If you want to buy a new smartphone without having to squander some big bucks, then DTC Mobile has you covered. The new Astroid GT5S Junior is an entry-level, dual-SIM Android smartphone that will only cost you Php1,988. For better features, you can also opt for the Astroid GT6X Speed 2G for only Php3,490.
Smartphones at such attractive prices have, of course, a catch: low-end specs. While the competition is embracing dual and quad-core CPUs, the DTC Astroid GT5S Junior just comes with a single core processor. Its 3.5-inch display is rather pixelated with its 320-by-480 resolution. There’s no 3G or HSPA connectivity, so Internet access can only be had through WiFi and the slower 2G networks. Perhaps most disappointing of all is that the phone is preloaded with the outdated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.
Other specs of the Astroid GT5S Junior include 256MB RAM; 512MB internal storage with microSD expansion for up to 32GB; GPS with A-GPS support; 1.3MP front- and 2MP rear-facing cameras; and dual-SIM configuration with dual standby.
DTC’s Astroid GT6X Speed 2G, on the other hand, is packed with a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with IPS technology. It also runs the newer Android Jelly Bean OS. The rear camera has a 5-megapixel resolution this time, while the front shooter is still the same. General performance should be faster thanks to the dual-core processor running under the hood, along with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Connectivity is still limited to 2G networks and Wi-Fi.
For similar phones in the budget category, also check out other models from other brands. For instance, Cherry Mobile is selling its new Life smartphone (4-inch display, dual-SIM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean) for only Php2,999. MyPhone is also selling close to that price its Agua RAIN 3G (3.5-inch display, dual-SIM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean).