There’s no denying it – smartphones have become pretty pricey. With such a saturated market, it’s inevitable that lower-cost options will emerge, and ones which compete on the spec-front with the big-name brands out there. We’ve taken a look at three affordable smartphones available in South Africa that deliver the best bang for your buck.
South Africa’s very-own Proline XM-502 is a South African designed smartphone which delivers on the necessary specs without hurting your wallet. The first thing you’ll notice about the XM 502 is its striking red case design, which is bright, unassuming, and smooth with its glossy finish. The phones features a 5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GHz 64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, and 2,000mAh battery, which won’t blow away spec enthusiasts, but is more than capable of being a functional and enjoyable smartphone for the fraction of the price.
The real winner here is the Dual-SIM slot and LTE capability, allowing you to run two sim cards simultaneously and leveraging faster connections – something some phones in this category don’t usually offer.
The Proline XV-401 breaks out of the mould of getting no more than entry-level performance at an entry-level price. With a vibrant 4-inch display, dual-core Cortex A7 processor and super smooth Android 4.4 (Kit-Kat) user interface, the Proline XV-401 runs rings around many smartphones that cost a good deal more. The XV 401 also features Dual SIM capabilities, setting it apart from other phones in its echelon.
SAMSUNG GALAXY J5
If you’re looking for a more affordable phone but something with a big-brand name attached to it and a bit more grunt under the hood, Samsung’s Galaxy J5 is a solid option to deliver the bells and whistles on a budget. While not the top-tier Galaxy device, the J5 still comes with Samsung’s impressive 5-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, Android 5.1 Lollipop, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a 2,600mAh battery, along with being LTE capable. It’s a great phone for an astonishing price.
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Jeremy is the Editor of MenStuff and has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TGF Tech. Every now and then, with promises of cake we manage to lure him over to the WomenStuff offices to share his wisdom with us.