- Analysis by KJ David
Heavily based on the Alcatel 7, except that this T-Mobile-branded model comes with a bit more RAM, the REVVL 2 resembles many high-end phablets when it comes to technical pros and cons, although our specs-driven review reveals that it is far from a perfect 6-incher.
For starters, this large-screen T-Mobile Android comes with only 32GB of native memory (It can be expanded using a microSD card), whereas a few of its closest rivals in the large-screen category lug twice as much on-board memory -- some even start out with 128GB of native storage. Additionally, it scores an unimpressive 14-hour or 840-minute talk time that hovered just around the average mark as of this Phonerated analysis, despite housing a large large 4000mAh battery inside its shell. That said, 614.4-hour standby time , which translates to a little over 25 days, was more than 80 percent higher than the average value when it was released, winding up as a pro in our book. If you are into stamina, feel free to check out our list of the best big-battery phones here.
The T-Mobile REVVL 2 Plus's cons also include a modest 8-megapixel front camera that at least comes with its own front-facing LED flash. At the back, it features a 12- plus 2-megapixel dual-lens camera setup bedecked by a dual-tone LED flash , which we consider a huge upgrade over the plain REVVL 2's 13-megapixel single-lens shooter. Also on board are a fingerprint scanner sitting right underneath its rear camera and a facial recognition system carried by its forenamed selfie cam.
Another big advantage that this Plus edition has versus the plain REVVL 2 is its jump from the original model's 1.5GHz quad-core chip to an octa-core engine clocking in at 2.5GHz , making it one of the fastest smartphones within the mid-range category at the time of this technical assessment. Moreover, it bumps its sibling's 2GB RAM up to 3GB.
The REVVL 2 Plus is offered with a 2-year warranty and it comes with 4G LTE connectivity clubbed with the VoLTE (Voice over LTE networks) technology promising higher-quality in-call audio than conventional cellular voice calls. Tying everything together is its large 6-inch IPS display, which has a respectable 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution.
As made clear by our scrutiny of its pros and cons, this supersized version of T-Mobile's REVVL 2 calls out to mid-end smartphone shoppers looking for a large-screen, high-stamina Android.
** This phone is also known as: T-Mobile REVVL 2+
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