When first it was heard about the UMI eMax mini it was being expected a compact version of UMI’s eMax. The UMI eMax Mini shares some similarities with the original UMI eMax in its design, but it isn’t merely a slimmed down version. Even though smaller it is, now measuring 139.8 x 69.6-mm and weighing 130g against the UMI eMax’s 152.3 x 76.5-mm and 148g.
- 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
- 8 Mega Pixel, f/2.2, 1.12um pixels front camera
- Bottom-facing speaker
- 3050mAh non-removable battery
- Adreno 405 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage plus microSD support up to 64GB
- Android Lollipop with Rootjoy
- 5 inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels, 441ppi) IPS display
- 4G LTE bands 1800MHz and 2600MHz (not 800MHz)
- Dual-SIM Dual-standby (both Micro-SIM)
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Sony IMX214 13Mp, f/2.2 camera with LED flash
It is 1-mm lumpier, at 8.9-mm, but this has allowed UMI to accommodate a generous capacity battery at 3050mAh. The mini eMax is plastic like the original, but now it comes in new color options and with a chrome effect trim looks and feels a bit more fashionable. Whereas the UMI eMax came in grey or silver, with the Mini you get a choice of white or black.
Functionality is importantly lower for the mini version of the eMax, as measured by our benchmarks, even though we found it very quick to use in real world testing. The camera can take a few seconds to launch, but otherwise there is very few signs of lag.
In SunSpider the UMI eMax Mini also took a dive, by recording 1427ms against the original eMax’s 840ms. But in the graphics tests the phones were evenly matched, with both turning in 15 fps in GFXBench 3 T-Rex and 6 fps in Manhattan.
The UMI eMax Mini has seen a little amendment over the original with the addition of support for the latest 802.11ac WiFi protocol. Nevertheless, losing the MediaTek chip it is also lost HotKnot, and NFC isn’t still presen.
The UMI eMax Mini is great try at a budget Android phone with middle range specifications.