Clones of high-end smartphones are not uncommon, but this particular clone didn’t come from any unknown brand. The device pictured above is the UMi Rome, which the Chinese company touts as “the next gladiator.” Needless to say, the Rome bears a very striking resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
UMi claims that it has been in the mobile business for over 10 years, and it has apparently “earned a reputation domestically in China,” which makes this a particular copy of the Galaxy Note 5 that much more interesting. Not only is this clone produced by a well-known company (according to the company itself, anyway), the Rome’s specifications are not too shabby as well.
Powering the Umi Rome is a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It also has a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED display, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB, a 2,500mAh battery, 13MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, as well as Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Considering the Rome only costs US$90 (about RM390), these are very respectable specifications.
While it’s not mentioned by UMi, the Rome seems to have a metal frame and a glass back; just like the Galaxy Note 5, of course. The Rome will supposedly be released next month, but until then, it remains to be seen if it will ever materialise. After all, it offers specifications that are almost too good to be true for a US$90 smartphone.