A mystery firm called Xodiom has just unveiled its flagship (read: only) smartphone in an alleged quest to battle OnePlus.
The handset – also called Xodiom – proffers an impressive spec sheet, but snubs the expected hefty price tag.
Its OnePlus rivalry is further entrenched by its ‘Buy’ page, which reads: “To buy the Xodiom you DO NOT need an invite, hooray for freedom ;-).”
While it all whiffs of scam central (more on that later), it’s an assuredly enticing offering and speaks volumes about the extortionate premiums brands currently tack onto their smartphone fare.
So what can you get for $329 (£210)? Well you’re looking at a 5.5-inch QHD super AMOLED display, with 32GB built-in storage and room to expand via MicroSD.
There’s also a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, 3GB of memory, and a sizeable 3200mAh battery.
Snapping potential comes courtesy of a 16-megapixel rear-facing shooter rocking optical image stabilisation and phase detection autofocus, with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera to boot.
All this is crammed into a svelte chassis that measures up at 152.7 x 75.9 x 6.6mm.
The operating system is Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it touts a Xodiom-stamped custom skin dubbed ‘xOS’.
It’s got all the expected flagship features like 4K video shooting, fitness tracking sensors, Gorilla Glass 3, a smorgasbord of LTE bands, and water-resistance too.
We know what you’re thinking, and you’re probably right – Xodiom’s blower sounds like little more than hot air.
The firm’s website shows off a phone that borrows its homescreen features from Karbonn, and the only way to pay is via International Wire transfer or the notoriously untraceable Bitcoin.
While it sounds like a dream come true for frugal gadgeteers, we recommend steering clear of Xodiom until it migrates to a more transparent service model.
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