Monsters from Asia: the fancy, 6.4 mm-thick UMi Zero and its Super AMOLED display
9 August Monsters from Asia: the $225 (Lenovo) ZUK Z2 Rio Edition is the cheapest Snapdragon 820 phone
29 June Monsters from Asia: the newly announced Sharp Aquos mini is a compact powerhouse
17 June Monsters from Asia: the Meitu V4s is an edge in a round world
18 May Monsters from Asia: the Aquos Zeta SH-04H is Sharp's summer pitch
11 March Monsters from Asia: The Bluboo Picasso is an obscure, but very well-done, ultra-budget 5-incher
1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
How come UMi can do it and samsung can't.
Also DAMN that camera ... f/1.8 ...
And that stunning design •_•
13. drunkenjay (Posts: 923; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
personally i reckon samsung can but the main trade off is the removable cover.
the plastic cover is really thin yet durable. if samsung made a metal, glass cover like that it will bend or shatter.
its either red rid of replaceable battery for a better design and most people like samsung because of that feature.
17. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
I really wish Sammy to come up with some great and different designs. Things started to get bit boring with their designs :(
26. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Super Amoled display in a device other than samsung? how come? may be its AIU Amoled like in motorola
28. HomerS (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)
Samsung Display can still be the manufacturer.
29. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
you are right, samsung display is a seperate divison but my above comment is due to the fact that the most costly display in mobile phones is a super amoled display and other OEMs usually run away due to higher price tag
3. joey_sfb (Posts: 5841; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The thickness width measurement should always include the camera.
Otherwise thin phone would end up with thick case to protect the camera lens.
4. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Looks good. Reminds me of the Sony Z3s but looks way better than that fruit phone. LMAO
8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Z3's like you know the whole series. Like not one potato. Several potatoes.
9. Aploine (Posts: 433; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)
asap Any way it doesn't look like it more like 1+1
19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
What has "asap" to do with this? But yeah I agree it doesn't look like the Z series at all. 1+1 instead.
6. Chuck007 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
Very nice phone. Refreshing design though I am worried it'll suffer from the same bend-gate issues as the iPhone 6+.
Having said that these Chinese companies (Lenovo aside) ought to work on customer service. if your phone breaks you're pretty much left with a brick.
7. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)
How can you really tell?
If your ip6+ bent you're left for sure with a banana
10. Chuck007 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
Thin = worried of course.
Anyway, Apple already confirmed you can replace your bent iPhone 6+ if it's obvious it wasn't done on purpose. While this may mean you might get unlucky if you bump into a grumpy rep (which hardly ever happens at Apple stores), at least you get a great chance for a replacement... which can't be said about the majority of Chinese brands atm.
And before anyone comes calling me an Apple fanboy... I am trying ot move away from their ecosystem. Yes there I said it lol.
11. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)
Exactly, it's up to them to believe you and be convinced about... your purpose. Will they interrogate you first?
20. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Chinese maker only made US 90+ profit per phone and you expect them to replace it for free? Repair of course is normal. Apple still make money even if they replaced faulty phone, 2 times for free.
24. Chuck007 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
@spin9 and Robotman
The sale to the masses at minimal profit strategy works in China and India where the market for cheap smartphones is incredibly high because of generally low incomes. Robotman is somewhat right about low profit margins being the reason why one shouldn't expect product replacements. However, if it is truly the Chinese brand's intention to compete in the premium market where profits are at least 2-3x higher, marketing and customer service are the keys to increase profits that meets the standards of the big boys. Not only that, if you want people to respect your brand you better make your customers feel needed and in a somewhat twisted way... special.
Btw, I was merely pointing out how great Apple's customer service is. There were a couple of times I broke my phone out of sheer stupidity and they still replaced it.
Anyway, not trying to offend the Chinese here cause hey I am one myself. Just saying there are areas they need to improve is all. Heck, if Lenovo handles Moto well heck who knows I might even pick up a next generation Moto X or Huawei (if they improve their customer service).
25. Chuck007 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
And spin9, they never "interrogated" me. Just a few short questions and I left with a brand spanking new (albeit refurbished) iPhone. No fuss, they literally made me feel like a VIP. Almost makes me feel guilty (if that makes any sense whatsoever) about wanting to switch platforms haha..
22. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Their customer is already better. They don't charge you $800 for the phone so you can buy another for $200 if the first one breaks.
With Apple if they replace your phone for free twice, they are still up $400. But they still charge $800 for people that won't even replace their phone once.
That's called a scam, not customer service.
31. Chuck007 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
Did you ever wonder why the rich in China still prefer to buy iPhones?
I can understand Beijing forcing their officials to use Huawei phones and their recent push into the premium market with their Ascend Mate 7. If they don't improve and move to a "customer comes first" tactic however it'll be a hard sell to get the international recognition they desire.
But anyway I am getting completely outta topic. X)
Gotta agree with others about the Umi design. It's the best one I've seen this year. This is subjective but I say it even looks better than the iPhone 6 from the pics (actual product may vary of course).
12. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)
Case is unique but defeats the purpose of protecting your phone. But I must say, best looking phone I've seen all year. More coverage like these plz PA. Apple and Sammy articles get boring fast.
14. talon1812 (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)
Gorgeous phone. I'd like.to buy it but I just bought 2 Optimus G pros and a G3.
16. dimas (Posts: 2206; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)
The design is fresh and impressive. Though the logo looks like mi with 'u'. Hope they use snapdragon instead of mediatek.
21. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2210; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Nice, but I would rather have the Sharp Aquos Mini SHL24.
27. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
The logo looks awfully similar to Xiaomi's...