- AT&T has unveiled an Android phone under its own brand, the AT&T Radiant Max.
- It boasts a 6.5-inch screen and three rear cameras, but itâ€™s clearly a budget device.
- The prepaid phone will be available on August 28 for $130, and $80 if youâ€™re a new customer.
Itâ€™s been a while since AT&T dipped into self-branded smartphones, but the carrier is eager to give them another shot. The company has introduced the AT&T Radiant Max, a budget Android phone aimed at prepaid customers.
Itâ€™s more than a no-frills device. The 6.5-inch â€œHD+â€� notched display is par for the course, but you do get 13MP, 5MP, and 2MP rear cameras. They allow you to get ultra-wide and macro photos along with night, portrait, and timelapse photo modes. Thereâ€™s also promises of â€œlouder, richerâ€� DTS audio.
What to expect from the AT&T Radiant Max
Donâ€™t expect many details for the performance, though. AT&T only mentions an â€œocta-coreâ€� processor, hinting that itâ€™s using a low-end chip. You get a modest 32GB of expandable storage and a 4,000mAh battery the carrier claims can last for up to two whole days, although we wouldnâ€™t be surprised if real-world use is less.
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As you might imagine, the price is the real draw. The Radiant Max will arrive on August 28 for $130, or an even lower $80 if youâ€™re a new customer signing up for an unlimited plan. This is for prepaid users who canâ€™t justify spending more or donâ€™t care for more than the basics.
To some degree, this is a competitor to T-Mobileâ€™s Revvlry line. Itâ€™s also an acknowledgment that the phone market has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are buying lower-cost phones as a tough job market and a focus on essentials has led many to rethink their expenses. The Radiant Max may not be cutting-edge, but it still offers a modern smartphone experience that might cost less than some of your monthly bills.