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Samsung Galaxy Avant arrives to T-Mobile, reasonably decent specs for $216

Samsung has now launched the Galaxy Avant to T-Mobile's network, bringing out a fairly decent budget phone for $216 outright.
July 30, 2014

When it comes to budget handsets, Motorola seems to have set the standard with the arrival of the Moto G, and then it drove things into even cheaper territory with the Moto E. For a while, nothing could even come close to touching the Moto G in terms of price/feature value. This is still arguably the case but at least the gap is closing in. The other day we learned that the Desire 615 had arrived to AT&T, bringing a decent mid-ranger for $200 that’s only real fault was its display resolution. Now T-Mobile has launched the Samsung Galaxy Avant, which is essentially an upgraded Samsung Galaxy Core LTE.

For $216 outright or $9 a month via Jump, you get a 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 400) with 1.5GB RAM, 16G storage, microSD, an FM radio, a 5MP rear cam, a front cam with an unspecified resolution, LTE, a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, and Android KitKat with TouchWiz. As you’d expect from Samsung, there’s also a removable battery here — something you won’t find with the Moto G.

The resolution in this phone is once again awful compared to the 720p display of the Moto G, but the rest of the specs are in line with the Moto G 4G LTE, though there’s more RAM and storage for nearly the same price. Then again, TouchWiz takes a bit more space and is known for being a RAM hog, so there’s that. Overall, if you don’t care about the brand, the Moto G or G 4G LTE is probably still the best phone in terms of price/feature value. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Avant isn’t half bad and could be particularly appealing if you’re a Samsung fan.