It seems that some just can't get enough of Samsung's Android-toting Galaxy smartphones, and apparently neither can T-Mobile. The carrier has just announced that the Galaxy Avant, one of the Korean manufacturer's latest mid-tier devices, is now available from T-Mobile shelves in very Un-carrier ways.
The Galaxy Avant is honestly not that impressive but it is a solid budget device in a small package. The qHD resolution of 960x540 pixels might look a bit disappointing, but at 4.5 inches, it might not be that bad for very basic viewing. It runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and, quite surprisingly, has a higher than normal 1.5 GB of RAM. Internal storage is capped at 16 GB but there is a micro SD slot for 64 GB more. There is a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front shooter of unknown size. You won't be missing out when it comes to connectivity, as the Galaxy Avant has all the bells and whistles, including WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and GLASSON, WiFi Direct, and even NFC. And of course, it is compatible with T-Mobile's 4G LTE network.
While it's not exactly high-end, the Galaxy Avant isn't lacking in features, starting with Android 4.4 right out of the box. On Samsung's side, you have Easy Mode for simplifying the use of TouchWiz, S Voice, Samsung rather underwhelming Siri counterpart, and the whole host of Samsung services, like ChatON. From Verizon, you get features (or bloatware if you insist) like T-Mobile TV and Visual Voicemail.
The Samsung Galaxy Avant is now available for purchase from T-Mobile's nationwide outlets as well as from its online store. Interested buyers have two options. One would be to buy the smartphone at full price for $216 or pay for it at $9 a month for 24 months with zero down. Either choice will grant you access to T-Mobile's slew of Un-carrier services, including its rather enticing and quite controversial listen-all-you-can Music Freedom offering.