Alcatel Tru is the newest super-cheap Android phone on MetroPCS

Alcatel Tru is the newest super-cheap Android phone on MetroPCS
If you're in need of an extremely cheap Android smartphone, and don't mind buying it from MetroPCS, you should check out the Alcatel Tru. 

Available starting today from MetroPCS, this new Alcatel device costs only $29 off contract (after rebates), and should do a decent job at being a basic LTE-enabled smartphone.

The Alcatel Tru sports a 5-inch screen with 480 x 854 pixels, thus offering one of the least sharp displays currently on the market. The phone is powered by a not-so-powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 CPU clocked at 1.1 GHz, further offering 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2000 mAh battery for "all day use." There's a 2 MP camera on the front of the handset, and a 5 MP one on the back - with LED flash and "Polaroid filters" (we haven't tried these filters, so we can't say if they actually do anything to improve image quality).

The new Alcatel smartphone features a "soft noir faux leather back", and unfortunately runs Android Lollipop (this likely means that the device won't be updated to Nougat, and not even to Marshmallow).

Interested in purchasing the Alcatel Tru? You can find it online at MetroPCS if you visit the first source link below.

sources: MetroPCS, Alcatel



1. Fona13A unregistered

I seen a tutorial preview on TracFone that suggests this will possibly come out on other networks, but it's a crude image so I can't speak for other networks. $29.99 for 1GB of RAM, I expect this to dip down to $19.99 during the holidays. Soon, cheap as chips androids will replace most candy bar feature phones now, you used to not get 1GB of ram below fifty bucks even on two year old models. Let alone at all, starting at just thirty. I don't expect it to last for more than a year, however.

3. Fona13A unregistered

Regarding the first statement, a very similar model, not the same exact one. Alcatel's cheapest phones are extremely redundant.

2. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The idea is cute. Hate exclusives though, this phone could work for my mom...

4. sebstin

Posts: 192; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

$89 + tax with $60 MIR?... pass... not worth the effort to buy and apply for rebates..

5. CrossVXM

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

TO ANYONE CONSIDERING IT: For $30, you can't go wrong. But if you are a Facebook user, the images look terrible and compressed. Certain shaded areas and spots where colors blend on images will look pixelated, for example if you took a selfie, your lipstick may look like a pixelated red and shades on your neck as well. My mother got this an a quick emergency phone and she's complained about the Facebook part

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