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What? This 5.5" phone with 3GB RAM costs $90

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What? This 5.5" phone with 3GB RAM costs $90

Much can be said about the history of Chinese smartphone makers — both big and small — and their attempts to commoditize the smartphone, but none speaks louder than UMi's new $89.99 ROME phone. And for that kind of cash, you're getting one incredibly decked out device.

While unconfirmed, the UMi ROME appears to have a metal frame encircling the 7.9mm chassis, and the resemblance at the back with the Xiaomi Note Pro/Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is "uncanny". In terms of hardware, UMi is offering a 5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution AMOLED display, good for a pixel density of 267 ppi, which while not excellent, is nevertheless quite acceptable at that price point. The glass covering the panel is of the 2.5D curved type, which always adds some class to devices in our experience.

Underneath the screen, UMi has packed a 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with ARM Mali T-720 GPU, coupled with the extremely generous 3 gigs of RAM. Considering the 720p resolution, at least on paper the phone should perform quite well. There are also 16GB of built-in storage, though there's no word on whether the ROME will support expansion through a dedicated microSD card slot. On the imaging front, we're looking at a 13-megapixel Sony IMX164 sensor and a dual LED flash at the back, and a 2-megapixel selfie snapper up front. Finally, the device is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 2,500 mAh cell.

From what we're told by the press release that UMi sent us, the ROME is due for release "next month", which is a bit ambiguous, and so is the entire story around the phone for that matter. Quite frankly, UMi now has a track record of promising pretty amazing devices that are yet to be released to the public, so we'll be keeping an eye out for the ROME, but also the previously announced (but still unreleased) Zero 2. If we assume there's no monkey business going on here, however, we've got to say that this is likely to be a hit with consumers, who're increasingly craving high-end packages sold at near cost.

Any potential takers?

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posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:02 1

1. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Note 5 is that you?

Another competitive for android word.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:08 6

2. marchulya (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


WTF??? Now all chinese try to copy Samsung's design & not Apple's!!! Whoa!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 05:19 11

7. senseiJ (Posts: 155; Member since: 02 May 2015)


iphone 6/s is kinda ugly

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 05:28 3

8. Finalflash (Posts: 3084; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Said everyone and their mother until it was released. Then it was elegant and well built.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 10:26 1

16. neela_akaash (Posts: 1183; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Samsung's Note 5 back is itself a copy of Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.... here everyone copies everyone to certain extent.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 20:30

37. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


And some will sue like Apple too... So true there neela..

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 10:56

19. f_u_006 (Posts: 55; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


You are a disgrace to humanity!

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 12:35 1

24. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I recall when the iPhoen 6 design was first leaked, all the fanbois were like; Apple would never release anything that ugly with those ugly antenna bands.

As soon as they come out, everyone ran out an bought 75M in one quarter. I guess being bigger was more important than how ugly it was.

Well built? Not when it bends in the pocket. Just saying!

They all are just hypocrites.

Samsung is the new premium kid on the block I guess.

I had to take my cover off an look at my Note 5. It looks like they bought a bunch of Note 5's and changed the insides.

What would be funny is if this was actually Samsung selling the Note 5 under a fake OEM name for more sales...lol

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 17:08 2

33. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


What the heck is an "iPhoen"?
#I'llHaveWhatShe'sHaving

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 21:53

39. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


#metoo

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 15:23

29. Af1rPA (Posts: 688; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Only techbloggers say its elegant and well built. Bad reviews mean no invites to next years Apple events.
No invites means no reviews. No reviews mean no traffic to their techblogs.
It's a cruel world.

The iphone6 is an ugly phone.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 13:09

27. amasog (Posts: 346; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


because samsung copies apple

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 20:23

34. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


Ya exactly!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:08 22

3. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


$90?? Compare it to Apple Pencil! One is pointy other is not ;) LOL!

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:47 16

5. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


Hahahahaha. Apple sells pencils that cost more than this.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 12:38

25. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Hahahaha. You have to be stupid to ever pay $99 for a pencil.

The WACOM options are better, offering as much as 2049 levels of pressure and they dont cost $99.

Thank god not all consumers are stupid. Of course I think paying 6 figures for a car is stupid too.

Oh and before you bash me about the cars? Exotics have no benefits whatsoever. When they break they cost more to fix. Being faster has no benefits in a country that has speed limits. Its just bragging rights...lol

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 10:38

18. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Cheeky!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 11:12

21. killerpollo (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Ha, well, yes but I wouldn't like to contribute to more children working for less than $5 a day to support their family...

