£80 ZTE Blade III: The best smartphone under £100

The ZTE Blade III is currently only available from Virgin Mobile for £79.99, a price that includes £10 top-up which you can use to make unlimited landline calls and up to 120 minutes calling mobiles.

The device is possibly the best in this price range and comes with a number of features only found on more expensive models.

It has a 4in 800 x 480 pixels display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1GHz single-core processor, the Qualcomm MSM7227a, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1,600mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a microUSB port, a talktime of up to four hours and Google Play compatibility.

The ZTE Blade III is the successor to the San Francisco II and should be available sooner rather than latter on other networks as well.

We believe that by the end of the year, dual and quad-core entry level handsets will have all but killed single-core devices. Similarly, Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A7 cores will have taken over A8 and A9 models offering sensibly the same sort of performance per core are but at a lower price point.