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Best affordable 1080p quad-core phones

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Best affordable 1080p quad-core phones
The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One might be the best selling devices right now, but they are not the only devices featuring a 1080p display and a quad-core processor. Actually, if you are not a gamer to care about the absolute best performance on a phone, there are plenty of alternatives.

The Galaxy S4 and the One both cost north of $600 off contract, but what if we told you that you can get a phone with a 1080p display and a quad-core processor for around $200? That’s a third of the price, and with processor technologies taking a huge leap, performance on these devices is lag-free.

There are a few things we should warn you about, though. The first one is that you’d have to overcome your fear of buying a smartphone from a white-box manufacturer. These phones are made in China and carry unknown brand names like Xiaomi, Umi, Zopo and Tianhe, but many of them are put together in the same facilities that manufacture iPhones and Galaxies.

The second one is plastic. If you care about the absolute premium design with aluminum unibodies, you won’t find it here. The third one is the lack of 4G LTE connectivity - those phones are great performers in terms of processing power but virtually none support LTE speeds. And finally, for some reason they all tend to perform poorly when it comes to video recording. Don’t worry about image stills - they are mostly okay, but a lot of the Chinese phones have not yet figured out a way to do so well in video.

With no further ado, here are the best affordable 1080p quad-core phones, take a look.


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posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:39 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


#5 has Touchwiz with the old HTC logo on the back of the phone lol.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:21 3

32. Polrt3 (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Do not worry, I'm still here waiting for articles about Samsung's cheap and ugly products.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:35 1

33. Anti-Troll (banned) (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


Same here dude :)
United we stand, Divided we fall :D

Where is xperiaDROID by the way?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 20:57 1

39. jdoee100 (Posts: 286; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


You guys are more obsessed with samsung than samsung fanatics.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:46 4

2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


The first 2 and the 4th phone still look better than a Galaxy S4.
But to be frank i wont buy something from a name rarely heard of.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:48 8

3. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Stupid names....but quite amazing phones for the price....well done china!!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:49

4. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


the star s4 could have been awesome if they'd have copied everything but the home button. haha

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:37 3

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1292; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Zopo C2 looks more original

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:33

36. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


i was making a wise crack at the only thing wrong with the way the galaxy phones look is the physical button.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:55 2

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


can i play temple run on any of these phones?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:14 1

8. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


why not? When you can play temple run on your galaxy then it's not a big deal for these device.... LOL

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:56 2

24. iushnt (Posts: 554; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


But galaxy uses much better processor compared to these phones..

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:28 3

14. Victor.H (Posts: 403; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Absolutely, those phones will easily run games like Temple Run and Angry Birds. They are also capable of running games like Need for Speed and Riptide GP, so no worries. You might run into some lag running the latest games like Modern Combat 4, though.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:33

21. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I'm actually considering on buying one of these phones, just to experiment.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:35

15. mittalmailbox (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


one of the good things is that all of them have PowerVR 544 which is quite good at handling games and HD videos.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:08

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


to bad none have LTE though

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:12 1

7. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


"ThL stands for Technology Happy Life and how can you not love such a brand?" hahhaha That one was good LOL

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:16 1

9. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Hey PA you should also include this smartphone. it's super affordable with beast like specs...

http://www.mobalian.in/2013/06/lemon-a4-android-smartphone-5-inch-1080p-display-13-mp-camera-price-specification-india.html

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:44

22. BREvenson (Posts: 203; Member since: 17 May 2012)


A 5MP FFC? That's insane! And here I am trudging along with 2MP on my S II.

...well, it's not so bad. But 5MP is a nice step up.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:47

23. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I guess Lemon A4 is a rebranded Zopo C2.
http://www.thinkdigit.com/Mobiles-PDAs/Lemon-A4-launched-with-5-inch-full-HD_15015.html
Compare the picture in the link with the picture of zopo c2 that phonearena have provided.
Only difference is lemon A4 has more internal storage when compared to zopo c2.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 22:15

44. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I'm just scared I'll get a lemon if I buy that.

Just joking.

Actually, I really like the first 2 phones. Apart from their names. Haha.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:23 1

10. sergiobr (Posts: 382; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I dropped my N9500 in the floor. I used to buy Chinese phones ... Got my screen broken and no other was available . Is up to you !

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:24

11. sergiobr (Posts: 382; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


It´s the reject of the big ones. Everything is planned by the giants ! They support it.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:24 3

12. raunak (Posts: 494; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


and all of them look better than S4

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:59

25. iushnt (Posts: 554; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I think they look and have features much better than iphones..

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:28

13. mittalmailbox (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


These phones are all same with different packing, who wants a 1080p which is in no way better than 720p of trusted sources.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:47

17. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


UMI is a fraud company

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:55

18. newuser1 (Posts: 86; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


they are all good but none of those have USA data bands.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:02

19. NIK01 (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


my zopo C2 arrived TODAY, no kidding.
I like it.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 23:57

41. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


upload a video on youtube

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:26

20. badero (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


It's a shame that all these Chinese brands are not in physical stores.
The big brands have to reduce prices in that case.

Xiaomi Mi2S is a good smartphone, but it's hard to get.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:04 1

31. Polrt3 (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Do not worry, I'm still here waiting for articles about Samsung's cheap and ugly products.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:23

35. Anti-Troll (banned) (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


xperiaDROID? Are you reading this?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:05

28. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


By the name of the article, I pick the Nexus 4. Love my N4, powerful and affordable.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:06

29. jibraihimi (Posts: 627; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Chinese are producing many FullHd affordable smartphones,, hope they can improve camera quality of their phones......

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 13:19

45. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


From all reviews I have read, their camera quality is usually very good except for video recording in some cases.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:54

30. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


MT proc = last year tech always...

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:44 1

34. linaresx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


To quote Homer: "Pfft. I know a genuine Panaphonics when I see it. And look, there's Magnetbox and Sorny."

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 18:21

37. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


I cant decide if i should go for star s4 or tHL. Looks awesome!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:41

38. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


TL:DR: What are the cheapest modern Chinese knock-offs with quad-core processors and large screens?

None of these phones are appealing. From a statistic standpoint, yeah, being cheap, large-screened, somewhat thin, and having quad-cores and what appears to be more-or-less stock Android, but my concerns in buying them would be 1) customer support, 2) warranty support 3) troubleshooting support in the U.S. 4) replacement parts if damaged 5) security (since there are certain concerns about certain products having recording chips or software to steal info out-of-the-box) 6) app exclusions

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 22:40 2

40. taikucing (unregistered)


I don't believe the quality of Chinese phones anymore, except Lenovo. I think the the best quad core phones under $250 is Acer Liquid E2 eventhough it's not HD.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 09:12

43. taikambing (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


i agreed

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 08:02

42. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Anyways Umi X2 is very good one but chinese brands are not reliable.

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