ZTE Blade Q Mini is a £60 Jelly Bean bargain on Virgin

This Android 4.2 dual-core effort is just £60 from Argos, locked to Virgin as a pay as you go phone. How does it measure up to the Moto G?

Sub-£100 Android phones have generally been ropy old tat, and poor value for money, but Chinese companies such as ZTE are making low-cost phones more worthwhile. Its latest effort, the Blade Q Mini, looks perfectly respectable.

It's only available on Virgin Media as a pay as you go phone, from Argos today and later from Sainsburys, for just £60.

What do you get for your three score? There's a pretty decent 800x480-pixel 4-inch screen, giving you 233 pixels per inch -- not retina-quality like the iPhone , but certainly legible and a step up from last year's phones at this price.

Don't expect a quad-core powerhouse -- its 1.3GHz dual-core chip, backed up by 1GB of RAM, won't give any high-end phones sleepless nights. But it should competently run its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, and is even capable of running 4.4 KitKat , should ZTE ever update it.

Storage is where it cuts its corners. There's a fairly pitiful 4GB included, expandable by 32GB with a microSD card. A mediocre 5-megapixel camera and average 1,500mAh battery round out its specs. It doesn't have 4G, and comes in black and white.

Our favourite sub-£100 phone at the moment is the £60 Huawei Ascend Y300 , from June last year. The game has moved on in six months and the Blade Q Mini comfortably bests the Y300 in specs, with more storage, a better chip and a more up to date version of Android, although they have the same screen.

Splash out a few more quid though and you could be rocking the Moto G , with its juicy quad-core processor, 720p screen, 8GB of storage and Android 4.4. It's occasionally on sale for as little as £100 , so you keep your eyes peeled.

Could the Blade Q Mini give the Moto G a run for its (meagre) money? Or is it always worth spending that little bit more? Give me your cheapo mobile tips in the comments, or over on our money-saving Facebook page.

 

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