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Smartphone Buyers Guide: Best Value For Money Phones Under 100$ (August Edition)

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    Buying a daily cheap phone is not that easy anymore as it was a couple years ago. We just had a couple of alternatives, but today, as more Chinese makers come to market and because of the high competition in the smartphone market, there are many more phones to choose from. Today, we will try to help you with the purchase of a super cheap phone. Remember, these are phones under $100 class, and hence you should not expect a lot from them, but again, some might also surprise you in this price range.

    There are more than 50 alternatives under 100$ range so I decided to narrow down this list as choosing minimum 2GB of RAM and Quad-core CPU’s. We have 1 exception with 1GB RAM phone, because of its price. All the phones in this list are based on Quad-core MediaTek CPU’s, divided to MTK6580 and MTK6735. Both are capable of serving you as a daily smartphone processor. We have two exceptions in the list when it comes to CPU type, two 64-bit octa-core phones with MTK6592 and MTK6753, Pepsi P1s (yes it’s a smartphone) and Vernee Thor.

    So, here are the models which we think are best under $100 price range.

    Vernee Thor 4Gthorr

    $99.99

    Display: 5″ HD On-cell Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen
    CPU: MTK6753 64-bit Octa-Core 1.3GHz
    GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP3 450MHz
    System: Android 6.0
    RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: 13.0MP Rear Camera , Front camera 5.0MP
    Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    OTG: Yes
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual micro SIM cards
    Network:
    2G: GSM 900/1900/2100MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

    Starting with highest price in the list our first phone is Thor from Vernee. High price brings some unique features in this price range with it. First is, this model has the 64 bit octa-core MTK6753 CPU and again the only model with 3GB Ram onboard. Just these two features make Vernee Thor the most powerfull phone on our list. If you are a light gamer and are used to handling multiple apps at the same time, i.e. if you multitasking a lot, with 3GB Ram this model is for you. It has Android 6.0 as operating system, is a 4G LTE capable phone of course. Plus a very attractive design with 80% screen-to-body ratio, very good screen quality with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 on top, titanium alloy 7.9mm thick body, 140g weight, decent cameras both rear and front. There is also a very quick responsive finger print scanner on the back side. What else could you want from a 99$ phone ? So if 5″ is enough for your daily use, and you have $99 to spend, Vernee Thor should be on top of your list. This phone costs 119$ normaly, but you can get it for 99.99$ with a coupon, for a full detailed review and about the coupon please follow this link : Vernee Thor Review – Simple But Fast. With this specs and price Thor deserves to be Editor’s Choice in 5″ screen class under 100$ list.

     

    + MTK6753 Octa Core Cpu
    + 3GB Ram
    + Fingerprint 
    + Metal frame
    + Android 6.0
    + 4G LTE



     

    Pepsi P1S

    2015-Pepsi-P1

    $93.99

    Display: 5.5″ 1080P Full HD
    CPU: MTK6592 64-bit Octa-Core 1.7GHz
    GPU: ARM Mali-Mali-450 MP4 450MHz
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: 13.0MP Rear Camera , Front camera 5.0MP
    Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    OTG: Yes
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual micro SIM cards

    Network:
    2G: GSM 900/1900/2100MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

    Pepsi P1S is a 5.5″ size smartphone and the only one that has Full HD 1080p screen resolution in our list. Body is all metal with a fingerprint scanner located at the back. Our second phone with a octa-core CPU and its MTK6592 with 1.7GHz, this makes Pepsi the most powerfull model under $100 too. That chip is last years flagship grade model from MediaTek, better then Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 we can say. Phone supports 4G LTE as connectivity and definitely has a good look/design for this class. For this price and what you get for it, the Pepsi P1S is the Editor’s Choice for 5.5″ size. For a full review please visit : Pepsi Smartphone Review.

