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Ubro M1 review

by Frank Tu 80

The company Ubro has released a new phone a few days back, the Ubro M1, which is the first smartphone around the globe which will be releasing BOM (Bill Of Material) which shows the total cost of all parts in the manufacturing industry. The purpose of BOM is to rise with technology by providing with a crystal clear data with regards to the cost of manufacturing hardware to the customers. But leaving BOM aside, is Ubro M1 a truly good phone worth your money? Let’s find out:

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Build

Having the dimensions of 70 x 142 x 6.9 mm and a 5 inches screen fitted within, the phone offers a decent value of screen-to-body ratio, and tipping the scales at a decent 155g. Moderate, for the most part, but not bad by any means. As for the body aspects, there is nothing notable to mentioned as it features the mainstream 3 capacitive buttons for navigation, volume rockers and power key. The entire phone is made out of smooth plastic, with a dual glass on the back and a metal bezel on the sides which is made out of an aluminum alloy and is CNC machined that are present in many other premium phones. This metal bezel also allows for better holding of the phone overall. However, the glass back may cause it to be more prone to fingerprints.

Ubro m1 paid attention to the build quality of this phone, which earns it a 8.5/10 rating.

Display

The Ubro M1 houses a 5 inch 720 x 1280 pixels IPS screen, that brings it to an average of around ~295 ppi, which is, again mainstream for most smartphones out there. The phone does not disappoint as the images are crisp, vibrant and have a good amount of detail. The IPS screen, as usual, is one of the best ones out that offer excellent color reproduction, viewing angles, and having a higher range of brightness, meaning it can go from very high to very low. For protection, the ubro M1 also equips dual gorilla glass screen that allows some protection against drops and good protection against scratches on the screen.

Overall, the display is impressive, only led down by the 720p resolution. Thus, 7.5/10 is the score here.

Camera

The phone houses a 13 MP back camera that is capable of recording videos at full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution at 30 frames per second and a 5 MP front camera for taking selfies or video calling. Despite the fact that the hardware is good and the camera is certainly better, Ubro had the potential to do more with the camera since phones having a camera with 13 MP resolution can also record videos at 4K, which is 4 times as much clear and quality-rich as a normal full HD camera. Nevertheless, one cannot complain too much since the M1 is supposed to be a budget phone after all.

Overall, these features, and the ones following, certainly made Ubro m1‘s camera score a 9.5/10 rating: Continuous zoom, geotagging, panaroma, HDR, touch focus, face detection, 6 element lens and blue filter glass.

Hardware

Housing a MediaTek MT6735A chipset, which has four cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz each, that is based on a 64-bit architecture. While 64-bit architecture is (arguably) better than its 32 bit counterparts, you can be sure of the phone to run MOST things you throw at it. Yes, MOST is the keyword here. While the 1.3 GHz processor is good, and combining it with 2 GB of RAM makes it sweeter, it still brings the infamous heat management problem of MediaTek chips that will not let you play for extended periods of time due to performance stuttering as a result of increased heat. However, a light session of fruit ninja or angry birds will certainly run as expect without any unwanted heat.

 

In terms of the GPU, you have a Mali T720 MP2 that has two cores clocked at 450 MHz each which is more than enough to run the graphic intensive tasks that your OS and other apps demand.

Overall, the hardware is pretty intense, and earns a sweet 8/10 rating.

Software

The software is a department where the Ubro M1 shines (brightly) without offering any disappointments. Loaded with the latest android 5.1 lollipop, plus maintaining Google’s stock android interface for the most part, the phone is guaranteed to work smoothly thanks to the optimization in the newest iteration of Android by Google.

Due to keeping it minimalistic and quick, Ubro m1 gets a rating of 8.5/10 in the software department.

Battery

The back of the phone houses a 2350 mAh battery that would at least get you through a day of medium usage.

The battery life of this phone, being average, earns a 7/10 rating.

Connectivity and Other Features:

Ubro m1 does not leave out on the connectivity as well, supporting various band and frequencies, and heck, even 4G LTE. Dual SIM cards with dual standby is also a plus, but for the most part is just a ‘may-or-may not-use’ addition. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi+Hotspot are other mandatory additions in a smartphone present in this one too. However, despite being a unibody phone, this one supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards to expand memory upto 32 GB more, so that you can store more media, games and other apps in the phone. Although we miss NFC, but who makes use of it anyway?

The connectivity of this phone earns a rating of 9/10.

The Verdict

Ubro M1 is an impressive phone, and having a price of ~140$ makes it an even sweeter deal. It has its own set of flaws, such as a 720p display, a slightly smaller battery capacity and then some, but hey, which phone is flawless? If you look for a phone that performs excellent and has some extra features at a price that won’t cause a hole in your pocket, the search stops here.

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  • Muhammad Yasir

    did Linus write this ? wayy too Friendly for a review ??

    did Ubro give u some … unexpected gifts ??

    • Steve B

      Camera does looks good. Come on my friend have some faith, despite a sparse ‘review’, this does look the real deal. For only £70 I’ve taken the gamble, just need to wait now for the slow boat to arrive.

