$49 JiaYu F1 officially announced, will be released later this month
So how about a $49 Android smartphone, then? That’s $49 without any contracts, long term commitments, or mandatory prepaid plans shoved down your throat. $49 SIM-free and unlocked. That’s €36 or £30, by the way.
Seeing that pricing, you might be thinking that we’re talking about a handset that has specs which are so low-end that it wouldn’t be usable on a day to day basis. But you’d be wrong.
The JiaYu F1 was officially announced in China today, and it’s going to be available later this month for 299 yuan. Unfortunately, the first version to be out won’t make it outside of China, since it will come with dual-SIM support for GSM and TD-SCDMA 3G networks (of which there are none except for China Mobile’s). But, get this, a WCDMA based 3G version is apparently in the works for international markets. It’s unclear when that will launch, but we’ll keep you posted.
And now on to the specs. As we reported exactly one week ago, the JiaYu F1 has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM radio, and a 2,400 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 124×62.5×10.5 mm.
The only seriously bad point here is the RAM amount, but if you try hard enough you can even live with 512 MB on Android. And for that price, it might just be worth it. It’s important to note that this $49 phone comes with a battery that’s larger than the one in the HTC One, which is still that company’s flagship smartphone. So clearly you won’t have any battery life troubles if you get a JiaYu F1.