Cricket Wireless Launches LG G Stylo, HTC 626s

Two mid-range smartphones, the LG G Stylo and the HTC 626s, landed on the Cricket Wireless today, both for under $200 on plans that start from $35 a month.

The LG G Stylo comes with a large 5.7" HD IPS screen covered by Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (unspecified model), 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage that's expandable with a 32 GB microSD card. It has a large 3,000 mAh battery to match the large screen, although with only an HD resolution and an efficient Cortex-A7 or Cortex-A53 CPU, the device should have significantly better than average battery life.

The Stylo also brings an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video at 30fps, has face detection, autofocus and an LED flash. On the front, the device comes with a 5MP camera that can record HD video.

In terms of connectivity, it comes with LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microUSB port. The device will run Android 5.1 out of the box.

The HTC 626s is a slightly cheaper device that has a 5" HD screen with no mention of Gorilla Glass or any other kind of protection against scratches. It also has a much smaller 2,000 mAh battery, so the battery life could be somewhat smaller than on the Stylo. Its saving grace here is that it has a smaller screen that should consume less power, so the difference in battery life shouldn't be as large as the difference in battery sizes implies.

The device comes with a 1.1 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and an Adreno 304 GPU (both part of the Snapdragon 210 chip that the phone carries), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, an 8MP camera that can only do 720p video recording, and a 2MP front-camera that can also record at 720p.

The HTC 626s supports LTE connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0 as well, and it has a microUSB port. It runs Android 5.1 out of the box, just like the LG G Stylo.

Both devices are available right now on Cricket Wireless and can be purchased both in-store and online. The LG G Style costs $200 with a Cricket Wireless activation but no extra plan and is available in Metallic Silver, while the HTC 626s costs $150 and comes in Blue.

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Lucian Armasu
Lucian Armasu is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers software news and the issues surrounding privacy and security.
  • Boston24
    I have the new LG G and I'm wondering why I can't download any pictures directly from the internet. I've tried holding my finger down on the picture and nothing happens. What is going on with this?