The Helio X27 – the latest incarnation and new flagship SoC of Mediatek’s Helio H20 series – has generated a huge wave of interest and excitement around the world. With its Deca Core processor, it has overtaken the X25 at the high-end of the spectrum, and is uniquely geared toward use with high-end smartphones. All of that is great news for another company – China’s UMi, which has been associated with the X20 series for some time now.
UMi had already secured a deal to use the Helio P20 for its Plus E smartphone – which was groundbreaking in itself, as the first ever P20 smartphone. After a period in which rumors connecting UMi and the Helio X27 abounded, the speculation has finally ended, with confirmation that the upcoming UMi Z will feature the Helio X27 SoC. Confirmation was made after a number of photos were leaked by an unnamed source – thought to be a company insider – showing clearly that the UMi Z will feature the Mediatek flagship.
Further information suggests that UMi will not be the only company producing a phone to use the Helio X27. It is believed that LeEco will also have access to the new chipset for its new models. After all LeEco’s success in the market with their previous Mediatek models, this actually only confirms what most people had already expected.
This means that LeEco will be the first company to use the Helio X27 in the Chinese market, whereas UMi will be the first to take it to foreign shores. Mediatek executives obviously hope that the UMi Z will continue the success of its predecessors, the Super, Max, Plus and Plus E, in those markets.
The source of the leak also suggests that the Z will have dual camera features. Currently, the UMi Z is available for pre-order at Banggood for $279.99.