News by Josh Dasey on Wednesday November 18, 2015.
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Chinese manufacturers have made their presence felt in recent years by offering a mix of premium design and solid specs, while also throwing a splash of affordability into the mix too. There is another side to the Chinese market though, the one that sees manufacturers basically rip off rival brands. So, what about the UMi made ROME phone?Well, this handset seems to combine the two facets of the Chinese smartphone industry as it is well spec'd and affordable (at levels we have rarely seen), but also looks a lot like a very famous smartphone that is already on the market. That device in question is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, or any of Samsung's recent flagship output for that matter, but while the rip off seems blatant it is also a good thing as it means a premium metal frame and a slick aesthetic appeal. As for specs, the ROME comes with a 5.5-inch 720p AMOLED screen, a 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with ARM Mali T-720 GPU, and a healthy 3GB of RAM. UMi has also included 16GB of native storage (no confirmation of micro SD card support), a 13-megapixel Sony IMX164 sensor and a dual LED flash sitting on the back, and 2 megapixel front facing lens. With a 2500mAh battery we assume this will be a good performance in terms of battery life. With Android 5.1 Lollipop running the show and some excellent specs, we expect this handset to be a good performer, especially with a solid chipset and generous amounts of RAM running with a 720p screen. UMi says that the ROME will be launching next month and here?s the kicker... It will cost $89.99, which is simply a bargain if the handset lives up to its promise. Of course we are sceptical about that, as we are of UMi as a whole, especially as the company has previously unveiled smartphones and then simply never released them.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.