Best affordable 1080p quad-core phones

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.



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

32. Polrt3

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

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

33. Anti-Troll

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Same here dude :) United we stand, Divided we fall :D Where is xperiaDROID by the way?

39. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

You guys are more obsessed with samsung than samsung fanatics.

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

3. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

4. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Zopo C2 looks more original

36. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

can i play temple run on any of these phones?

8. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

24. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 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.

21. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

15. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

to bad none have LTE though

7. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

9. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

22. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 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.

23. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I guess Lemon A4 is a rebranded Zopo C2. 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.

44. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 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 !

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

12. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

and all of them look better than S4

25. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

13. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

17. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

UMI is a fraud company

18. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

19. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

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

41. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

upload a video on youtube

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