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May
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You can't have everything, which is why the ZTE Concord II exists. This entry-level smartphone has just been announced for T-Mobile and Metro PCS. It will be on sale later today on the magenta carrier and next week on Metro PCS.

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This phone isn't going to set the world on fire with its specs, but it's going to be available in carrier stores for cheap. Here's the full spec sheet.

  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 4.0” TFT LCD, 16M colors / 480 x 800 WVGA
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8210
  • Camera: Rear-Facing 5 megapixel with auto focus and built in LED flash
  • Video: 720p video decode/encode at 15 fps
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 1820mAh battery with up to 6 hours of talk time (approx)
  • Dimensions: 4.96” x 2.56” x 0.43” Weight: 4.4oz
  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB ROM; Supports microSD cards up to 32GB

The Concord II is somewhat durable – it can survive a few drops from 1.5 meters. No LTE, though. T-Mobile will sell this device for $150 sans contract, with optional $0 down and monthly payments. Metro PCS hasn't announced pricing, but it will probably be similar.

[BusinessWire]

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  • Abhilash Bingi

    I hope people pick up a Moto E instead of this

    • ddpacino

      Yes. I have the first gen (a backup before I got my N4) and it's essentially only good for calling and texting. I installed hangouts and was immediately out of room, smh.

  • Jephri

    Tmobile and Motorola need to settle their differences and work together again. As a phone rep it is embarrassing selling this junk at the low end when better quality cheap phones exist.

    • ins0mn1a

      a much better option would be for people to understand that they don't need to buy phones from a carrier (unless cdma but that standard is dying, thankfully). just buy an unlocked phone and get a sim card.

      • Jephri

        That is a great option if you don't need WiFi calling, but if you do, your only option is a phone purchased through T-MO. Until the reception improves on the pepto network this will continue to be an important feature for most of our customers. I used a n4 a year ago and had to give it up due to poor reception at my parents house.

        • ins0mn1a

          that's a very good point. however, i expect that we will see voip built into the unified hangouts / g voice in a few weeks. there it goes, wifi calling for everyone who wants it.

          • Jephri

            I really hope that happens soon!

        • Simon Belmont

          T-Mobile should just release a Wi-Fi calling app on the Google Play Store. The only reason they keep it integrated is so people will buy phones from them for the feature.

          The APIs for VoIP have been in Android since Android 2.3 and other providers like Vonage and GrooveIP have apps out there that do the same thing. Just my two cents.

          • Jephri

            I really wish they would.

      • Simon Belmont

        This. That's what I do and the freedom of being able to pop my SIM card into something else on a whim is great.

        I use my N5 as a daily driver, but I've been messing around with WP8.1 on my recently acquired Nokia Lumia 521, too. Good times.

      • Jephri

        Unfortunately the customers that buy this kind of phone are often those who are the least educated about mobile devices. The prospect of buying a phone online that is unlocked can actually be a really hard concept for these customers to understand or do.

  • KojiroAK

    Holy, the bezels are huuuge.
    Thought first it was a 3.5" device just from the relativ size of the bezels.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    This thing is making more news than I'd expect. We still don't know how much it's going to cost but unless it's well under $100 I don't know why anyone would choose it over the E. From what I can tell it has only 3 features that the E doesn't:
    1. Replaceable battery
    2. Camera Flash
    3. Capacitive navigation buttons (though the E's slightly larger screen effectively negates this advantage)

    For this you get an outdated version of Android and a ginormous bezel.

    • Simon Belmont

      I think it's $150. The camera is also autofocus on this versus the fixed focus on the Moto E.

      I'd probably still take the Moto E over this just for the fact that it's running the latest version of Android and it will get an update. It's cheaper to boot.

  • dude

    The back of this phone look exactly like a Galaxy S3 and S4, at least a smaller version.

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