News UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro: 6,2″ Smartphone with Notch & Helio P60 CPU

We are aware that UMIDIGI has not always delivered the desired quality in the past. In 2018, however, the manufacturer is trying to rehabilitate itself and has already sent an interesting budget smartphone into the race: the A1 Pro. Now a new flagship is also being introduced. The UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro appears in iPhone X design and receives the new Helio P60 processor.

UMIDIGI Z2 - Z2 Pro Smartphone Design
The optical model clearly comes from Cupertino.

UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro with iPhone X design

On April 18, the Global Sources Mobile Electronics fair will take place in Hong Kong, where UMIDIGI will present the Z2 and Z2 Pro. In the run-up some photos have already seen the light of day. It quickly shows that UMIDIGI also likes the notch, the cutout at the top of the screen (known from Apple’s iPhone X). We have already seen many of these smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2018 and the OnePlus 6 will also receive a Notch. A display with a screen diagonal of 6.2 inches extends between the notch and the lower edge of the screen. The resolution is given with FHD+, so it should be 2160 x 1080 p.

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More power thanks to Helio P60 CPU

UMIDIGI relies entirely on the new CPUs from MediaTek. The A1 Pro already uses the new MediaTek Quad-Core CPU. The UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro now even houses MediaTek’s brand new Helio P60 processor. Four Cortex A72 cores and four Cortex A53 cores with 2 GHz clock frequency each provide decent performance. In addition there is the ARM Mali-G72 MP3 graphics unit and a dedicated unit for AI (artificial intelligence). A counterpart to this would be the Snapdragon 660 processor, which has already convinced us in the Xiaomi Mi Note 3.

UMIDIGI Z2 - Z2 Pro UMIDIGI Logo

The recently released YouTube video also reveals other hardware components. A memory combination of 6 GB working memory paired with 128 GB internal memory rounds off the overall package. Also the predecessor ran already with 6 GB RAM. On the back we see a dual camera consisting of a 16 megapixel and an 8 megapixel sensor. The same combination is also used on the front. There the camera also allows face unlock. Does this work better than with the UMIDIGI S2 Pro?

Flagship smartphone with flagship feature

It is certain that the latest flagship will also be delivered with the latest software. Android 8.1 should be pre-installed on the UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro. It remains to be seen how much UMIDIGI adapts the operating system. Unfortunately, this was the biggest point of criticism with the UMIDIGI S2 Pro, because the software slowed down the whole smartphone a bit. UMIDIGI probably uses a Qi-charging capability and NFC.

On the official poster, however, a very special extra is indicated: a fingerprint sensor in the display. At least there is a fingerprint at the bottom of the screen. This reminds us strongly of the Vivo, but also of the Doogee V smartphone. However, the video also shows a fingerprint sensor on the back. The subject of the in-display fingerprint sensor may have been solved. It is unlikely that the Z2 will support both and face unlock.

UMIDIGI Z2 - Z2 Pro Smartphone Release

Evaluation

Yeah, UMIDIGI’s already taken the plunge with some of you. But the UMIDIGI Z2/Z2 Pro simply looks too exciting to be left out. The S2 Pro didn’t convince us either and now we wonder how different the UMIDIGI Z2 and the Pro version are. We will wait the next few days and keep you informed when new information is available.

Would you give UMIDIGI another chance?

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