We have gone back to look Umidigi and this time it has done with a low-cost phone under the name of UMIDIGI A3 in our review.
The new phone that we have had the opportunity to review in detail has surprised us very pleasantly for its performance in almost all fields at its reduced price that barely surpasses $80.
Among its key features, it has a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, facial recognition as well as a fingerprint reader and a dual rear camera to achieve the “bokeh” effect that has been so popular over the last years.
Without further ado, we invite you to read the full review of the UMIDIGI A3.
Quickly say that the phone has been purchased from GearBest, the popular Chinese store.
We have acquired it there given its excellent after sales service, its reduced price on the platform as well as the fact that they did not charge shipping costs with what we could do with the term at a very competitive price.
UMIDIGI A3: Specifications
|Display:||5.5 inches IPS with 1440 x 720 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek MT6739 Quad Core 1.5GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 5MP main and 8.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS|
|Connections:||MicroUSB and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||147.2 x 7.0 x 8.5 mm|
UMIDIGI A3: Unboxing and Packaging
We started this review talking about unboxing, we made a full video of the unboxing previously but to summarize it a bit the UMIDIGI A3 comes in a black minimalist box where it has inside a silicone sleeve for the protection of the phone.
Also, there are power outlet ( European) and a Type-C cable since it is the type of cable used to load and carry out data transfer.
Here we leave you with the unboxing video and first impressions.
UMIDIGI A3: Design and Appearance
The UMIDIGI A3 in the test has a standard 5.5-inch panel with HD Plus resolution, which comes to 1440 x 720 pixels.
An element that is very appreciated is that despite being a panel of 5.5 inches the dimensions of the phone are quite contained.
In the end, because the phone just includes frames we find a smartphone that has virtually the same measures as an iPhone 6S or an iPhone 7, both phones with 4.7-inch panels instead of 5.5 as is the case with UMIDIGI A3.
Specifically, its measurements are 147.2 x 7.0 x 8.5 mm while its weight is just 186 grams.
Below the 200 grams typically found in phones of these dimensions, which is also assessed for the portability of UMIDIGI A3 in our analisis.
UMIDIGI A3: Display
The quality of the panel is really good and playing videos in high resolution we have to say that its performance is optimal.
This is ideal when viewing Netflix series in HD quality comfortably. This is something that can also be seen in the unboxing video.
The screen of UMIDIGI A3 has a high-quality matrix with good viewing angles and contrast. In general, for the money, I do not have anything to the quality of the screen.
UMIDIGI A3: Hardware and Performance
The team has a pretty good performance despite its tight price. Specifically, the UMIDIGI A3 subject of the review comes with a MediaTek MT6739 processor, successor to the popular MT6737 that we saw in numerous models last year.
Accompanying the processor we have a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded through the use of microSD cards up to 256 GB.
We have used the phone in many different cases and its performance has been fluid in all of them.
Obviously, you can not ask for the performance of a UMIDIGI A3 that costs 5 times more but overall its performance is very smooth without lags or problems.
In fact, in the tests of GeekBench carried out the phone has achieved a score of 667 with a single core and 1839 cores with all its placing performance above the Nexus 5 and a tad below the Xiaomi Mi 4C that has scored 1960 on the platform.
The only “problem” to call it in any way when doing the review of the UMIDIGI A3 was its performance at the graphics level in a very demanding game as is the case of “Need for Speed: No limits”.
Here we have to say that the phone is not I perform very smoothly as it is a very demanding game on a graphics level.
For its part, with the game Real Racing 3, the performance was quite positive and we have not noticed any lag when playing this game or other games with similar graphics requirements.
UMIDIGI A3: Software
The UMIDIGI A3 reviewed comes with Android 8.1 in pure version, this means that we have not found any kind of bloatware in the system.
It has arrived completely clean in a completely pure Android interface, which is appreciated because of the phone.
We did not arrive loaded with applications that we neither want nor need.
In terms of security, the UMIDIGI A3 offers 4 unlocking options, we have the traditional unlocks by pattern and PIN as well as an unlock by fingerprint and the innovative unlocking by facial recognition.
While we expected that fingerprint unlocking would work correctly since this is the case with most smartphones (and it has), we were not quite sure how facial recognition would work.
After configuring facial recognition in the UMIDIGI A3 in our test settings facial recognition works absolutely marvelously and has been one of the biggest surprises that the team has given us.
We have tested the unlocking by facial recognition in a wide range of scenarios, both in good light and in very low light environments and we have to say that easily 9 out of 10 times has worked correctly.
The only thing you have to do is hold the phone in front of your face at a distance between 20 and 50 centimeters and it recognizes you and unlocks instantly.
I have also done the test of placing several different photographs of my face in front of the UMIDIGI A3 to see if he was fooled and fortunately I have to say that it has not done anything and only unlocks when he is looking at my face in “person” to say it mode.
UMIDIGI A3: Cameras
I have always said that the biggest difference today between high-end phones and entry-level models is the camera and in the case of the UMIDIGI A3, it has not been the exception.
That said, within all the low-cost phones that we have had the opportunity to review in recent years, this is one of the best cameras that we have been able to review for an entry-level phone.
We are talking about the 12-megapixel rear camera and the 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth effect.
With regard to the dual camera, as expected, the effect achieved using this camera is quite artificial and except for very specific cases we do not recommend the use of the “bokeh” mode because the circle around the photographed object is quite artificial.
On the other hand, the front camera with a resolution of 8-megapixels has also shown good performance getting enough light in the lens.
Also is often not the case and we have photos made with front cameras where it seems that we are inside a cave.
UMIDIGI A3: Connectivity
At the level of connectivity, the UMIDIGI A3 in the analisis provides support for 4G networks and in our tests, it works correctly with these networks.
Also noteworthy is the WiFi connectivity that in this case is a / b / g / n instead of the b / g / n standard that we see in mobiles of this price range.
This has achieved that having a compatible router the downloads are made fairly quickly.
Neither need to be grateful that they have included within the options of connectivity an FM radio, something that today is not at all usual in the phones of large firms as well as Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
UMIDIGI A3: Battery
Another element that we liked a lot in relation to the Umidigi smartphone is its loading speed.
Specifically, thanks to its micro USB cable, the phone gets the full charge in just under 2 hours.
In turn, the autonomy of the phone is not bad, easily holding the day of use.
UMIDIGI A3: Conclusions and Reviews
We finish this review of the UMIDIGI A3 in our review saying that we are very, very satisfied with the phone.
While it is true that its performance in games of high graphics requirements leaves much to be desired, in the rest of the sections the phone looks like few within its price range.
Its 2GB of RAM allows a smooth performance to use many applications at once, its facial recognition has surprised us a lot and the panel quality is one of the best we have seen in a phone of this price.
All in all, a mobile with which you will definitely get it right and that you can buy at a very reasonable price.
UMIDIGI A3: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The price is one of the important factors when buying a phone.
Now you can buy a UMIDIGI A3 phone at a good price for only $74.99 with a 31% OFF discount. This is one of the best deals on the Chinese market.
In general, it is a good option to get an inexpensive, beautifully designed phone.