Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and ZTE have achieved some success by introducing unlocked smartphone devices with affordable prices in the United States market. Japan based mobile manufacturer Freetel obviously wants to join in on the fun. Just this week, the phone maker has officially introduced its newest smartphone offering, the Rei, a device that ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow (the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system) and comes with a price of$249. Freetel is looking to launch this smartphone in the US a month or so from now.
As far as specifications go, the Rei may not be considered extraordinary. However, its 5.2 inch display screen with a resolution of 1,080 by 1,920 pixels is pretty adequate. Also, the fact that is possesses a 13 megapixel PDA camera on the rear side, plus an 8 megapixel camera on the front side, is not exactly a downer.
Inside, the Rei smartphone is equipped with an eight core central processing unit. This is further supported with a couple of gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 32 gigabytes of onboard memory. As mentioned earlier, the handset is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 2,800 mAh battery.
The Rei is officially the latest addition to the Samurai series of smartphones by Freetel. To date, this lineup already consists of the Kiwami and Miyabi devices. As for the Rei smartphone, its name is directly translated from Japanese word for “beautiful,” “elegant,” and “wise.” Design wise, the device features mostly a metal exterior, specifically an aluminum rear cover with a diamond cut aluminum edge. The aluminum rear cover is made available in four color options, which vary depending on the specific mobile market.
The Rei smartphone is expected to be made available in the Japanese market as well as in the United States market by the second quarter of this year. The device will offered unlocked and should work with many GSM wireless carriers. Freetel has plans to further widen the scope of distribution via mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), retail establishments, and even online partners.
During this year’s Mobile World Congress held in the city of Barcelona in Spain, Freetel took the opportunity to highlight some of its existing smartphone offerings, including its flagship device the Kiwami, its Android flip smartphone the Musashi, and the ultra affordable Priori3 which can be purchased for not more than a hundred bucks
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