Best affordable quad-core dual-SIM phablets

Best affordable quad-core dual-SIM phablets
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra just shocked us with its 6.44" display, but also with its high price of $679 (or 679 euro) off contract. You might wonder, isn’t it possible to get a phablet at an affordable price? Truth is there are countless manufacturers outside the mass market ones that provide decent alternatives at a third of the price.

Since the first Samsung Galaxy Note launched back in 2010, phablets, a name for phones that near tablets in size, have grown from a bold experiment into a mass market gadget. You can judge by how quickly virtually all Android phone manufacturers started making phones with screens larger than 5.3 inches, something that we consider the starting point for a device to be considered a phablet.

Below you'll find offers from Chinese manufacturers you may have not heard of, but if you are in the mood for experimenting, why not try them? Prices are extremely affordable and you can get a quad-core phablet for as low as $160 (but most cost around $200 and slightly more). What should interest you more is powerful hardware and in our selection right here we have the Star B6000 that features the new MT6589T chip, it's definitely the most powerful one of the bunch. We should warn you though - all of these devices do not support 4G LTE connectivity, nor T-Mobile’s AWS 1700MHz 3G bands. All of the devices below run on a quad-core MediaTek chip - a great performer for the price, so performance will be lag-free for the most part. With no further ado, here are our 5 picks for affordable quad-core dual-SIM phablets.




Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

No way! I don't wanna compromise QUALITY over screen size and buffed up china specs.

7. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

PA is trying to shadow the Xperia ZU? They post useless things! They are afraid too..

21. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013


2. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

all of them resembles samsung design.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup. Look at all their 'behinds'...can't really differentiate. But i don't blame them, Samsung being the 'in' thing right now...soon there'll be look-alikes of Xperia Z.

20. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Yup. Phonearena is starting to recommend us some subpar Chinese products that rip off the designs of others. Such devices are available in my country's online stores, and all are classified under the tags "China gadgets", etc where value is almost none and interested customers bid from a single dollar. If they can last a year, count yourself lucky.

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Waiting for the Micromax Canvas 4. Much much better than buying chinese phones without any warrenty or known reputation of quality.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That is one of the Chinese made phones...simply just re-branded.

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

You're right :)

15. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Of course I know that. But instead of buying something in wild, it's a tried, tested and warrenty supported by Micromax. May be MMX doesn't design their own phones but they do conduct quality checks. So it's very much like Global brands minus the design phase. As now they are a major brand of phone in India serving millions people they have to be strict on quality. I have used their Canvas 2 and Canvas HD, and pretty sure about quality. For price it's very good. I don't have anything against chinese phones. But I won't recommend 'Chinese phones without warrenty' with emphasis on Warrenty. Everything is Chinese made these days.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

*Warranty. I don't know man...i have a friend who bought a Micromax phone and the after-sales service is pretty bad. It's been a month and still haven't got it bad. 1st, they're told to wait for a week. If not fixed by then, they'll return the full amount. Went after a week, again refused and said will take one more week, but denied they said anything about a refund. I've thought about Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and all those stuff but i don't think i can go with the service if anything like that happened. Now i'm going for well branded and trustable OEM.

8. maverick786us

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Look at the size of bazel

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hehe the note3

10. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Most of them looks like samsung design PA show. Its hard to buy without a service center near you though if things go wrong. Its probably a disposable phone.

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Haha, look at all the Samsung clones. I wouldn't mind you guys doing cheap Chinese reviews every now and then, so we get a look at where they're at.

12. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

China's product should be banned a long time ago. Their espionage is beyond a common sense. The problem is that the world's economy relies on them. A looong leash.

13. ardiralph

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Where to buy? Ehe.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't buy, they are Chinese products, not reliable-durable and have very poor quality.

18. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

go ahead and buy made in the same factories as the iphones and the galaxies hell.

17. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Better buy a mid range branded phone...

19. taikucing unregistered

I've bad experience with Chinese phones. The bad things are like this: The battery says 3000 mAh, but the actual capacity is 2000 mAh or less. Sometime you get dead pixels if you're not a lucky buyer. Camera is useless. Speaker & earphone are crap. Internal memory speed is slow, probably using class 4 or class 6. Becomes hot easily.

22. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Back to the future.4 GB memory and storage,whats the use?????

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.