5.5 inch screen, 4G LTE and Android 5.0 for less than 150 euros

5.5 inch screen, 4G LTE and Android 5.0 for less than 150 euros

A few months ago, OnePlus, a Chinese brand out of nowhere, announced the release of its One, a 5.5-inch smartphone with an ultra-solid technical data sheet, all operating under CyanogenMod 11S (based on Android 4.4) for a price ranging from 250 to 350 euros (for respective storage capacities from 16 to 64 GB).

Ulefone Be Pro LollipopOn the sidelines of these piercing brands, there are others who also display great ambitions: Xiaomi, Wiko, Huawei, Oppo, Meizu … But also a whole host of unknown brands or almost, which also offer products still more affordable and often with superior benefits.

This is for example the case of Ulefone and its 5.5 inch Be Pro. It is a smartphone unknown to the general public, which is however reminiscent of the OnePlus One.

Its design is very close to the One, and there is a 5.5 inch LG 720P screen, with touch keys outside the screen to display Android in full format.

The smartphone also displays a 13-megapixel Sony IMX sensor on the back, and 8 megapixel on the front panel for Full HD capture at 60 frames per second. It has 16 GB of storage (expandable via the MicroSD port), 2 GB of RAM and a 64-bit quad-core processor Mediatek MTK6732 associated with a Mali T760 GPU.

Compatible with 4G LTE, it is doing well by being compatible with the networks of all French operators, both 4G (FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100 / 2600MHz) and 3G (WCDMA850 / 900/1900/2100 MHz).

Already announced compatible with Android 5.0, it is Android 4.4 which comes standard with the smartphone. And the best is yet to come, since the Ulefone Be Pro is displayed at a price of $ 170 or less than € 150 … and again, a promo code (BePro) reduces the bill to less than 130 €.

A host of this type of device is available online today, sometimes with a few sensitive points to study before cracking, especially regarding compatibility with French mobile networks.

However, if the Chinese manufacturers that we know today are already showing an effort on prices with the success that we see, other smaller manufacturers still demonstrate that it is possible to manufacture smartphones to the solid data sheet for a low price.

Certainly, some elements are missing in these low cost smartphones, we will often note the absence of after-sales service, the use of sometimes sensitive materials (mainly plastic) or the absence of Gorilla Glass protection or even accessories in the boxes. .. But finally, what is the use of spending € 500 on a smartphone of which barely 25% of capacity will be used?

If in the past this low-cost smartphone market was inspired by the productions of the big brands to offer copies of popular smartphones, the opposite is currently taking shape. Now, these Chinese manufacturers are taking the lead and imposing the measure when the telephone giants take between 6 and 10 months to offer a novelty. You just have to see the crowd of smartphones and tablets already equipped with the latest 64-bit mobile processors on the market and delivered with Android 5.0 to be convinced … while with some major brands, we grow back again and again updating the OS.