Now this is smartphone pricing we can support. If you’re in China, local brand Newman is about to launch a new device – the N2. This is expected to cost 1,499 yuan, which is about $240 or €183 at today’s exchange rates. Obviously, that pricing is contract and obligation-free.
What do you get for that amount of dough? A 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor (same one used in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II), a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage space, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery. The Newman N2 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
OK, so the OS version is a little old, and the built-in storage space is at the low end of the scale – but other than that, the N2 could compete with any high-end flagship smartphone sold today. For a great price, no less.
The device is expected to be introduced very soon. It will look either like what you see in the image above, or what you see in the one below this paragraph.
The reason for this is simple: the company couldn’t decide which design was better, so it asked its prospective customers to vote. The result of that voting will be obvious once the N2 is officially unveiled.