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Lollipop on a budget: Sprint adds $240 Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Sprint's latest Android costs a fraction of what other leading devices do and delivers enough to satisfy first-time smartphone buyers.

Sprint rings up an affordable Lollipop experience for its latest Android. James Martin/CNET

Despite its opulent-sounding name, Sprint's new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (first released on AT&T's Cricket), is better suited for first-time smartphone buyers.

Making its debut on July 10, the handset's entry-level specs include a 5-inch qHD (960x540-pixels) display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel shooter.

Running the latest version of Android (5.1 Lollipop), the Galaxy Grand Prime is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 8GB of internal storage. It also has 4G LTE support and a microSD expansion card slot.

Sprint will sell the Galaxy Grand Prime for $30 with a two-year service agreement or $240 without a contract. Qualified buyers can also spread equipment costs out over the span of two years at a rate of $10 per month.

We liked the Galaxy Grand Prime quite a bit as a value phone. Head over to CNET's full review for more details.