Ubik to take on OnePlus with the Uno: a $350 crowdfunded metal flagship

Ubik to take on OnePlus with the Uno: a $350 crowdfunded metal flagship
Oh, the times we live in, when everyone can make a crowdfunding campaign and design their own take on the gadget of our time - the ubiquitous smartphone. That is exactly what the Ubik startup is doing with their first flagship, aptly named the Uno. Unlike most other Kickstarter campaigns, the Uno has already been designed, and the founders are looking for investing in mass production only, with a $200 000 goal to secure the first units hitting early backers' doorsteps come September.

So, what exactly is the Ubik Uno? Well, for starters, it will cost just $345 without a contract when it lands, but early backers will be getting it for $280. It features a 5.5" 1080p display, an octa-core MediaTek with LTE modem, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory plus microSD slot, and a 20 MP camera with Sony's latest IMX230 sensor inside, as well as an 8 MP frontal shooter. All that is backed by a decent 3100 mAh battery, and runs on stock Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Uno's value-for-money proposition translates to the design, too, as it sits in a slim chassis with thin bezels all-around, crafted out of a single aluminum cut. We will be previewing the Ubik Uno shortly, so stay tuned, this could be the one to take on OnePlus with a similar concept. In the meantime, take a peek at Ubik's own preview video below.



source: Ubik (Kickstarter)

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14 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I would appreciate the near bezel-less design if the frame didn't make it ugly.

7. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I actually really like it. The fact that it runs stock Android makes this much more appealing to me than the OnePlus (though you can install vanilla ROMs on that too.)

9. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I like the design as well, except that it looks quite bulky and thick. Oh and that U symbol on the home button.

13. Milkman

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

It's not a home button though, it has on-screen buttons.

2. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Looks nice- which MediaTek is it? ...and why is everyone copying the Z3?????

5. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

MTK MT6795 i think

8. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nope, it has sharper edges.

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The side bezels of the picture no. 8 doesn't match the rest of the images...

4. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That back looks horrendous. What exactly is thecame of the chipset anyway?

6. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I agree. The back of this phone is hideous.

10. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Besides that hideous back the rest of the phone looks good, although I hate on-screen buttons.

12. Milkman

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Does it really look that bad? I for my part love on screen buttons, rather than capacitive buttons

11. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

I dont like the top and bottom bezel they look 1 inch of wasted space? should also have removable battery and SD slot.

14. Milkman

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

It does have an SD card slot.

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