Daxian XY100S: The $100 quad-core Android phone

Just how low can Shanzhai manufacturers go on a quad-core Android smartphone? Whoever built the Daxian XY100S thinks $100 is easily doable.

Like many Chinese Android devices, the XY100S is “inspired” by the designs of the iPhone and Galaxy S3. In addition to the quad-core processor, it’s also got a 4.7-inch display, and it’s even running Android 4.2 out of the box.

Head on over to shopping site Taobao, and you’ll find this bad boy for as little as $84. Tack on shipping fees, and you’re right around $100 — for a quad-core Jelly Bean phone with a 4.7-inch display.

The Daxian is every bit a budget Chinese phone, however. You won’t be getting a Snapdragon S4 Pro or even a Tegra 3 in the XY100S. Instead, it’s powered by a Mediatek MTK6589 quad-core Cortex A7 chip clocked at 1.5GHz. The humble (and much less expensive) processor means the XY100S won’t compete with, say, the Galaxy S4 or HTC One in terms of sheer muscle, but it’s still a capable performer.


As for that 4.7-inch screen, it’s not exactly a top-notch part either. It’s an 854×480 panel, which makes for a comparatively low PPI. You can also count on the viewing angles, brightness, and color reproduction not matching what you’d get on an Android phone from Samsung, HTC, or Sony.

The XY100S also hobbled by just 4GB of internal storage. That’s not much space for your OS and core apps, but at least there’s a microSD expansion slot. And no, no LTE here. This is a GSM and CDMA phone only.

Still, the Daxian XY100S does have 1GB. Most Chinese droids at this price ship with half that. It’s also got 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras and includes a pair of 1800mAh batteries.

For $100, the XY100S is a pretty impressive phone… assuming it’s stable enough to use on a consistent basis. Then again, when you’re getting a quad-core phone for $100 it might not even be a requirement that it’s all that stable.

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