Cheap, unlocked phones are harder to come by in the U.S., but you're about to have at least one more option with ZTE's new Nubia 5S Mini LTE, which ships August 27 for $280.
Joining the affordable ranks of Sharp's just-announced $250 Aquos Crystal is the Nubia 5S, which comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, and runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip. The refreshingly not-giant 4.7-inch phone has a 720p screen, so the specs overall aren't what you'd call premium. But where it lacks in horsepower, it makes up in a respectable camera—5-megapixels on the front and 13MP on the back with manual and pre-set features. And if you break it, ZTE will fix it for the first 18 months for 80 bucks. Not bad for the cheapskates in all of us.
The phone should be available for pre-order on Amazon starting today (although we're not seeing it yet), and it will start shipping in a week. [Engadget]