Icon Q is an octa-core bargain

For under US$199, the phone looks pretty decent on paper except for the trifling battery life

If you haven't heard of IconQ, it's fine. Neither did we until the phone accessories maker debuted its first smartphone. Running on an older version of Android (KitKat) and with a 5.5 hour battery life, on paper the specs might seem a bit old hat. But for US$199, what you do get is pretty decent.

Yet another budget octa-core

Huawei and Lenovo both have octa-core smartphone models that hover around the RM999-RM1,100 mark and the IconQ is about a step below both of those models. Its octa-core processor is a 1.4GHz Mediatek with 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with a microSD slot. As for the screen, it's a 1280 x 720 pixel 5.5-inch display. Camera-wise there's a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. Decent specs, though hardly world-changing.

IconQ pushes the phone as a travel-worthy companion, with its dual-SIM support and runs on WCDMA as well as 3G networks. It doesn't run on Verizon and Sprint's 3G networks, however.

What is less appealing about the phone is the rather paltry 2100mAh battery, with a rated battery life of 5.5 hours. Still, for the price, it doesn't look half-bad though it looks a bit too much like the Nexus 5. We'll see if IconQ picks up its game with later models.

[Source: Androidcentral, IconQ]