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UMI S1 Review, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera and Verdict

UMI S1 is another budget segment phone offered from the Chinese manufacturer UMI, It another 1.2 Ghz quad core phone with MediaTek 6589 chipset and it has a 720p IPS LCD display with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage and 8 MP rear camera with auto focus.


UMI S1 Quick Specs

Display Size: 5 Inch Capacitive Touch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution
Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core Cortex ARMV7
RAM: 1 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
Camera: 2.0 MP FF camera.
Secondary Camera: 8 MP front-facing camera
Internal Storage: 8 GB with 5.25 GB user available
External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB
Battery: 2500 mAh battery Lithium Ion
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Box Contents

You get he UMI S1 handset, battery, user manual, one screen protector and one preinstalled on the device, Universal USB charger output current 1000 mA and MicroUSB to USB cable.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

The build quality of the device is quite good considering it’s a budget android phone, we noticed that the quality of material used on this phone is quite good.  On the design front it follows almost the same design as you might have seen on HTC Butterfly but again not exactly the same. The form factor of this phone is good, its not small or too big and the matt finish back cover makes it easy to hold in one hand.

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has got an IPS LCD display 720 x 1280 which gives the device a pretty high pixel density and better viewing angles for video playback and showcasing pictures. The in built memory on the device is 8 GB out of which around 5.25 GB is available and you also get the MicroSD slot which will support max 32GB MicroSD memory card, you can install apps on SD card and move apps from phone memory to SD card. The battery backup is quite good around one day with moderate usage like browsing web, watching videos and playing some casual gaming and around 30 minutes of call time during the day.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software is 4.2.1 and UI is mostly stock android which is a good thing as we did not notice any new clutter to get rid of and phone is quite responsive and fast enough and the UI is smooth and easy to use.

Benchmark Scores for Canvas 3D

  • Quadrant Standard Edition: 3800
  • Antutu Benchmark: 13571
  • Nenamark2: 47.6 fps.
  • Multi Touch: 3 point.

We played casual games like Temple Run Oz, Subway Surfers and graphic intensive games like Dead trigger, Front Line command and Need for Speed most wanted.

Rear and Front Camera

Camera Samples


Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker is loud enough for video playback and music, it supports playing HD videos at both 720p and 1080p and it does support navigation with the help of assisted GPS, it will use 3G data for navigation with google maps.

UMI S1 Photo Gallery


UMI S1 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Conclusion and Price

UMI S1 is a nice budget android phone with some decent hardware and latest software version of android available as if now and again it does not feel like a budget phone at all. However the availability of this phone is quite limited as if now, but still its worth waiting and is a good competitor to the other Quad core phone which comes with almost same hardware config but lesser on board memory but this device on other hand have much higher user available memory.

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Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.