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£25 Huawei Ascend Y100: The cheapest, decent Android smartphone yet?

O2 has cut the price of this Huawei Ascend Y100 smartphone from £49.99 to £24.99 (plus a compulsory £7.50 top up). It is actually a rather nifty little smartphone that is unfortunately locked to O2 (you can run it on Tesco Mobile and Giff Gaff).

The device, which is known as the U8185, comes with a 2.8in 320 x 240 pixel capacitive display, 256MB of RAM, 512MB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, a 1,050mAh battery, FM radio, Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225A clocked at 800MHz.

O2 says that you can expect a bit more than five hours worth of talk time out of this smartphone. The specification of the Huawei Ascend Y100 reminds us of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, a popular smartphone from a few years ago with a small form factor.

The handset weighs only 100g and is a mere 11mm thick. You should be able to unlock the smartphone fairly easily via eBay or the usual unlocking outfits.

Other affordable android handsets include the £50 Alcatel One Touch OT983, the T-Mobile Rapport and the Samsung Galaxy Europa.