Umi, the Chinese mobile phone maker has recently launched a new  smartphone with big display called Umi XE 5. The new smartphone is the cheapest 5-inch smartphone available in India now. The phone is priced at just Rs. 4,999 putting it in direct competition with some budget 5-inchers from brands like Micromax and Karbonn.

Eventhough priced dirt cheap, Umi has ensured that the phone is packed with lot of features. The phone runs on Android latest 4.0 version of (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and hence can support most of the apps available on Google Play. A 1.0 GHz MediaTek MTK6517 processor makes the phone to work with decent speed but the phone’s 256 MB of RAM slowsdown the phone when too many apps are kept open. The phone has an inbuilt memory of 128 MB which is expandable by another 16 GB through the microSD Card slot (you will anyhow get a 4GB MicroSD card free with the phone).

The phone’s 2050 mAh Lithium Ion battery gives 2 t0 3 days of standby time which is good for people with heavy usage. The phone has a 2 MP primary camera in the rear which snaps decent quality pictures. The front facing VGA camera facilitates video chatting. Connectivity options like Bluetooth and WiFi too are available for connecting to other gadgets and network routers.

A key miss in the phone is 3G. Users can access internet only through GPRS or EDGE networks. This should not be a problem for many as people in India still access internet through GPRS or EDGE.  Umi XE5 has Dual SIM/Dual Standby making it very attractive for college students and business executives.

Umi XE 5’s package includes a spare battery, USB Cable, Charger, Carrying Case, and Earphones.

Technology analysts are predicting that the days of smartphones with high-end features commanding premium prices will be over soon. Phones like the Umi XE 5 could be the start of that trend where everyone in low income countries in India can afford  a smartphone with good functionality.

Umi XE 5’s Specifications:

  • Dual SIM and Dual Standby.
  • Dual Cameras, 2.0 MP rear camera and 0.2 MP front camera for video chatting.
  • Latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich).
  • 1.0GHz single core processor.
  • 2G (GPRS and EDGE), Bluetooth, and WiFi. No 3G.
  • 256 MB RAM, 128 MB internal memory. Memory expandable upto 16 GB.
  • 2050 mAh Lithium Ion battery.
  • Price Rs. 4,999 with spare battery, leather pouch, and free 4GB MicroSD card.

For more information and online purchase, visit Umi India’s Official Website.