    + MTK6592 Octa Core CPU
    + All Metal Body
    + Fingerprint Scanner
    + 4G LTE



     

     

    OUKITEL K4000 Pro 4G
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    $84.99

    Display: 5″ 1280×720 HD 2.5D Arc Screen
    CPU: MTK6735 64bit Quad Core 1.0GHz
    GPU: Mali-T720
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: Front 2.0MP (SW5.0MP) + Rear 8.0MP (SW13.0MP) AF with LED flashlight
    Bluetooth: V4.1
    Features: GPS / OTA / OTG
    Card Slot: Dual SIM dual standby. Dual Micro SIM cards
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz

    You need a tough phone that lasts 6 days on a single charge with regular use ? That’s what Oukitel says, on paper, but with the 4600mAh battery and 5″ HD screen you surely can expect long use. Plus 9H hardness 2.5D tough screen surrounded with a CNC worked metal body. Rest is 2GB RAM powered by Quad-core CPU, decent GPU, so capable of every daily needs including being a 4G LTE world phone. If you are a hard worker outdoors or like to camp without an energy source around, OUKITEL K4000 Pro is definitely for you. Not bad looking either.

     

    + 4600mAh Battery (6 days)
    + Metal frame
    + 9H hardness 2.5D tough screen
    + 4G LTE

     



     

     

    Doogee X6 Pro 4G

    DOOGEE X6 Pro 4G_4

    $84.67 

    Display: 5.5″ 1280 x 720 HD Screen
    CPU: MTK6735 64bit Quad Core 1.0GHz
    GPU: Mali-T720
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM,TF card up to 32GB
    Camera: Back camera 5.0MP (SW 8.0MP) with flashlight and auto focus + front camera 2.0MP (SW 5.0MP)
    Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
    Features: GPS, A-GPS, WiFi, OTA, FM
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, one is standard SIM, the other is Micro SIM
    Network:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

    5″ is not enough for you and you want a 5.5″ screen size phone with minimum 2GB of Ram and Quad-core ? Then Doogee X6 Pro is one of few alternatives for you, under 100$ of course. Not expect much from back and front cameras, but being a 4G LTE world phone you can be sure of to be connected anywhere around the world. Screen resolution is 720P remember, not full HD. Having hardware keys rather than on screen touch keys you get full 5.5″ to use, light gamers, e-readers, online-media lovers, this phone might be for you.

     

    + 5.5″ Screen
    + 4G LTE



    VKworld T3 4G t3 $79.99 Display: 5″ 1280 x 720 2.5D IPS Screen
    CPU: MTK6735 64-bit Quad Core 1.0GHz
    GPU: Mali-T720
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: Back camera 8.0MP ( Interpolation to 13.0MP ) with LED flash and auto focus + front camera 2.0MP ( Interpolation to 5.0MP )
    Sensor: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    GPS: GPS, A-GPS
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby Network:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G:FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz Want the biggest, 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm, speakers on a smartphone ever ? You found it. Wanna see how big the speaker is ? Please click : The World’s Biggest Smartphone Speaker. For those who like to carry their disco’s in their pockets. Wish I can hear that beast soon, realy wonder how it does sound. You get this in a CNC metal frame, another big bonus. 2.5D glass all over the screen, nice. Camera flash on front, this does not make sense if you dont have a quality cam you know right ? Ok for that price, we cant expect wonders, but it’s good to have a flash light in front. Having 4G LTE onboard, VKworld T3 seems definitely value for money.+ Biggest Smartphone Speaker + Metal Frame + Front Camera Flash Light + 4G LTE



     

    HOMTOM HT3 Pro 4G

    HOMTOM HT3 Pro 4G_2

    $79.79

    Display: 5″ 1280 x 720 HD Screen
    CPU: MTK6735 64bit Quad Core
    GPU: Mali-T720
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM. TF card up to 64GB
    Camera: Back camera 8.0MP ( SW 13.0MP ) with flashlight and auto focus + front camera 2.0MP ( SW 5.0MP )
    Features: OTA, GPS
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual Micro SIM cards

    Network:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
    4G: FDD-LTE: 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

    2.5D Screen, this curved glass type looks good on any phone its for sure, makes handling on the edges more ergonomic and  pleasant. 4G LTE phone with compact body and nice screen. Has 3000mAh battery which is good value in this class, HOMTOM says 3 days on a single charge, for $79.79, that’s good.

