If Huawei is any indication, China has had some dirt cheap Android devices come out of its country. A smaller chinese manufacturer called JiaYu has just announced their upcoming device called the F1, which takes the term cheap and almost gives it new meaning. First off the device certainly doesn’t compare to top of the line specs that are insides some of today’s more recent high-end devices, but for as low of a price as $50, and unlocked to boot, they’re actually not half bad.
The F1 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which yes, is older at this point, but think about past Android smartphones that sat in this price range when 4.2 was still current. They weren’t running Jelly Bean that’s for sure. Come to think of it, they were most likely on Gingerbread, which I’m sure were all glad to have graduated past. Besides the now out of date OS version. The F1 is going to be powered by a 2,400mAh battery so you can take advantage of all and every activity that you might need that much battery life for, which may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that it only has a 4-inch 480×800 screen, it sounds like a lot more. On the camera front the F1 will be sporting a 5MP auto-focus shooter with LED Flash, but sadly, will sport an unimpressive VGA front shooter for selfies or video chat. As lacking in quality as those rear and front cameras are, still… it costs $50.
Internal storage and RAM are nothing to rave about, but they’ll more than likely do for the caliber of this device. 512MB of RAM comes paired with 4GB of internal storage which is barely enough to fit a couple HD movies on, but there is support for expandable storage should you need more. Although we can’t imagine you’d be doing much movie watching from a device like this, the capability is obviously there and you would have all the necessary requirements to make it happen. As far as the processor goes, the F1 comes powered by a MediaTek MT6572 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and it supports Bluetooth, HSPA, WiFi, GPS, and an FM Radio. It even has dual-SIM functionality just in case you have need for such a thing. All in all, the F1 actually shapes up to be a really decent offering for the price. If you ever find yourself on hard times and in need of something quick, here’s your answer. JiaYu hasn’t mentioned anything regarding release dates and it will more than likely be exclusive to China, but it is “unlocked”, so if push came to shove you wouldn’t let a little thing like a location specific release stop you now would you? if you’re interested in reading the full specs of the device, you can check them out over at MTK Forums. Let us know what you think about the F1 in the comments.