With summer in full swing, we already find ourselves looking forward to September, when events like IFA and Apple’s anticipated new iPhone launch promise to deliver some of the hottest phones of the year. And while that’s going to mean a lot of top-shelf hardware (with prices to match), we dare not forget just how large a market there is for more affordably priced gear. It’s in that light that we turn to Sprint’s latest announcement, as the carrier reveals plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime.
The Grand Prime is a Samsung phone we’ve been tracking since last summer, when we first caught wind of its lower-mid-range specs. Since then we’ve seen the phone find success in markets all around the world, possibly prompting the development of an even more affordable variant, but today our focus is back on the Grand Prime itself, with Sprint announcing the start of sales this Friday.
The Lollipop-running Android is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410, has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (with microSD expansion), and a five-inch quarter HD display. There’s an 8MP main camera, joined by a high-res 5MP wide-angle front-facer. And the whole kit’s fueled by a 2600mAh battery. For all that, you’ll pay $240 full-price, $30 subsidized on a two-year contract, or $10 a month in installments over the same period.