The 3G-only Optus X Play provides basic smartphone functionality at a budget price point.
Of all the technology-based industries, smartphones might be one of the most confusing, simply because of the breakneck pace at which new handsets hit the market. You've got companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and Sony launching multiple models all year round, with each proclaiming that some feature or another solidifies their handset as the best in the business.
Navigating this endless onslaught of new phones can be tremendously tricky, especially if you're looking for something more affordable than your latest iPhone or Galaxy S handset. It's here that handsets like the Optus X Play stand out. Built to a strict budget, the Optus X Play foregoes fancy features and cutting-edge power in favour of a simple, stripped-back design that delivers basic smartphone functionality at an attractive price point. This makes it well-suited to first-time phone users and those who only need a device for making and receiving calls and texts.
- A basic but functional design that serves its purpose.
- No 4G connectivity means Internet speeds are on the slow side.
- 2MP camera is sufficient for very basic photography, though not much more.
- Low-power hardware should handle basic tasks, albeit at its own pace.
- 512MB of RAM does not lend itself well to smooth multi-tasking.
- Up to eight hours of talk time or up to 530 hours on standby, according to Optus.
Pricing and availability
Optus X Play
Bringing the smartphone back to basics
The Optus X Play is an affordable and accessible smartphone for folks who don't need all the bells and whistles.
- You can buy the Optus X Play for $59 from Optus directly or through retailers like Target, Big W and Officeworks.
|Display size (inches)||4|
|Display resolution (pixels)||800 x 480|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||233|
|Battery size (mAh)||1,500|
|Rear camera (1) resolution||2|
|Rear camera (1) aperture||N/A|
|Rear camera (2) resolution|
|Rear camera (2) aperture|
|Rear camera (3) resolution|
|Rear camera (3) aperture|
|Front camera (1) resolution||0.3|
|Front camera (1) aperture||N/A|
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|Network category speed||N/A|
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