Nowadays, a smartphone has become a necessity, but while looking for better performance, design or the latest operating systems, their prices get higher. One of the most popular operating systems at the moment is Android which a lot of companies implement on their smartphones. Fortunately, there are companies that create decent, well performing Android smartphones that sometimes compete with more popular smartphones, at a decent price. Here are the top 5 cheapest Android smartphones, that have great features and are between $100-$300 price ranges:
In April this year Huawei has launched a decent and affordable smartphone, the 5″ 720p HD display SnapTo. This device has pretty much everything his competitors have released in phones of similar level. Huawei SnapTo works on a quad-core 64-bit based Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset running with 1.2GHz and having 1GB RAM. Although it is said it competes with the Motorola G series, SnapTo runs only the 4.4 Kitkat Android OS. It has some minor advantages with the 5MP camera and 2200 mAh battery that can last over a day and it is officially priced at $180 without a sim card. Of course you can find better deals around $120 on Amazon.
4.Motorola E 2015 (2nd Gen.)
The first generation of Motorola E was one of the best and cheapest smartphones from 2014. The 2nd generation released earlier this year seems to be the upgraded version of Motorola E 2014 and that’s why this smartphone deserves a place in the 2015 top. The big difference the Motorola E 2nd gen brings is the fact that it has 4G LTE internet connectivity, updating the Moto E series in today’s technology. Motorola E has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset working on 1.2GHz and includes 1GB RAM. The 2nd gen phone has an upgraded to 2309 mAh battery which lasts for about 24 hours on medium use and it works on 5.0 Lollipop Android. If you want to buy the Motorola E 2nd gen from their providers it costs $120 without a sim card but you can get an $100 deal on Amazon.
3.Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7″
If you are looking for a cheap smartphone but with attractive design Full HD screen and a easy to use software, Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 might be the one. It comes in 2 different display sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″ but there are no major differences between them and the smaller sized one costs around $100 less. Idol 3 works with a quad-core Snapdragon 615 CPU with 1.5GHz and 2GB RAM. The smartphone has 13MP camera but it’s not very reliable also beware of multi-tasking because it slows down the phone’s software. Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is powered by a 2910 mAh battery and runs a 5.0 Lollipop Android OS. Idol 3 is obviously designed with better features but somewhere around the previous phones price range by costing around $180.
2.Huawei Ascend Mate 2
Another cheap Huawei has made an impact this year on the Android smartphone market, the 6.1″ Huawei Ascend Mate 2. This 4G smartphone has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.6 GHz and 2GB RAM. It uses a pretty sharp 13MP camera but its focus feature is the 4050 mAh battery that can last almost 2 days with medium usage. Some people don’t appreciate the big display considering the smartphone an actual phablet. As for the Operating System it is originally released with 4.3 Jelly Bean Android but it is upgradable to 5.1 Lollipop. If you are seeking a big sized smartphone with no contract good performance and under $300 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is one of the top choices.
1.Asus Zenfone 2
The well-known laptop manufacturer Asus released in March this year a cheap but performing smartphone the Asus Zenfone 2. With a 5.5″ display, its famous Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor running with 2.3 GHz and 2GB RAM makes Zenfone fast enough for games and multi-tasking. The dual-sim card smartphone has a pretty decent 13MP camera and contains a performant 3000 mAh battery. The Asus Zenfone 2 comes with 5.0 Lollipop Android OS and costs as half as much than his competitors, its price range being somewhere under $300. Although Asus Zenfone 2 fluctuates around $300 its performing features, speed and easy to use interface makes it the top choice of cheap Android phones for 2015.
Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models
Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.
At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.
Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”
Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.
Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.
On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.
Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.
Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.
Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US
Telegram, with 800 million monthly users, is launching a self-custodial crypto wallet. The move will solidify its presence in the vibrant crypto community that has grown from its chat platform and may attract more people to crypto.
Telegram and TON Foundation announced TON Space, a self-custodial wallet, on Wednesday at Singapore’s Token2049 crypto conference, which draws over 10,000 attendees.
Telegram has a complicated blockchain relationship. After the SEC sued Telegram over a massive initial coin offering, the chat app abandoned its Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project in 2020. The Open Network Foundation (TON Foundation), founded by open-source developers and blockchain enthusiasts, supports the development of The Open Network (TON), the blockchain powering a growing number of Telegram applications, including the wallet.
The Open Platform (TOP) and TOP Labs, a venture-building division, created the TON-based wallet.
TON Space will be available to Telegram users worldwide without wallet registration in November. The U.S., which has cracked down on the crypto industry and promoted many crypto apps to geofence users, is currently excluded from the feature.
Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications
The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google began in court today, setting off a months-long trial that could upend the tech world.
At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department claims that Google has violated antitrust laws to maintain its search title, but the company claims that it does so by providing a superior product.
The Justice Department sued Google for civil antitrust in late 2020 after a year-long investigation.
“If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we will lose the next wave of innovation,” said then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “If that happens, Americans may never see the ‘next Google.’”
A large coalition of state attorneys general filed their own parallel suit against Google, but Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the states did not meet the bar to go to trial with their search ranking complaints.
The search business case against Google is separate from a federal antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Justice Department claims Google used “anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means” to neutralize threats to its digital advertising empire in that lawsuit.
Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dintzer set the stakes for the first major tech antitrust trial since Microsoft’s late 1990s reckoning on Tuesday. “This case is about the future of the internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever face meaningful competition,” Dintzer said.
Beginning the trial, the government focused on Google’s deals with phone makers, most notably Apple, that give its search product top billing on new devices. Dintzer claimed that Google maintains and grows its search engine dominance by paying $10 billion annually for those arrangements.
“This feedback loop, this wheel, has been turning for more than 12 years,” he said. “And it always benefits Google.”
Google lawyer John Schmidtlein refuted that claim, hinting at the company’s legal defense in the coming weeks.
“Users today have more search options and more ways to access information online than ever before,” Schmidtlein said. Google will argue that it competes with Amazon, Expedia, and DoorDash, as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
Google planted the seeds for this defense. According to internal research, Google Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said last year that more young people are using TikTok to search for information than Google Search.
In our studies, almost 40% of young people don’t use Google Maps or Search to find lunch, Raghavan said. “They use TikTok or Instagram.”
Google will be decided by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the coming months. We’re far from that decision, but the company could be fined heavily or ordered to sell parts of its business.
The trial could change Google’s digital empire if the Justice Department wins. Other tech companies that dominated online markets in the last decade are also watching. If the government fails to hold an iconic Silicon Valley giant accountable, big tech will likely continue its aggressive growth trajectory.
If the Justice Department succeeds, the next decade could be different. The industry-wide reckoning could cripple incumbents and allow upstarts to define the next era of the internet, wresting the future from tech titans.
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