Meet DAXIAN XY100S, a $100 Quad Core Android Smartphone

Last year, I wrote about a $50 Android smartphone, and yes, it was cheap but the specifications were pretty poor. But today, I’ve just learned about DAXIAN XY100S powered by Mediatek MT6589 quad core Cortex A7, with a 4.7″ display, and running Android 4.2, which just sells for under $100 on Buyincoins.com, including shipping. That’s about $50 cheaper than the cheapest MT6589 models I found.

DAXIAN XY100S

DAXIAN XY100S specifications as listed on buyincoins:

Operating System: Google Android 4.2

  • SoC – Mediatek MTK6589 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.5GHz + PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Display – 4.7″ Multi-touch Capacitive screen (854 x 480)
  • Network – GSM: 900/ 1800 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz / 1880-1900 MHz (Dual SIM), 3G: TD-SCDMA
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Camera – 2.0 MP front camera, 8.0MP rear camera
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Audio ports – 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Battery – Built-in 1800mAh Lithium battery (96 hours of standby time, 10 hour music for music, with earphone, 5 hours of talk time)
  • Dimension – 13.5cm x 7cm x 1cm

The device comes with a data cable, a power adapter, 2 batteries, and earphones. The screen resolution and NAND flash size are pretty low by today’s standards, but for this price you cannot really complain.

Initially, I thought it was probably either a promotion, or the price or specs were wrong. I can’t find the device on Aliexpress currently, but I also found it on Taobao for 515 to 565 RMB ($84 to $92), so the $100 price tag with shipping, although quite aggressive, is not impossible.

I had never heard about buyincoins.com before, but they seem to have fairly large traffic according to Alexa. However, I’ve read mixed reports about the company, but it’s about the same for Aliexpress. They accept Paypal, so in case of issue you may be able to open a dispute (TBC).

Thanks to onebir for the tip!

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onebir
onebir
7 years ago

Hey CNX – good thinking to research the price on Taobao!
Now, if a quad-core smartphone can go for this price, what does that imply for the quad-core STBs?

TriDeck
TriDeck
7 years ago

It’s a pity that operates 3G in TD-SCDMA, between 2010 and 2025 Mhz. Without W-CDMA it looses a lot in Europe.

JLCD
JLCD
7 years ago

3G, TD-SCDMA 2010-2025Mhz 🙁

FransM
FransM
7 years ago

Yet another thing I miss is GPS. It would be nice to see a review of this thing though.

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

Ok, I need a primer on *CDMA :p
No GPS is odd, isn’t it in the 6589 chipset?

Marius
7 years ago

@onebir
No, it’s actually not. It’s in a companion chip which is a so called 4 in 1. This chip has wifi, bluetooth, GPS and FM. I’m guessing the opted no to use this one and just used plain wifi chip ?
This would explain the no GPS and maybe even the no Bluetooth.

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

& maybe, in part the price? A single chip couldn’t account for $50 difference, but maybe mediatek are selling MTK6589s with a dumbed-down companion chip at a big discount?

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

Checked the Taobao description: no GPS (全球定位系统) there either 🙁

Marius
7 years ago

@onebir A single chip wouldn’t explain such a difference indeed but let’s put all the differences together. 1. Cheaper dumbed down companion chip 2. No 3G WCDMA so no license fees and all that 3. Cheap, poor quality 854 x 480 screen 4. Aggressive pricing by the seller 5. Maybe just 512 MB of RAM even though it says 1GB, this can be faked to show the wrong value in Android too Put all these together and it should explain the 50$ difference. Another even scarier thing is if this is just a lousy fake. You can customize Android and… Read more »

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

@Marius
1-4 possible. 5-> I doubt (eg buyincoins have a big ebay store, check their feedback there…)

