This 4G smartphone costs $219

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This 4G smartphone costs $219

It's possible to spend a lot less on a smartphone if you're prepared to go with a brand you might not be familiar with.

Chinese vendor Oppo has added a $219 4G phone to the bargain-priced smartphone market in Australia.

The Oppo Neo 5 is being sold exclusively via Oppo's website and is one of four phones launched with the company's debut in Australia this week.

As well as 4G, the Neo 5 has a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 854, Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core 1.2Ghz processor with 1GB RAM, ColorOS 1.4 based on Android 4.3, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and 2 megapixel front camera and 4GB internal storage expandable to 32GB with Micro SD.

The launch is Oppo's first smartphone push in a Western market and will be followed by mobile rollouts in other markets, according to a statement. As well as phones, Oppo sells Blu-ray players and personal audio devices in other markets.

The Neo 5 follows the launch of Kogan's Agora 4G in July, priced at $229. This month Microsoft's non-4G Lumia 530 went on sale for $149.

While the Neo 5 is considerably cheaper than some other 4G phones, Oppo is also taking on the likes of Samsung and Apple in more expensive price brackets. Also on sale is the new Find 7 ($719),  N1 mini ($539) and Find 7a ($629).

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