Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:10

Jazz 2: 4G and Android 9 for under 100 bucks

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Aspera Mobile's new Jazz 2 smartphone delivers 4G and Android 9 at a bargain price.

Sydney-based Aspera Mobile has an established range of low-cost smartphones, the most expensive being the $179 (no, not $1179: $179) Swift. The reasoning is that not everyone wants or needs the features and capabilities of a flagship phone.

Similarly, the company offers a selection of feature phones for the 'I just want a phone' crowd.

Aspera's latest product is the $99, Android-based Jazz 2. Despite its low price, the phone is unlocked and can be used with any carrier.

Features include 4G, dual SIMs, 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, 4.95in screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1900mAh battery, and Android 9.

The dual-SIM capability is particularly useful for those who want to maintain separate work and personal numbers without having to carry two phones, and for overseas travellers seeking the economy of a local SIM while still being able to receive calls and texts on their regular number.

"We launched the original Jazz in early 2018. It was a 3G phone with a 5-inch screen, only cost $99 and was immediately popular with budget conscious younger and mature users wanting a simple smartphone without having to break the bank," said Aspera Mobile managing director Allan Robertson.

"The Jazz 2 takes this offering to the next level with dual-SIM and 4G functionality but still only costing $99 making it the best value 4G smartphone on the market."

He added "Consumers clearly told us they wanted to go from 3G to 4G to stay current and to increase the on-board memory so they don't run out of storage space. So we did both by upgrading the technology and increasing the on board memory to 16GB.

"You also have the ability to expand the storage with a micro-SD card for further capacity. We also customised the device with dual 4G SIM cards as this functionality is in high demand and not readily available on most handsets sold by the mobile carriers."

The Jazz 2 is available now from Big W, Harvey Norman, BP, Retravision and MobileCiti.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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