      • mf1gt3r

        I don’t doubt their claims at all. Those pictures tell it all. Just need to know if its available.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          good to see the enthusiasm man … but honestly , havent we been let down too much by chinese manufacturers to atleast hold a wary stance each time something claiming to be the “next best thing” or “next budget killer” comes out ?

          e.g Elephone p7000 and the likes 😀

          • mf1gt3r

            Yasir my man, i didn’t feel any negativity towards this device. I feel it will be the big hit.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            i hope the same 🙂

        • Steve B

          My payment is taken and order processing at Geekbuying, I’ll update when it moves to despatched.

          • mf1gt3r

            Yeap. Please keep us posted mate. Thanks.

          • Steve B

            Had a couple of emails from Geekbuying saying usual apologies, very popular, waiting on fresh stock, but just had another saying black version is waiting on more factory production, which is unknown, but a few white ones available now, so I’ve changed colour choice, no biggie.

          • mf1gt3r

            Thanks. So shipping to you soon?

          • Steve B

            Waiting for confirmation, but they stated they had a few white models left in their warehouse, but as I presume everyone got the same message could well have gone now.

            Had the same issue when I tried to order Cubot X11 recently, black delayed continuously due to popularity, but plenty of white ones available. I held out for the black, but then saw from reviews that the camera had problems, especially video, so cancelled. Shame as probably fixed by OTA now and wanted a phone for beach/bad weather.

          • mf1gt3r

            Had to ask. I’ve heard Cubot makes good phones generally. Could you tell me just how good the Cubot X11 is? Camera and all? Thanks

          • Steve B

            White version just shipped with tracking. Singapore Post so 2-4 week wait, but no tax.

          • mf1gt3r

            Okies. My purchasing one of these is dependent on user reviews. Waiting for yours man.

          • Steve B

            Scrap everything I said and hoped previously; now in hand, camera is terrible. It certainly isn’t 13mp or an IMX214 and I highly doubt it has OIS. The front 5mp (prob 3mp) takes better pictures.

          • mf1gt3r

            Damn!!!! Why do these small Chinese companies lie alot??? That’s why they don’t and won’t go far.

          • mf1gt3r

            Really bad to have purchased a product based on lies.

          • Steve B

            Indeed especially i won’t be alone in having gone for this purely for the touted camera (and this review of such). Rest of the phone looks and feels good, probably hides more failings, but those aspects are of small interest to me.
            The worst thing is the deathly silence across the usual review outlets regarding this phone, everyone’s asking where are the proper reviews? It’s almost like they’ve been incentivised not to look at it.

          • mf1gt3r

            So sorry sorry mate. I guess this is the last time i will get excited based on specs.

          • Joe

            I got mine today. I am having problems with the 4g connection so am am quite curious to hear if you run into the same problem. Please let us know.

        • Steve B

          Writer of this ‘review’ should be ashamed. The camera on this phone is terrible. 13mp=NO; IMX214=NO; OIS=I doubt it; good pics=NO; 9.5 rating….
          Did those samples even come from this phone?

          • Leo N

            I doubt it’s Sony IMX214 too, 9.5MP only on full screen.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            oh boy …

            and SOMEONE is reporting our comments as spam !

          • Steve B

            and comments from other editors defending review were removed almost immediately (by themselves?)

          • Muhammad Yasir

            lol ?

          • Steve B

            Linus responded to your initial comment and also to me, both have gone.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            weird… 3rd party ??

          • Steve B

            Ubro Launch and BOM announcement.

            © George Zaharencu Facebook

          • Muhammad Yasir

            oh please… whats the use …
            rear cam is terrible… they should just shove that BOM in their faces :/

          • Steve B

            Announcement pic was fake, so probably everything that followed.

          • FenB

            IMX219 😉

          • Muhammad Yasir

            thats the sensor used in the rear cam ?
            well , doesnt justify the catastrophic pic results … or does it ?

          • Steve B

            who knows what they’ve done with it, even the 720p video looks upscaled from 420p or less. Anyway no one would have rushed to buy with out IMX214, OIS and BOM claim, all looks a sham.

          • emirkoni

            they conctantly remove my post with screenshot of camera specificstion taken with cpu x
            it shows that rear and front camera is 4,9 mpx

          • Steve B

            Just tried that and you’re right. It also shows video is 640×480.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            mystery mystery….

          • Steve B

            And 8MP if you go back to 4:3 standard.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        well … im just as stoked as you are , compadre 🙂
        let us know all about the device when you have it in the flesh !

    • Linus

      Muhammad, no, it was not me. I haven’t reviewed any of the Ubro’s phones. The beginning of the article always shows the author’s name 🙂

      • Muhammad Yasir

        yeah … sorry for that , homie…

        well whoever wrote this … they were way wayyy to favorable…

        i hope that , at least , you should COMPLETELY review and ruthlessly scrutinize the device once its out ….

        also , i have a request … im not so sure on Cubot devices .. so please PLEEEASE review cubot x 15 , its JUST newly released !

