Nuu Mobile

If a $130 price tag (that's about £84 or AU$180) on a 5.5-inch phone sounds like it's too good to be true, you might be right. It all depends on how many concessions you're willing to make for an inexpensive Android phone. For me, outdated parts and the past version of Android software on Nuu Mobile's N5L wouldn't make the grade, at least not on paper.

Is it fair to expect this year's Android 6.0 operating system on a bargain device? Maybe, maybe not, but it would give an otherwise meh phone a little sparkle. The one hardware bonus that could counteract the low-powered components could be the two SIM card slots, if you're into that sort of thing. But in general, the N5L's costs are so staggeringly low because the hardware is so entry-level.

  • 5.5-inch display with 1,280 x 720p screen resolution (267ppi pixel density)
  • 8-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
  • Dual-SIM card slots
  • 8GB internal storage; 1GB RAM
  • MicroSD card storage for up to 32GB
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop software
  • 4G LTE support for bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 17

Cheap as it is, nothing here looks like it's going to dethrone the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and Moto G (3rd generation) as our current go-to budget phones, even if they do cost more. Nuu Mobile is also introducing the slightly pricier, slightly higher-end Nuu Mobile X4, which takes on this last summer's Moto G.

In the US, the Nuu Mobile N5L would work with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, plus affiliates like Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS.

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