The Chinese brand Umi has recently presented a new device, the Umi Rome, a new budget device that will cost only $89.

With this new device, UMi have kept their promise of a tough build, without sacrificing good design, all the while maintaining a low cost. The UMi Hammer S incorporates high end features such as USB Type-C not normally associated with devices costing less than $100.

When getting a UMi Rome in your hand, the first thing you will notice is its elegant design, with a frame made of metal, which gives us the feeling of being using a device with a higher price. Despite being made of metal, the device is not at all heavy, weighing only 177 grams including battery.

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 Design and build of the UMi Rome are far better than everyone would expect from a Chinese smartphone costing just $89. Looking around the edges of the phone, you will discover the usual features, such as power button or speakers, plus a USB Type-C, the new connectivity standard which is currently used on high-end devices such as OnePlus 2.

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 UMi Rome chassis has a similar curve to it as the UMi Hammer S or the Xiaomi Mi Note, wrapping the rear edges around, what makes this device feel very comfortable in the hand. The chassis is machined to a through 100 processes, in order to give it a smooth finish, similar to high-end devices.

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 At the rear of this device, we can find a 13-megapixel Sony IMX179 sensor, accompanied by a dual LED flash, an unusual feature for a phone of this price. The UMi Rome also incorporates a front camera and a front LED flash, ideal to shoot selfies.

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 Speaking of the screen, the glass panel has a 2.5D glass curve to it for a nice smooth transition. The panel incorporates AMOLED technology, a feature usually found on high-end devices, and that will help users to improve their battery consumptions.

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UMi Rome key features

  •   89$

  •   MT6753 Octa-core 3GB RAM

  •   5.5 inch AMOLED 2.5D screen

  •   7.9mm Ultra slim Metal frame

  •   Front Flash LED + Dual Rear flash LED

  •   13mp SONY IMX 179

How to win a UMi Rome for free

UMi is now giving a chance to win a free UMi Rome. All you need to do in order to participate is visiting UMi official website and play a mini game. The instructions to participate are the following:


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rakesh jain

I am looking for a budget smartphone around $100, and it is better to be with big screen, do you guys have any good suggestion?