A few days ago, UMi started to sell its new device, the UMi Iron Pro, a device which uses metal body design, with 5.5 inch 1080p screen, MTK 6753 Octa-core processor, 3 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. On the other hand, Meizu has also released a new device, the Meizu Metal, which has a metal chassis, with 5.5 inch 1080p screen, MTK6795M Octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. As you can see, both devices are quite similar, but they have some differences which are worth to know.
Both UMi Iron Pro and Meizu Metal use metal body design. While Meizu Metal opts for a straight design, UMi has opted for a rounded design, which best fits the hand shape. Regarding dimensions, the UMi Iron pro has a thickness of 7.9 mm and weighs 148g, while Meizu Metal has a thickness of 8.2 and weighs 163g. In addition, UMi Iron Pro incorporates a skyline notification LED, so users will never miss a notification again.
UMi Iron Pro
Both smartphones have a 5.5 inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Generally, mid-range devices use to have HD and not Full HD displays. Nevertheless, Meizu Metal uses LCD technology, while UMi Iron Pro opts for an AMOLED screen. This technology provides better color perception and also helps to reduce power consumption when using dark themes.
UMi Iron Pro
One of the most important things to consider when buying a new smartphone is performance. In this aspect, we can find some differences, because, while UMi Iron Pro includes a 1.3 GHz Octa-core processor, Meizu Metal opts for a 2.0 GHz processor Octa-core processor. However, UMi Iron Pro has 3 GB RAM, while Meizu Metal has only 2 GB. This means that Meizu Metal supports a lower quantity of running applications.
Like most of current mid-range and high-end devices, the Meizu Metal incorporates a fingerprint reader, which allows users to authenticate into the device on a secure way. However, the UMi Iron Pro not only incorporates fingerprint ID, but implements two additional modes of security: eyeprint authentication and voice unlock.
Both devices incorporate similar cameras, with a 13-megapixel sensor. Here the difference appears if we look to the front camera, because, while Meizu Metal uses a 5-megapixel sensor, UMi Iron Pro has an 8-megapixel sensor, equipped with a flash LED which will allow us to take amazing selfies.
UMi Iron Pro
The system is one of the main differences between this two phones, because while UMi Iron has a light interface with barely changes, Meizu Metal has its own firmware, called Flyme OS, which is very different from the traditional Android system. In addition, UMi Iron Pro incorporates some interesting additional features such as an intelligent power saving mode, or a health monitoring app, which allows users to have a better experience with their phone.
UMi Iron Pro
Like the majority of current smartphones, both Iron Pro and Meizu Metal support 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks, but, the difference here is that, while Meizu Metal supports FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks, UMi Iron Pro only supports FDD-LTE. Nevertheless, UMi Iron Pro incorporates the new USB Type-C connection, which will allow users to faster transfer information from computer to smartphone and vice versa. On the contrary, Meizu Metal includes a traditional micro USB port.
Price and Conclusions
As we have seen in this article, both UMi Iron Pro and Meizu Metal are similar devices; however, UMi Iron Pro incorporates a few details such as three kinds of biometric security, USB Type-C, or a larger RAM memory. Nevertheless, we need to look at the price in order to fairly compare these two devices. Nowadays, Meizu Metal costs $229.99, while UMi Iron Pro costs $179.99, this is, $50 less.