When you look at a cheap phone, you usually have no doubt that what you see is a cheap, low-end device. If, by chance, you are not 100% sure, all it takes is to try to use the device and all doubts immediately dissolve revealing which category the phone belongs to. Now that we have established that you know what a cheap phone looks and feels like, let us introduce the Beidou Red Pepper which comes with a design and user experience anything like a budget offering and yet is priced at just $132 without contract.
5-inch Beidou Red Pepper Smartphone
The Red Pepper is the latest product of a relatively unknown Chinese smartphone maker, Beidou. The first thing you notice about the Red Pepper is its clean and aesthetic design with narrow bezels, little overhang top and bottom and patterned back plate which brings to mind the Nexus 4. Measuring just 5.64 x 2.77 x 0.34-inch (143.3 x 70.3 x 8.7 mm), the phone feels compact, yet it is equipped with a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display.
Under the hood, the Beidou Red Pepper has a decent quad-core MT6582 processor which ticks along 1 GB of RAM. The phone has dual cameras, both offering much more than you would expect from such an affordable device. The main camera packs a 13-megapixel sensor, while the front-facing camera shoots pictures at 5 megapixels. To top it off, the Red Pepper runs Android Jelly Bean OS. Regular price of the phone is set at 799 yuan (which is about $132); however, the first 1000 units will be sold for just 698 yuan, which is just $115.