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Vodafone Smart Mini is a £50 Jelly Bean Phone

Between the Galaxy S4 (all four versions of it), the HTC One, and the Xperia Z, there's certainly no shortage of high-end smartphones out there. Still, not everyone wants a phone with 2 GB of RAM and an eight-core CPU. For those who don't need all the power of the Galaxy S4 and its rivals, there are numerous options. Unfortunately, trading specs for a lower price often means you'll get a phone running an old, out-of-date version of Android.

 

Vodafone UK today announced a brand new phone that puts Jelly Bean in customers' hands for just £50. Described as the most affordable Jelly Bean smartphone in town, the Vodafone Smart Mini boasts a 3.5-inch display, a 2-Megapixel camera, a 1 GHz MT6575 single-core CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and Android Jelly Bean.

This is the Vodafone Smart Mini, and it’s the most affordable Android Jelly Bean smartphone in town. It’s also pretty capable for such a pocketable handset. That makes it an exciting prospect for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the mobile Internet waters for the first time.

The Smart Mini sports a spacious 3.5-inch display and a 2-Megapixel camera, lovingly layered into a thin and compact body. It runs on Android Jelly Bean, which is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. That means it has access to the hundreds of thousands of apps, songs, books and movies on the Google Play store. All that, and it’s only £50 on Pay as you go.

  • I wonder what the community support would be like, I would love to buy a cheap phone so I can test out custom ROMs and overclocking, I rely on my tablet heavily and I can't afford to take the risk incase something goes wrong, but if something happened to this, I wouldnt need to worry
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  • samwelaye
    I wish I could get a 3.5" android device with atleast 1 gig of ram, preferbly 2, and a dual-core processor. Moving from a dual to a quad core doesnt make a noticeable difference in usability, but the 2 gigs of ram definately does.
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  • nevilence
    its good to see that devices like these are coming out of the wood works, I wouldnt mind a device such as this
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  • digiex
    One week of standby power, 200 minutes talk time, 2 days of music?
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  • smeezekitty
    Windows XP could run comfortable on these specs.
    The problem nowadays is software and OSes are far heavier then they should be. Expecting too much HW power from such a small device
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  • CrArC
    Looks great! Shame it couldn't be 1GB of RAM, but at £50 something has to give way. I doubt the screen is very high res or particularly nice to look at either, but hey.. £50.
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  • olaf
    Somehow with 1ghz MTK processor i doubt it will work well.
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  • gruntlord6
    10975986 said:
    Windows XP could run comfortable on these specs.
    The problem nowadays is software and OSes are far heavier then they should be. Expecting too much HW power from such a small device

    Might be a bit hard for XP to work with 4 GB storage.
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  • smeezekitty
    10987577 said:
    10975986 said:
    Windows XP could run comfortable on these specs.
    The problem nowadays is software and OSes are far heavier then they should be. Expecting too much HW power from such a small device

    Might be a bit hard for XP to work with 4 GB storage.
    It would work. Just barely. I have installed XP on 6 GB disks. It takes about 2 GB.

    But of course it wouldn't work because it is not X86 based. I was just commenting on the absurdity of smartphone OSes taking more resources then that.
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  • wrath62
    I just bought a Vodafone Smart Mini week ago and it actually works pretty good.
    I couldnt find any app/game that wouldnt run on it even Need for speed most wanted runs on it without a bit of lagg.
    it performs better what i expected and i really like it
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