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UMIDIGI announces the F1, an Android 9.0, 5000+mAh battery phone for less than US$250

The UMIDIGI F1 runs Android 9.0 on first boot. (Source: UMIDIGI)
The UMIDIGI F1 runs Android 9.0 on first boot. (Source: UMIDIGI)
UMIDIGI has released details on its upcoming new smartphone, the F1, on its official website. This device will come with Android Pie out of the box, as well as SD card support and a 5,150mAh battery. UMIDIGI claims that inbuilt AI helps the battery last longer over time by learning usage patterns and habits.

UMIDIGI is known for its 'budget flagships' such as the Z2 or Z2 Pro. Now, it is back with a newer offering: the F1, which comes with Android Pie out of the box (something that can be said by few 2018 phones). The F1 has 4GB of RAM, which some may find a little underwhelming at this stage. It also has 128GB in internal storage, and supports microSD cards of up to 256GB. This is done using the F1's dual-SIM slot. 

The F1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chip, an octa-core processor with 4 Cortex-A73 clocked at 2GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores that run at the same speed. UMIDIGI claims that this chipset can deliver the AI capabilities for functions such as user-adaptive settings. These apparently affect the 5150mAh battery, the longevity of which should be optimized by the MediaTek AI over time. The F1 can charge at 18W, which the company describes as Fast Charging (although there are now higher-wattage options out there).

The F1 has a 16MP + 8MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. It has a 6.3 LTPS Display with a 2340x1080 resolution with a 19.5:9 aspect-ratio. This may be helping UMIDIGI to keep the F1's price down to as low as US$219.99 at present. On the other hand, it has the on-trend waterdrop notch, NFC that should support Google Pay - and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-12-17 (Update: 2018-12-17)