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Javi
Javi
7 years ago

I move in the MTK phones everyday (even now while writting this, I have around 15 phones over my desk… most of them MTK6577 and MTK6589). I’ll look a bit more around this model because it looks impossible to find a MTK6589 in the market so cheap. 515-565RMB looks like the price for a MTK6515-6517, even the MTK6577 is difficult to find under 650RMB. And we are talking about 515MB – 4GB (Antutu will say just 2GB). Even actually the MTK6515-17 runs a “strange” Android 4.X version (I think it’s 2.3 modified). And 8Mpx camera? hahaha, that is a joke… Read more »

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

@Javi
Please do – buyincoins should be helpful if you contact them…

“Even actually the MTK6515-17 runs a “strange” Android 4.X version. (I think it’s 2.3 modified)”
Seriously??? That’s terrible…

Javi
Javi
7 years ago

Don’t worry, as part of AsiaPads team I have good mobile phone providers. Also I see some sellers from Shenzhen, if so they will probably have a shop in this area (no far than 300m from my home). I’m living in the core of the China electronics market… if you like the electronics this is the paradise. For example, 2 days ago I have been buying some PIC from microchip… I spent maybe 5-10 minutes walking from home to the SEG building (a skycraper with lots of small shops inside) and maybe 2 hours researching and comparing prices between lots… Read more »

Javi
Javi
7 years ago

cnxsoft : @onebir Now we’ve got quad core RK3188 mini PCs for $75, but they all come with 2GB RAM and 8GB flash. They don’t mention Bluetooth with this phone either (I can see it in Android options screenshots though), and this present in all RK3188 mini PC. So if somebody was to make a low-end RK3188 mini PC with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, no Bluetooth, we might get close to $60. But the performance may not be that different from dual core device, and this is probably true for this phone as well. I think a Quad Core Android… Read more »

Javi
Javi
7 years ago

A pity, I did not find a seller of this model in this area. I’m waiting confirmation from some actual providers… I’d like to test this phone because its interesting (maybe irreal) price

onebir
onebir
7 years ago

Someone commented in Russian over at buyincoins:
“Phone based on MTK6589TD.
No 3G, no GPS.
RAM also questionable.”
I guess TD is for TD-SCDMA, so maybe a cheaper chipset for the Chinese market…?

thunderlord
thunderlord
7 years ago

Got myself one yesterday. It has MTK6589TD chipset, 1 Gb of RAM, no GPS and 3G = TD-SCDMA (Chinese standart). Cameras are interpolated, so maybe 2-3 real megapixels, no real autofocus, flash led is not very bright. It has bluetooth and Wi-fi. But 854×480 looks pretty good for 4.7 inches display and 14164 antutu marks are also great. Overall: Good phone for 100$

adem
adem
6 years ago

will this phone work in Australia. i want to buy this for my 12 year old son so he wont go near my galaxy note 2 i bought one about 3 years ago that worked fine it was a ht7000 or something looked exactly same as the htc windows mobile

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

@thunderlord
Hi i want to know does the UK Google Playstore work on your phone as i heard that if you buy it, Google Play is not compatible and does not work in country outside the country it was made in so you can’t use it in UK or USA.

Shifa
Shifa
6 years ago

I bought two Daxian phone from Shenzhen, China, after I got back to USA, none of them are working, when I tried with T-Mobile SIM and AT&T SIM , it says, “No Service”, I will appreciate very much, if anyone could give me some advice or help about these phone?

Thank you and kind regards

Shifa

sunil kumar
sunil kumar
6 years ago

replacement the toch 9300

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[…] Daxian XY100S was the first decent smartphone I’d seen selling for less than $100, but for some reasons the price has since then been increased and now sells for at least $125 from Chinese online sellers with decent feedback. The other problem with this phone was the use of TD-SCDMA which meant 3G was not usable in places like Europe. There’s now another quad core phone based on Mediatek MT6582 called W450 that sells for $99.99 on GeekBuying (promotion that will last for about 24 hours more), but you can also find it on Aliexpress for $110 up including… Read more »

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