US Cellular has officially launched their latest smartphone and while this one is not a screamer in terms of the specs, it does come with a price that is as low as can be without being free. The handset is the ZTE Imperial and US Cellular has it available for just one-penny on a two-year agreement. The Imperial has LTE connectivity and is running Jelly Bean with a 4-inch display.
Specifically, the handset has Android 4.1 and a display resolution of 800 x 480. Otherwise the handset is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. There is a microSD memory card slot for expansion and those making the purchase can also expect to find a front-facing webcam as well as a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.
While we suspect some will be attracted to the low price point, we should also mention the full retail price as well. In this case those looking to avoid the two-year commitment would have to shell out $299.99. With that in mind, the handset is available online as of today and will be available in US Cellular retail stores on June 27th.
The price seems to be fair given the specs and the Imperial could be a good option for those who cannot (or don't want to) spend a small fortune on a higher-end device. In fact the one drawback seems like it will be in the pre-loaded apps. Similar to what we have seen with other US Cellular smartphones, the Imperial will have a wide variety of pre-loaded apps.
Some of these apps come from the Amazon collection which includes Audible, IMBD, Kindle, MP3, Shopping and a few others. And in addition, US Cellular also includes a few more such as Mi-Easy Access app which is designed to allow for 'quick access to your favorite features."
SOURCE: US Cellular