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ZTE Blade Q Mini 4", 1GB RAM, Dual Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7, £49.99 + £10 Topup at Argos & Sainsbury's

BananaBreadBananaBread

Just saw this on a mobile phone site & it looks good, since it's the CHEAPEST NON-IMPORT ANDROID SMARTPHONE I'VE EVER SEEN WITH 1GB RAM, in fact it's the same price as the Huawei Y300, which is my favourite budget phone to date, but this has twice the RAM of the Y300 & a slightly faster processor.

Here are the main other selling points:

∙ 4.0" WVGA TFT display (233 pixels per inch)
∙ Mediatek MT6572 chipset: dual-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB RAM
∙ 5MP camera
∙ 4GB expandable storage
∙ Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
∙ Slim for a phone in its class, at 125.50 mm x 63.90 mm x 8.90 mm

There are different sources regarding the availability, but the consensus is that it is currently available at Argos (can't see it on their website yet) & will soon be available from Sainsbury's.

Argos offer a replacement within 30 days it it's faulty & Sainsbury's do the same within 28 days. Even though the phone is gonna be available from Virgin Media at some stage, possibly with 20% off for broadband/TV customers, bear in mind their return period for the same is only 14 days. I'm currently having a bit of a battle with them regarding my ZTE Blade V which has had intermittent faults since its purchase.

The Blade V has now gone up to £99.99 on the Virgin Media website (not sure why, would have thought they'd reduce it to compete with the Moto G) which makes the Blade Q Mini even more appealing.

It will, however, be locked to Virgin.

This is the first deal I've ever posted, so hopefully I have lived up to HUKD's standards by writing the words myself & not just listing specs or posting a link from a website!

£10 top up required – so total price is £69.99
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    BananaBread
    Hat tip to Pontiac: ARGOS LINK for BLADE Q MINI

    A larger photo is below:
    http://i.imgur.com/MIHOXyo.jpg

    According to CNET UK, there will be a white version (ZTE Blade Q Mini will be available in white) but I'm not sure when. However, here is the white version of a similar phone, so you can all see how it looks:
    http://i.imgur.com/wYSQWPx.jpg









    Edited By: BananaBread on Jan 19, 2014 22:30: Argos Link Now Working
    mynameisthehulk
    Looks a decent phone at that price, but I am not really sure it's a hot deal yet as I can't actually buy it...
    BananaBread
    mynameisthehulk
    Looks a decent phone at that price, but I am not really sure it's a hot deal yet as I can't actually buy it...

    You should be able to get it instore, just not online at the moment. I will phone them tomorrow & update the thread as necessary – I can always change the start date that I currently have set as today.

    EDIT: This may be why it is not yet displayed on the Argos site: Argos Website Updating



    Edited By: BananaBread on Jan 19, 2014 01:26: I accidentally put a semicolon there when there sh
    jumpinoffthbed
    Way better value than a moto g.. (Stir it up :p)
    joehart2
    good deal or the price.
    the build quality of this phone can be described as OK, dont expect it to last forever.
    Pacman83
    Good deal, no doubt, but the Moto G is a proper sized smartphone with not just a great screen, but has everything else including KitKat OS. The camera is pretty basic,but rest assured, it's the best budget smartphone by a country mile.
    Your text here
    BananaBread
    joehart2
    good deal or the price.
    the build quality of this phone can be described as OK, dont expect it to last forever.


    Have you managed to see one yet? Not asking to have a go, just wondered what you thought. If I see one this weekend, I will post pics.
    BananaBread
    Pacman83
    Good deal, no doubt, but the Moto G is a proper sized smartphone with not just a great screen, but has everything else including KitKat OS. The camera is pretty basic,but rest assured, it's the best budget smartphone by a country mile.
    Your text here


    Thanks for your input. Bear in mind that not everyone can afford a Moto G, impressive though its screen is, and some people might want a spare, cheaper handset such as this one.
    herrbz
    Lots of good and handy info in the description box, thanks! Just what a HUKD post should be :)
    insky
    I used a ZTE Blade V from Virgin before, the phone looks very attractive on the spec, but when I actually use the phone, it feels very lag and makes me suspect they are not meeting the spec they claimed. Also I think the build quality is worse than Huawei's.
    aramaj36
    Its way better than Huawei Y300
    Here is the reasons why:
    Huawei Y300 vs ZTE Blade Q Mini
    1GHz Dual Core Cortex A5 vs 1.3GHz Dual Core Cortex A7
    512 MB RAM vs 1 GB RAM
    Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) vs Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

    also bear in mind the Huawei has gone up in price @ CPW £59.95 + TopUp

    Edited By: aramaj36 on Jan 18, 2014 18:35: edit
    bachgammon
    Thanks for all the trouble you've taken. It's always nice to see someone write up a post rather than do a copy and paste job.

    It's an interesting deal. I bought the Y300 but got sick of the small amount of RAM which made it really difficult to run more than one app at a time.

    The processor looks much better on this phone.

    But I have to say that the Motorola Moto G, which I went for to replace the Y300, is a game changer for me.

    The £12.50/month Tesco contract (500 minutes and 500 MB of data) works out over 2 years as only £60 more than the Three SIM deal I've been on.

    It's slightly dodgy maths but for £60 the Moto G is a hell of a phone. Really good screen, lovely sound and a very well-reviewed processor. The only downside is that I get reminded of the Tesco brand in the top left corner the whole time!
    anglo
    aramaj36

    512 MB RAM vs 1 MB RAM

    Typo aramaj, you've put 1MB RAM instead of 1GB. :)
    thedalj
    aramaj36
    Its way better than Huawei Y300
    Here is the reasons why:
    Huawei Y300 vs ZTE Blade Q Mini
    1GHz Dual Core Cortex A5 vs 1.3GHz Dual Core Cortex A7
    512 MB RAM vs 1 MB RAM
    Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) vs Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

    also bear in mind the Huawei has gone up in price @ CPW £59.95 + TopUp


    512MB vs 1MB of RAM... I know which one would rather have!
    docma
    Is it unlocked?
    Dealmessiah
    Sorry not worth it. Spend a little more to get something really worthwhile you won't regret. I got the y300 and sold it to them get the moto g. Never looked back.
    elitom
    well they are on the eBay Argos shop

    350978435842

    plus £3.95 shippong

    so can't be far from being in the shops

    now to find the unlock codes - it's ZTE so should not be difficult

    EliTom
    Kidmonkey
    Hi,

    I'm in the market to get a new phone and ideally I only want to spend sort £50-60ish so this is good for me as I can't really warrant spending another £50-60 to get something apparently better...

    I was wondering;

    1. Is £59.99 full RRP? Or is that an offer price?

    2. I can't see anywhere but is it £59.99 + £10 top up?

    Thanks,

    KM
    hev123
    not the same price as the y300 which cab be bought for £39.95 now
    elitom
    hev123
    not the same price as the y300 which cab be bought for £39.95 now


    where is the Y300 £39.99 now - need to get a couple for Germany?

    EliTom

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