UMIDIGI introduces the Z Pro smartphone: dual-lens camera, live photos, and lots more - PhoneArena

UMIDIGI introduces the Z Pro smartphone: dual-lens camera, live photos, and lots more

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UMIDIGI, formerly known as UMi, is ready with a new bargain-priced offer — a powerful handset with a wallet-friendly price tag. It's called the UMIDIGI Z Pro and it's the natural evolution of the UMi Z, which was announced earlier this year. What is it about the new phone that gives it the Pro moniker? A dual camera module and a Live Photos software feature!

In terms of hardware, we've got the same setup as the UMi Z — a deca-core MediaTek Helio SoC, clocked at 2.6 GHz, 4 GB of Samsung-made RAM, and 32 GB of internal, super-fast eMMC 5.1 memory, also courtesy of Sammy. The display is a 5.5-inch, Sharp-made panel with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. In the back, we've got a very generous 3,780 mAh battery, keeping the lights on for a while (UMIDIGI promises 13-15 days of standby time). All of this is wrapped in a beautiful, aluminum alloy body for a cool touch.

So, what makes the Pro a different phone? A brand-new dual-lens module on its back! We've got two Sony IMX 258 13 MP sensors, assisted by laser and phase-detection autofocus. One of the cameras shoots in black and white and is used to collect image and light data, the other one captures color and is used for your regular photos. We've got the DSLR bokeh simulation mode (a.k.a. Portrait mode) here, too, for some beautiful, artsy photos.

But it doesn't stop there with the camera. UMIDIGI promises a 2x optical zoom, though, we are unsure how that is achieved as of yet. The phone also has a few more software modes, such as a montage maker that can crop you (or another subject of your choosing) out of a photo and place you in another one. Live Photos also make an appearance! On by default, the phone will capture a few frames before and after you take an actual photo. Tapping and holding on that photo in the gallery will let you watch a short, 1.5-second clip, which will show you what was going on around the time you were making the still. It's a familiar feature, still largely missing from most Android handsets.

Selfie fans will be happy to know that the front camera sports a 13 MP, Samsung-made sensor and is assisted by a soft light to aid your nighttime selfie sessions.

The UMIDIGI Z Pro comes with Android 6 Marshmallow, with a pretty stock interface — only minimal reskinning and tampering has been done. The company promises an update to Android 7 Nougat to go live sometime soon.

The handset will cost $299 when launched, but is currently up for pre-sale on first-come-first-serve basis, with a nice $50 discount (shipments due on March 20). You can grab it from one of the authorized reseller stores below. Do check if it supports your carrier's bands to avoid any unfortunate mishaps!

Buy it here: Gearbest | Banggood | Coolicool | Tomtop | DXAliexpress

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