ZTE Blade Q Mini

ZTE has hit the budget smartphone market once again with the £59 Blade Q Mini.

As with previous devices, ZTE has partnered exclusively with Virgin Media to launch its latest smartphone. The ZTE Blade Q Mini goes on sale today at a bargain basement price of £59 with retailers including Argos and Sainsbury's. See also: Motorola Moto G review.

Chris Edwards, european marketing director at ZTE said: "At ZTE we know that value for money really matters, so we pride ourselves on developing high performance smartphones, such as the Blade Q Mini, that are accessible to everyone at an affordable price point. We’re delighted to team up with Virgin Media to bring the Blade Q Mini to the UK and that some of the country’s biggest retailers will be selling the handset to provide value conscious shoppers with the opportunity to own their own high quality smartphone."

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The Blade Q Mini has the same 4in screen size at the iPhone 5c but with a less impressive 480 x 800 resolution. The smartphone is equipped with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

In the photography department, it's got a 5Mp rear facing camera. The Blade Q Mini comes with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed with Evernote and Dropbox.

ZTE said the phone has: "a curved silhouette design and slim profile for easy handling, durability and a sophisticated look and feel."

Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media said: "The popular Blade ZTE handsets are ideal for people who want powerful smartphones on unrivalled packages that include loads of minutes, data and texts for their money. The Blade series has been a strong performer in Virgin Media’s handset portfolio, so the Blade Q Mini is sure to be a natural fit."

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