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Huawei Y3 launches as the UK’s cheapest smartphone

Today Carphone Warehouse launched a new device in the UK, and it’s claiming that this is the cheapest smartphone in the country. We’re talking about the decidedly low-end Huawei Y3, which you can already grab from the aforementioned retailer.

Clearly, the price is the headline feature here. The Huawei Y3 is just £59.99 unlocked and SIM-free. Alternatively, you can get one for free if you choose a £5 per month plan from iD, the Carphone Warehouse’s own MVNO. That particular two-year contract brings you 150 minutes, 5,000 texts, and 250MB of 3G data each month.

If you want more, you have to pay more, of course. For example, for a whopping £44.99, you could get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, as well as 10GB of data from EE. There are many other options in between, though.

If you order a Huawei Y3 today, it will be delivered to your doorstep on November 6, which is this Friday. Or you can collect it from a Carphone Warehouse store on the same day.

Now let’s see what exactly it is you’re getting for the money. The Huawei Y3 has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 2 MP front-facing unit, the Spreadtrum 7731 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU at the helm, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable storage, no 4G, and a 1,730 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.0 Lite on top. Black and white color versions are available.