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:15 3

4. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 438; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


These prices will kill larger OEMs.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 03:47 14

6. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


And let them be killed.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 05:46 3

9. plasteek (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


I'll buy thousands and make an AMOLED wall !

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 12:39

26. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


oh...do you know how they sync up all those phones to play a video like that? That is a very impressive feat...isnt it?

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 06:06

10. Fire5 (Posts: 298; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Chinese kills Android Smartphone

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 10:31 4

17. neela_akaash (Posts: 1183; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Chinese are the ones who really popularized the Android to the masses. by offering low priced good phones.

Android is popular just because of chinese. or else iOS, Windows Mobile, Blackberry or Symbian would be leading the smartphone OS industry.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 07:25

11. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


best sub $100 phone i guess :D
but with shipping fee + tax + other cost, it will cost around $250 to reach my front door :-/

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 08:13

15. faizan-sharif (Posts: 97; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


get from your back door then :)

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 07:29

12. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Holy shot $90?

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 07:29 1

13. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Holy Julius Caesars $90?

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 07:35 2

14. cncrim (Posts: 823; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I bet alot of corner have to be cut to produce 90 phone.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 11:01

20. Android4EveryOne (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)


I'm calling BS. I'll believe it when I see it.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 11:40

22. Patrick97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


What about the Quality ?? hmmmm,,

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 12:22

23. majedlutfi (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


screw quality just buy another one when it's broken, even for 180$ you can't get a smartphone with these specs

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 20:25

35. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


Patrick97 quantity uhhhh?? Like Apple BACK ORDERED lol

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 14:49

28. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Revolutionary design.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 15:27

30. Af1rPA (Posts: 688; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


$90 is awesome. But I bet this thing is jammed packed with Chinese spyware.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 16:43 1

31. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


it looks like a uhhhh... uhhhhhhmm... umm.... loooks like a uhh..... dam whats the name of it? uhhh.....

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 20:48

38. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


Say it say it say it!!!!!mike!! A uhhhhhh hmmmmm a Samsung ya?? No??? Lol

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 17:06 1

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


For $90 bucks for those looks and specs? I would get one for fun. I doubt it will look as good as it does in those pictures though. Even the Nexus 6P you can tell that the aluminum isnt as finished as nicely as other high end phones.

posted on 18 Nov 2015, 20:27

36. surfboarder (banned) (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)


Ya me too 90 bucks heck ya!! Ya drop it crack the screen big deal, just get another lol

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 01:28

40. fumij (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


Umi rome is the RAM 3GB MTK6753 Smartphone killer. It only takes $99.99 from Geekbuying. Good for me.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 13:04

41. wapmaster13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


So nice phone :D i just bought from Geekbuying :D

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 21:09

42. Umizero (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2014)


Get UMI ROME for FREE: umidigi.com/
Get excited on Nov 30th
9.99$ on UMi Cyber Monday: community.umidigi.com/thread-1600-1-1.html

posted on 20 Dec 2015, 21:32

43. AlSaudi (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Dec 2015)


i bought it from Kingsouq.com/umi , price is fair enough and fast delivery !! it worth to check out !

posted on 31 May 2016, 01:18

44. Tech-8816 (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Apr 2016)


We have some other good choice for the entry-level smartphone, UMI Rome X vs Bluboo Picasso vs Bluboo Xfire 2 vs HOMTOM HT7, you can watch the comparison video on youtube.

posted on 02 Jun 2016, 02:07

45. offerworld (Posts: 10; Member since: 31 Oct 2015)


This phone is good but i wait for Bluboo Maya. this is better, Maya is come with Android 6.0, Sony camera sensor+ quick focus, 13MP+5MP cameras, Customized Face beauty APP, 2GB+16GB, 5.5” HD IPS TFT display, Back cover design, Metal frame
4.35V battery core, 3000mAh battery, Dual SIM Dual Standby. friends i think this is good phone and i watch regularly bluboo.com.cn/ for buy this phone.

posted on 23 Jun 2016, 00:54

46. Kashan786 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Jun 2016)


Bluboo Maya are getting prepare to bang out the chinese market :)
With $69.99 pre-sale price the device will be came out with 2 GB of super RAM into the markets Get Ready for it!

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