T-Mo Samsung Galaxy Avant to launch on July 30 [Update - Full Spec List]

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T-Mobile handset leaks are all coming out from hiding today, as we hear of yet another rumored phone to be on its way to T-Mo retail stores very soon. We’ve already heard about the unconfirmed ZTE handset as well as the Kyocera Hydro Life. But another – which has been popping up here and there for the past few weeks – is the Samsung Galaxy Avant, and it’s one we’ve been intrigued by for a while.

Today, sources have told us – and sent us internal memos – detailing the release date and the list of key features of this interesting device. The memo reads:

T-Mobile is adding another Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Avant, to our device line up onJuly 30! This powerful 4G LTE smartphone has been designed to simplify customers’ lives at an affordable price. The Samsung Galaxy Avant was designed for performance with a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processory and Samsung smart features, such as Easy Mode, Safety Assistance and Motion UX. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Avant will be the first phone with Remote Device Unlock capabilities, launching July 30.

The spec list itself seems decent enough. It’s shaping up to be a middle-of-the-road budget device. The fact that a screen resolution isn’t mentioned is a sure sign that it’s mid-range, as is the fact that it’s not had its own launch announcement by either Samsung or T-mobile. Key features, as listed in the memo include:

  • 4.5″ qHD Display
  • 1.2 GHz QuadCore Processor
  • 4G LTE Capable
  • Easy Mode
  • Safety Assistance
  • Motion UX

What’s interesting here is the “Remote Device Unlock” feature. It’s something we’ve been hearing about since a test unit of the Galaxy Avant was shown to us a little while back.

As much as we hoped it would happen, we were skeptical at the time that it would ever make a public release. But following information we’ve been sent today, we’re more certain that T-Mobile is planning to launch an easier way for customers to unlock their devices than we were previously. We detailed the process just a short while ago and it seems an app is loaded on to the phone and will enable the user to either unlock their phone permanently or temporarily. If so, launching the app and service on a non-flagship device would give T-Mobile the time to see how popular it might be if rolled out on a larger scale and also give time to work on any potential bugs and fix them.

The Galaxy Avant is also likely to be the first smartphone released that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s upcoming 700MHz spectrum. We’re expecting it to launch online and in retail stores, and through all channels on the same day.

UPDATE – The Galaxy Avant has appeared on T-Mobile’s support pages, here’s the full spec list:

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  • 50atomic

    Hotlink support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-12641

  • skittle

    “The Galaxy Avant is also likely to be the first smartphone released that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s upcoming 700MHz spectrum. “

    • Baxter DeBerry

      which applies to certain areas.. i live in north texas and im excited :)

  • monkeybutts

    I wonder if HSN will also be selling these for cheaper than payment plan. With the specs looks like it would be $200, $250 tops

    • Baxter DeBerry

      I hope so, i want a new phone bad.. prepaid area for me.. but sadly i cant get my self to buy off ebay or craigs, or even amazon cause the phones on those channels have a high risk of getting blacklisted on.. and im tired of my LG L9… its just time for something new..

      • stl user

        in st louis there are used phone resellers in every neighborhood. they’re even in gas stations and convenience stores. i’d purchase from them before i’d buy off craigslist

  • taron19119

    Did I just see qhd display is that what the g3 has wow this phone is not low end

    • sosharpdevy

      Qhd for this device likely means 960×540.

      • taron19119

        I know and its going to have a better screen then the gs5

        • sosharpdevy

          The galaxy s5 screens resolution is 1920×1080.

        • taron19119

          Qhd is a higher resolutionthen the s5 look it up the lg g3 has a qhd display and is amazing

        • sosharpdevy

          This phone is what is called quarter HD. The LG g3 is quad HD. They both have the initials qHD.

        • taron19119

          Oh ok that’s dumb to have to different resolutions have the same initials

        • sosharpdevy

          I completely agree. I think it just causes confusion. You’re not alone either. There are other people out there who think the same thing. It could just be a marketing ploy.

        • taron19119

          Yeah because if it was the same QHD display as the lg g3 it would of been a good indication that the note4 would have the QHD display

        • sosharpdevy

          Im pretty sure the note 4 will have it. I honestly cannot believe they did not put it in the galaxy s5.

        • taron19119

          And this is y Samsung sales is Down

        • sosharpdevy

          that’s why I did not upgrade from my s4 and s5 because there really wasn’t anything worth upgrading for in my opinion. But not everyone will see it that way and that’s fine and that’s their choice.

        • bdbman

          I wouldnt call it a marketing ploy, qHD has been around since the HTC Sensation. It came before QHD (quad HD is a capital Q)

        • sosharpdevy

          The average person will get confused.

    • john

      I’d be much less surprised to learn that Samsung is using qHD to mean “quarter HD” (or 960×540) and QHD to mean “Quad HD” (or 2560×1440, like everyone else) just to trick people into thinking the phone has a better display.

    • g2a5b0e

      I can’t tell if you’re being serious or not, but qHD is 960×540. QHD is 2560×1400. This phone is definitely low-end.

      • taron19119

        Oh ok I got them mixed up ok now I know

  • Ni Ha

    With the new Samsung Galaxy coming out I better sell my old Samsung before the value of it drops. I usually search 1-13 different sites to find the best offer, but I just found this company that compares all the buyback companies in one spot, it’s called RecomHub.

    It’s like Kayak but for electronic devices that show you all the offers in one spot.

    • UMA_Fan

      Should have got the original Jump.. Tmobile would have bought your phone for whatever you owed

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    band 12 :)