If you are not aware UMI Mobiles made announcement of UMI X2 quad core phone in March 2013 – At the time of announcement, people were very surprised with the high technical specifications that UMI X2 phone boasted, at a price that was very cheap. UMI X2 phone, a 5 inch, 1.2 GHz quad core phone with 2GB RAM was announced for Rs. 14000 at the time of pre-booking in March.
UMI X2 Specifications
|COLOR||White / Gray|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android 4.2 OS|
|ANNOUNCED DATE||March, 2012 (in India)|
|SCREEN SIZE||5.0 Inch|
|DISPLAY RESOLUTION||1080P, 1920*1080 pixel, 480 dpi|
|PROCESSOR||1.2GHz MTK MT6589, quad-core|
|CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGY||GSM, HSPDA, WCDMA|
|NETWORK BAND||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA 850/2100MHz|
|BACK CAMERA||13 Megapixel|
|FRONT CAMERA||Yes, 2MP|
|CAMERA FEATURES||Auto focus, digital zoom|
|MESSAGE||SMS, MMS, Email|
|GAMES||Support Android games: Angry Birds and more|
|BATTERY||Li-on battery 2500mAh|
|STANDBY TIME||250 – 300 hours|
|EARPHONE JACK||3.5 mm|
For the kind of specifications this phone boasted, UMI X2 was definitely a steal at the Price of Rs. 14000/-. So, hoardes of Indians pre-booked this mobile phone for Rs. 500. UMI had announced that they will start shipping the phone around April end. They also started collecting the remaining Rs. 13500/- from people who had pre-booked.
Though we do not have any official confirmation, in one of the posts on UMI’s Facebook account, they mentioned that thousands (probably over 10k) people had pre-booked UMI X2 phones.
However, April passed and the shipping of phones did not start. Even the entire month of May went by and UMI’s kept offering hollow reasons for delay in X2 shipping on their Facebook page .
Infact, due to the delay hundreds of UMI buyers, literally threatened them. Many also applied (and got) the refund back. UMI officials gave various reasons for delay, including Indian Custom clearance issues – UMI X2 deliveries finally started around mid of June.
We got UMI X2 delivered to us on 20th of June (More than 3 months after we had booked) and it was among the first batch of 35 phones that were dispatched.
As mentioned earlier, the phone is definitely value for money phone, and even after 3-4 months of announcement, it is probably the fastest phone available under Rs. 20,000 mark (purely going by specifications). The good thing is that even though it is quite cheap, it comes across as a well built premium phone. The White and Gray variants both look quite good, and has a premium feel to it.
We used it for less than a day and did not find anything glaringly missing in this phone.
Here is a quick video review that I did of UMI X2 phone
UMI X2 Smartphone User review
UMI X2 Smartphone Pictures
Interestingly, UMI X2 comes as a rooted phone, which I did not expect and was pleasantly surprised.
UMI X2 also has nearly all the sensors which you would expect from a Smartphone. Except for temperature and Pressure sensor, which only Samsung Galaxy S4 has, all other sensors are present on the phone.
Unfortunately, UMI has stopped taking orders for this version UMI X2. They will now be coming up with a Turbo version which has 1.5 GHz processor and it will be priced around Rs. 17,000/-.