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

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

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.