Cheap, unlocked phones are harder to come by. Those in the US are about to have at least one more option with ZTE's new Nubia 5S Mini LTE, which ships on August 27 for $US280.
Joining the affordable ranks of Sharp's just-announced $US250 Aquos Crystal is the Nubia 5S, which comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, and runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip. The refreshingly not-giant 4.7-inch phone has a 720p screen, so the specs overall aren't what you'd call premium. But where it lacks in horsepower, it makes up in a respectable camera -- five megapixels on the front and 13 megapixels on the back with manual and preset features. And if you break it, ZTE will fix it for the first 18 months for 80 bucks. Not bad for the cheapskates in all of us.
The phone should be available for pre-order on Amazon in the US starting today (although we're not seeing it yet), and it will start shipping in a week. [Engadget]