Budget smartphones these days are a lot better than they were in the early days of Android. You can snag something like the Moto G4 for only $120 from Amazon, or you can pay a bit more to an MVNO like Cricket for their exclusive budget phones. Cricket Wireless announced the Alcatel Idol 5 will be exclusive to its network and will launch on October 27, 2017 for only $200.
The smartphone first launched worldwide this month and features a 5.2-inch Full HD display with 423 pixels per inch. It’s powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 and features 3GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB thanks to the included microSD card slot. The cameras on the device are a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. All this is powered by a 2,800mAh battery and runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
Alongside it, Cricket will be offering the Alcatel UNI360 VR Goggles, which can be paired with the Alcatel Idol 5 or any other VR-ready smartphone to experience 360-degree videos and other content.