Quick show of hands, who here is familiar with BLU Products? Anybody? Anybody at all? Well, it’s your loss, as the somewhat humble Miami-based mobile phone manufacturer has grown immensely in just four years of existence, making huge waves in Latin and North America, as well as Europe with solid budget-conscious gadgets.
It’s not unusual to see sub-$200 or even sub-$100 smartphones being released by obscure manufacturers from China and India that would be willing to do anything to be noticed. Not unusual, but still pretty impressive.
Xolo A500S breaks cover: a stylish 4-incher with Android 4.2, dual-core speed and Rs. 7,000 price tag
Seeing as the majority of today’s budget-friendly smartphones in India are, let’s face it, fugly and chunky, it’s a big breath of fresh air to be able to welcome the Lava Xolo A500S. This fellow is terribly uninspired in the hardware department, but it saves face with up to date software and most of all
Aside from easily dominating the local mobile telecommunications décor, China Mobile is currently the most popular carrier in the world, having over 700 million subscribers (the world number two has less than 400 million and the Chinese runner-up just 160 mil).
Remember that crazy rumor about Xiaomi prepping an upper mid-range phone with 720p display, quad-core processor and $160 price tag? Well, it’s a rumor no more. And it gets better, as the Red Rice is reportedly set to go on sale for an incredible Yuan 799 ($130) after all.
Despite ranking fourth in global mobile phone sales for 2012, China-based ZTE has always suffered due to its inability of making headway in key markets. Namely, the company was completely absent from India and was still viewed as a second-tier OEM in many European countries, as well as the US.
Since the low-end Lumia 520 is currently the most popular Windows Phone 8 device in the world, it seems only logical for Nokia to continue focusing on that particular sector of the smartphone market. On that note, meet the Lumia 625, previously known as “Max”.
Just when we thought the Indian battle for smartphone supremacy couldn’t get any more heated, Lava has made the Xolo Play T1000 available. Only for pre-orders at this time, but shipping is to get underway later this week.
While cheap Android knock-offs might still be frowned upon in the West, over in China they seem to not only be tolerated better, but grow in popularity by the day. And it’s no wonder, given they’re also consistently improving in terms of build quality and specs.
Bullish is just the first word that comes to mind when talking about Lenovo’s smartphone prospects, based on the company’s recent claims. Yet we’re not seeing the Chinese stepping things up as we’d have expected.
After failing to gain a foothold in the European smartphone décor, Panasonic has been forced to take a step back, regroup and focus once again solely on the friendlier Asian environment. The Japanese don’t seem keen to win the high-end battle around those parts either, instead unveiling mostly budget devices.
After ruling the Indian smartphone market for several years in a row, Micromax seems to have dropped the ball with the modestly specced and overpriced Canvas 4. Luckily for our Indian friends, we have options.
While the Asian cheap smartphone market is flourishing by the day, scoring a solid Android gadget for less than $300 continues to be a great challenge in the States. But not if you give an OEM like BLU a chance, since the company has just released the $140 Dash 4.5.
The second half of 2013 is already shaping up to be extremely exciting for the Chinese budget-conscious/mobile speed-addicted folk, given what Xiaomi and ZTE are rumored to bring to the market for prices of $350 or less, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Chinese phone maker Gionee has launched their new phone in India. Introducing the Gionee Elife E5 which packs a quad-core processor and a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, all under $350 or INR 19,999.
Since the Galaxy S4 is the current star of Samsung’s Android line-up and Note 3’s launch is around the corner, it’s a little weird to see a GNote 2 clone being launched only now. But hey, some phones are just like wines, getting better with age, so we shouldn’t mind.
The Asian market for Full HD smartphones with incredibly low prices is as crowded as it is competitive nowadays, but there’s still plenty of room for newcomers. Like iBerry’s Auxus Nuclea N1, an impressive looking handheld that will be up for Indian pre-orders in just nine short days.
Given the not yet official Newman K2 phone has appeared on our radar just seven days ago, you could say things are moving very fast for it. True, we’re yet to hear something on the record from Newman, but on the down low we know everything there is to the K2 spec-wise.
While most of you speed addicts wouldn’t even consider giving a chance to any JiaYu phone until hearing more about that Snapdragon 600-powered S1, those that are willing to sacrifice a little to save up money should be ecstatic to hear the G4 Advanced and Youth are finally launching.
5-inch Full HD phones were rare six or nine months ago, but they can be now found basically at every street corner. Still, it’s not easy to score a 5-incher with an ultra-crisp display, decent processor, cool cameras and low price, so the Uniscope XC2 should grab some of your attention.