With the holiday season looming, retailers and manufacturers are clamoring to sell as many products as they can. That means two things: There are new products on the market, and the older ones are being heavily discounted. Whether you’re looking to snag a great former-flagship for less than retail price, or pick an entry level phone as cheaply as possible, you’re not short of options. Our roundup of today’s best deals includes a twelve dollar smartphone and the LG G Flex 2 among others…
Head on over to BestBuy.com and you can pick up the Verizon Wireless Prepaid LG Optimus Zone 2 for $11.99. Regardless of specifications, twelve bucks for a touchscreen smartphone is insane value for money. The Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and is equipped with 3G data speeds. What’s more, there’s a 3.5-inch, 380 x 420 resolution display and a 3MP camera. Whether you’re looking for a basic smartphone as your first device, or just need a backup in case of extreme emergencies, you probably won’t regret spending $12 on a phone. I’ve spent more in one sitting at McDonald’s.
The LG G Flex 2 was the Korean manufacturer’s second attempt at a unique curved-screen smartphone. The second time around though, the company improved all the areas necessary to make it a competitive device. It has a full HD 5.5-inch curved AMOLED display, 13MP camera with OIS, Snapdragon octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can now snag one for just $249 on eBay. The seller notes that although the device is locked to AT&T, it ships with an unlock code, allowing you to unlock it and use it on other carriers’ networks.
The ZTE Speed is sold for use on Boost Mobile and includes a host of decent-enough specifications for an entry-level smartphone. The Boost ZTE Speed has a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 resolution display, 5MP rear camera, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor and 8GB internal storage (expandable via MicroSD). What’s more, it’s LTE-equipped and has a 2,000mAh battery built in. At $29 on Walmart’s online store, the phone’s price has dropped significantly from the original list price of $79.88.
It’s perhaps not as big a discount as some of the others on the list, but ASUS’ ZenFone 2 is one of the most disruptive phones this year. It was one of the first to introduce 4GB RAM, and is now available for just $279 (w/$20 rebate) at Newegg.com. The 5.5-inch full HD screen, 64-bit Intel quad-core processor and 64GB storage should ensure this is one of the most highly-specced phones below $300.