Budget-seekers, T-Mobile is betting it has the phone for you. The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro is the latest in the no-contract carrier's constellation of low-cost smartphones. But it comes with a warning: this is a very entry-level device.
Going on sale April 29, the Pop Astro gives you 4G LTE and Android 4.4 on a 4.5-inch 960 x 540-pixel resolution on a basic TFT screen. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front. These are extremely low specs compared to top-end smartphones, but the Pop Astro is also a fraction of the cost.
Inside, a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6732 processor meshes with 4GB of internal storage and 1GB RAM. A microSD card slot lets you expand your holdings to 32GB in all.
Battery life on the 2,000mAH ticker should last for up to 8 hours of talk time and about 10.5 days on standby. As a T-Mobile phone, the Pop Astro supports Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE.
None of this is exciting stuff, but Alcatel is only trying to wow you with the price. So, how much does this penny-pinching phone cost you? Just about $150 full retail ($149.76 to be exact), or $0 down, with $6.24 per month over the course of 24 months.