While researching for Chinese Android smartphones under $100, one common feature noticed is the fact that many of them are now out of stock. This either indicates the phones were in high demand because of a combination of quality and relatively very cheap cost, or the manufacturers simply stopped production and so couldn’t push out more phones to the vendors.
Some of the phones featured in these series may be out of stock by the time you get to read about them or are ready to buy them. So its wise to do a little research (like contacting customer care) before you place your orders. If you haven’t done so yet, I suggest you make time and read some of the great phones we reviewed in the first piece here. And you can also read about the second piece here. That would give you an idea of what’s going on as we take a quick peek at our next batch of Chinese Android smartphones under $100.
As usual, the selected phones have a display size of at least 4.5 inches and a RAM of at least 1GB.
The Timmy M9 is a 5 inch display Android smartphone with a screen resolution of 960×540 pixels. This capacitive touchscreen, dual-sim handset is just 8.6mm thick. Though not the slimmest phone around, it is still light enough at just 139g.
The Timmy M9 is powered by the Android 4.4, Kitkat, operating system. It is hoped that it can be upgradeable to the Marshmallow though. The chipset is MediaTek’s MTK6582 supporting a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It comes with a RAM of 1GB and internal storage of 8GB. The storage can be expanded by a further 32 GB with a microSD card.
The camera specs is just about what we have been seeing with the phones in these series. But the only difference here is that it is not a dual-camera phone. So selfie lovers should stay away from this phone. If not, they can manage the 5MP front camera.
The Li-ion polymer battery has a capacity of 2000mAh.
On Gearbest, the phone is being sold at a promo price of $63. I wonder why it is on promo though unlike other smartphones under $100. Jumia is offering the phone for N19,900, which is just about $100 at the official exchange rate.
Like most of the brands we’ve featured, Jiake is also a relatively unknown name in the business. But they are trying to make a name for themselves by coming out with different models of budget smartphones.
Jiake V6 is a huge phone. It spots a 5.5″ display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. The dual-touch capacitive touchscreen is powered by the Android 4.2, Jellybean, operating system. The chipset is MediaTek’s MTK6582 supporting a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with a 1.3GHz rating. The memory is 1GB of RAM and the internal storage is 8GB. The storage capacity can be further expanded by 32GB with a microSD card.
The V6 is a dual-sim, dual-camera phone rated at 5MP and 2MP for the primary and front cameras respectively.
This rather slim phablet, 7mm, has a relatively impressive battery of 2800mAh.
For just $78 you can get this phablet on Gearbest.
The P780 is another cheap smartphone that falls under the phablet category. Which makes the display size 5.5″. The thin (7mm) and light (140g) smartphone has a display resolution of 960×540 pixels.
The Android 4.4, Kitkat, smartphone is powered by quad-core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz mounted on MediaTek’s MTK6582 chipset. It has 1GB RAM to play around with but the internal storage is a very low 4GB. Maybe this was done to compensate for the display size. However, the storage capacity can be expanded further to 32GB with a microSD card.
The back camera is a decent 8MP. And selfie lovers should have fun with the 5MP front camera.
At 2500 mAh Li-ion polymer battery, there should be enough juice to work with the phone on a single charge for a whole day.
As usual, if you want to purchase this phone at less than $100, your best bet is Gearbest at $91.89.
Photo credits: jumia.com; gearbest.com