Have you heard about Icon Q? Don’t worry if you haven’t, since it’s a pretty new mobile maker on the block. Based in New York, the company so far released a couple of Android tablets and recently debuted its very first Android smartphone. Called Q5.5, the phone is unbelievably inexpensive – it’s available from Icon Q website for a mere $199 for an unlocked phone.
Icon Q5.5 Android dual-SIM phone for less
At such affordable price it would be natural not to expect much from the device, but the Icon Q5.5 may actually pleasantly surprise you. The handset has a large 5.5-inch display offering 720p resolution which is on a rather low-ish side but still within acceptable limits, and is powered by a somewhat modest an octa-core MediaTek MTK6592M processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Not a bad start for a cheap phone and other specs look even better.
The Q5.5 comes with 2GB of RAM which is what many flagship phones pack, and 16GB of built-in memory which should be enough for whatever content you want to store on the phone, plus there is a microSD slot for storage expansion up to 32GB. The device is also equipped with a decent 13-megapixel rear camera and an impressive 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Other features include 2,100 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Q5.5 is touted as a “travel super phone” due to the fact that it’s sold contract-free and unlocked. It works on all 3G GSM networks meaning that it will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile bands. Moreover, the phone is a dual-SIM variant, which means that can hold two SIM cards at the same time. On not so optimistic note, the device will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and at this moment there is no word on possible 5.0 Lollipop update.
Looking at the specs, we have a feeling that the Icon Q5.5 may appeal to a large number of budget-conscious users. Even though the device is still a far cry from the likes of the HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6, for under $200 outright you can’t really ask for more. And let’s not forger that it’s Icon Q’s first attempt at smartphones, so they probably still have a lot to learn. Anyway, in theory the handset looks great and time will tell how it will perform in practice.
source: Icon Q