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Gigabyte unveils four budget phones

Monday, October 26, 2015

Gigabyte dropped four new phones. Or is it two phones in two flavors each? Meet the Gigabyte Classic and Classic Lite plus the Gigabyte Essence and Essence 4. All four are 3G dual-SIM phones and cost under €100.

Gigabyte Classic

The best-specced of the lot, the Gigabyte Classic is still an entry-level device. It sports a 5" 720p screen (294ppi) and is thinner than the other three at 8.6mm. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop on Spredtrum chipset (quad Cortex-A7 + Mali 400 and 1GB RAM).

The Classic has an 8MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera. There's 8GB of built-in storage available, plus up to 32GB from a microSD card. The phone is powered by a 2,000mAh battery.

As we said, this is a dual-SIM phone (one mini slot and one micro) and has 3G connectivity up to 21Mbps. There's also Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS and FM radio.

The Gigabyte Classic has a MSRP of €95.

Gigabyte Classic Lite

The Classic Lite has a 5" screen though with a more modest 854 x 480 resolution (196ppi). It's powered by the same chipset though downclocked slightly and with only 512MB RAM. Oh, and it runs an older version of Android, 4.4 KitKat.

The camera duo has been bumped down as well to 5MP and 2MP. Storage remains at 8GB with microSD slot (up to 32GB). The battery is slightly bigger, 2,100mAh, but the battery life is roughly the same.

The Gigabyte Classic Lite will cost around €75.

Gigabyte Essence

It's back to the basics with the Gigabyte Essence. It features a 4.5" screen with 854 x 480px resolution (218ppi). This one has the same chipset as the Classic Lite and also runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The cameras are the same too.

The thickness and weight are lower for the Essence, compared to the Lite – 8.8mm and 120g vs. 9.4mm and 145g. The battery is pretty tiny though, 1,600mAh.

The Gigabyte Essence will cost a little bit less at €70.

Gigabyte Essence 4

The most affordable of the bunch at just €55. It's based on the other Essence, but this one has the smallest screen – 4" 480 x 800px (233ppi).

The chipset and camera have been slashed. The Gigabyte Essence 4 has only a 2MP main camera plus 0.3MP selfie snapper and a dual-core processor (MediaTek chipset). The storage has been halved as well, 4GB (plus microSD). The battery got even smaller at 1,300mAh.

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