Every carrier offers its own branded devices, usually aiming to lure customers in with low prices. T-Mobile has had its REVVL series for a few years now, selling phones made by Motorola or TCL but with its own logo on the back. The REVVL V+ 5G is its latest release, and if you've been looking to find an affordable 5G-friendly smartphone, this might be the one for you.
There are two things you'll notice about this device right away: it's big, and it's cheap. With a 6.82" HD+ display, this is a giant phone. Just look at the hands-on video T-Mobile published below — it looks comically big, with a size increase over last year's already massive REVVL 5G (careful not to mix them up). The carrier plans to sell it for just under $200, with specs to match: a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
|SoC||MediaTek Dimensity 700 (Octa-core, [email protected] GHz, [email protected] GHz)|
|Storage||64GB with microSD expansion|
|Display||6.82” 20:5:9 HD+ LCD Display|
|Rear cameras||16MP, 5MP, and 2MP (unspecified)|
|Battery||5,000mAh with 18W charging|
|Peripherals||Face unlock and fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||173.73 x 77.47 x 7.11 mm|
With a massive 5,000mAh battery, you shouldn't have any issues getting up to two days of use on a single charge, though 18W charging means it may take a while to power up fully. T-Mobile describes the REVVL V+ 5G (pronounced "five-plus 5G," by the way) as having a "triple camera system," with 16MP, 5MP, and 2MP lenses. Unfortunately, neither the announcement nor the hands-on video dives deeper into those cameras. Still, if we had to guess, they're wide, ultra-wide, and either a macro or depth sensor, respectively.
The front of the phone also features a 16MP camera capable of face unlock. However, if you're concerned about security, you're better off using the fingerprint sensor built into the power button. There's a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and it's running Android 11.
T-Mobile hasn't specified which OEM is behind this latest REVVL, but if we had to guess, TCL seems to be the culprit yet again. It looks a lot like the TCL 20 SE first announced at CES, down to identical displays, batteries, and similar camera modules.
If you've been dying for a budget 5G phone, you won't have to wait much longer. The latest REVVL launches on July 12th in Metro stores and "starting" on July 23rd in T-Mobile stores. The carrier is also giving it away for free to random top scorers of its new AR game, which you can play on your smartphone here.
We've updated the specs in this article.