Now, after the introduction of such companies as Oppo or OnePlus with waterdrop notch, more and more companies began to produce their phones with this design. And now on the review, we have a new phone called UMIDIGI F1.
In this test, we check all aspects of the phone and tell about the pros and cons, the main characteristics and our opinion.
UMIDIGI F1 got a big 6.3 inches FHD + waterdrop notch, Helio P60, a large battery with a capacity of 5150mAh, the latest version of Android 9.0. So let’s get down to the review and first look at the specifications.
UMIDIGI F1: Specifications
|Display:||6.3 inches IPS with 2246 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio P60 Octa Core 2.0GHz|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-G72 MP3|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||16.0MP + 8MP main and 16.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|Connections:||USB Type-C and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||156.9 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm|
UMIDIGI F1: Packaging and Unboxing
We received a small standard black box from the company UMIDIGI. On the front side is the company logo, on the back side are printed the main specs.
Inside the box we found the following items: thank you card for your purchase, a phone with a protective case, an envelope with a SIM needle and instructions, a Type-C red cable and a charging cable with 12V and 1.5A fast charging.
I would like to note that the protective case of the company UMIDIGI is always famous for its attractiveness and high-quality performance.
If you compare with the company Xiaomi, then they have cheap transparent covers, which are even ashamed to wear.
In general, as for its price of $ 200, the phone received a premium package, not yielding to OnePlus. Let’s now look at the appearance of the phone F1.
UMIDIGI F1: Design and Appearance
At first sight, the UMIDIGI F1 in our test looks like most of the recent smartphones from Oppo and OnePlus, like the Oppo RX17 Pro or OnePlus 6T.
So we find a fairly classic design at the end of the year with a large screen with thin edges and especially a waterdrop notch, as on the OnePlus 6T or Huawei Mate 20.
On note however that at the bottom of the screen, the chin is relatively wide with its 7 mm height.
In front, we also note finishes that leave something to be desired, with edges that do not directly touch the screen.
As for the size and weight, the UMIDIGI F1 smartphone received 156.9 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm and 186 grams. As for its screen size of 6.3 inches, the dimensions of the smartphone remain within 5.5-5.7 inch devices.
This results in a grip that can be embarrassing in the long run. We would have preferred a more harmonious design, which does not hinder the use.
It’s on the back that the UMIDIGI F1 in our analisis is the most amazing. While most manufacturers incorporate a clear glass back over a colored metal surface, UMIDIGI decided otherwise.
Here the back is covered with an amazing and pleasant material, which is made of plastic but very much like matte rubber. The result is an amazing combination, non-repulsive plastic appearance, and certain originality.
Always on the back, the UMIDIGI F1 integrates a fingerprint reader. It is quite powerful, with a good speed of unlocking, although we would have liked it to be placed a little lower on the device.
Naturally, the index comes to rest slightly below the smartphone. It is also on the back that we will find the main photo module, with two devices placed at the top left and arranged horizontally, next to the flash.
As for buttons and connections, the UMIDIGI F1 offers a power button and volume rocker on the right side.
An original choice, but one that is easily finished, especially since they are well positioned and fall perfectly under the finger.
It is also on the left side that is the very complete hatch allowing to integrate two nano SIM cards and a microSD card to complete the storage of 256 GB.
Finally, the lower part accommodates the headphone jack, speaker and a Type-C port.
In general, the quality of materials and the build quality of the UMIDIGI F1 phone is very good. During our testing, I did not have any complaints about the appearance. It is convenient to control the phone even with one hand despite the large screen. Now let’s talk about the quality of the screen.
UMIDIGI F1: Display
The UMIDIGI F1 comes with an IPS LTPS panel of 6.3 inches diagonally. This one allows displaying a definition of 2340 by 1080 pixels, which gives a ratio of 19.5: 9, identical to the OnePlus 6T for example.
The resolution obtained, of 409 pixels per inch, thus allows a good reading of the screen, without it being possible to distinguish between the two neighboring pixels.
In use, we will notice a good brightness on the UMIDIGI F1 in our test. The smartphone can be comfortably accessed, even outdoors, without the sunlight hiding what is displayed on the screen.
We will notice rather cold colors without it being particularly troublesome.
Using our sensor, we examined the display quality of the UMIDIGI F1, with measurements that confirm our first impressions.
We were able to measure the screen with a maximum luminance of 493 cd/m². The contrast of 1595: 1 is also very good for an LCD screen.
However, note a white balance tending towards blue with a color temperature measured around 7800K.
A measure that is, fortunately, possible to correct in the options of Color OS. The interface, borrowed from Oppo, offers a menu “Display and brightness” in which you can adjust the temperature of the screen from the coldest to the hottest.
We, therefore, prefer to switch to a slightly warmer colorimetry to obtain a color more faithful to the white light of the sun, at 6500K.
UMIDIGI F1: Hardware and Performance
The UMIDIGI F1 in the analisis is equipped with the Helio P60 AI Processor. If it is available in version 4GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage.
