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Meet the Galaxy Note 5 clone that costs just $90

Chinese manufacturer UMi has produced an incredibly cheap phablet, which looks just like a Galaxy Note 5. Various reports have surfaced about the UMi ROME, and while its specs are unconfirmed, it could be one of the best-value phones we've seen. You're getting a lot for only US$89.99.

UMi Rome Smartphone
The UMi ROME is a US$90 Galaxy Note 5 clone. / © UMI

For their US$90, customers will be getting a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 and pixel density of 267 ppi. This makes it a relatively low-end display, but it does come very cheap. The back panel of the device has 2.5D curve, meaning it bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note 5.

Regarding the ROME's internal hardware, it has a 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor working together with an ARM Mali T-720 GPU. One interesting hardware choice is that it offers 3 GB of RAM, which puts it on the level of current new flagships for only a fraction of the cost.

The UMi ROME's main camera is reportedly a 13 MP IMX164 sensor from Sony with a dual-LED flash, paired with a 2 MP selfie camera on the front. This will all be powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. The ROME will run Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Depending on how this device actually performs once the specs are confirmed, it could be a solid budget device. 

Would you buy this super cheap Note 5 lookalike? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • trying to clear pin lock?? after many factory hard resets, pinlock keeps returning???? anyone help!!

  • Phone might blow up when hot. I wouldn't trust those chinese products.

  • 5URV1V0R 11 months ago Link to comment

    Lool, these guys in China are making some really interesting stuff ;)

  • 3GB smart phone for $89??? Amoled screen on sub $100 phone??? Maybe in few years, but not now. Best I can find under $100 on Aliexpress is 2GB phone sporting 5.5" lcd display (DooGee X6 pro). UMI actually makes a similar phone already, UMI Hammer S. This phone resembles hybrid of Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5, and has nice build quality as well as 2GB ram and LCD screen for $140. But I think the specs for UMI Rome are being exaggerated (especially since it's lower price than Hammer S by $50), and it's likely to be less impressive when it actually comes out... But I hope $100 3GB amoled screen phone becomes reality soon, so everyone can afford to have flagship quality Android phone, whether rich or poor. That would be woulderful

  • Only if it got 4G LTE or HSPA+ And if it has a sd card slot and going to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I could use my 256 or 128 gb card as System storage. That would be a deal breaker. If not the case nah.

  • storm 11 months ago Link to comment

    Maybe as a kids phone.

    • You're right, it would make a great kid's phone whether the specs are accurate or not. Can't beat the price! :)

  • you get what you pay for...and it really does seem to be too good to be true...

  • I think this may fall into the category of "If it seems too good to be true . . ."

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