If you’ve been looking to buy a new smartphone in the near future, but have been wary of the price tag attached, there may be hope for you yet. Amazon appears to be working on a new line of more affordable smartphones, albeit with the inclusion of a ad-lock screen similar to those on the Kindle. The new lock screen, while annoying, greatly cuts down on the initial cost on a number of smartphone models inlcuding the Nokia 6, Moto E4, Alcatel IDOL 5S, A50, and A30 Plus.
The e-commerce giant began the Prime Exclusive lineup in 2016 to give its membership program’s subscriber the option to buy affordable smartphones at incredibly low prices. While these aren’t top of the line models, these unlocked phones come with their own benefits; namely not being tied down to a cell carrier for two years. Because of the ads included on the lock screen, Amazon is able to sell these phones for as much as $80 off the original price.
If you’re unsure of which phone to get, the HMD’s Nokia 6 runs Android Nougat and has a 5.5-inch HD display and an aluminum body. Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage with microSD support. The Moto E4 has 5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 425, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. Alcatel’s A50 and A30 Plus both have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, 13MP rear-facing camera and 5MP front camera. The latter has a 5.5-inch display that’s slightly bigger than the former’s. Finally, Alcatel’s IDOL 5S, the most expensive of the three, is a bit fancier with its curved glass and metal design, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.
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