Say hello to the Umidigi Bison 2021. Having kicked off its Rugged smartphones series with the first Gen Umidigi Bison and the gaming optimised Bison GT, Umidigi is back again with a follow-up smartphone dubbed the Umidigi Bison 2021. Making comparisons between the former and the latter shows an upgrade that isn’t very substantial, as far as successive features go. More on that later in the article.
UmiDigi Bison 2021 Key Specs & Features
- 6.3-inch FHD+ Display, 1080 x 2340 Pixels (409 PPI)
- Stock Android 11
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB Built-in Storage, with SD-Card Support
- 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 5MP Quad Rear Camera
- 24MP Front Camera
- IP68 / IP69k (Water / Dust Resistance)
- Customizable Buttons
- PTT (Push-to-talk)
- 4G LTE, Dual-band VoLTE
- Fingerprint Sensor (Side Mounted)
- Fast Charging (18W Capacity)
- 5000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
Design and Display
The Umidigi Bison 2021 is basically a mirrored image of the first-gen Umidigi Bison. Both smartphones bear the same design. It’s very safe to say both smartphones are mirrored images of themselves.
Following the fact outlined in the above paragraph, enthusiasts who are familiar with the previous Bison should also expect the same tough chassis with the same design pattern.
Taking off with the elements in the design, we have a quad-camera system on the rear, with an LED flash. Below the module, is the Bison branding, which enthusiasts can use to tell it’s an Umidigi smartphone. You would also find sort of carved lines and colour caps that sends off a vibe that what we have isn’t a regular Android phone.
Flipping the device to get a frontal view, reveals a 6.3-inch display with a drop notch. The highlights of this display include a resolution of 1080 x 2340, a density of 409 PPI and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Speaking of protection, this smartphone rocks the IP68 and IP69k rating for water and dust resistance as seen on last year’s model. Umidigi claims the Bison 2021 can survive a fall from a height up to 1.5m and also survive being in up to 1.5m depth of water for up to 30 minutes.
The cameras are also a reminiscence of what we got on the Bison from 2019. This fact holds for both the front and rear setup.
On the rear camera setup of the Umidigi Bison 2021, we have a 48MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.79, a 16MP ultrawide camera with a 120° field of view, a 5MP depth camera, and a 5MP macro camera with a 2.5cm macro distance. Video record on this camera is capped at 1080p @ 30fps.
Moving up front, we have a single 24MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0, tucked into the drop notch on the display.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware side, we have yet another reminisce. The only difference here is that we have 8GB RAM on the Umidigi Bison 2021 and 6GB on its predecessor. The other specs are basically the same.
The other performance facilitators include a MediaTek Helio P60 processor, 128GB built-in storage (UFS 2.1), the ARM Mali G72 MP3 GPU, and a non-removable 5000mAh Li-Po battery paired with an 18W fast charge mechanism.
On the software side, we have Google’s stock user interface running on the Android 11 operating system.
The Umidigi Bison 2021 features a USB type-c port, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC support, and WiFi connectivity.
Internet connectivity is capped at 4G, which means enthusiasts won’t have access to 5G speed on this device.
Umidigi Bison 2021 Price and Availability
Umidigi Bison 2021 price starts at around $189 at leading online stores. This translates to about 78,600 Naira in Nigeria, 20,500 KSH in Kenya, and 1,150 GHC in Ghana.
The Umidigi Bison 2021 can be purchased from AliExpress, as well as other leading online retail stores.
Umidigi Bison 2021 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Umidigi Bison 2021:
- Platform: Stock Android 11
- Processor: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 (4xCortex-A73, 2.0GHz & 4xCortex-A53, up to 2.0GHz)
- GPU: ARM Mali G72 MP3
- Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- Colours: Cyber Yellow, Lava Red
- Dimension: 162.5 x 79.9 x 12.8 mm
- Weight: 250g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ 2340 x 1080 Pixels (409 ppi), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 92.7% screen to body ratio
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 48MP (Primary) f/1.79 + 16MP (Ultrawide) 120° + 5MP (Depth Camera) + 5MP (Macro Camera) 2.5cm Macro Distance
- Rear Camera Features: Steady handheld night photography, Slow motion video, AI scenes detection, Macro mode, Portrait mode, Panorama mode, HDR, AI Beautify, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, Dual LED flash, Face recognition, Real-time filters 1080p, 720p, 480p video recording, 30fps
- Front Camera: 24MP Camera, Sony ultra-clear front camera, F/2.0, AI Beautify, Face Recognition, Selfie countdown
- Built-in Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 Flash Storage
- Memory Card Support: Yes
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: B2 /B3 /B5 /B8
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: B1 /2 /4 /5 /6 /8 /19
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: B1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /7 /8 /12 /13 /17 /18 /19 /20 /26 /28A /28B /66
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes, Dual-band 4G VoLTE
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth HID
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: USB Type C
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: Yes
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Side-Mounted)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: Google
- Water Resistant: Yes (IP68)
- Dust Resistant: Yes (IP69K)
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 5000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 18W Fast Charging Capacity