Vodafone Smart Mini — super low-spec £50 Android phone

Vodafone has rolled back the years when putting together its new Vodafone Smart Mini phone, somehow managing to find some 320 x 480 resolution displays to put inside its new 3.5″ Android model. The Smart Mini is powered by a single-core MT6575 chipset running at 1GHz, which works alongside 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage space.

For your £50 you also get a 2megapixel camera and Android 4.1 as the launch OS. You can buy it from Vodafone here if you fancy taking a punt. Here’s what it looks like:


Might be of use if you need something solid to throw at someone. Here’s the thing:

Vodafone Smart Mini now available

Enjoy the full Vodafone experience with the great value Smart Mini

The Vodafone Smart Mini is the latest and most affordable addition to the Vodafone Smart line-up, bringing you a sleek, compact smartphone without any compromise on performance – for just £50 on Pay as you go.

The Vodafone Smart Mini offers a large, 3.5 inch display and 2MP camera with digital zoom so you can easily capture all those precious moments. Plus, as it runs on up-to-date Android Jellybean you can enjoy smooth navigation and seamless browsing.

Full of powerful messaging features – including push email, Facebook integration and pre-loaded Twitter – the Vodafone Smart Mini lets you share your snaps with friends and family instantly, while the easy access online app store brings a wealth of games, tools, social apps and entertainment to your fingertips.

With Vodafone Freebees on Pay as you go, when you top up your new Vodafone Smart Mini you can get free calls, text and internet. Also, if you buy your Smart Mini before the end of July, to help you find your feet, you can use as much data as you like, for whatever you like for 30 days with our Freedom Freebee, so you can get to grips with your new smartphone.

The Vodafone Smart Mini will be available to buy on Vodafone.co.uk later today in either black or white, with a pink version coming soon.

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  1. Tinytom21

     /  June 13, 2013

    It’s interesting to see these cheaper phones coming out, because it doesn’t have too bad a spec sheet. (1Ghz proc, 512MB RAM and $GB with expandable storage)

    It’s just the screen is terrible! It really shows that the screen is a HUGE cost driver on these phones, and also its the main battery draw on any large phone due to the crazy resolutions and sizes.

    Battery tech is the number one thing holding us back I think, but screens must be a close second.

    • Netizen

       /  June 13, 2013

      I have to agree, it’s a similar spec to the classic ZTE Blade and it’s clones. They function well enough on 800Mhz and Android 4.2 (when flashed), so this should perform ‘okay’ given the smaller screen. Better than Samsung’s budget range, I’d bet.

  2. Tafkawac

     /  June 14, 2013

    or someone can give me £30 for my old wildfire s…

  3. Anton Gully

     /  June 14, 2013

    I use a cheap Chinese Android iPhone clone (Star W007 for what it’s worth) with a similar 3.5″ screen and spec. It’s absolutely fine for what I need during my 9 to 5, which is phone calls, texts and email. It has decent battery life and I can use it for maps and games, albeit with the restrictions of a low resolution screen. Main advantage – it fits comfortably in a trouser pocket and if it gets wrecked I’m not going to too devastated because it was only seventy quid or so at the time. The above looks like a perfectly adequate replacement, though I’d miss confusing people about why my “iPhone” has an Android logo on the back.

    • Anton Gully

       /  June 14, 2013

      Oh, I originally bought the Star W007 to muck around with different skins and firmware but it was an profoundly poor choice in that respect but it rapidly displaced my previous work phone, a Samsung Galaxy Ace, because it had so much better battery life. Something as cheap as the Vodafone offering should acquire a sizeable tinkering community so I’ll probably keep an eye on it.

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