$100 nets you a big screen and a fingerprint scanner if you get the new LG Harmony on Cricket

$100 phones just get nicer with every passing year. If you look back a year or two ago, the choices in this price range were mostly rare and borderline offensive to anyone after a remotely decent user experience. Not any longer. Today, a Benjamin gets you something like the new LG Harmony, which just launched on Cricket.

The phone has a simple plastic build with metal accents, but isn't ugly in any way. More importantly, it has a fairly big 5.3-inch display with a 720p resolution that's not as sharp as 1080p, but still quite serviceable. There are an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie snapper, and 16GB of expandable storage. Also – wait for it – a fingerprint scanner! Yes, there's one on the back of the phone. We're finally in an era where top-notch biometric security is accessible on an entry-level mobile device.

Powered by an 1.4GHz chip and with a 2800mAh battery, the LG Harmony runs Android 7 Nougat out of the box. All things considered, it sounds like a perfect inexpensive backup phone, or one to give to your kids before they are old and annoying enough to demand the latest iPhone.

For more information, check out Cricket's page.


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  • Display 5.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(14h talk time)



1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Floating around a tangent here but LG also has a few similar TracFone models with a power button masquerading as a fingerprint scanner.

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The smaller LG Fortune on Cricket has a faux fingerprint scanner power button.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Good budget phone. Many unnamed Chinese OEMs like X-Tigi, Blumix, Bluboo and InnJoo have been offering such nice specs for even less that a hundred bucks!

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is a nice development... what I would consider decent entry-level specs, including the 64-bit processors, 16 GB of ROM/1.5 GB of RAM, and 720p screen, for just under $100.00. And not from a white-box OEM. The hundred-dollar entry-level smartphone with decent specs and capacity from a major player has now arrived. I could do without the fingerprint scanner, though... would rather have had Gorilla Glass or splash resistance, like my Moto E 2nd gen. Only took a year from the time I asked for it to happen... amazing! Just the same, I will probably just muddle through with my Moto E (8 GB ROM is no longer enough, but I can ditch some apps when I graduate from college in a couple more weeks) for another year, and then hopefully I will be able to buy this LG Harmony, or something like it, for a lot less.

5. jeffpom

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

That is not a fingerprint scanner. It is just a power button.

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