Published On: Sun, Sep 20th, 2015

UMI Iron: This Android Phone Is Secure By An Eye Verify Biometric

The Eye verify system scans the unique vein pattern and exact positioning of your pupils to make a match, and the optional setting that requires you to blink during verification tightens security by ensuring the Iron must be faced with a living. It sounds very good, but the ability to bypass the eye verification with a 4 digit pass-code is a chink in its otherwise impenetrable armor.



  • 13Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras
  • Dual-SIM Dual Standby
  • 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, 3G: WCDMA 900/1900MHz/2100MHz, 4G: FDD-LTE
  • 1800/2100MHz/2600MHz
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • WiFi hotspot
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • OTG
  • 3350mAh battery
  • Micro-USB charging port
  • Headphone jack
  • Texas Instruments Directpath audio
  • 152.3×76.5×7.9mm
  • 148g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6753 64-bit octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (plus microSD support up to 64GB)
  • 5.5in full-HD (1920×1080, 403ppi) LTPS display
  • Mali T720 GPU

The UMI Iron is a phablet with a 5.5in full HD screen. With an all metal build it looks good something of a mashup between an iPhone, an HTC and a Samsung Galaxy, and it feels reassuringly tough. UMI claims is the world’s leading 13Mp camera at the back Sony’s IMX214 is a six-lens, f/2.0 snapper that does praiseworthy job in all conditions. There is LED flash front and rear.

It is something of a cross between an HTC, Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 6 Plus, with a large 5.5in screen, all metal build and a rounded slab-like design with a mildly curved rear. A headphone jack is found on the UMI Iron’s top edge, and on the rear a 13Mp camera projects little.

This is protected with stainless steel, and paired with a dual LED flash. At the front of the device you will find an 8Mp webcam. In real world use there is slight sign of lag when launching apps and navigating menus, which is more important than benchmark functionality of course.

The UMI Iron recognizes our eyes every time we tried to access it, and the same cannot always be said for fingerprint scanners. It is marginally slower to unlock the phone than inputting a PIN.


The UMI Iron is a good buy at £149.99, and the first we have seen to include eye scanning security. This is a cool specialty, if no more secure than the requirement for a 4 digit PIN.