UMI Iron Pro – Gadget of the Week

The UMI Iron Pro is a new device which is a combination of good specifications with a great design. The chassis of the phone looks very similar to that of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus.

Not only does the chassis look like the iPhone, but it is also built like one, and it uses a similar aircraft grade magnesium-aluminium alloy. The device is relatively thin at 7.99mm and weighs in under 148 grams, which is acceptable.

Spec Sheet

As far as the specifications go, the UMI Iron Pro has a 5.5 inch Full HD screen which translates into a pixel density of 401 PPI. The handset is brought to life by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6753 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. It has 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded through the available hybrid microSD/ nano-SIM card slot up to 64GB.

UMI claims that the Iron Pro also has a dedicated amplifier for enhanced audio quality. It also houses a big 3100 mAh battery to keep the device from running out of juice before the end of the day.

Connectivity Options

The connectivity options include a Dual band WiFi a/b/g/n along with LTE connectivity which can reach speeds up to 150 Mbps. UMI has also been thoughtful enough to fit the Iron Pro with a USB Type-C port for future proofing.

The Robust Security Features

UMI states that the Fingerprint sensor on the UMI Iron Pro has a blazing fast response time of 0.32 seconds. The smartphone also features an Eyeprint scanner similar to the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the 950 XL, which works based on specialized sensors that scan the veins of the eyes to create unique identification patterns.

The UMI Iron Pro is definitely a unique device that combines both the security features into one singular device, making it a mid-ranger which offers far more security than what the rest of the competition can offer at prices two times higher.

UMI Openly Encourages External ROMs

Another fantastic feature about the UMI Iron Pro is the fact that, though the device currently runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the UMI Rootjoy lets the user flash the device with a number of different ROMs.

The list of ROMs include: MIUI 6, CyanogenMod, YUM OS among others. We would love to see more manufacturers include convenient options like these that let a power user enjoy the device to the fullest.

The Cameras

The rear camera is a proven 13-megapixel unit provided by Sony, code-named Sony IMX214. It has an aperture of F/2.0 which should provide enhanced low-light imaging. The front camera is an 8-megapixel unit provided by OmniVision, code-named OV8858. It has an aperture of F/2.2 which should offer well-lit selfies and video conferencing even during challenging lighting conditions.

Our Verdict

The UMI Iron Pro is one of those smartphones that just sound mid-range on paper, but look and feels flagship grade in person. The robust security features this device offers for the price astonished us. When it comes to raw specification, the Iron Pro is as capable as the Snapdragon 615, which is still pretty good if not flagship grade.

Couple the robust security features with subtle add-ons like the soft LED line of light dubbed as the SkyLine notifications (similar to the streak of notification light at the bottom, by Sony), the UMI Iron Pro is a great value for money device crafted with care and precision.

Available for a price of $180, the UMI Iron Pro is pretty much at a very spot. In fact for what it offers, we would say that the device is worth even at $250. In case you are interested in the UMI, you can order yourself one from over here.