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T-Mobile to offer $200 5G-capable smartphone

Wireless phone company T-Mobile says it will soon offer the cheapest 5G-capable smartphone in the United States.

Later this month, the company will start selling the Revvl V-Plus 5G, a smartphone manufactured by Chinese electronics firm TCL.

“Revvl smartphones have always been about giving people a no-compromise experience — great features at a great price,” Mike Sievert, the chief executive of T-Mobile, said in a press release.

That price is expected to land at $200 when the Revvl is offered for sale at T-Mobile’s stores on July 12 and at T-Mobile’s subsidiary Metro by T-Mobile on July 23.

The Revvl V-Plus 5G sports a full high-definition display, clocking in at just over 6 inches. A triple-camera array is present on the back of the device, along with a 16-megapixel “selfie” camera on the front of the phone.

Other perks include 18-watt fast charging, a fingerprint sensor and a 5,000 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery.

But T-Mobile is playing up the 5G angle of the phone: It will be compatible with the carrier’s next-generation network at one of the lowest price points for a 5G-capable phone on the market.

By comparison, Apple’s cheapest 5G-capable phone — the iPhone 12 mini — costs $729 at T-Mobile. Samsung’s budget 5G phone, the Galaxy A32, costs around $300, though reviews of the device have been mixed.

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