It’s official – 2016 is the year that metallic builds made their way to some of the world’s cheapest smartphones. The rugged UMI London is among these, a mere $59.99 at GearBest for a phone with a quad-core MediaTek processor, a 5-inch 720p HD display and an aluminum chassis.
Of course, there are a few compromises that had to be made to bring this device to market. One of those is connectivity – the UMI London maxes out at 3G reception. Another is performance – you only get 1GB RAM to go with the quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek CPU. The rear camera is an 8MP affair while the front camera is a pedestrian (by 2016 standards at least) 2MP. Storage tops out at 8GB, but it has an expansion slot that supports up to 32GB more. While the 2050 mAh battery might seem like a compromise, it only has to push 1280×720 pixels so it should be reasonably long-lasting. Overall, though, it’s a pretty good deal. It’s available in black or gold.
Happily, software is not one of the compromises UMI made – it comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, something many phones four times their price don’t come with. However, the main highlight of the UMI London is its durability. In addition to the lightweight aluminum chassis, the display has two layers of “T2X-1” glass, augmented by what UMI refers to as “DG Twin-Shield Technology”. Time is running out on this promotion, so if you want to take advantage of it, head over to GearBest and place your order.
In the video below you can see demonstrations of the phone’s impact resistance.