No one can dispute that the smartphone market is currently the hottest electronics and computing gadgets sector – with hundreds of manufacturers striving to steal the attention of smartphone buyers and reach new markets globally. New phone types are being unveiled and fresh models with revolutionary features emerging – especially this holiday season.
There was a time, not too long ago, when electronic gadget buyers in the US could not give gadgets from Chinese manufacturers a second look for the reasons that most gadgets that made it to the market were substandard, cheap knock-offs or just not impressive. Things are changing though, especially since Android has taken center stage in the smartphone and tablet market. Such little known Chinese companies including Xiaomi, Oppo, Onda and Meizu are changing western users’ and buyers’ perception of Chinese electronic gadgets to the better. A newer company, Beidou Chi, is also set to rattle the international market with the introduction of its 5 inch Android Smartphone to retail for just 799 Yuan (about $103).
One good thing we know about products out of China is that they are always very affordable – even when they have features better than the gadgets we are used to. The 5 incher Beidou Chi strives to compete with other popular 5 inch phones and phablets including Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC Droid DNA although it looks a lot like a budget device rather than a high end performance gadget. It has a 5 inch 854 x 480 pixels resolution IPS capacitive touchscreen display, a 1.0 GHz Dual core A9 processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and an 8.0 megapixels rear and 0.3 megapixels front camera for video calls.
The specs of the Beidou Chi are not that impressive, but considering a $100 price tag, it is perfect for people who want a small device for light use such as entering data in the field or plainly browsing the internet without the need for playing graphic games or watching HD videos. I must admit that the 512MB memory is very little for a 5 inch device but then, the gadget is intended for very light users.
Beidou is a pretty new entrant in the electronic gadgets business – it is a new company originally an e-commerce group of companies that launched its first phone earlier this year. Not too long ago, the company partnered with ZTE to make a $128 smartphone with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Their new flagship device, the Chi, is set to take the Chinese market by storm based on its low price and enthusiasts are already comparing it with the popular 5 inch DaKele which is a low-cost (999 Yen) dual core phone with 1GB RAM and an impressive 2,450 mAh battery.
The Chi is set to enter the market on December 4th with all the standard features of current Android phones including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and proximity, magnetic and gravity sensors. The phone, I should also mention, is a dual SIM phablet with a 2,000 mAh battery and is already available online at uredeal.com for a price of $186.99. The phone will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box and in black color only. The company has not made public any intentions to release the phone outside China, but the online retailers surely can ship it to most countries in the world. What we know is that the Beidou intends to make only 100,000 units of the Chi for initial release.
Would you spend $100 for a phablet like this? What do you think about these low cost Android gadgets out of China – are they good to the end user or are the compromising the reputation of Android phones and gadgets? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.