Meet the first $100 Android phone

December 31, 2010: 1:10 AM ET

Vodafone is selling its '845' Android phone for £70 ($108) with £10 top up included on a Pay-as-you-go plan.

It looks like we are entering into the age of the $100 Android smartphone. I talked a little bit about what this would mean for consumer adoption of smartphones  last week. In short, many more people will be moving from featurephone to smartphone and carriers get to compete for tight budget handset buyers.

The 845 is a rebranded Huawei device like the T-Mobile Comet or a Cricket Ascend device sold in the US.  Its specs are pretty mediocre, but much better than any featurephone, obviously.  It runs Android 2.1, has a 240 x 320 pixel, 2.8 inch display, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 3-megapixel camera and 802.11 Wifi.

This device is squarely aimed at new smartphone users who will be coming over from feature phones.  Vodafone offer voice and data plans starting at £10.   Demonstration below.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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