Elephone responds to the $90 UMi ROME with its own super-affordable, all-metal handset

Elephone responds to the $90 UMi ROME with its own super-affordable, all-metal handset
Just last week, Chinese manufacturer UMi announced the ROME – a metal-clad handset with some pretty impressive specs, carrying an MSRP of about $90 in China. What do we mean by impressive? Well, the phone packs an octa-core MediaTek MT6753, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5.5” 720 x 1280 display.

Its main competitor – Elephone – was quick to respond and has just announced the Elephone M3. It totes Mediatek's octa-core Helio P10 (a.k.a. MT6755) and sports an USB Type-C connector. Aside from that, we still don't have a lot of information on the M3. On its promotional renders, we can see the phone will rock a chamfered metal frame and it looks like it could possibly have a glass back, curved at its ends. The best thing is, of course, the price – the Elephone M3 is said to cost around $99 in China.

Keep in mind that said prices do not apply to Western markets. For example, if you are to hunt down a 3rd party retailer that would ship the UMi ROME internationally, you might find that the phone's price has magically jumped to around $110, and that's before any type of shipping costs or tax fees.

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4 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Wow amazing! Better not use some type of s3 screen , lpddr2 and a terrible (but rather decent) camera. I'm impressed!

3. maddy996

Posts: 123; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

MT6753 has the same ram configuration as SD615 (LPDDR3 32-bit singal-channel, 800mhz ...

4. Elfmonster unregistered

One day this will be a true 1080p screen for $90 and that will cream the main phone players, except for Apple due to their childish robot buyers. I'm old enough to remember similar tech improvements with CD players. One day, you just had to buy a Sony CD boom box for $250 or $450. Six years later, any $60 boom box by any nondescript company blew that old Sony out of the water. HDTVs are like that. In 2009, I spent $2,700 on a Samsung TV that now is outclassed by new $500 no name brands with Internet connections. I think this is why some analysts predict (I think inaccurately) that Samsung will exit phones in a few years. Any way you slice it, it's going to be super interesting to watch this unfold. I want to start a death pool for phone makers, to bet on which ones shut first, but that seems sad and mean.

5. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Loving the design of this.

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