Skip to main content

Deal: Cheapest smartphone with 5in display costs £70

What's not to love about the Emoto Android smartphone. This is a device that costs £70 on eBay via a fairly popular retailer, comes with free delivery and 70 Nectar points.

It is powered by a dual-core MT6589 Cortex-A7 system-on-chip clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, two SIM cards, a 5in display with a 854 x 480 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 2-megapixel one, GPS, Bluetooth, a 1,900mAh battery and up to four hours talk time.

What's the catch then? Well, there's one big one. It is 2G only which means that you won't be able to use it on Three for example. If you can live with that if for example you're after a device that will use Wi-Fi all the time, then the Emoto fits the bill perfectly and represents one of many smartphones from scores of Chinese manufacturers that are flooding the market.

The nearest competing handset from a relatively well-known manufacturer is the Huawei Ascend Y300 which comes with a very similar configuration but costs £70 (plus a compulsory £10 credit top-up at Carphone Warehouse).

We strongly advise you to read our standard Tech Deals Pro disclaimer should you have a purchase intent. Tech Deals Pro deals are not sponsored. Instead they are chosen based solely on how good of a bargain they are.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.