ZTE Blade Q Mini launches: A budget Android smartphone for just £59

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has launched a new ultra-affordable handset in the UK, once again choosing to exclusively partner with Virgin Mobile for the release.

With a miniscule £59 price tag, the ZTE Blade Q Mini is targeted very much at the budget end of the market.

As you'd expect, the device's specs are far from iPhone calibre, but they're not totally shabby either.

ZTE crowed that the handset had a "curved silhouette design and slim profile for easy handling, durability and a sophisticated look and feel."

On the more positive side, the ZTE Blade Q Mini packs a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. Elsewhere, there's a reasonable 5-megapixel camera to meet your photography needs.

Less impressive is the 4in display, which offers an underwhelming 800 x 400 pixel resolution.

The Blade Q Mini will run a skinned version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, arriving pre-loaded with Evernote and Dropbox.

"At ZTE, we know that value for money really matters, so we pride ourselves on developing high performance smartphones, such as the Blade Q Mini, that are accessible to everyone at an affordable price point," commented Chris Edwards, European marketing director at ZTE, in a statement.

Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media, added: : "The popular Blade ZTE handsets are ideal for people who want powerful smartphones on unrivalled packages that include loads of minutes, data and texts for their money."

The device is available today (17 January) from outlets including Argos and Sainsbury's.