T-Mobile announces Revvl, a rebadged Android smartphone on a budget

By Shawn Knight
Aug 9, 2017
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  1. T-Mobile is getting into the branded smartphone business. The nation’s third largest wireless provider on Wednesday announced the first T-Mobile Revvl, a budget-minded Android smartphone that goes on sale August 10.

    The T-Mobile Revvl from hardware partner Alcatel (the device is listed as the Alcatel 5049W in T-Mobile’s Revvl user manual) features a 5.5-inch HD (1,280 x 720 resolution) display driven by a quad-core MediaTek MT6738 processor and 2GB of RAM.

    The phone also includes 32GB of local storage (expandable via microSD card slot), a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing shooter, a full complement of wireless connectivity, a fingerprint sensor and a 3,000mAh battery that’s good for up to 12 hours of talk time and 16 days on standby. It’ll ship running Android 7.0 Nougat.

    The Revvl will set you back $5 per month through T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand upgrade program or $125 outright. That’s not a bad price given the specs although if the styling isn’t to your liking, perhaps Motorola’s new Moto E4 lineup may fit the bill? The base model with comparable specs starts at $129.99 and scales up to $179.99 for the Plus model that brings a few more bells and whistles.

    With the flagship market only getting more expensive, it’s good to know that there are respectable options at the opposite end of the scale for not a whole lot of scratch.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,090   +1,578

    Are we seriously to the point that new products will just be random combinations of letters??
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,279

    If it's just a smartphone you want, it'll undoubtedly get the job properly done. Smartphones (along with a million of other things) is like having a cup of coffee. It's the coffee you're after, not the container or vessel it comes served in so why unnecessarily pay a helluva lot more for having it served in expensive, fine china instead of just a paper cup...
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,051   +1,364

    Id still rather have a moto e4. or any of the g4 series.

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