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ZTE Kis cheap Android kit hits UK as Virgin Mobile exclusive

ZTE Kis cheap Android kit hits UK as Virgin Mobile exclusive

The Android-powered ZTE Kis is set to land imminently in our fair isles, launching exclusively on Virgin Mobile.

ZTE Kis close-up

Announced back in February at Mobile World Congress, the Kis is available to snap up starting today from Virgin for a befuddling £50 a pop, making it one of the cheapest Android phones around.

For the outlay you get a handset that runs the up-to-the-minute Gingerbread iteration of Android and packs a 3.5-inch display and a Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz processor to keep things ticking over. Although there’s only 200MB of internal storage, you can expand it by up to 32GB via the microSD slot.

Sure these aren’t specs to get your heart racing, but in the time I’ve had with the handset, I was rather impressed by the performance. There was no unseemly stutter or frustrating load times, as is often the case with budget blowers.

Although it’s not gonna bag many gongs for design, it doesn’t look too shabby clad in all-black featuring a a faux-metal rim, a matte finish at the back and a ‘skateboard’-inspired form factor.

It feels sturdy enough for rough use, which is probably what makes it appealing for a purchase as a back-up phone rather than your first smartphone. For that price range, though, you could do worse.

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