T-Mobile is getting into the business of selling its own branded smartphones. The first in its lineup is called Revvl, and it’s a cheap phone made by TCL-owned Alcatel.
The Revvl has an earpiece at the top and bottom, an LED flash for illuminated selfie pictures, and rounded corners on all four sides. On the right are what appear to be a physical power button and a volume rocker, and it is completely black in color. The back of the phone is also black but comes in a metallic finish that’s similar to the shininess of the HTC U11.
From the front, it looks a little like an iPhone.
Specs and screen
The Revvl won’t break speed barriers anytime soon, but that’s not to say its hardware isn’t competitive.
T-Mobile’s “feature-packed” midrange phone has a 5.5-inch Full HD (1,280 × 720) IPS display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a wide-angle 5-megapixel front camera, and 3,000mAh battery. There is a fingerprint sensor onboard, and a USB-C charging spot. The device also includes 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable to 128GB thanks to the MicroSD card slot.
In terms of software, it runs Android Nougat — the 2016 version of Google’s mobile operating system.
Price and availability
The Revvl is available in T-Mobile stores and on the carrier’s website. You can purchase the phone for $0 down and $5 a month with T-Mobile’s Jump! On Demand! service. Alongside the phone’s launch, the company introduced another program featuring hand-picked smartphones ranging from top-tier brands to cheaper options. The devices are labeled “SmartPicks” (with the Revvl being one of them) and will cost you $7 to $8 a month on an 18-month lease. It can be used in combination with the Jump! program, which will let you switch out the phone for another one. The full retail price for the Revvl will run you $125.
Update: Added official info about specs along with pricing and availability for the T-Mobile Revvl.