Super-cheap Android smartphone anyone? Nuu Mobile unwraps its 5.5in N5L

Nuu Mobile is offering up two would-be contenders to the third-generation Moto G. But only one of them stands a chance.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Nuu Mobile's $130 5.5-inch N5L aims to undercut well-received but slightly more expensive rivals.

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If you're after a super-Super-cheap Android smartphone anyone? Nuu Mobile unwraps its 5.5in N5Lcheap smartphone and not put off by low-end specs, Nuu Mobile's 5.5-inch N5L could be yours for the lowly price of $130 (£84).

The US smartphone hopeful took the wraps off its new budget N5L on Monday, aiming to undercut well-received but slightly more expensive rivals such as the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 and third-generation Moto G.

Whether it succeeds in drawing consumers away from competitors with a cheaper price tag remains to be seen, but as ZDNet's sister site CNET points out, Nuu Mobile may have trimmed too much to dethrone the Moto G.

Still, it could be the right device for consumers who value price over specs -- probably the same group of people that Microsoft is pursuing with its recently released Windows 10 Lumia 550, which costs $139.

Some two months after Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the N5L will be shipping with last year's Android 5.1 Lollipop. The 5.5-inch display offers a 1,280 x 720 pixel HD screen resolution with a pixel density of 277 ppi.

The rear camera has an eight-megapixel sensor while a front-facing 2MP snapper falls well short of most selfie cameras these days.

Other core features include a 1GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, dual-SIM card slots, 8GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. It does have a decent sized 3,000mAh battery and also comes with 4G LTE support.

Nuu Mobile has also unveiled the slightly higher end Nuu Mobile X4, a five-inch smartphone that will cost $170 (£114), which also undercuts the Moto G on price but manages to replicate some of its features on paper.

The X4 shares several common features with the N5L but offers a slightly faster processor, larger storage and more powerful cameras, making it a better contender to the third-generation Moto G, which costs $180 for the 8GB variant and $220 for the 16GB variant.

The X4 still ships with Android 5.1 but offers a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It uses a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and comes with 16GB internal storage, one GB RAM, and a 2,250mAh battery. Like the N5L, it has dual SIM and LTE support.

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