Here's what $49 get you in China: A 4.5-inch, quad-core phone that doesn't look half bad

Here's what $49 get you in China: A 4.5-inch, quad-core phone that doesn't look half bad

Established in 2006 in Shenzhen, Elephone is a relatively small smartphone manufacturer from China, and as most of its local competitors, its business strategy boils down to offering as much value for consumers' buck as possible. Case in point: the $49 Elephone G1.

So what does that get you? To start off, we're looking at a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854, good for 218 pixels per inch, which is solid for this class. The device is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor with 1.3GHz cores and a Mali-400 GPU from ARM, along with 512MB of RAM. The rest of the specs include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel selfie snapper, two SIM card slots (3G and 2G), and 4GB of microSD-expandable internal storage. Finally, the Elephone G1 relies on a 1,800 mAh Li-Po battery to keep the lights on and is running on a lightly skinned version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Sure, parts of the specs sheet read a little like we're back in 2013, but do keep in mind that this thing costs $49 – no matter where you live – and it also looks pretty nice, thanks to its ZTE Nubia-like styling. The device is currently in a pre-order phase, and it's unclear when exactly shipping will commence ($15 via DHL, by the way), but if you're looking for an ultra-affordable smartphone that does not suck, then the wait will be well worth it.


source: Elephone

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16 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

...and it will probably never see a single software update or customer support.

2. Cheezwiz

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

at $49, does it really need to? If it lasts even six months, i'd say you got your money's worth out of it.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

So just because a phone is affordable it doesn't need support?

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Because Samsung's low end offerings that costs more than three times the price of this phone receives software updates. Common sense is really not common.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Because Samsung's low end offerings that costs more than three times the price of this phone receives software updates. Common sense is really not common.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I really don't think people would only buy a $49 smartphone cares about software update.

12. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

Exactly, why update software when for this price you could update the phone and not feel the pinch

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I wouldn't even bother to get case and screen protector. Bc they probably would cost 20% of the phone anyway :P

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Take this worldwide and you will own the low end market

4. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I think 1GB RAM for additional ~$15 would be better. Anyway, this is amazing deal for these, who wan't simple smartphone.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Annnnnd, this is why Android has the marketshare it does....

6. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

amazing!!! Design is pretty ok to. I must say I'm kind of impress with this device

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

looks like an iPod touch, sorta.

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I am Waitiing for a smartwatch that runs android wear with $49 price tag.

13. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

china is china

16. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The desig is a balant copy of the ZTE Nubia series.

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