The UK is no stranger to own-brand mobile devices, even supermarkets seem to sell them these days, but the market just became a whole lot more interesting thanks to Vodafone’s new Smart Ultra 6 smartphone. The handset features powerful specifications and a ridiculously low price tag of just £125.
As the name suggests, the Smart Ultra 6 is a rather large smartphone, sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p display and 154mm x 77mm x 8.35mm body size. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot companion. The handset also comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 5 megapixel front facing sensor for your selfies, 4G LTE connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery for plenty of life.
In terms of software, the smartphone offers a stock Android 5.1 Lollipop experience right out of the box, but it does come pre-loaded with a number of Vodafone bloat-ware apps.
Of course you’re not going to get flagship hardware and features for this money, but the Smart Ultra 6 is a sporting some pretty high-end specs considering its price. I immediately thought of the Xiaomi Mi4i, as the hardware is pretty much identical. Although a better reference would be the ZTE Blade S6 Plus, as the Prime 6 is actually just a re-brand of this phone, right down to the blue glowing soft keys. With that in mind, it might be worth checking out our review for a closer look.
This isn’t Vodafone’s first foray into the smartphone hardware market this year, the company also launched a smaller 5-inch Smart Prime 6 smartphone earlier in the year, along with a 9.6-inch Smart Tab Prime 6 tablet. Although these are definitely lower end products compared with the Smart Ultra 6.
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is available for just £125 with a pay-as-you-go SIM card. Alternatively, you can grab the handset for free with a £17 per month contract.