- Analysis by KJ David
The UMIDIGI A1 Pro is a 2018 mid-level smartphone that puts a lot of its eggs in the display and photography baskets, but totally fails to impress us in terms of hardware specs, running on a modest 1.5GHz quad-core-only MediaTek MT6739 processor , despite a lot of competitors with tantamount pros and cons using octa-core engines -- don't forget to browse this Phonerated's list of the best octa-core smartphones here. It comes with 3GB of accompanying RAM, which at least sounded passable as of this technical review.
We also flagged the A1 Pro's 16GB-only internal memory as a slight con, knowing that some of its mid-range rivals start out with 32GB or 64GB of on-board memory. That said, its support for up to 256GB memory cards sounds like an acceptable compromise.
Its most-defining pro, however, comes in the form of its 18:9 aspect ratio , a setup that was popular among the best wide-screen smartphones at the time of writing and one that lets the A1 Pro fit 5.5 inches of screen real estate into a body that would otherwise only allow a 5-inch screen with the conventional 16:9 setup. Sadly, though, it does not shoot for anything more than an HD+ (1440 x 720) definition and, consequently, it scores a low-key 293ppi pixel density , though its undemanding screen sharpness makes its 3150mAh non-removable battery sound a tad more reassuring.
Heading over to its cameras, the A1 Pro, like a good number of full-blown photography-driven smartphones, sports a dual camera system on its back. It has a 13-megapixel primary lens and 5-megapixel depth-sensing lens that enables Bokeh shooting. It also aptly comes with a dual LED flash setup . As for selfies, this UMIDIGI model opts for an old-fashioned 5-megapixel f/2.4 front-facing camera , but it does carry the phone's Face ID system , which provides an extra layer of security alongside its standard rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The A1 Pro is fitted with what the brand calls a 4D curved metal-glass body and it runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.
So, despite not sounding like a superstar compared to most other 2018 mid-enders with roughly similar pros and cons, the UMIDIGI A1 Pro could still appeal to pragmatists who want a cheap entry into dual-lens imaging.
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