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Best affordable quad-core dual-SIM phablets

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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.

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posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:11 1

1. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:38 1

7. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 14:28

21. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:12 10

2. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)

all of them resembles samsung design.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:21

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 13:25

20. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:21 2

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:23 5

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:36

6. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

You're right :)

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:37 1

15. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:47 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:39

8. maverick786us (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Look at the size of bazel

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:46

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

hehe the note3

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:49 4

10. Sondae (Posts: 291; Member since: 02 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:57 2

11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:00

12. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:10

13. ardiralph (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

Where to buy? Ehe.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:22

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 09:35 1

18. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 09:35

17. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Better buy a mid range branded phone...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 10:40

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.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 16:44

22. sunnyfpy (Posts: 132; Member since: 12 May 2013)

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

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