The UMI Rome is the latest offering from a little known brand that’s getting better and better with each mobile.
It’s a very reasonably prices mobile that packs a lot in for the price, in the review video you’ll see the rather nice looking gold version, a black version is also available.
It’s a good looking mobile, a slim phone that, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, has the camera slightly protruding from the back. The rear plastic plate is removable and reveals a replaceable battery, 2 SIM card slots and a microSD card slot. The front bottom bezel has the three navigation keys and unfortunately these are not backlit, so can be tricky to find at times. There is also no notification light.
Inside you get a 1.3GHz Octa Core processor and, at the time of review, the UMI Rome was running Android 5.1. It’s nice to see a mobile with far less bloatware installed compared to the major manufacturers such as Sony, things are kept minimal and Android runs very snappily.
The 5.5″ screen is nice and responsive, with good viewing angles if you want to show others photos or videos. It’s a good size for viewing photos, videos or streaming media as well as web browsing, and despite the size the light weight and the nice shape of the phone means this doesn’t feel especially unwieldy in the hand.
There is a 2MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear facing camera, it’s a good phone for photos and videos and it’s worth exploring the various settings to get the most out of the camera.
The Octa Core processor and large screen also make this a cracking phone for mobile gaming, with it outperforming the recently reviewed Sony Xperia C4 on Asphalt 8, games run smoothly and the screen size stops your hands getting in the way of the on screen action.
The UMI Rome is an impressive handset for the price, the only compromises are minor niggles such as the navigation buttons not being backlit, and given the low cost it’s easy to overlook such sacrifices.