UMIDIGI A3 Smartphone First Impressions & Quick Review

Posted in Dec 18, 2018 in Reviews, no comment

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Meet UMIDIGI A3 Smartphone UMIDIGI A3 packs triple slots, dual 4G VoLTE and global bands, we believe in no-compromises when it comes a SIM slot design for an entry-level phone. Maybe that’s a future trade for a budget phone. So it is an international phone and friendly to be taken for a global travel. As an entry-level device, the UMIDIGI A3 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB ROM that combined with the Android 8.1 ensure smooth performance. It has a dual camera setup 12MP and 5MP. It is so powerful that you’d never expect from an entry-level phone. The 8MP front camera won’t let you down either – selfies are high detailed, look crisp and sharp. What’s more, the UMIDIGI A3 is equipped with an entry-level chipset MT6739, it’s powerful and energy-saving enough to deal with all daily tasks for a phone.

The 5.5-inch UMIDIGI A3 features a stunning 18:9 full-screen design by applying advanced in-cell technology, a faster and improved dual camera system that offers better photo and video quality than ever before. The company’s first triple slots smartphone, which makes this dual 4G VoLTE phone without compromise and no need to sacrifice the SD card slot when using dual SIM. Global bands, full-metal unibody frame and double-sided 2.5D curved glass design that you’ve never seen in a budget phone. And actually the UMIDIGI A3 looks like the iPhone X series. As for battery life, the battery has a 3300mAh. It keeps well with average use.

Here you can read about the unboxing of UMIDIGI A3 Smartphone.
Next, watch the first impressions and the first experience on Android Oreo 8.1.0 OS
Firmware tested: Android Oreo 8.1.0 stock
Build number: UMIDIGI A3_V1.1_20181112 updated to UMIDIGI A3_V1.2_20181207
Kernel version:  4.4.95
Android Patch Level: October 5, 2018
Firmware version: UMIDIGI_A3_V1.2_20181207_20181207-1129
Hardware: mt6739
API Level: 27
Java VM: ART 2.1.0
Root: Firmware is not rooted.
Available features: Triple Slots, Dual SIM – Dual 4G VoLTE technology,  Radio FM, Dual Band WiFi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0,  A-GPS, GPS, Microphone, Front Camera & Dual Rear Camera, Main Camera LED Flash, 3.5mm Audio Jack & LED Notification, USB Host, Scheduled Power On & Off, Printing, Voice Search, Sound Recorder, Calculator, FlashLight, Airplane Mode, App Widgets, USB Accessory, OTG, Multitouch, NavigationBar, Audio Profiles, Google Play Store & gapps, Adaptive brightness, Do not disturb Mode, FM Radio, Fingerprint sensor, Standby intelligent power saving, Battery Saver, Battery Optimization, Adaptive Brightness, ScreeN Saver, DuraSpeed, Face Unlock, Google Play Protect, Find My Device, Screen Lock, Smart Lock, Jum to camera gesture, GPS / Glonass, Cast, Overview / Home / Back, Sound enhancement – BesLoudness, Gestures – Free screenshot, System OTA updates.
Sensors available on device: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Orientation, Light,  Proximity & GeoMag Rotation Vector.
CPU: MediaTek MT6739W ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.5 GHz 64 Bits
GPU: Imagination Technologies IMG 8XE 1PPC @ 570 MHz.
Cameras. UMIDIGI A3 uses a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup, driven by a large F/2.0 aperture, 1.25 μm large pixels, which can capture shoots with richer colors and less noise. Main Sensor: Omnivision OV12870 12.2 Mpx PureCel, Aperture: f/2.0, Pixel size: 1.250 µm, ISO: 100 – 1600. The 8MP Selfie shooter offers the possibility to get nice selfies and make high quality video calls, either for having fun with friends or for work conferencies. You can expect image quality and rendering power that every photo fanatic deserves from a phone. Enjoy Capturing!
Display. 5.5” Advanced In-cell Technology Full-Screen Display. Thanks to the 18:9 format 5.5″ advanced in-cell technology full-screen display, UMIDIGI A3 will fit your hand like a glove, delivering the perfect experience of one-handed operation. Resolution: 720 x 1440 px (HD+), 293ppi Medium Density. Others: 2.5D curved glass screen, Capacitive, Multi-touch, Viewing angle – 178°, LED Notifications.
Battery. 3300mAh Li-Polymer Non-removeable 5V-1A . So now you can enjoy movie marathons, launch apps, and play games without worrying about running out of battery.
Internal storage.   Capacity: 16 GB. Available Storage: 8.65 GB. SD slot up to 256 GB. Tested with  Mixza Tohaoll 128GB SDXC Micro SD Memory Card. RAM: 2GB.
Cost-effective.8.7 from 10 – amazing score regarding the actual low price.

In Antutu Benchmark 7.1.1 UMIDIGI A3 achieves a pretty good score, over 45.000 points.

In Antutu Video Tester 3.0 UMIDIGI A3 scores 713 points, this firmware version managed to play correctly 15 items, partially supported 8 items and didn’t manage to play 7 items.

Wifi Internet speed tested gets also good values: 45 Mbps in download and the upload speed was over 36 Mbps for 5GHz Wifi and  38.8 Mbps in download / 31.1 Mbps in upload for 2.4GHz Wifi. The router used in this test is Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router, mounted in another room.

Android Oreo 8.1 OS on the UMIDIGI A3 runs very smooth – transitions, animations, apps switching and general OS fluidity is just great, I really like it a lot. During our tests, we experienced zero force closes, hangups or stability issues. Google Play and gapps are working without issue. Google Play Services updated no problem. 3rd party apps downloaded and updated without issues.UMIDIGI A3 has now an amazing affordable price and very good value for the money.

Photo gallery full album here. Official website here. Here you can read about the unboxing of UMIDIGI S2 Pro 4G 6GB RAM 128GB ROM Phablet. Unboxing UMIDIGI S2 Lite 4G Phablet here. Unboxing UMIDIGI A1 Pro here.

About Umidigi At UMIDIGI we’re here for those that expect more from their smartphone than a run-of-the-mill experience. It is here, where the art of technology and life convene. We’re committed to focusing on premium products, differentiating innovation, achieving technological breakthroughs, bringing the latest technology to consumers and striving to realize dreams for people.

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