Following in the footsteps of its parent, T-Mobile, prepaid carrier MetroPCS on Thursday announced the launch of the LG K10 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 mid-range smartphones on its network. T-Mobile had added the two devices to its own lineup last month itself, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that its prepaid subsidiary would also follow suit. The off-contract pricing of the two gadgets seem fairly attractive as well, with the LG K10 available for just $99 after a $10 instant discount and a $50 mail-in-rebate, whereas the Galaxy J7 will be slightly more expensive, at $179 after the $50 mail-in-rebate.
Taking a quick look at the two new additions to the MetroPCS lineup, the LG K10 features a 5.3-inch 720p display panel, and has a 1.27 GHz quad-core processor under its hood. The device also comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by way of a microSD card. Imaging options include an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Gesture Shot and Selfie Light. The handset carries a 2,200mAh battery and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.
As for the Galaxy J7, it isn’t immediately clear whether the version being launched on MetroPCS is the first-generation device launched last year or the 2016 edition announced earlier this year, but both are more powerful than the LG K10, at least on paper. The handset features a 5.5-inch, 720p Super AMOLED screen, and is powered by an octa-core CPU clocked at a frequency of 1.5 GHz. The primary camera on the device sports a 13-megapixel sensor with LED flash, but what’s really interesting is that the front-facing 5-megapixel camera also comes with an LED flash, which should help in capturing better-lit selfies. The device also comes with a 3,000mAh battery and has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed.
As for plans, the carrier offers unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for just $60 a month, but users who don’t feel they need that much high-speed data can subscribe to plans starting from just $30 per month, but that only fetches you 1 GB of high speed data. The carrier also offers 3 GB of high-speed data along with unlimited talk and text at just $40 per month, while $50 raises the amount of high-speed data to 5 GB.