Japanese manufacturer that is not Sony, FREETEL, has taken its baby steps to launching its unlocked phones in the US market. We saw the new company back at the major trade shows earlier this year, now it’s time to get pre-orders started for a couple of phones.
The Priori 3 is a barebones entry-level phone with Android 5.1, a quad-core MediaTek MTK6735P, a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480p) display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The phone is available for pre-order for $89, 10 percent off its list price, and will ship in about four weeks.
Also on Android Lollipop is this higher-end Kiwami, with a fingerprint scanner, six-inch quad HD display, 21-megapixel main sensor and an octa-core MediaTek processor. The booking queue is up for the next three weeks at a discounted price of $350.
Band 12 LTE is a no-show on these phones so you’ll get more mileage on AT&T than T-Mobile, though the two carriers will do just fine.
Both phones technically fulfill FREETEL’s promise of a late Q2 start. The hope is that other offerings like the Marshmallow-toting Rei will make it to the finish line soon. In particular, an Android flip phone called the Musashi is pegged for a summer launch.