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Samsung quietly releases Galaxy S4 Mini Plus, now available

It’s been Samsung’s way to present to the market a smaller, more compact, and budget-friendly version of their flagships when they come out. It’s a testament to the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – the smaller version of the 2-year-old former flagship device – that it has apparently gotten a refresh this year, albeit quietly. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Plus is in most respects the same compact phone, with a better engine.

Moto G 3rd Gen, Moto X Play, Moto X Style: which one is for you?

So we finally see what Motorola is up to, at least in the mainstream smartphone segment of the market. Their strategy lies in three handsets which look very visibly similar to each other – there is the 3rd generation Moto G, then the Moto X Play, and the Moto X Style. So how does one know which one is the right fit for your own budget and usage? Well, put them side by side and compare. We got you covered.

ASUS releases the ZenFone 2E with AT&T

Just when we thought we’ve had enough variants of the ASUS ZenFone 2 out there, the Taiwan-based outfit comes out with one more. ASUS is partnering up with AT&T to bring you the ASUS ZenFone 2E, a budget phone to go with your prepaid account, but a very capable budget phone at that. It seems like everybody is moving up in the world, and even the budget phones now have HD displays and 4G connectivity.

BLU comes out with new Life series of devices for 2015

BLU Products is now a known player in the entry level to mid-range market in the US – this comes from their recent track record of producing bang-for-the-buck devices. With BLU, you know that the specs aren’t going to be that premium, but the phones they produce should do the job. It looks the same with these two new products, the BLU Life One and the BLU Life 8 XL.

ZTE Fanfare budget phone gets picked up by Cricket Wireless

As people are gushing over the Samsung Galaxy S6 over at the premium side of the smartphone spectrum, there is no question that there are also a lot of options over at the budget tier. And Cricket Wireless just added another sub-$100 phone to its lineup to appeal to those who just want a simple phone and no bells and whistles whatsoever – this is the ZTE Fanfare.

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime receives Lollipop update

If you know Samsung from their history, you would be forgiven for thinking that the budget offerings of the Korean smartphone giant will probably never get a taste of Android Lollipop. But Samsung has been surprising us this year, trying to bring back excitement to the brand and doing stuff very un-Samsung-like. First, they updated the budget Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to Lollipop. Now Lollipop has also arrived for another budget device, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.

Lenovo A3900 budget phone now official

There is very little room at the low niches of the smartphone market, a lot of brands are fighting for visibility in a market that is saturated by cheap phones made with cheap materials and poor specs. What stands out, it seems, are the ones who offer significantly more than others in this tier. The Lenovo A3900 is a phone that has recently been made official by the Taiwan-based outfit, and is looking to find buyers in the budget-friendly area.

Xiaomi launches the Redmi 2A in China, a cheaper Redmi 2

If the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is the Chinese manufacturer’s entry level phone, then what do you say to a cheaper variant of an entry level phone? Well, that’s what the new Xiaomi Redmi 2A is – a poor man’s Redmi 2, if you will. Launched on the occasion of the fifth founding anniversary of Xiaomi in Beijing, it looks like the USD$45 billion-worth company is feeling a little magnanimous and presented the low-end market with a real treat.
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