In use, no slowdown is to be reported. The smartphone behaves particularly well with smooth navigation both in applications and games demanding 3D resources.
By default, PUBG Mobile displays an “average” graphical quality. In this configuration, the smartphone is doing particularly well, without slowing down and with good image quality.
On Arena of Valor, the UMIDIGI F1 is compatible with the IPSE option to go up to 62 frames per second in HD.
However, there will be some delay on the touch screen which, without being frustrating, will sometimes be felt.
To evaluate the performance of the UMIDIGI F1, we presented below our benchmark tests and compared its assessment with other smartphones sold in the same price range, from $200 to $250, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Honor 8X.
Unsurprisingly, the UMIDIGI F1 comes close to the Xiaomi Mi A2 score, equipped with the same chip. However, it is a little worse than the Honor 8X, although the results of the smartphone UMIDIGI remain in the same order of magnitude.
UMIDIGI F1: Software
The UMIDIGI F1 has the latest Android version Pie 9.0 with the Stock OS and the security patches of December 2018 at the time of writing.
Overall, nothing but the very known with the software of this smartphone UMIDIGI. The interface is the same as the one we already tested with the UMIDIGI One Max or, more recently the UMIDIGI Z2 Pro.
The interface offers some advantages such as the possibility of reversing the navigation keys – by default the return button is on the right – or to change the calibration of the screen, to propose a configurable night mode which displays the screen in shades of grey.
Management of the notch is also particularly frustrating. We find ourselves in a similar case to the one we had with Xiaomi smartphones, namely the total absence of notifications displayed in the status bar.
If this choice can possibly be understood at Xiaomi, because of the large notch of its Mi 8 for example, this is not the case on the UMIDIGI F1. The notch at the top of the screen is fine and leaves plenty of room to incorporate three or four notification icons.
But no, UMIDIGI has chosen to display only the time, the mobile network and Wi-Fi, without even offering integration of optional notifications. It will therefore necessarily unfold the panel to know if we missed a notification.
UMIDIGI F1: Cameras
For the photo, the UMIDIGI F1 is equipped with a dual rear camera. The first allows you to shoot 16 megapixels with a lens at f/1.7, while the second sensor of 8-megapixels is only used for portrait mode.
In daylight, the UMIDIGI F1 is doing pretty well. The pictures are very well detailed with colors respected. We can, however, regret weak management of the automatic HDR on the photographs of the building where the facades remain in the shade, with numerical noise, whereas the sky is him well exposed.
Obviously, it’s at night that the UMIDIGI F1 has more trouble. In the photo of the lamp, the smartphone also fails to offer a convincing HDR and tends to overexpose the light source compared to the rest.
We will console ourselves with the halos of light, which are not particularly disturbing. The other pictures, taken in darker conditions, are very fuzzy or too dark to be able to detect the slightest detail.
For portraits, the UMIDIGI F1 offers, of course, a beauty mode, but also a simple face detection for the development. We appreciate the overall rendering, quite detailed, even indoors, including on the dive.
Portrait mode, with background blur, however, is less convincing.
The smartphone has indeed tended to smooth the skin, adding a filter beauty, when the outline of the silhouette lacks precision, especially on the hair or beard.
Finally, in the selfie, the UMIDIGI F1 barely convince despite its 16-megapixel sensor. It must be said that the opening of the apparatus at f/2.0 limits the recorded light.
The pictures are much less detailed than the rear camera, with a clear lack of sharpness, both indoors and outdoors.
UMIDIGI F1: Battery
To ensure its autonomy, the UMIDIGI F1 has a big battery of 5150mAh. In use, we were able to hold for several consecutive days using the smartphone, taking photos, playing and consulting social networks for several hours a day.
A very good performance. It took us 50 hours to go from 100 to 10% battery, a very good result.
For charging, the UMIDIGI F1 is equipped with a Type-C and an 18W charger. Suffice to say that we are far from what we could observe in terms of charging speed with technology VOOC Charge Oppo Find X and RX17 Pro.
In 30 minutes, the smartphone has increased from 10 to 55% battery. In one hour, he recovered 75% of battery. It will take more than 1 hours 40 minutes for the UMIDIGI F1 to go from 10 to 100% battery.
UMIDIGI F1: Conclusions and Reviews
In conclusion, I would like to note that the UMIDIGI F1 phone received a good and high-quality modern design with a large screen and waterdrop notch.
I would also like to say that the performance even with the Helio P60 AI Processor, we got good results in synthetic tests, but in real life, it ensures smooth and stable operation of the operating system. Also, you can play games on medium graphics settings.
The camera and the battery is good and positive with this smartphone for its price I don’t have any complaints.
UMIDIGI F1: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
In the last category, let’s talk about the price of F1. Already now you can buy a UMIDIGI F1 phone at a good and low price for only $194.99 with a 22% discount.
In general, for its price, it is a good and high-quality smartphone that can compete with Redmi Note 7 Pro. But It is worth noting that UMIDIGI F1 has a global version with global support networks, and Xiaomi is only available in the Indian market.