March 22, 2017

5 amazing budget mobile phone brands you can buy in the UAE

Sometimes, you just want a reliable mobile phone without spending too much. You may have lost or broken your one high-end phone and need a quick replacement, or your low income is preventing you from buying that phone you’ve been eyeing since last month. Here at Snappo, we’ve decided to help you out by showing you some brands you could check out apart from the usual midrange brands like OnePlus and Oppo. 


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Officially BLU Products, BLU is an American mobile phone manufacturer founded in 2009 and based in Miami, Florida. The name BLU is an acronym for Bold Like Us.

The mobile phones produced by the company have a low starting price, are designed in Miami, and manufactured in India. Their mobile phones run Android and Windows Phone. BLU’s products are marketed towards a low-income demographic.

BLU mobile devices are present throughout Latin America, Central America, the US, and Caribbean countries. They have been known to sell phones at a very low cost, like a low-cost BLU Android mobile phone they sold once in 2013 in cooperation with cellular carrier Digicel in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. The phone sold for approximately US$6 or 22 AED with a post-paid plan.

You can check out their products at their website


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Wileyfox is a smartphone manufacturer based in the UK that sells its products and services exclusively online. Their products use the Cyanogen OS firmware, a commercially adapted branch of Cyanogen Mod which is the most popular aftermarket Android derivative. They sell products that are generally more affordable than their competitors while maintaining good quality. They also produce spare batteries, clip-on covers, and screen protectors especially for their phones.

Wileyfox is run by CEO Nick Muir, former general manager of Motorola UK, and CMO Victoria Denman, former marketing manager at Motorola and Microsoft.

You can check out their products at their website


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Infinix Mobile is a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer with research and development centers in France and Korea, and manufacturing in China. The brand is available in around 60 countries, expanding in African and Asian markets, and is especially popular in the African market.

You can check out their products at their website Wanna get an Infinix phone now? You can get one from this online store.

Magnus Telecom

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Magnus Telecom is based in Dubai and is rated among the top three in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. They are currently seeking to take a 5% market share in Kenya. This is important as an increased visibility in any territory can make an increase in other countries a possibility. Of course, any effort to do so would be to take on well-established brands like Samsung, Huawei, Techno, and Infinix. It all depends on how strong each brand is in holding each area.

The chance for growth relies on the increasing strength of a country’s economic climate and increasing internet and mobile connectivity.

You can check out their products at their website


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Lava International Ltd. is an Indian mobile handset company with headquarters in Noida, India. They first came into the scene in 2003 as Pacetel Communications and rebranded themselves in 2009 as Lava International.

Together with Intel, they launched the world’s first Intel chip-based smartphone under the brand name XOLO in 2012. In the same year, they expanded their product based with the release of a tablet called E-Tab Z7H.

In 2014, they launched their flagship smartphone, the Iris Pro 30. It was the first in their Iris Pro series. One of the phones in the series, the Lava Iris X1, was among the earliest smartphones in India to use the Android Kitkat operating system.

In December of that same year, they launched its first Windows Phone smartphone, the Iris win1. Two years later, they launched the X50 smartphone which runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Then last February, they launched their first feature phone, the Lava 4G Connect M1.

Lava has an 8% market share in the Indian mobile phone market according to the IDC Asia Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker 2014. As of 2014, the company has produced around 1.5 million mobile devices every month. The brand is ranked as India’s 5th most trusted mobile handset brand by the Brand Trust Report 2014 and the 4th largest smartphone brand in India by the IDC.

You can check out their products at their website