By Stephen Schenck | May 2, 2012 1:19 PM
Nearly two months back, the Huawei-made T-Mobile Prism made an appearance at the FCC. Lately, we’ve been hearing about some relatively high-end gear from the manufacturer, but when it comes to the devices it’s been preparing for T-Mobile, the hardware’s been a little more underwhelming. We’re still awaiting details on the hardware behind the new myTouch models, but mid-range is probably the best we can hope for from the pair. As for this Prism, it looks like this one’s going to soundly be a low-end model; can T-Mobile price it competitively enough to still make it attractive?
You don’t need to look much further than the Prism’s 600MHz processor to set the tone for what to expect from the handset. Along with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 512MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and 2GB of internal storage, the Prism finds itself down at the very bottom of what we expect from a modern smartphone. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as there’s clearly a market for these sort of bottom-rung devices.
T-Mobile announced the Prism today, coming to retail partners later this week and T-Mobile’s own stores later this month on May 23. On-contract, and after rebates, the Prism will cost you just $20; free-and-clear, the phone’s still only $150. While quite low, we’re not sure these prices are really where they need to be. Given just how low these specs are, free-on-contract might be more appropriate. Even the off-contract price seems high, with similar hardware like the ZTE Score M on Metro PCS going for $100, instead. Maybe we’ll see some early price cuts, but otherwise the Prism could have a rough road ahead of it.