A review of Android smartphones under $100 is so apt at this time. The Naira is so weak, seriously affecting the prices of our regular phones. Smartphones that used to be termed ‘mid-range, budget smartphones’ are still mid-range but sold at prices definitely not ‘budget’ for the average Nigerian. Mid-range phones are now sold at prices, that last year, would get you a decent high-end phone.
This series of smartphones under $100 is meant to give hope to those who have given up on changing their device because of the high cost foreign exchange. Or you can just pick one up as a gift for somebody. How the Chinese do this is a mystery. But this phones, though costing under $100, are really not bad at the price they are being sold. Bear in mind as you read through, that when matched against the cost, the phone specs are sometimes very impressive. And pound for pound, they hold up well against costlier phones.
So as not to scrape the bottom of the barrel, phones that make the cut in this series must have a display size of at least 4.5” and RAM of 1GB. There are so many phones those conditions had to be set or we would take forever writing these series.
Oukitel are doing some wonderful things. They have the top price of the smartphone with the world’s biggest battery. And they also have these cheap phones too. Though the crown for the cheapest smartphone goes to the Indians with the Freedom 251 Android smartphone.
At about $90, Oukitel U2 just made the cut at being $10 under the cut. So apart from the sub $100 price tag what makes Oukitel U2 an OK phone?
The oukitel U2 has a display size of 5 inch and is 2.5D qHD screened-phone spotting the Android 5.1, Lollipop, operating system. The processor is clocked at 1.GHz. It is a quad-core affair mounted on MTK6735 chipset. The internal storage and RAM stand 8GB and 1GB respectively.
The battery is just 2050mAh with a rear camera of 5MP and 2MP front camera for selfie lovers to play with. Other features include dual sim, Bluetooth 4.0, OTG, OTA, and 4G LTE network for fast Internet connectivity.
Not bad for a $90 smartphone.
Made by VKWorld, the VK700X is a 5 inch Android, Lollipop smartphone with a display resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The IPS 3D screened phone spots a MTK6580 chipset and a quad-core processor of 1.3 GHz. Internal storage and memory are not too shabby too. These stand at 8GB and 1GB RAM respectively.
For power, the battery has a capacity of 2020 mAh, to provide juice for the phone and rear camera of 8MP and 5MP secondary camera. Other notable features include dual sim, Bluetooth V2.0, Gravity sensor among others.
Okay, the price? In keeping with the spirit of the series, the smartphone cost just $60. Incredible right? A real bargain I must admit.
The iNew U5 just like the Oukitel U2 is priced at $90, just $10 short of the cut off mark. And like the previous two phones, its specifications are decent enough at that price.
For starters, the U5 is a 4G LTE smartphone powered by the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. It has a 5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The phone has a MTK6735 chipset and a 1 GHz 64 bit quad-core CPU to handle multiple applications during operations. The internal storage stands at a decent 16GB to store all those files, photos and videos. This is supported by a RAM of 1GB.
iNew U5 has a back camera of 8MP with flashlight and autofocus. For taking selfies, the front camera is equipped with a 2MP lens. Power for the phone is supplied by Li-ion battery of 2300mAh. Other features include dual sim, OTG and gravity sensor.
Further reading: Android Smartphones Under $100 Good Enough to Buy (2)
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