UMIDIGI F1 promises great battery life and strong performance at just $230

UMIDIGI announced a new smartphone, the UMIDIGI F1, an Android Pie smartphone with great battery life and strong performance. It borrows a few design elements from other brands like Oppo and OnePlus, but in a much cheaper package. The phone’s screen does have a notch on the top, however, it is the raindrop-style one that has a smaller cutout. The screen measures 6.3″ and has a FullHD+ resolution. Thanks to the smaller notch UMIDIGI managed to get a 92.7% screen to body ration. Everything is powered by the now known Mediatek Helio P60 chipset. The F1 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

Even though this is a mid-range smartphone, UMIDIGI bundled an impressive set of features in the F1. The 5150mAH battery supports quick charge and an 18W fast charger is included in the box that should refill it very fast. Unlike other mid-range devices, this one comes with NFC that can also be used for payments. Furthermore, this is the first device from the company that has Android 9 out of the box. Other features include the now-standard dual-sim support, face unlock and AI capabilities thanks to the dual-core APU (AI Processing Unit) included in the Helio P60. On the camera side, the UMIDIGI F1 comes with a dual camera setup on the back and a single camera in the front. The back module is made of a 16MP sensor and an 8MP sensor. We don’t have camera sample photos yet, but the picture quality should be good for this price range. The front-facing camera has a 16MP sensor.

The phone is available for pre-order right now from UMIDIGI’s official Aliexpress store for $230, with shipping being made starting the 7th of January. Considering the price that it is being sold, the F1 seems to be a good phone. However, it is not the first time that Chinese brands taunted us with good specs, only to under-deliver on software optimizations. The good news here is that UMIDIGI F1 will ship with stock Android, so the chances of something going bad are a lot slimmer.

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