Ubik Uno hands-on


Kickstarter has been used to help promote and build interest in products (services too even), so when you’re a company looking to break into the fledging smartphone market, it might proof fruitful to take the Kickstarter route to get your phone out there. That’s exactly the intent of the Ubik Uno, a crowd sourced platform that will leverage Kickstater to not only help promote potential sales, but to also gather ideas to help develop and grow its community. So what is the Ubik Uno really? Well, it’s being marketed as a no-bezel flagship smartphone with a true octa-core processor – one that can use all eight cores simultaneously for processes.

Design


Considering we’re dealing with a pre-production model, we’re forgiving about some of its loose ends at the moment – such as the case with some of its loose seams, which causes light from the display to bleed out through the sides. Despite that, it features a mostly plastic body with an aluminum frame. While the latter does nicely to accent the phone with a subtle premium quality, it still largely feels a bit cheap. However, what’s striking is the fact that there’s a no-bezel display at play here!

Display


Look ma, no bezels! A rare design choice employed by smartphones, as only the Sharp AQUOS Crystal being the only other notable phone to sport a no-bezel design, the Ubik Uno follows the same approach with its generously sized 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS display. Details, naturally, aren’t a problem for this screen, since it produces enough crisp visuals for the eye. However, the screen seems to be a little on the washed out side, so colors distort at wide angles. Again, this is a pre-production unit, so the final product might have something better

Interface


Android enthusiasts will undoubtedly appreciate that the Ubik Uno is running a vanilla Android 5.1 Lollipop experience. Needless to say, it suffices enough to provide users with the rich power of Android. Taking into account that this follows the crowd sourced model, it’s possible that certain enhancements and customizations might be made in the future – again, that all largely hinges on feedback from owners.

Processor and Memory


Utilizing a 64-bit based octa-core 2.2GHz MediaTek MK6795 processor with a generous 3GB of RAM, there are no surprises it runs so smoothly in our quick inspections – that’s just expected, especially with stock Android in tow. What makes this particular chipset unique amongst other octa-core processors is that it’s a “true” octa-core, one that can leverage its might by utilizing all eight cores simultaneously.

Stuffed with a lovely 64GB of internal storage, the Ubik Uno knows that the amount might not be enough for serious folks, so they ensure to please them by offering a microSD card slot for expansion.

Camera


No doubt, the 20-megapixel rear camera sensor from Sony will raise some eyebrows, as it’s accompanied with a 6-element f/2.2 aperture lens, LED flash, 4K video recording, and a wide-angle 5-megapixel front snapper. We’re delighted to see this hardware set in tow, but of course, it’ll all boil down to its quality. We’ve seen similar cameras fail to deliver solid results, so we’re hoping it’ll be good with this one.

Expectations


The Ubik Uno is a respectably spec’d smartphone, one that pretty much follows in fashion to the numerous ‘premium’ Android mid-rangers we’ve been seeing in the space of later – like the Huawei P8 Lite, Asus Zenfone 2, and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3. Even though it’ll have an MSRP of $320, early Kickstarter backers will enjoy discounts on the phone.

In particular, the first 250 backers can snag it for $280, while the first 1,000 backers will be eligible to get it for $299. The pricing, of course, is in line to what we’ve seen from the competition, but its success will largely hinge on the phone’s overall performance.



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24 Comments

1. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

2. kabiluddin

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I wouldn't be surprised if I saw a device looks like the official concept from the leaked files. I bet a lots of companies already took their "inspiration" from these render.

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The leaks go back to 3 months ago. You think a company will be able to come up with a fully working phone in less than 3 months?? Not to mention, all that we know from the leaked pictures(i might be wrong) that they were a concept product build by some fan.

14. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

You think the iPhone copycat made the clone need how much time? Yes you wrong, the leaked are official from sony and some the concept actually came to consumer product like dance speaker

3. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

m$ Nokia + Sony = Ubik, the uggliest ever

4. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol that rear speaker though. They almost fooled me until I took a second look, it's just one tiny speaker on the left.

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Sorry, but Sony camera sensor = fail. The best camera sensors are the PureView sensors on the Nokia and now Microsoft Lumias, and the use premium quality zeiss optics.

7. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

S6 and Note 4 proves how wrong your comment is.

