Best of Shenzhen: $87 Android 3.5″ capacitive phone, MTK6516 FG8

Posted by Charbax – April 11, 2011

Here's my initial video- and photo-review of this $87 Android smartphone that I found at the Shenzhen electronics market. It's based on the ARM9 Mediatek MTK6516 processor, with Dual-SIM (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) support, Android Froyo 2.2 installed (seems smooth!), AGPS, 2Megapixel Camera, Bluetooth A2DP, the screen is a great 3.5" capacitive touch screen, seems super! You read this right, this one now sells on the Shenzhen market for only $87 (565 Chinese Renminbi).

Here are the specs for this Mediatek MTK6516 ARM9 Based so-called FG8 Android phone:

MTK6516 ARM9 460Mhz + 260Mhz DSP (that can do certain video playback and other UI acceleration)
3.5" Capacitive HVGA 480x320 screen
256MB RAM
Froyo Android 2.2 supported
Dual-SIM Card slots GSM Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz works worldwide on GSM/GPRS/EDGA (no 3G HSDPA data speeds though)
WiFi, FM, Bluetooth A2DP, AGPS, 2Mpix Camera, Microphone, MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB), Mp4 playback support claimed, 3-4 hours talk time and 200 hours standby time claimed (I haven't tested yet).

Here are some pictures of this awesome product (click thumbnails for the bigger photos on Google Picasaweb):

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Let me know in the comments what features you would like me to test in my next videos of this device. If you can find links for realiable-looking online Shenzhen exporters for where to order, post the links to export stores in the comments, so interested people can try to order with worldwide shipping.

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  • Sheltondo

    where do i purchase this phone?

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    From where we can buy?

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    help! great phone it has it’s problems but hey dual sim and lots of functions gps works fine and great mp4 playback.

    i changed one of the sim cards now none of the simcards register! i tried everything factory reset inserting the sims 1 by 1 …..

    what to do?