     

    + 3000mAh Battery (3 Days)
    + 4G LTE



     

     

    Bluboo Picasso 3Gpicasso

     

    $74.46 

    Display: 5″ 1280 x 720 HD
    CPU: MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz
    GPU: Mali-400MP
    System: Android 5.1
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: Front and rear 8.0MP camera
    Sensor: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    Features: GPS, AGPS
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby, dual micro SIM
    Network:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz

    Next is Picasso model from Bluboo. A very interesting 5″ screen 3G phone for just 74.46 $. First of all, you get zinc alloy brushed metal frame for this price. Second you get many different color variants with 3D arc diamond-texture at the back, target is young people for sure, and wallpapers with same colors make this phone really like a painting. Very cute and solid phone for sure! We are not finished yet, you get a 8MP front camera with 88 degree wide angle and 2.0 aperture, supported by a front fill-light. This may be the best selfie phone under 100$. Back camera is 8MP also. I really liked this one, wish Bluboo Picasso has chosen hardware keys instead of on screen keys, just don’t like to waste screen size for keys if you have enough place on the body.+ Metal Frame + 8MP Front Camera with Flash Light + Stylish design



    Leagoo M5 3G m5 $69.99 Display: 5″, 1280 x 720 Pixel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen
    CPU: MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz
    System: Android 6.0
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
    Camera: 2.0MP (SW 5.0MP) front camera +5.0MP (SW 8.0MP) back camera
    Sensor: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby (Dual standard SIM cards)
    Feature: GPS
    Bluetooth: 4.0 Network:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz Here is what you get for $69.99 : The worlds first nano “All metal” frame design, means no cuts or plastic parts for antennas like we see almost on every metal body phone. Leagoo calls this “implicit toughness” and cracks walnuts in videos. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on top of 2.5D 5″ HD screen. Those two features are making this phone realy solid for sure. Then you get a fingerprint scanner, which only our most expensive model Vernee Thor has, and there is no other fingerprint model in our list. So if you want one of the most solid phones on the market with a finger print security option and 4G LTE is not important for you, here you go, Leagoo M5.+ All Metal Frame + Corning Gorilla Glass 4 + Fingerprint Scanner + Android 6.0



    Bluboo Maya 3G maya $69.45  Display: 5.5″ HD 1280 x 720 pixels HD Screen
    CPU: MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz
    GPU: Mali-400 MP
    System: Android 6.0
    RAM + ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM. TF card up to 32GB
    Cameras: Front 8.0MP + Rear 13.0MP with LED flashlight
    Sensors: Gravity sensor
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby. (Dual Micro SIM cards) Networks:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz Cheapest Quad-core + 2GB Ram model in our list and its a 2.5D curved 5.5″ with a very attractive design, Bluboo Maya. This one could be Editor’s Choice if it also were a 4G LTE capable phone. Why ? First its price of course. Then this is the only IP63 level dust and water splash proof phone in our list. Plus 6.5mm ultra slim aluminum metal frame. Gorilla Glass 3 protection. 85 % screen to body ratio and Android 6.0 out of the box. The back cover has a 3D diamond texture finish which looks good. 3000mAh battery with 4.35V voltage gives Bluboo Maya 300 hours stand by time. Good work.+ 5.5″ + IP63 dust and watersplash proof + Aluminum metal frame + Gorilla Glass 3 + Android 6.0 + Price



    Ulefone U007 3G007_2

    $54.23

    Display: 5.0″ HD  Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Screen
    CPU: MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz
    GPU: Mali-400 MP
    System: Android 6.0
    RAM + ROM: 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM. TF card up to 32GB
    Cameras: Front 2.0MP (SW 5.0MP) + Rear 8.0 (SW 13.0MP) with LED flashlight
    Sensors: Gravity sensor
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    SIM Card: Dual SIM dual standby. (Dual Micro SIM cards)
    Networks:
    2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz

    So, you just want a phone without breaking your pocket and don’t need 4G LTE ? Just a phone for light daily use, talking for example, communication with sound, I mean, because lately nobody talks, they just chat on social media. Good looks, quality 5″ HD screen and the latest Android 6.0. This phone isn’t made for James Bond 007 for sure, but for about 50$ you cant get a better one. 1GB Ram will be more than enough for pure daily phone use. You still will be able to play many games and use most of the important apps same time, just don’t expect more.  For a full review of Ulefone U007 please click : Ulefone U007 Review.

     

    + Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    + Android 6.0
    + Price



    So, this was our Smartphone Buyers Guide: Under $100 For the month of August. Which one’s your favorite?

    Maybe we missed some models to include here. If you think there is phone model with unique features in this price range, please let us know in the comments section.

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