Gigabyte Announces Four New Budget Smartphones

Just months after announcing they won't be making any smartphones anymore, Gigabyte has returned to the smartphone market with their latest announcement. If you're in the market for an affordable smartphone, you may want to hold off your purchase until you have checked out the options offered by the company since they just recently announced four new devices under their lineup.

To start with, there's the Gigabyte Classic. It's an entry-level smartphone that undeniably is the one with the most specs. The phone has a 5-inch 720p HD screen with a 294ppi index. With a thickness of 8.6mm, the Classic is the thinnest out of the bunch. Underneath the frame is a Spredtrum chipset with 1GB of RAM, onboard storage of 8GB and a microSD card slot that expands the memory by up to 32GB. It is able to capture photos with its 8-megapixel main camera on the back and the 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Classic is equipped with a dual-SIM card tray, 3G connectivity, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and A-GPS. It is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery on the back. Upon unboxing, the phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be available for €95 ($105).

Another smartphone on their lineup is the Gigabyte Classic Lite. Similar to the Classic, the Classic Lite comes with a 5-inch display, 854 x 480 resolution and 196ppi index. It also carries the same Spredtrum chipset but with only 512MB of RAM. Its storage stays the same at 8GB and 32GB microSD card memory expansion. The camera on the Classic Lite is a 5-megapixel lens on the rear and 2-megapixel on the front. The battery is slightly smaller at only 2,100 mAh. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is said to have a price tag of around €75 ($83).

The third phone on the list is the Gigabyte Essence, another Android 4.4 KitKat OS smartphone that features a 4.5-inch screen with 854 x 480 resolution and 218ppi index. It has a similar chipset and camera specs to the Classic Lite. Unfortunately, it houses a tiny 1,600 mAh battery. But with a price lower than €70 ($78), who can complain?

Finally, we have the Gigabyte Essence 4. With a price of €55 ($60), it's the most affordable device out of the four. While it shares the same name as the Essence, the Essence 4 features a smaller 4-inch screen with a 480 x 800 resolution and 233ppi index. There's a 2-megapixel main camera on the back and a 0.3-megapixel front shooter available on the Essence 4. It is available with a dual-core MediaTek processor with 4GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot, and a battery of only 1,300 mAh.

There is no word yet on when these smartphone models will be available to the public.

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