The UmiDigi S2 has a full-screen design and a massive 5,100 mAh battery to boot

This story is sponsored by UmiDigi. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!


All-screen front designs are in this year. What seemed like a futuristic dream, only available in conceptual artworks a couple of years ago is finally becoming a reality — phones with bezels so slim that you almost feel like you are only holding a screen already exist out there — the Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 being the hot ones. Aside from the bezel-less aspect, they are also pushing the new super-wide screen ratio of 18:9 — one that seems to be well on its way to becoming mainstream now that the iPhone X has picked it up, too. Still, those phones are a bit on the expensive side, but a few manufacturers out there are offering a few very affordable models, which challenge the market status quo.



UmiDigi is among them and the company has just announced its latest phone — the UmiDigi S2. A nearly-bezel-less phone with the new 18:9 ratio, which top-tier manufacturers seem to be switching to.



So, what's the S2? It's a metal-made phone with a 6-inch display and only a thin, thin frame around it. Don't let the 6-inch diagonal scare you — the display has a ratio of 18:9, which means that the phone feels akin to handling a 5.5-inch-screen handset, instead of a massive phablet. The resolution we've got here is 720 x 1440 pixels, which amounts to a pixel density of about 268 PPI. The handset is powered by MediaTek's octa-core Helio P20, ticking at 2.3 GHz. 4 GB of RAM helps it keep things loaded and there are 64 GB of on-board storage, expandable via a microSD card of up to 256 GB.



We've got a dual camera on this phone's back — a 13 MP Sony sensor does all the picture-snapping, while a 5 MP sensor assists it for distance detection in case you want to use the DSLR-simulating blur mode. On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie snapper.



The battery is another highlight of the UmiDigi S2 — a huge 5,100 mAh juicer promises a 2-day battery life easy. In fact, the manufacturer claims 10 hours of gameplay before the battery gives in, so that's impressive. It also supports Quick Charge, which tops it back up in 1 hour and 30 minutes. That's quite fast for such a large juicer!



The S2 comes with near-stock Android 6 Marshmallow out of the box, with Umi promising good level of energy efficiency. Later editions of the phone, however, will come loaded with Android 7 and Umi's custom software on top. The handset also lacks a headphone jack, so you'll have to make due with the USB Type-C port only.



Don't frown yet, however, for the S2 might just make it up to you in price. The UmiDigi S2 is currently up for pre-sale for the price of $229.99. If you subscribe to UmiDigi's newsletter, you also get a chance at a $50-off coupon (links below).



The UmiDigi S2 is available in Black and Red, while there's also a teaser for a Mercury Silver edition up on the official website. An S2 Pro is also coming in the near future, with 6 GB of RAM. It will cost $299.99 on launch and is not a part of the pre-sale, at least not yet.



UmiDigi S2 official page

UmiDigi S2 pre-sale


FEATURED VIDEO

19 Comments

1. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Wow looks great, just wished the battery was removable and it included an s pen

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why don't buy a Note 4 instead?

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Price. UMIDIGI is much cheaper. The only issue is build quality. China phone are not big on quality control so if you get a lemon you are stuck with it with little recourse. Feel free to try your luck! Who knows.

9. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

What about refurb Note4 from ebay? it should be as cheap as this phone..

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A lottery with an even dimmer prospect. If you could get excited with buying a three years old used phone. Go right ahead provided if you could return the lemon and get your money back. Same with buying a China branded OEM phone.

15. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

note 4 has old specs and lower battery life. It needs an upgrade as in another flagship with removable battery

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Looks very gorgeous, would be great to see a battery comparison between this and the Note 8/S8+. Wonder if that 90% STBR is for real despite its bezels looking no smaller than the S8+...

4. shield

Posts: 843; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Look better than iP X.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

With that ugly cutout notch?

5. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

This looks better than your X apple :P

8. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Sadly the commercials makes the product to look cheap! I mean when you see statement like "Flagship camera" and "90% screen to body ratio" gives the feeling that they are trying to be something which they aren't. Why not to find an identity, to stop showing that are "flagship" phones! To me, this is dumb strategy.

10. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

1080p screen and SD625 will be great :-/

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Lets take that to a 1080p+ screen with a SD 630, and Gorilla Glass 4. All for US$ 260. Should be possible.

12. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Did that just say 90% screen to body ratio? Lol Nice looking device, but stop with the lies :)

13. markusinfinite

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

No Band 4 LTE sad.....

16. alili321

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

I found umidigi s2 in stock

17. alili321

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Black Friday deal S2 119€on Efox

18. edisonhuang

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2018

Wow, I bought it at efox-shop. It's great to have this phone at this price.

19. Sq6r316

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Don't waste your money. I have Umidigi S2 Pro. It has very low quality. The touch screen is very hard to use. Cheap plastic material with very poor build quality. The battery real capacity is not 5000mah. The battery is not detectable by battery software. Perhaps only 3000mah The camera is so blurry. You just get fuzzy pictures. Too many applications crashed instead of 6GB RAM. The worst thing it come without any guarantee. It' nothing but wasting my valuable money.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.