        • Linus

          That’s all right 🙂 Yes, this is what I do both on Gizmochina and my own TechLineHD Youtube channel. I believe this is the way it should be – complete, honest reviews.

          Regarding Cubot X15, I will see what I can do getting this device for a review. In any case, a lot of hot (some of them maybe not so hot lol) reviews are coming up 🙂

  • greg

    Does it have MHL ?

  • Regis

    Is it 4G (800 Mhz-B20)?
    Thank you

  • Eric

    I’m interested in this phone despite that their website is poorly setup with deadlinks etc. typical of vaporware (eventhough you got a production tester). But seriously? What about GPS? E-compass, gyroscope? Call quality? Actual battery test? Backlight for capacitive buttons? Button feedback? Etc. etc.

    • emirkoni

      Do not buy thit phone.
      Gps has not GLONAS and BAIDU accuracy is ok for this crap.
      There is no E-compas, no gyroscope…
      Only thing that is true is processor memory and ram, maybe, everything else is false.
      Video is 3gp interpolated to 720p very blurry.
      you can not change size of video.

  • ben

    is its possible to use Dual sim and sd card ( sim+sim+sd) at the same time? could you plese explaine the diffrent slots ? thank you

    • Wiebe

      No that`s not possible.
      Or use a micro sim and nano sim together, or Micro and a TF card

      • ceagel

        I read that this is possible and also one of the marketing points of this phone. also the Simtrays look like this.

        • Ben

          i hope it will have, but there is no info about hybrid slot or about the slots at all

  • mf1gt3r

    Uhmmm. Availability??? I really need to get this phone.

  • SnowyCat

    Does it have a notification led?

    • Dark Purple

      Yes.

  • Shaun Lee

    Could you do a video review?

  • Dante

    Wow OIS at this price?
    And 4k recording

    • Muhammet

      Not 4K buddy. Just FHD 1080p 30FPS

      • Dante

        my mistake – they shouldnt invclude that paragraph talking about its posibilities

      • emirkoni

        not 1080p
        very poor 3gp, on my old sony x8 is 10 time better video

      • Steve B

        not even that, every setting produces a 3gp file that looks like it’s upscaled to 720p

  • greg

    If someone gets it , let me know if the phone has MHL.
    Thanks.

    • Joe

      Any way I can tell without having an adapter to try it? I had to look it up just to see what it was.

      • greg

        I think the only way is to connect it with the adapter ,they are very cheap, so I hope you can have the chance to get one and try to connect it to your screen

    • Dark Purple

      According to the specs, it has MHL and OTG.

  • Max

    Does it have a notification led?

    • Joe

      Yes. Got mine today.

  • Joe

    I got my phone today, the black one. Overall I’m really loving the phone, the quality seems real nice. Screen is nice, camera is nice, battery seems good after playing with it for a day. It’s actually much nicer than I expected.

    I am having a couple problems with it though. I couldn’t get my 4g connection to work and once I finally did the speeds are stuck at about 0.1Mbps up and down. And every time I reboot the phone it resets itself back to the language of my sim card. I have a french sim but want to use English, its rather annoying (don’t know if this is an android 5.1 thing though or an actual bug with the phone).

    • Camilo H. Pride

      I’m waiting for it! I want it NOW!

  • Dark Purple

    Hello. The phone looks really good. But the heating thing is making me doubt. Is it serious? Do you need to stop playing? Thank you.

    Also, I guess it has a light sensor for automatic brightness, hasn’t it?

    • Dark Purple

      One more thing. Does the speaker gets covered when you put the phone on the table? Thank you.

  • dmsmoreira

    So, what is the overall satisfation?

    • Steve B

      Camera is bad, nothing like advertised (well it possibly IS a 1.3mp Sonny). Rest is probably fine, but can’t be that bothered with it now.

  • Camilo H. Pride

    Please make a video review! I’m waiting for the phone and I want to see the details deeply

  • Camilo H. Pride

    does it include flash in front camera?

    • perro

      no flash camera >:c

      • Steve B

        Yes it does?!
        Front camera is better than rear.
        Rear camera flash flres (internally) in camera lens ruining shots, which are awful anyway.

      • emirkoni

        Yes it does but it is unusable, makes very bad blue pictures.

    • umberto

      It certainly has flash also on front camera

  • emirkoni

    Dear Frank,
    Can you tell us what did you tested.
    Your text and out UBRO M1 is different like air and water.
    You should be ashamed. Your text and the actual version of the phone that we received does not match. Probably I would never take a Chinese phone after these scams.

  • FenB

    hmmmmmm…

  • therealgt

    I got a black one three days ago from Antelife after waiting nearly a month. I have to say its a really lovely phone. It takes a bit of setting up to get it the way you want it but those are probably mostly Lollipop issues. I was worried about the camera, and the battery life, and the build quality and the 4G. How could it possibly be as good as described for the money. But it is that good. Screen resolution and camera resolution are both great, and 4G works fine though we haven’t got much 4G coverage round here. It looks and feels like a really premium £500 phone, and performs like one too pretty much.

    • Steve B

      Care to share some of those great pics you must be getting then?

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