LAS VEGAS - Yezz Mobile's platform-agnostic approach to entry-level smartphones gives budget shoppers plenty of options, and the company's new Andy 5S and Billy 5S devices introduce some flagship-like specs without breaking the bank. Launching later this year for under $300, the latest Andy and Billy smartphones run your choice of Android or Windows Phone, respectively, while sharing handy features like a 13-MP camera and LTE support.
Like their predecessors, the new 5-inch Billy and Andy 5S phones are lightweight and plastic, and yet sleek enough to be mistaken for a flagship at a distance. The prototype models I toyed with sported cozy soft-touch grips on the rear, and, as with most Yezz devices, the final models will sport a set of colorful, interchangeable back panels that you can swap out as you see fit.
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The Billy 5S and Andy 5S provide decent specs for the mid-range shopper, packing 1.2-GHz quad-core processors, 5-inch, 720p HD displays, and 8GB of onboard storage. Each phone features a 13-MP rear camera, a 5-MP selfie cam, and dual SIM and LTE support, the latter of which is especially alluring for those looking for a non-Lumia LTE Windows Phone on a budget.
While not final production units, the Billy and Andy models I got my hands on were comfortable to hold, and both Windows 8.1 and Android 5.0 looked colorful and bright on their 720p screens. Yezz Mobile's phones are designed to offer maximum freedom, and the 5S line's choice of OS and colorful, interchangeable backplates do just that while providing solid specs on the cheap.
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