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Top 5 inexpensive Australian smartphones that are easy on your wallet
Are you tired of forking out $1500+ for the latest Apple, Google or Samsung Phone in the market? If you are the average Australian household with 2 or 3 teenagers, your smartphone bill probably makes your eyes bleed – $5k+ for five fancy phones – and your kids’ want theirs replaced every year. No way! Well, there is a solution out there for you. Android phones that give you all the functionality of a Samsung, with the look and feel of Apple and even some of the AI magic of Google, at less than half the price. No, it is not a scam, this is Chinese imitation at its finest – and it just might be better than the original.
Here are some of the cheapest, high-quality smartphones hitting the Australian market this year. Made by reputable companies, the makers of these phones have put in that extra effort needed to create a piece of technology that is functional, beautiful and affordable all at once.
ZTE Axon 7
ZTE has sold over 100 different phone models in Australia since their arrival in 2004. They have partnerships with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus, while also selling through retail. Some of their past milestones include
- The first Telstra branded clam shell handset
- The first device that was launched on Telstra’s NextG network
- Telstra’s first country phone, which provided superior signal performance in Australian regional and rural areas
- Telstra’s first waterproof and dust resistance rugged device
- Telstra’s first phone designed specifically for seniors.
The Axon7 is their latest flagship Android model being sold exclusively through JB Hi-Fi. ZTE teamed up with Designworks, a BMW subsidiary, to create the phone’s sleek design, larger screen, and natural finger sensor placement. With the full range of hardware specs including Quadcore CPU, 4GB RAM, Surround sound speakers and a 20MP main camera, the device is a steal for under A$600. The Axon7 Mini, with slightly less storage and a 13MP main camera is even cheaper for under A$400. The best part? The devices come with the complete set of Android nougat capabilities, so you can enjoy the Android experience for less than half the price.
Huawei Nova 2i
Huawei has built its reputation in the tech industry through responsible operations, sustainable innovation, and open collaboration. They have partnered with numerous companies in Australia to provide cost effective solutions through technology. For example, mCareWatch leverages the latest Huawei Smart Watch to produce a healthcare solution that offers safety and security to the elderly and disabled, and peace of mind to their carers. Their smart phones are equally reliable, high quality, and affordable.
Huawei’s latest smartphone offering, the ‘Mate 10 Lite’ or Nova 2i comes with 4 cameras that allow for DSLR-style bokeh effects. 13MP and 2MP front cameras allow for stable selfies while the 16MP/2MP rear lens let you capture panoramas and objects with greater clarity. 64GB storage and octacore processor gives you the best hardware capabilities in the market while full Android 7.0 support gives you all the functionality you are used to. The phone can be purchased outright for under A$500 while lease plans will be available from Vodafone in November.
Chinese brand Oppo is the leading developer of professional camera phones that use the latest in photography technology. Oppo started the era of selfie beautification, and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras. It was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. Oppo’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.
Oppo has partnered with Telstra to launch the A57, a device with exceptional photography capabilities, a 16MP flagship-level front-facing selfie camera and features that capture bright, detailed shots even in low light. The A57 has some selfie tricks up its sleeve like the “palm shutter function” that allows the user to take selfies by opening their hand in front of the screen. Targeted at the youth, Oppo’s ability to compose stable selfies has made it increasingly popular among teenagers. At a price point of A$269, features like the 3GB RAM, Octa-Core 64-bit processor, 13MP auto focus rear camera and 32GB device memory make it an incredible bargain.