The UMI Super is one of the better packages for the picky consumer on a budget, sporting a beautiful metal design with specifications that defy its price.
At $179, the elegant phone carries inside it an eight core Mediatek processor, a whopping 4GB of RAM, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery with some seriously comfortable charging speeds. All of this sounds nice on paper, but given that one of the selling points of this device is its all-day endurance, how does it fare in the real-world battery life department? We took the UMI Super out in our pocket to find out.
This device simply offers phenomenal battery life. The combination of a 4,000mAh battery with the power-saving oriented A53 cores of the MediaTek processor means you’ll get minimal drain rates during regular usage, especially considering the 1080p display and battery capacity. Even though the 4.000mAh spec is “only” 33% larger than the typical capacity of 3,000mAh, the results we obtained far surpassed that proportion — indeed, if you were to double the battery capacity of most flagships, they still couldn’t reach the same longevity.
We managed to hit over 9 hours of usage on this device — draining it was harder than we expected! Because of the processor and screen setup, even heavy tasks and gaming won’t drain this phone’s battery life very quickly, although having a MediaTek processor without performance-oriented cores does mean you won’t find the best speed for your buck. That being said, real world usage is nicely complimented by the UMI Super’s Stock Android software, which is clutterless and runs fluidly, with a minimal load of bloatware built-in to take away from your battery life.
There are a few caveats to take into account, though: this device does not come with all the necessary US bands, and we found some issues with notification syncing that may or may not have contributed to the battery life results. Other than that, though, the UMI Super delivers on its promise of long battery endurance.
While the device does last a long time, it doesn’t take very long to charge at all. This device can charge up to 75% in 30 minutes, using its future-proof USB Type C cable. Ultimately, choosing to sacrifice some thinness to jack up the battery is just the kind of decision many consumers want on their phones, and with fast charging there is no drawback to the increased battery capacity.
So, does the UMI Super live up to the promise of a “full day of heavy use”? Absolutely: delivery 9 hours of screen on time on a 4,000mAh battery is an impressive feat in itself, but ultimately, this is one of the longer-lasting phones we’ve ever seen, and certainly one of the few on the market that can last for such a long time while still offering a stock Android experience. If you want a phone that lasts you all day, the UMI Super certainly will do, as long as you can embrace its specs for their price and the cut corners to get there.