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes better pictures than the S6, sorry to burst your bubble, fanboy.

13. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Almost all lumia pureview use toshiba sensor, there's no lumia sensor, and the lens made by zeiss. sorry burst your bubble. All the best camera from the modern smartphone made by sony: LG G4, Galaxy Note 4/S6, iPhone 6/6+

16. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The sensor on the 1020 was not manufactured by Toshiba, you have not clue what you are talking about. You hold the IPhone's camera sensor up as one of the best? Please, a picture by my 1020 blows the Iphone's picture out of the water. The picture quality from a Lumia 1520 also is superior to that of an Iphone 6. The Iphone cannot shoot in 4k and the Lumia 1520 can. The Pureview sensors were manufactured by Nokia.

18. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

20. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The details are what matters in photography, don't you know? Also, your link is to the nokia 808 not the 1020, try again.

9. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

You're living in the old days man. Until the nokia's experts nows it. I've the two worlds 1020 and Note (and I had a 808 too). Update yourself !http://smartcam.club/node/3307

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The pictures taken by a nokia 808 and a nokia lumia 1020 look different, the color on the 1020 pictures pop a lot more. In addition to not having pictures taken by a Lumia 1020, they did not have the high res version of a picture taken by a 1020. Take a picture with a lumia 1020 and an LG g4 and then scale it(the high res shot from the 1020 and the shot from the LG G4) up to a very large poster size, the Lumia 1020 is a clear victor.

12. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

As I said I've both worlds and in daylight my Note is the clear winner (better than 1020), but indoors ... 808 was the best followed by 1020. The pictures are available in Mark flickr.

17. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 1020's sensor is better than that of the 808. You may think there were no changes from the 808 to the 1020, but there were revisions to the sensor. If you are not getting good quality pictures from the 1020 you most likely are leaving it in auto, aren't getting it focused properly or there is an issue with the sensor or the lens is not clean. The note's pictures are not as high quality as that of the 1020, I don't believe you have seen what the 1020's sensor is capable of(and it could do even better if paired with a processor that could handle it, the phone cannot take full advantage of the sensor because the processor does not support it fully). Have you ever tried using the 1020 camera grip with a tripod? It gives much better results.The Lumia 1020 has very advanced camera controls(the Galaxy s6 essentially copied the controls of the Nokia Pro cam app)http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2013/07/nokia-lumia-1020-features-11um-bsi.html

19. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

No, I'm using Lumia camera because the xenon lights (even after the windows update) give a yellow tint in photos. As a "casual photographer" I can archieve better results with manual mode. But , as I told you, in daylight the jpeg delivered from Note is way better ! 1020 deliver a grainy photo.

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 1020 photo does not look grainy if you display it on a high enough resolution screen, try putting it on a 4k display(although the sensor's resolution is actually fairly close to 8k and would look better displayed on an 8k display, and yes they exist, but I have never personally seen one), the photo will no longer look grainy, this is an effect of the display not being able to show all the fine detail captured by the sensor. Not to mention if you try zooming in and cropping on your note 4, the results won't be as fine as that of the 1020. I did a side by side real world comparison test with my friend the day he got his galaxy s6 because he said he camera was better than mine, put the high res shot from my 1020 on a 4k monitor and it just blows the s6 out of the water or any other phone for that matter, except perhaps the nokia 808 which is close but the sensor was improved in the 1020(some people don't like the coloration on the 1020, which is fine because you can take high res pictures in a raw format and process it yourself in Photoshop instead of letting the phone's algorithms do it for you). I do not get a yellow tint in photos with my xenon flash, I am not sure what you are talking about.

22. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Thx for your explanations. But against facts there's no arguments. I'll post here for you the links of my Skydrive 1020 against Note. And about yellow tint just google it (a lot of links complaining) ...https://www.google.com.br/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=yellow+tint+in+1020&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=v3qvVYL5BofegQTM3oH4AQ

23. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Its not a fact, but an opinion of yours when you have not viewed the high res version of a picture from the Lumia 1020 on a 4k screen vs your note.

24. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

No, you suppose to, my TV is 4k. Sorry

11. cruzfire

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Ugly as fck and beyond

15. jackylau95

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

The ZTE Nubia Z9 has even slimmer side bezels.

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