We previously wrote about the cheapest smartphone with an 18:9 screen we could find online, and we ended up with the Oukitel C8, which costs under P4,000 (approximately $80) on the Lazada Philippines website.
If you’re still pinching pesos to jump on the widescreen trend, however, we’ve got good news: A cheaper option exists in the Vinovo K1. Black, gold, or red, the handset currently retails for a bargain-basement price of P2,999 ($60) on Lazada. Buddy, it doesn’t get any cheaper than this.
But that almost-predatory price tag isn’t the only thing worth noting about the Vinovo K1. In a stroke of slight irony, the cheapest 18:9 handset we could find is also a clone of the most expensive commercially available widescreen device out there.
We’re referring to the iPhone X, to be clear, and as with Apple’s prohibitive flagship, the K1 has a notch above its 5.5-inch screen, plus a vertically aligned camera and flash module around the back.
The rear camera is said to include a 2-megapixel sensor, though the listing clearly shows a dual-lens setup. An unfortunate mishap on the seller’s part? Let’s hope so. On the other hand, the selfie camera of the Vinovo K1 is 5 megapixels.
As far as other specifications go, things are pretty much par of the course: a quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of base storage; 3G connectivity (there’s no 4G LTE support for network providers); a 2,800mAh battery; and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
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