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Mlais M52 smartphone

April 14, 2015 — BarryK
I posted recently about a data sim with 12GB per month for only AU$40 per month (about US$32), no contract, no extra surprise charges:
http://bkhome.org/news/201504/low-cost-3g4g-data.html

In that post, I stated that I want a 4G phone, so I have now ordered one. Dual-sim, plus sd-card. It is model M52, made by Mlais, a Chinese company:
http://www.mlais.com/html/201503/content_178.html

It is a bargain-basement price, with a very fast 64-bit processor. Here is a review:
http://www.gizchina.com/2015/04/10/mlais-m52-review/

I ordered it from aud.dx.com, for an all-up price of AU$224, even though I could have got it a tad cheaper elsewhere. The "aud" prefix on the URL has expedited courier delivery to Australia, quite fast:
http://aud.dx.com/product/mlais-m52-red-note-android4-4-2-64bit-octa-core-fdd-4g-phone-w-5-5-hd-2gb-ram-13mp-wi-fi-presale-961379323

I specifically wanted dual-sim plus sd-card. I have a low-cost long-term prepaid phone/text sim, plus my new 12GB data sim -- this combination is incredible. It is suitable as my only Internet account, I run the phone as a wifi hot-spot at home.

The M52 does have some weaknesses, apparently the battery life is not so good (but it is removable, and I have ordered a spare), but the cause of that is not yet determined. The camera is so-so.

There are some ideas I want to work on, and plan to buy another phone soon. There is an Elephone model that has some features that I want to experiment with.

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