If you're looking for a dual SIM smartphone that is not locked to any carrier and has pretty decent specs, there are a lot of options out there. But if you're in the mood (and have the money) to try out an untested brand, we have just the thing for you. Icon Q, which is mostly known for mobile device accessories, has just announced that they are launching their first ever smartphone, the Q5.5, which they are billing as their travel super phone.
What makes this device perfect for traveling is that you're not tied to any carrier and that it can work with any 3G GSM network. Well, that is, except for Verizon and Sprint for some reason. But if you're using an AT&T or T-Mobile or any other carrier's prepaid card (or two, since it's dual-SIM), then you can use the Q5.5 freely. So if you're traveling to another country, you can just buy a local SIM which will cost you around $8 and that already comes with unlimited data. It also has features that they say will make it easier for you to navigate and explore unfamiliar places.
Regarding the specs, it's pretty okay for an entry level smartphone. It runs on an octa-core 1.4GHz Mediatek processor with Android 4.4 KitKat and it will not probably be updated to the current 5.0 Lollipop. It has a 5.5-inch screen with a 1280x720 resolution, 2GB RAM and 16GB internatl storage that can be expanded with a 32GB microSD card. Traveling also means taking a lot of pictures, so the 13MP main camera and 5MP front-facing one should come in handy.
Right now, the Q5.5 just has one color which is white and which looks pretty classy. The price is also pretty affordable at $199, so if you're not satisfied with it, you can always just get a different one and not cry about it. But if what you're looking for is pretty basic, then this would probably be a good fit for you.
SOURCE: Icon Q