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.
Jerry Seinfeld will probably not like this one bit, but Newman is back. Only not as a chubby, conniving, annoying postman, but instead as a very elegant and possibly zippy 5.5-inch smartphone.
Though fairly small and likely possessing minimum financial and human resources, Chinese OEM Cube managed to build a solid reputation last year courtesy of a number of beautiful Android tablets sporting high-res “Retina” displays.
Made official a few days ago, the latest candidate for the “world’s thinnest smartphone” title, the Umeox X5, continues to be a tough nut to crack. When will it come? How much it’ll cost? What other aces does it have up its sleeve besides the 5.6 mm “waist”?
Remember the snazzy-looking Newman N3 phone that was furiously making the rumor rounds mere weeks ago? Apparently, that’s not the only Newman gadget incoming, with a K2 in the pipeline as well.
What’s more important for you, owning bleeding-edge technology no matter the cost or getting the best money can buy? If your answer is the latter, you might be interested in the ZTE Imperial, US Cellular’s new exclusive phone.
If you like your phones stylish, slender and decently fast, you don’t have to look further than Huawei’s newly unveiled Ascend P6. But what if you want something a little more robust, with a bigger battery and a lower price point?
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.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer JiaYu is rumored to be working on a spectacular S1 handheld with Snapdragon 600 heat and a Full HD panel, but before seeing that beast up on store shelves, two mid-rangers are likely to be made available.
It’s pretty much a known fact by now that Sony is planning to intro the Xperia ZU (Z Ultra) during the Munich press event of tomorrow, but if we are to believe newly emerged rumors the big guy will not be the only new gadget in the spotlight.
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid subsidiaries, may not have a reputation for selling the cream of the Android crop, but when it comes to budget-conscious devices, the network is almost unbeatable. The latest such phone to be up for grabs via Virgin is the Samsung Galaxy Ring.
When you think of Chinese smartphone manufacturers capable of coming up with solid budget-conscious products, the first names to pop to mind are probably Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi. Yet there are also OEMs like Nuu that don’t invest very much in marketing, but are extremely gifted in the design department.
Following the mildly successful Newman N1 and especially the surprisingly popular N2 is unlikely to be an easy feat, but based on existent rumors the soon to be unveiled N3 has what it takes to become a hit in China. At least from a design standpoint.