Banggood Snap Up Deals: UMI Fair 5-inch Android Phone – Review and Full Specs

Every day at 8am (GMT) Banggood are offering the UMI Fair, a 5-inch Android phone with fingerprint scanner, for just 7p! If that isn’t good enough, this price includes free worldwide shipping and a flip case cover!

So what’s the catch? Just one phone will be sold at this price each day in what Banggood refer to as a “Snap-up” deal so the chances of landing one are slim. However, there is literally nothing to lose by taking part. You’ll have to register an account at Banggood.com and make sure you have added a PayPal payment method, before you take part, to speed up the “rush to buy” checkout process. The link to the snap up deal page can be found here or from the Banggood homepage. Even if you miss out on the deal I think this phone offers fantastic value for money. Use the code “10bgumif” at checkout to get a further $10 (~£6.55) off.


The phone is from a company called UMI Digi, a fairly unknown brand outside of China but their previous models have been well received domestically and worldwide. Reviewers have generally praised the build quality and the features UMI are able to pack into their phones whilst still hitting unbelievably low price points. Usually the UMI Fair retails for just £80 (remember you may be liable for import tax and duty) and is one of the most exciting low cost smartphones of 2015. Features which belie the low RRP are a laser cut stainless steel frame and rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The latter seems to be the must have feature this year and the manufacturer boasts of its super fast recognition and military grade security (exactly whose military isn’t mentioned…). You also get a 5″ screen with 294 pixels per inch (PPI), which should be plenty, but this figure pales in comparison to the >400PPI the flagship models from the likes of Apple and Samsung are sporting. The chances are your eyes won’t perceive any difference between these pixel resolutions and, over the last few years, PPI has become just another figure which salesmen use to play mobile phone top trumps. You’ll also get a very nice 13MP rear shooting Sony camera in the back with fast optics. Unfortunately a rather disappointing 2000mAh battery provides the juice although UMI can still claim some impressive battery life which may be due to the latest iteration of Mediateks 64bit quad core CPU. You’ll also want to invest in an sdcard as the Fair comes with a rather stingy 8gb of internal storage.

UMI Fair - Great phone for a bargain price!
UMI Fair – Great phone for a bargain price!

UMI provide a downloadable tool for PC, called ROOTJOY, which allows you to swap and change the firmware from all the well known aftermarket suppliers; such as MIUI, CyanogenMOD and many others. Or you can run vanilla Android 5.1 (Lollipop) if you’d prefer. I think it is a nice touch which those new to the Android flashing scene will appreciate. A custom ROM can give a phone a new lease of life when it begins to age. All ROMS are supplied pre-rooted which simplifies things but could make running some software, like Virgin’s TV Anywhere for example, all but impossible. Just something to be aware of if you ever go down this route.

The UMI Fair won’t appeal to everyone, especially not those who need the latest and greatest. However, I think it is worth considering if you don’t care about brand recognition and want a modern smartphone with the latest features for a sub £100 price tag.

Full specs below can be found below.


GENERAL

Release date September 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 143.50 x 72.00 x 8.40
Weight (g) 120.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2000
Removable battery No
Colours Black, White
SAR value 0.00
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 295
HARDWARE
Processor 1GHz  quad-core
Processor make MediaTek MT6735
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 5.1
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
SIM 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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