An easy and affordable smartphone for newbies

The UK only smartphones are specially made for the tech-averse.

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The A6 is smaller than the A8. Haier

Being late to the party doesn't mean you can't join in on the fun. Haier hopes to land in the hands of senior citizens and tech-averse newcomers with its pair of user-friendly smartphones. The Ezy Smartphone A6 and A8 start at 99€ and 129€, respectively, and are expected to go on sale in Europe in Q2.

The Haeir smartphones ship with a user-friendly interface-- simplified for easy acclimation -- and a capacitive stylus -- for those with shaky hands who need some assistance navigating the touchscreen. For the hard-of-hearing, they're also M4/T4 hearing-compatible and the powerful speakers can reach up to 90dB. In addition to pre-installed apps -- including Facebook and Viber -- there's a SOS button set-up to dial preset emergency contacts.

The A8 is a bit of an upgrade over the A6, rocking a larger 4.5-inch screen, speedier 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, and 5-megapixel rear camera. Other features include the ability to control your TV and air conditioner ( it is Haeir, after all) and built-in speakers on the charging dock.

The user-friendly functionalities aren't breakthrough by any means -- you can easily download apps and Android launchers that do the same thing -- however, if you're a gadget novice, it's easier to buy something that's already set-up and good to go. Availability outside of Europe has yet to be announced. Check out the rest of the cool tech at Mobile World Congress 2015 here.