When it comes to low-cost Android devices, Westerners and especially US-based consumers tend to go with brands they know, trust and have been around for ages, regardless of how OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu or LeEco can provide vastly superior specs and build quality at similar prices.
Yes, Samsung can still afford to charge close to $200 for modest 5-inchers with outdated OS iterations onboard, just 8GB internal storage space, mediocre (by today’s mid-range standards) 8 and 5MP cameras, and all-plastic constructions.
And make no mistake, the $190 LTE unlocked Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) up for grabs now on Amazon will sell. Perhaps not in Galaxy S7-rivaling numbers (definitely not, actually), but some folks who only trust the world-leading handheld manufacturer might find it quite appealing. Particularly as AT&T is still a couple of weeks away from rolling the J3 out, and elsewhere, the phone restricts use on GSM networks.
If you pick it up from Amazon third-party retailer lifeline786, you’re then free to activate it on AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and all other non-CDMA US operators. In addition to the above mentioned specs, you also get HD AMOLED screen resolution, quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 410 power, LTE Cat4 connectivity, and alas, Android 5.1 Lollipop software goodies. Any takers?