UMIDIGI Z2 Pro is expected to hit the presale arena next month and we already know that it will come in Twilight and Twilight Black variants, just like its smaller sibling, Z2. But what surfaced today is a pleasant surprise as the Z2 Pro will also come in a Luxury Ceramic Edition with a brand-new type of ceramic called microcrystal zirconium oxide ceramic.
But what is this “ceramic” that we keep reading in news? Is it the same material used in bowls or vases? Well, not exactly. To produce microcrystal zirconium oxide ceramic requires a total of 16 processes from start to finish: tape casting, punch forming, dumping and sintering, vacuum black, setting, CNC machining, front polish, edge polish, laser drilling, CNC finish machining, cleaning, checking, laser etching, plating fingerprint-proof membrane, second checking, and packing and shipment. As a result, the manufacturing technology has high front-loaded costs, resulting in correspondingly very low product yields and production efficiency. Compared with glass, the cost of the ceramic is about 75% more expensive but features much greater hardness and anti-scratch abilities.
Ceramic is rated 8 – 8.5 on Mohs Hardness Scale, second only to diamond and sapphire, but much harder than normal glass.
Anti-scratch ability is so high that only diamonds and sapphire can scratch it!
Superior signal penetrability and anti-scratch ability compared to glass and metal.
As a result, the Z2 Pro Ceramic Edition will be more expensive than the standard editions but will come with the UMIDIGI Q1 wireless charger as a standard.
As for the camera department, there is good news there too. The UMIDIGI Z2 Pro uses a dual-lens module (16MP/8MP) and the main sensor is S5K2P7, the same that is used in OPPO R15, LG V20, Nokia 7 and other flagship phones and results in surprisingly good low-light photos. Also, the front 16MP camera sensor comes from Sony, IMX371. So, expectations are high for the Z2 Pro, as long as the company has worked hard on the software optimization since it’s as important as hardware. You can learn more about it here.