A quad-core phone for $170? That ain’t a far-fetched fantasy anymore. Chinese phone maker Gionee launches its newest Smartphone, the CTRL V4. Packing a 4.5-inch display, this Android 4.2 running device is powered by a quad-core SoC and costs only INR 9,999, that’s roughly $170.

CTRL V4 Black Gionee CTRL V4 is a 4.5 inch quad core, Android 4.2 powered phone that costs just INR 9,999

It seems like aeons but it has only been two years since the world was introduced to the first dual-core Smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. Since then, the Smartphone industry has come a long way, with quad-core SoCs, HD displays and later Full HD (1080p) panels, 2 GB of RAM and powerful 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front cameras. The Smartphone industry has made leaps and bounds of strides in every way, but all of it was reserved for the ones with butt-loads of cash. Chinese phone makers have however been working really hard to debunk that truth, almost pushing it back as a myth. Say hello to this quality Android 4.2 powered quad-core Smartphone that costs only INR 9,999 or about $170.

Gionee CTRL V4 specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) Display
  • 5 MP Rear Cam, Auto Focus, LED Flash
  • 0.3 MP VGA Front Cam
  • 4 GB Internal Storage, Micro SD Card Support Up To 32 GB
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) With Dual Standby
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Yamaha 168 Music System
  • Dimensions: 136 x 67 x 9.7mm
  • 1800 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

CTRL V4 White Gionee CTRL V4 is a 4.5 inch quad core, Android 4.2 powered phone that costs just INR 9,999

While the Gionee CTRL V4 might not pack the latest and greatest Smartphone specs, it does pack a lot of punch for a $170 class phone. Yes, we would have wished for a qHD display and 1 GB of RAM, but average users who are purchasing a phone in this price range wouldn’t even be expecting this much in the first place. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is a novelty most flagship Smartphone hasn’t gotten to taste yet, so a big plus point to Gionee for bringing in the latest OS on board.

The Gionee CTRL V4 will be available in both Black & White and comes with a free bundled 8 GB memory card and a phone case as well.