IUNI U2 is palm-pleasant Xiaomi competitor, packs an UltraPixel entrance digital camera
When Gionee’s spin-off on-line cellular model IUNI — taken from “I’m distinctive” — launched again in November, it vowed to go proper after Xiaomi with an identical gross sales technique, nevertheless it’s additionally differentiating itself by delivering “beautiful” hardware design and “elegant” UI on the similar time. Earlier as we speak, the Chinese language firm lastly confirmed off what it has been engaged on: the U2. This 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 gadget is positioned as the most effective single-hand metallic telephone, that includes a four.7-inch 1080p LTPS show — just like that of final yr’s HTC One — tucked inside a 65mm-large aluminum physique, which is narrower than the Huawei Ascend P6 and even the Moto X. Oh, and it is low cost, too: the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM is simply CN¥1,999 (about $320) unsubsidized, whereas the 16GB model with 2GB RAM is simply CN¥1,799 (about $290).
Despite the fact that the U2 is a finances telephone, a whole lot of work has been put into its design. The “double curve” design on the again reminds us of the palm-pleasant Moto X, however look-sensible, it is very very similar to a distant cousin of the HTC One with its comparable zero-hole aluminum development. Nevertheless, IUNI identified that because of the 10-diploma folds on the prime and backside, together with the shinier “3D polish” on the chamfer, the yield is simply forty eight % from the ninety-minute course of at BYD’s manufacturing strains. IUNI admitted that this pricey course of is moderately insane for a price range model, however that is the place they see a chance to struggle different Chinese language on-line manufacturers — most of which promote plastic units.
On the software program aspect, the IUNI OS claims to be the cleanest Android ROM you will get (at the very least in China), because it will not include any pre-loaded third-celebration apps that have a tendency to assist generate income for producers. The OS itself can also be designed in a solution to reduce the variety of swipes and faucets for commonest actions, however we’ll solely understand how efficient that is as soon as we have now spent a while utilizing it.
General, it is fairly thrilling to see a brand new participant injecting recent power to the Chinese language finances market. Whereas most distributors are providing low cost product by slicing corners, IUNI is absolutely making an attempt to supply an honest telephone that is sensible to customers, whereas nonetheless capable of promote it in the identical worth vary. The U2 has probably the most environment friendly sixteen-megapixel digital camera, the quickest entrance-dealing with digital camera and it’s nice for single-hand utilization. Positive, it solely has HSPA+ as an alternative of LTE, and the battery’s simply 2,200mAh, however for simply $320 unsubsidized, we’re not complaining in any respect. Should you stay in China, you possibly can already head over to IUNI’s web site to go away a deposit for the 32GB model of the U2. Sadly, there isn’t any phrase on international availability, however we’ll hold an eye fixed out for additional bulletins.