If you live in China it seems like there’s no shortage of cheap Android smartphones you could get. Even high-end devices such as the Xiaomi MI-2 and the Meizu MX2 are incredibly affordable compared to similarly specced non-Chinese devices.
The Huawei T8830 for China Mobile isn’t a high-end handset. In fact, most of its specs are bordering on low-end for this day and age. But before you decide to ignore it based on those alone, consider that for it to be yours you only have to pay the rough equivalent of $104.
What do you get for that amount of cash? A dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6517 processor, a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 3.2 MP camera, 512 MB of RAM, and all the usual connectivity options. The T8830 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Amazingly enough, Gizchina thinks that Huawei’s latest offering is slightly overpriced. Yes, at $104, and having some decent specs (especially for the price), this may be too expensive to be successful after all. So intense is the competition in the Chinese smartphone market, which is now the biggest in the world.
There are competing devices at around the $100 mark coming with 5 MP cameras, or even Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preinstalled.
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