Surprisingly solid Android smartphones have grown cheaper and cheaper in recent months, basically making feature phones obsolete, and the latest budget champion in the UK is likely close to setting some kind of world record.
The ZTE Blade Q Mini may not be what you’d call traditionally handsome, or zippy, or robust, yet it packs an incredible amount of punch for just £59.99. That’s less than 100 bucks, mind you, and it’s free of contractual obligations. There is however one restriction, namely the Blade Q Mini can be used solely on Virgin Mobile and is available via the carrier and a couple of third-party retailers: Argos and Sainsbury’s.
The first of the handheld’s features that’s bound to catch you off guard is the pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an incredibly fresh version of Google’s mobile OS for such an unpretentious little gizmo. Then there’s a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek CPU running the hardware show, paired with 1 GB RAM.
Whaaaat? 1 GB RAM? That’s crazy. Simply bananas! Granted, the 1,500 mAh battery sounds, well, puny, albeit the 4-inch screen offers a sub-par 800 x 480 pixels resolution which should help a little with autonomy.
All the rest is pretty much what you’d expect from a device in the price range – 5 MP rear cam, 4 GB built-in storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 – so the bottom line is this: if 60, 80 or 100 quid is all you can afford to cough up on a slab of silicon, you’re guaranteed the fastest SoC/RAM combo, and most up to date software, with the ZTE Blade Q Mini.
Via [Unwired View]