I’ve just noticed some Mediatek MT6592 octa-core Android smartphones are selling for a little over $100. The cheapest phones seem to be THL T6 Pro and AXGIO Neon N2Q both selling for exactly $116.99, the former on sites like GeekBuying or BuyInCoins, and the latter only selling on Tinydeals, so AXGIO may be a re-branded phone. Let’s compare both phones.
Since most phones now look pretty much alike, we’d better look at the hardware specifications instead to eventually decide is better value for money.
|ThL T6 Pro||AXGIO Neon N2Q|
|SoC||Mediatek MT6592M Octa core Cortex A7 @ 1.4 GHz with Mali-450MP4 GPU|
|System Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Storage||8 GB + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)|
|Display||5.0” IPS display, 1280×720, 5 Points multi-touch||5.0” IPD display, 960 x 540, 5 points multi-touch|
|Cellular Connectivity||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz|
Dual SIM Card
Dual SIM Card (1 Micro SIM)
|Wireless Connectivity||802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi|
|Camera||8.0 MP Rear camera with flash-light|
2.0 MP front-facing camera
|5.0MP rear camera (interpolated 8.0MP) with flash-light|
2.0 MP front-facing camera
|Interfaces||3.5mm earphone jack|
Micro USB port
|Battery||1,900 mAh||2,100 mAh|
|Dimensions||143.5 x 71.6 x 8.2 mm||146 x 71 x 7.5 mm|
|Weight||155 grams (with battery)||131 grams (with battery)|
|Accessories||Battery, earphones, USB cable, power adapter, back case, and user’s manual||Battery, earphones, USB cable, power adapter, protective case, protective PU leather case, and user’s manual|
Both phones runs Android 4.4.2, but the AXGIOS Neon N2Q has an option to run “Neonato UI with OTA support, multiple themes, and more personalized features”, which could mean you are more likely to get firmware update for Neon N2Q, although I would not hold my breath for long term updates… Any both phones are pretty similar, but ThL has a better display, and possibly a better camera (TBC), whereas Neon N2Q has a slightly larger battery and somehow is about 24 grams lighter.
Sellers may also offer some gifts with the phone, but I still find the better 720p display should mean ThL T6 Pro is a better product, at least on paper. Having said that, I’ve owned a ThL smartphone, namely ThL W200, for over a year, and I’ve been disappointed with GPS and the camera not working reliably over time. But maybe that’s something to expect with lower cost phones.
Thanks to Onebir for the idea.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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