Phablet devices are the blessing for many of us who have to do a lot of web surfing and official works on the go. These smart devices can help you manage many of your works on a daily basis, as they are quite lighter than laptops and easily portable as well.
There are many phablet models available in the market, among which a user must choose the best option to support his requirements. UMIDIGI F1 is such a product that a user would definitely like to consider as his next phablet. This UMIDIGI F1 4G Phablet review article will discuss the features of the device along with its pros and cons.
UMIDIGI F1 4G Phablet review
UMIdigi F1 has a dimension of 6.17×2.93×0.35 inches. It has a weight of 186 grams only in spite of such a big size. The phone uses non-removable battery, so there is no removable cover in the back. The thickness of this item is only 8.8 mm which is quite impressive and makes it comfortable to be held.
The body of the device is made of Aluminium alloy and the front side uses Corning Gorilla glass. The Phablet has an attractive eye-catching design with a water drop notch at the front of its display. The front camera is placed in the notch section, at the centre of the top side of display.
Corners of the phone have fillets, having smooth finishing. The edge to edge display of this device has a 6.3 inches screen. Screen to body ratio of this device is 83.7 percent which helps to give it a great look, as there is only thin side edge to be seen apart from the screen.
The device features a rear mounted Fingerprint sensor which is of oval shape. The top right side on the back features dual camera and the dual LED flash light between them. The top surface of the device contains only one microphone where the other microphone is at the bottom.
The 3.5mm headphone jack and the charging port of the device are at the bottom of the device. The type-C charging port is situated at the center between the headphone jack and the speaker of the device.
The device uses Hybrid dual Nano-sim featuring dual stand by. The SIM tray has to be drawn out to put the SIMs and then to place it inside the groove again. The device comes in three colors which are Black, Red and Gold.
Main features of UMIDIGI F1 4G Phablet
UMIdigi F1: The display
The 6.3 inches giant display of this device has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels having 19.5:9 ratios. The display is Full HD (FHD) and is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen type, which is the common technology used in touchscreen phones. The 409 ppi density of this device gives amazing screening quality.
The Central Processing Unit (CPU) of this device uses Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex–A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53). For lighter load on the CPU, only the cores having Cortex-A53 structure will be activated. In case of high performance services all the cores are used. This saves some power consumption, as the Cortex-A53 structure requires lesser power to run.
Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12) nm is used in this device. This is one of the most common chipsets used in recent smart devices. However, the Mediatek chipsets have a drawback of being overheated when used in high performance mood or for longer time.
The device features Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, which does a fair job giving a satisfactory graphical performance in most of the cases. However, for a high level of graphical performance, this GPU may be unable to serve well.
The memory of the device
The device has an internal memory of 128 GB storage. There is a dedicated microSD slot which can use memory cards up to 256 GB to expand the device’s memory. The RAM of the device is of 4 GB capacity, which goes with the requirements of the present day.
The device comes with the Operating System (OS) of Android 9.0 (Pie) which is the latest of this platform. However, there is no official declaration from the company about whether the device will get next updates of the OS or not.
The device features a pretty stylish front camera inside the water drop notch at the front side. The front selfie camera has 16MP sensor with f-stop of f/2.0. This indicates the camera should be able to take detailed and bright photos of good quality.
The front camera is also capable to take HDR (High Dynamic Range) shots and to take video at 1080p resolution at 30fps frame rate. This is quite impressive as the selfie camera of this device can take some real High Definition videos.
The device features dual camera at the rear side, which is the main camera of this device. There is a 16MP f/1.7, 1/2.8” aperture camera. This one is supposed to take snaps of detailed quality even in low light conditions. 1.12 m pixel size of this camera assures that the pictures would come in great depth and color, so they can be printed in large sizes.
The other camera of this dual camera set is of 8MP with Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF), which prevents from taking blur images of moving objects. The rear camera is also capable of taking 1080p videos at 30 fps frame rate. So the videos will be recorded in high detailed quality.
The device features Dual-LED dual tone flash to provide brighter lighting for taking images in dark. The rear camera is capable of taking HDR photos and Panorama shots as well.
Headphone and charging ports
The device uses USB 2.0, type-C 1.0 reversible connector port as charging port of the device. The 3.5mm universal headphone jack is at the bottom of the device just beside the charging port.
The device uses fast charging technology of 2A/9V 18W, which is currently the fastest smartphone/tablet/phablet charging technology available in market.
The device has a number of sensors including the Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor and the compass sensor. So the device overall has all the sensors that would be required for proper operations of a phablet.
The device is powered by a non-removable Li-ion 5150 mAh battery, which supports fast charging. So, the device has enough battery backup to be used all around a day.
The device supports all the mobile connectivity types from 2G, 3G and 4G bands. It supports GPRS, EDGE, HSPA and LTE, so any type of connectivity required using the SIM is available. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. So it can both use the Wi-Fi and create its own hotspot for other devices.
It supports the latest version of Bluetooth which is version 4.1 with A2DP and LE profile. The device has GPS (Global Positioning System) connectivity with A-GPS and GLONASS. It supports NFC (Near Field Communication) technology but however does not have the option of using Radio in the device.
So, the device has almost all the connectivity technology that may be required by a user.
The pros and cons in UMIDIGI F1 4G Phablet
UMIDIGI F1: The Pros
- It has FHD display with a great body-to-screen ratio which gives it a great look
- Trendy and catchy water drop notch at the top centre of the display makes the device look great
- Latest Android 9.0 (Pie) operating system to run the device
- Battery of giant capacity of 5150 mAh.
UMIDIGI F1: The Cons
- This Phablet uses Mediatek chipset, which has the history of getting overheated during the use of devices
- The charging port uses USB 2.0, type-C 1.0 reversible connector port which still is not very popular among users
- The product does not support radio, but many other Chinese products provide the option of radio in their devices
The package comes with
- 1 x UMIDIGI F1 4G Phablet
- 1 x English manual
- 1 x adapter
- 1 x charging cable
- 1 x back case
A user always wants the maximum service that he can get from a device which he purchases, that even at the minimum cost. UMIDIGI F1 is such a phablet which has great attractive looks, premium build quality, and design along with almost every required feature that one can expect from a smart device. It has some lacking, but those merely decrease its appeal.