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T-Mobile unveils its first phone, the Revvl, with a fingerprint sensor and budget price

The phone will be available for $0 down and $5 a month, though it was not the only announcement that T-Mobile made.

Published onAugust 9, 2017

After several rumors and leaks, some of which came from T-Mobile itself, the magenta-colored carrier officially unveiled its self-branded Revvl smartphone.

T-Mobile touts the Revvl as a “feature-packed phone” that will not break the bank, and it certainly seems that way on paper. The Revvl features a 5 MP selfie camera above the 5.5-inch, HD-resolution display, as well as a fingerprint sensor and 13 MP camera around back. Under the hood, the Revvl sports a quad-core MediaTek MT6738 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, and 32 GB of storage that is augmented by the microSD card slot.

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If most of this sounds familiar, that is because we originally broke the news just a few months ago. We also reported the Revvl being announced today is only the first in a line of Revvl-branded smartphones that includes two other pricier, more powerful devices. As such, the Revvl is expected to be the cheapest of the bunch.

Speaking of cost, T-Mobile said the Revvl will go on sale tomorrow, August 10 in “participating stores” and through its online store for $5 down and $5 a month or $125 outright. For what the Revvl offers, it is not that shabby of a price, though the Moto E4 Plus, Moto G5 Plus, and others have shown to be solid alternatives.

Interestingly enough, the Revvl was not the carrier’s only announcement – T-Mobile also unveiled Smartpicks, a curated list of affordable smartphones that the carrier thinks is worth your while. Along with the Revvl, this list includes the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, LG K20 Plus, LG Aristo, and ZTE ZMAX Pro.

You can pick those phones up on an 18-month lease, or you can do so through Jump! On Demand, which T-Mobile slightly altered to allow folks to pick up any phone on the Smartpicks list. If you think of doing so through the latter, you can pick up any of the aforementioned phones for $0 down and either $7 or $8 a month.

We are not sure why someone would want to switch between budget phones every 30 days, but at least the option is now there.

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