Smartphone accessory maker Icon Q is launching its first actual phone. The Q5.5 is an Android smartphone with a 5.5 inch display, an octa-core processor, and a $199 price tag.
That’s the price for an unlocked model that should work on most GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States.
The price tag is probably the most noteworthy thing about the Q5.5, but the phone has reasonably decent specs for a budget-to-mid range device.
It sports a 1280 x 720 pixel display with support for 5-point multitouch input, a 1.4 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. There’s a microSDHC card slot for removable storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 2100 mAh.
There are a few special features, including dual SIM card slots, a charging port that’s at the top of the phone rather than the bottom, and a user replaceable battery.
The phone supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. There’s no support for faster 4G LTE networks.
The Icon Q Q5.5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat software. While the phone should be able to support Android 5.x Lollipop, this is Icon Q’s first phone which means you can’t look at the company’s track record to see what kind of long-term support to expect.
That said, the Q5.5 does look like a decent alternative to a mid-range Chinese phone which might not work with American networks.