3550 mAh against 3850 mAh. The Z2 Pro also has a faster RAM and more built-in memory compared to the Z2. Having in mind that the displays of the two models are one and the same, it will be a good way to compare the power efficiency of the Helio P23 and Helio P60 chipsets. With all this said let's start this review with the usual overview of the official specifications and UMiDiGi Z2 Pro unboxing.
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Specifications

UMiDiGi Z2 Pro is built around the same 6.2-inch IPS display as the UMiDiGi Z2. The panel has a 19:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2246 pixels). It employs the latest 3rd-generation screen technology and has a wide notch. The screen is protected by a 2.5D curved glass of unspecified type. The device is powered by a 3550 mAh battery which supports the MediaTek Pump Express Plus fast charging technology and is paired with a 5V/2A~9V/2A~12V/1.5A fast charger. It also supports 15W wireless charging. Under the hood, a MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771V) chipset ticks. Built on the 12nm node, it houses an octa-core CPU with 4x 2GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x 2GHz Cortex-A53 cores. The tri-core 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU handles the graphics. The SoC on this model is paired with 6GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X RAM clocked at 1800MHz and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage that can be expanded with up to 256GB. UMiDiGi Z2 Pro supports 36 bands and 7 network modes, which makes it suitable for almost every part of the world. The exact network bands are 2G GSM (Bands 2/3/5/8), 2.5G CDMA (1X/BC0/BC1) and EVDO (BC0/BC1), 3G WCDMA (1/2/4/5/8), 3G TD-SCDMA (34/39), 4G TDD-LTE (34/38/39/40/41) and 4G FDD-LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28A/28B). These bands are supported by both cards simultaneously. The rest of the connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Display, Bluetooth 4.2. Moreover, this model arrives with fully-featured NFC support, including P2P mode, Android Beam, Tag reading and writing, Transport card emulation, Tap & Pay. The camera department features four shooters. The pair on the back includes a 16MP Samsung S5K2P7 ISOCELL Fast sensor with an f/1.7 lens and an 8MP Samsung S5K4H7 shooter. They are aided by a dual-LED flash and PDAF. The pair on the front comprises of a 16MP Sony IMX317 main camera and a VGA SuperPix SP0A09 auxiliary one that's interpolated to 8 megapixels. The smartphone is equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, single, bottom-firing speaker, a USB Type-C port and a hybrid, dual-SIM tray. It runs on customized Android 8.1 Oreo.

Complete UMiDiGi Z2 Pro specifications.

What's in the box

UMiDiGi Z2 Pro is placed in an already signature UMiDiGi box - with a fingerprint pattern imprinted on top of the lid. The UMiDiGi logo is in a circle in the lid's centre. The box itself is dressed in a half-sleeve with the company's logo on it as well. Inside, the device is in the top level compartment with a pre-applied screen protector. Below it, you will see all the accessories together with a "Thank you" note. Here are the full contents of the package:

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