Vodafone Smart mini 4 low-cost Android smartphone launched

Vodafone has added a new budget option to its smartphone range in the form of the Vodafone Smart mini 4.

The Smart mini handset will set you back £50 on PAYG, providing you also purchase a £10 Freedom Freebee for a total cost of £60 (and you'll also get 30 days of unlimited data thrown in).

Want to know the specs? The Vodafone Smart mini 4 has a 4in display (800 x 400), a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It's powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). The display resolution is a touch disappointing – hopefully it will be better than last year's Smart 3 in terms of overall vibrancy and quality – but you can't argue with the asking price.

Vodafone also has other new budget PAYG options for those willing to pay a little more, including Sony's Xperia E1 at £80 (exclusively in purple), and the HTC Desire 310 in orange at £100 (again, with a £10 Freedom Freebee on top of that price).

The Desire 310 boasts a 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, a considerable boost over the Desire 300, so this phone should feel far more responsive than the 300 model which our phone expert found rather sluggish.