One of the biggest trends we’re starting to see in 2019 is the rapid growth and iteration in cameras. The advent of multiple cameras is a huge one right now with not just a second one, but a third, or fourth. Another big trend is jumping from 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel cameras up to 48-megapixels.

Indeed, that’s a key feature in Umidigi’s latest phone, the F1 Play. Launching as an affordable Android 9 Pie device, this one delivers a ton of hardware at a budget-friendly price.


The Umidigi F1 Play is an upgraded approach to its recent F1, with notable changes in memory and camera. Both pack a 6.3-inch display with a waterdrop cutout, and each has a massive 5150mAh battery.

Whereas the F1 comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, the F1 Play bumps up the memory to 6GB, with 64GB storage space.

The F1 has a dual-camera setup of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel while the F1 Play goes hard with the 48-megapixel and 8-megapixel configuration. Processing power comes in the form of a Helio P60 for both models.

The Umidigi F1 Play takes on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 as a wallet-friendly alternative to much pricier flagship phones. Although they both come around $200, the edge appears to go to Umi’s model.

Umidigi offers up more RAM, a larger battery, and support for more network bands. What’s more, it packs slightly higher megapixel cameras and faster charging. Perhaps most importantly, it comes in about $30 cheaper, too.

UMIDIGI F1 PlayRedmi Note 7

(Global version)

Rear Camera48MP + 8MP48MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP13MP
ProcessorHelio P60

AnTuTu: 140k+

Snapdragon 660

AnTuTu: 140k+

Memory6GB + 64GB4GB + 64GB
Display6.3”  FHD+ Waterdrop6.3”  FHD+ Dot drop
Charge18W Type C charger in box, 3.5mm headphone jack10W Type C charger in box, 3.5mm headphone jack
Bands TDD-LTE 34 /38 /39 /40 /41

FDD-LTE 1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /7 /8 /12 /13 /17 /18 /19 /20 /25 /26 /28A /28B

TDD-LTE B34/38/39/40/41

FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8

SystemStock Android 9.0 PieMIUI 10 on Android 9.0
PriceUS$199.99From US$230


The Umdigi F1 Play retails for $199.99 through retail outlets such as AliExpress. The online retailer AliExpress is currently running a 328 promotion for March 28 where different Umidigi models are on sale for as low as $75.99. To celebrate the 9th anniversary of AliExpress you can purchase the S3 Pro for $275.99, F1 for $179.99, and A3 Pro for $79.99.

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