First quad-core smartphone for under $US100?

xy100sSmartphone prices have been on the skids for the last couple of years, but it’s still surprising when you see a genuine quad-core smartphone selling for under $100.

The phone comes from Chinese retailer BuyInCoins.com and is branded the Daxian XY100S.

Before you dismiss it as ‘just another cheapie’, this one doesn’t look too bad – at least in terms of its specifications.

It’s powered by MediaTek’s popular 1.5GHz quad-core MTK6589 SoC Cortex A7 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of NAND flash inside. You can expand the flash storage with up to another 32GB, thanks to its MicroSD card slot. And it comes with the latest Android 4.2 operating system.

It packs in a sizeable 4.7-inch TFT screen but – and here’s where the sub-$100 price kicks in – the resolution is only 800×480-pixels. Still, for under $100, that’s not a bad result.

The phone has two cameras on board – a 2MP option facing the front and a more serious 8MP image sensor on the back.

It comes with an 1800mAh Lithium-ion battery, good for 96 hours standby and 6 hours talk time. And like most Asian-sourced phones, this one features dual SIM card slots. However, it looks like it’s also quite limited with GSM band support only at 900, 1800 and 1900MHz.

It measures 13.5cm x 7cm x 1cm but no mention at all of weight.

BuyInCoins.com sells its wares quite often on eBay but at time of publishing, the XY100S wasn’t listed. Still, you can pick it up from the BuyInCoins.com website.

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