The UMi Z is a spectacular smartphone. Since it was launched a few weeks ago, the phone has been trending on technology blogs and online smartphone retail sites. This is in no small part due to the fact that the UMi Z is the first smartphone to use the super-fast MediaTek Helio X27 chipset.
We’ve written about this fact extensively, as well as the best 7 fantastic features of the phone. Apart from its chipset, however, the UMi Z packs other notable specs and features such as a full metal body design, latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, 4GB of RAM with 32GB internal storage, a powerful 3780mAh battery with fast charging, a fingerprint sensor capable of unlocking in 0.3 seconds maximum, a 5.5-inch Full HD display made by Sharp, and 13MP front and rear cameras.
Despite the fact that this smartphone is beautiful and packs good specs, some may still be hesitant to buy it due to minor issues like after-sales service, or maybe you wish to buy it but it’s not available in your locality. Whatever the situation might be, I’ve dug up a list of the best six UMi Z alternatives you can try out in the New Year 2017. Let’s dig straight in!
Best Alternative smartphones to UMi Z in 2017
In order for you to make the best choice, we’re going to order this list from the best smartphone downwards. If you feel that we need to include another device in the list, feel free to mention it in the comments section.
Xiaomi Mi 5s
The Xiaomi Mi 5s is a total beast that people can’t stop talking about, even though it was launched some months ago. It is the ideal replacement for the UMi Z. Why do I say so? Here’s why…
The Mi 5s comes with a 5.15-inch display with a Full HD (1920 * 1080) pixel resolution and a 428ppi pixel density. The smartphone is beautifully designed and it even has a variant with a ceramic coating.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s comes in 3GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB memory variants and runs on MIUI 8-based Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor powers its internals in conjunction with an Adreno 530 GPU. There’s also a 12MP camera at the rear for photography.
With all these specs, you would think that the Xiaomi Mi 5s would cost you an arm and a leg to buy, but you can actually get it for just $293 on Gearbest by using the coupon code XMI5S.
Xiaomi Mi 5
The Xiaomi Mi series is always a hit every year, and last year was no different. Before the Mi 5s above was released, the Xiaomi Mi 5 was the company’s flagship device with all the ensembles of a flagship smartphone.
Like the Mi 5s, it has a 5.15-inch FHD display but is powered by the lower Snapdragon 820 processor.It also comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, as well as 32GB, 64GB and 128GB ROM variants for you to pick your choice from. It, however, has no microSD card slot, so if you’re someone who exhausts a smartphone’s default memory very fast, you ight want to reconsider.
Thinking of reconsidering? Here’s another fact that can make you do just that in the opposite direction; you can get the Xiaomi Mi 5 for just $222 on Gearbest using the coupon code MI54GB.
The Snapdragon 800 series of processors are mostly found on high-end smartphones that cost more than $300, so it was a surprise when the ZUK Z2 with a Snapdragon 820 processor was launched with a price tag way below $300.
The processor isn’t the only good thing about this phone, though. It comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, a 3500mAh battery which on its own is enough to take you through a day but also comes with fast charging via its USB Type-C port.
The phone is not too big, featuring a 5-inch display with a Full HD resolution and 441ppi pixel density. Though it has some downsides like the absence of an external microSD card slot for internal storage expansion, it’s still worthy to be a replacement for the UMi Z at a price of $180 on Gearbest.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro
The highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro are its dual rear cameras and its deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 processor, two features that are not usually found together in a smartphone.
Apart from these, the Redmi Pro comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display with a pixel density of 401ppi. It features a metal body design with a brushed metal back and packs a 4050mAh battery which is sure to last you for over 30 hours even on heavy usage.
The 13MP+5MP cameras at the rear ensure that you are able to take fabulous photos at all times. Selfie lovers are not left out; the phone possesses a 5MP camera at the front. Coming to memory, the Redmi Pro has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage so you can install as many apps as you want.
Amazingly, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is currently being sold for just $199 on Gearbest. Talk about a perfect alternative!
If the main thing you want to buy a smartphone for is beauty and the UMi Z isn’t beautiful enough for you, the Elephone S7 is your best shot. It has a metal and glass frame like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and sports 13MP and 5MP front and rear cameras.
For your convenience, the smartphone is available in both 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch display variants. It possesses 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
A 3000mAh battery powers the device, and a MediaTek Helio X20 processor with Mali T880 GPU handles complex operations. It can be gotten for around $200 on Gearbest.
LeEco Le2 Pro
Apple had become widely known for removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from its 2016 iPhones, but the original credit goes to LeEco who were the first to get rid of the audio port on the LeEco Le2 Pro.
The Le2 Pro has a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density. It packs a 3000mAh battery and boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
You only get 32GB of internal storage without the option of expansion via SD card. Under the hood, it’s powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor and Mali T880 GPU, but in case you don’t dig MediaTek chipsets, the Le2 Pro is also available in a Snapdragon 652 processor + Adreno 506 GPU variant. The phone has 3GB of RAM.
For photography, the LeEco Le2 Pro sports a 21MP camera at the rear and an 8MP camera at the front. If you’re comfortable with not having the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Le2 Pro is an ideal alternative to the UMi Z.
The phone can be gotten for $170 on Gearbest using the coupon code GBALeTv.
Those are the best UMi Z alternatives that you can get in 2017. They have almost the same specs, and they aren’t too expensive. So, no matter how small your budget is, this list would serve you well.
Doyou think that these are the best UMi Z Alternatives? Or do you have a device that you think should be on this list? Do let us know.