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Icon Q unveils the Q5.5 budget smartphone

Icon Q Q5.5 dual SIM Android smartphone with octa-core processor and 13 MP main camera
Icon Q Q5.5
This dual SIM Android handset has an octa-core MediaTek SoC inside, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP main camera, and retails unlocked for just $199 USD.

Icon Q is a New York-based company that only made various accessories for mobile devices so far, and the Q5.5 is their first smartphone. According to the official product page, this handset is "designed to belong to you, not your carrier." The Q5.5 is a 3G Android smartphone for budget-conscious users that comes unlocked and offers good specs for its price.

Icon Q Q5.5 has the following highlights:

  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Mediatek MTK6592M
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 32 GB
  • Display: 5.5-inch capacitive multitouch with 1,280X720 pixels
  • Cameras: 5 MP front, 13 MP back
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, micro USB
  • Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dimensions: 3.07X0.41X6.11 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: 2,100 mAh; 5.5 hours "music play at 50 percent volume" (no talk time or standby mentioned on the official page)

The Icon Q Q5.5 is only available in white, but it is a pretty good deal at $199 USD. While some may find the lack of 4G LTE and the apparently low battery life strong arguments against purchasing it, this handset definitely offers more than enough for a basic smartphone. The confirmation of a Lollipop update would definitely increase its appeal to potential buyers, but this is nowhere in sight for now.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-21 (Update: 2015-03-21)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.