Freetel Kiwami is a 6-inch Quad HD Android phone that costs $350 unlocked (in the US)

Freetel Kiwami is a 6-inch Quad HD Android phone that costs $350 unlocked (in the US)
Freetel is a company that most people in North America haven't heard of: it's a Japanese handset maker that's trying to break into the US market by selling unlocked smartphones. The newest handset that Freetel is bringing to the US is definitely worthy of attention, as it offers attractive features at an accessible price.

Called Freetel Kiwami, the smartphone that we're talking about sports a massive 6-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display that dominates its front side. Built around a metal frame, the device is powered by an octa-core 2.0 GHz Helio X10 MT6795 processor (one of MediaTek's most capable CPUs), and offers 3 GB of RAM, plus 32 GB of expandable storage space. There's a 21 MP Sony-made camera on the back, while the front-facing camera is an 8 MP one. The Freetel Kiwami measures 159.5 x 82.9 x 8.9 mm, weighs 182 grams, and includes a 3400 mAh battery. The device is fully compatible with AT&T's LTE network, and partially compatible with T-Mobile's LTE network (it's only missing LTE band 12).

Unfortunately, at this time, the Freetel Kiwami runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and we don't know when (or if) it's going to be updated to Android Marshmallow. Anyway, the smartphone can be pre-ordered in either black, or white - check out the source link below - and should start shipping "in approximately 3 weeks" (only in the US). For a limited time, the Freetel Kiwami costs $350 (unlocked).

All in all, the Freetel Kiwami seems to be a serious competitor to the ZTE Axon Pro, another Quad HD Android smartphone that's currently sold unlocked in the US for under $400 (though this offers a 5.5-inch screen, not a 6-inch one). Let us know if you're tempted to order the Freetel Kiwami, okay?


source: Freetel via PhoneScoop

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7 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Not Bad :)

2. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Thats one ugly son of a gun

3. djcody

Posts: 227; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

No full LTE support for T-Mobile no go!!

4. JocularJ

Posts: 220; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

If it had full T-Mobile LTE support, I would be pre-ordering now instead of trying this

5. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Sponsored?

6. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Ugly design, fake thin bezel bar, 5.1, and an average SOC that underperforms quad HD screens but kudos for the LTE bands. The single most frustrating thing when Unlocked devices from around the world get released.

7. msd_in_japan

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2017

It's a shame that this underdeveloped phone is even compared to normal phones. I bought and used this Kiwami in Japan, its battery warms up very quickly and in 2 months of struggling with it, the battery became completely unusable. I got it replaced, but the replacement had exactly the same issues. I couldn't get the money back anymore, and got stuck with that phone. Eventually bought a Fujitsu smartphone. REALLY MADE IN JAPAN. Freetel just asks some Chinese manufacturer to assemble their phones AND they launch several phones each season. Launching them too fast, not designing or testing them properly. Basically quantity and low price instead of quality. A friend had a very similar bad experience with another, less cheaper model of Freetel. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Freetel's reputation in Japan is already of cheap and low quality phones.

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