When it comes to affordable, low-to-mid range phones, many OEMs tend to skip the more developed markets like North America, and instead focus on key Asian territories. Indeed countries like India and China have become the new battleground of sorts, with everyone trying to expand their sphere of influence. Still, devices such as the Moto E have proven that keen shopping need-not apply exclusively to any one region or territory: everyone appreciates a good deal, especially when it entails solid offerings from respected manufacturers. T-Mobile is aware of this, and has plans to introduce three new phones on July 22nd:
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, originally released in October of last year and currently available on Sprint, features a 5-inch qHD (540X960) screen, a Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera set-up. The device is currently running Android 4.4.4 however it is expected to receive Lollipop eventually, at least with respect to international models. The Grand Prime will retail for just $189.
Another Samsung product soon-to-be-released, the Galaxy Core Prime, was originally released last November and currently sold in the USA from both Verizon Wireless and Sprint, features a 4.5 inch (480X800) display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing module. The international model has been updated to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop however it is currently unknown as to if -or when- it will be updated beyond its Android 4.4.4 build in the USA, or if T-Mobile itself will ship it with Lollipop. The device will retail for $139.
T-Mobile will also launch the HTC Desire 626s, which has just been announced globally. It features a 5-inch HD (720p) display, 1.1 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The 626s will also include HTC’s BoomSound speaker design, a 2,000 mAh battery, and ship with Android Lollipop 5.1. It will retail for $169.
As specified earlier, all three devices will launch on the 22nd of this month, and coincide nicely T-Mobile’s new Family Plan deal that offers 4 lines of service, each with 10GB of LTE data, for the price of $120. Given the cost-efficient nature of this trio of offerings, they would make great choices for small children or even parents or grandparents that aren’t interested in the spec-wars. Will you be purchasing one (or all) of these devices? Let us known which and for whom in the comments below!