ZTE Kis Android smartphone only £49.99

ZTE has introduced a new budget smartphone at £49.99, the lowest SRP for an Android handset we've seen. The phone will be available on PAYG with a compulsory £10 top-up from Virgin Media, exclusively.

It has a 3.5in capacitive display with a 480 x 320 resolution, a 3.2-megapixel camera with AF, a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor clocked at 800MHz, 256MB of RAM, a microSD card slot, 512MB of onboard storage, a 1,600mAh battery, GPS, FM radio, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 2GB microSD card in the box, and Wi-Fi.

On paper, at least, the handset is roughly on par with the LG Optimus L3 or the HTC Desire C or Wildfire S. However, Virgin Media - which is a T-Mobile MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) - is giving 1GB of free mobile data for a whole year to Kis customers - worth a pretty penny.

Oddly enough, the smartphone is not available yet from Virgin Media despite what the press release says. The only real competition at this price is the LG Optimus L3 at £49.95, which is unlocked and comes with 512MB of RAM, but also has a slower processor and no free 1GB monthly data allowance.