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Samsung Drops Price Of Android Handsets To Less Than £40

The price of decent Pay as you go Android handsets is dropping fast, with the Samsung Galaxy Europa leading the way with some fairly impressive features on a smartphone that costs less than £50.

Available from O2 for £39.99 (opens in new tab) excluding a minimum £7.50 top up, the Galaxy Europa is the only phone at that price to come with a capacitive display, a 2.8-inch QVGA one, a 600MHz SoC, a two-megapixel camera, DLNA compatibility, Android 2.1 (upgradable to Android 2.2 Froyo), Wi-Fi, GPS, BT, a 1200mAh battery and a microSD card reader.

The device also comes with Swype and the Layar App that allows the phone's owner to use augmented reality to visually search local attractions.

The phone is available on five different PAYG tariffs including Text and Web, Favourite Place, Your country, O2 unlimited and Simplicity.

As it stands, there aren't many smartphones that offer such a compelling choice of features for less than £50; getting a decent Android phone at this price is dependent on manufacturers' whims as they decide to phase out particular handsets.

Other smartphones you might consider include the Sony Ericsson X8, the HTC Wildfire, the Orange San Francisco and the T-Mobile Pulse Mini Phone which is available from £19.99.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.