UMIDIGI Crystal

UMIDIGI, a Chinese smartphone maker has unveiled an amazing (at least on the outside) smartphone which would go without bezel on three of its sides. The name given to this masterpiece is the UMIDIGI Crystal. The Crystal is expected in two variants, an all-metal edition and a blue Lumia edition. The smartphone would reportedly cost $99 when sales begin on the 15th of June, this year.

The UMIDIGI Crystal bears a striking resemblance to the phenomenal Xiaomi Mi MIX released last year, and that’s so because the Crystal is a direct rival of the Mi MIX. It has similar specifications to it and looks the same on the outside, and if the phone performs as good as the Mi MIX, it is sure to give the Apple of China a run for their money.

UMIDIGI Crystal Review

Display & Design

The Crystal sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 * 1920 pixels (Full HD) and 401ppi of pixel density. The screen is covered by a capacitive 2.5D curved glass with Dragontail glass serving up adequate protection against damages. It features an aluminium alloy unibody design and, don’t forget, it’s bezel-less on three sides.

Storage & Processor

As it comes in two editions, both editions display differences in this aspect. The all-metal edition is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek MT6757T Helio P25 SoC with a 2GB/4GB RAM variation along with 16GB/64GB of internal storage.

The blue Lumia on the other hand runs on the Snapdragon 835 Soc with a 6GB RAM along with128GB of internal memory. Both variants are powered by the same Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. The smartphones offers a storage expansion up to 128GB via an hybrid slot.

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Camera

The crystal will sport a 13MP autofocus camera on the rear which also comes along with Dual LED flash. The selfie camera on its opposite end boasts of a 5MP shooter with no such thing as a flash.

Software & Hardware

The smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. In a time when some smartphone makers still overlook the Nougat OS to adopt the Marshmallow, I must say Bravo!! to UMIDIGI. The Crystal features a fingerprint-sensor which we do expect is embedded in its home button.

UMIDIGI Crystal Full Phone Specifications

UMIDIGI Crystal

General

Device BrandUMIDIGI
ModelCrystal
Launch Date2017, May
Availability2017, June 15
StatusComing

Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G NetworkLTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 20(800)
SIM TypeNano SIM, Dual Standby
SIM CountDual Hybrid SIM

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions
Weight
BuildAluminium Alloy Unibody Design.
ColorsGold & Grey

Display

Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size5.5 inches
Resolution1080 * 1920 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density~401 ppi pixel density
Touch ScreenYes
ProtectionDragontail Glass
Featuresn/a
Secondary Displayn/a

Camera

Primary13MP
ImageYes
Video1080p HD Video
FeaturesAutofocus, Subject-Tracking
FlashYes, Dual-tone flash (Primary)
Secondary5MP
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Software

Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
User Interfacen/a
Java Support
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

ChipsetMediaTek MT6757T Helio P25 / Lumia Edition: Snapdragon 835.
CPUOcta-Core
GPU600MHz ARM Mali-T720 MP2
RAM (Memory)2 GB/4GB (All-metal Edition) / 6GB (Lumia Edition).
Internal Storage16GB/64GB (All-metal Edition) | 128GB (Lumia Edition).
Card SlotExpandable up to 128 GB [hybrid]
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint Sensor
Controls

Connectivity

BluetoothYes, Bluetooth v4.1
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, LE
Infraredn/a
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes; microUSB v2.0
GPSYes, GPS
NFCn/a
HDMIn/a
Wireless ChargingNo
Fast ChargingNo

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes

Media

Audio PlaybackAAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA.
Video PlaybackMP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player.
Video Outn/a
FM Radio
Alert TypesVibration, Ringtones
Ring TonesMP3, WAV
LoudspeakerYes
HandsfreeYes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

 – MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Availability and Price of UMIDIGI Crystal in China & India

The Umidigi Crystal is a $99 smartphone and it is expected to go on sale starting on the 15th of June. It comes in Blue colour and is currently available for pre-order.

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