LG Aristo official, coming to MetroPCS and T-Mobile with Android 7.0 in tow


T-Mobile and @askdes today announced a new Android 7.0 smartphone that’s coming soon to its shelves as well as MetroPCS’s.

The LG Aristo is now official. It runs Nougat on a 5-inch 1280×720 display with a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a fingerprint reader. Also included is 4G LTE connectivity and support for both VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

On the inside of the Aristo lives a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (9.8GB available to the user), and a microSD slot for adding more storage if you’d like. LG has chosen a 2410mAh removable battery to power this whole package.

LG’s Aristo will be MetroPCS’s first Android 7.0 Nougat phone when it launches on January 23 for $59 after instant rebate. It’ll hit T-Mobile on January 25 for $0 down and $6 per month for 24 months, or $144 full price. For a limited time, T-Mo will offer 25 percent off a Tech21 case and screen protector for the Aristo when bought together.

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  • Stone Cold

    Not bad

  • dan0matic

    Why wouldn’t someone walk into a metro pcs store and buy the phone for $59 and pop in the T-Mobile sim card?

    • douglas futrell

      Because they would ask you to purchase the first month of service on metro pcs

    • KOLIO

      It’ll still be SIM Locked until three months of service is complete & paid for on MetroPCS.
      I found out the hard way last year with the LG G Stylo.
      I’m on T-Mobile & this was my experience,would not work on T-Mobile,even though they’re under the same roof/network.

      I suppose you could use a 3rd party SIM Unlock service (specifically for T-Mobile/Metro),but,after the costs, you’ve more or less broke even with the T-Moblile MSRP.

      YMMV,check with your local T-Mobile/Metro outlets.

      • Yep, that’s how it was for me with their LG Leon LTE

      • ShadowFalls

        The fortunate part is how easy they make it at least. You just have to run an app to unlock it. Once it is done, it reboots. It gives some resale value anyways. I ended up passing an old phone to a friend who cracked the screen on their AT&T phone.

    • Andrew Singleton

      t-mobile stores usually have similar deals as metro if you fill your prepaid bucket at the time of phone purchase. difference is that you now have t-mobile pay-in-advance versus metroPCS.

    • Acdc1a

      I defend T-Mobile regularly, but the phone price disparity is greed. They have everyone used to buying on a monthly plan
      $2 vs. $6 is only $4 in a consumer’s mind… Unfortunately that’s monthly.

    • JLV90

      metro pcs stores especially the third party retailers have bad sign up requirements for offers occasionally like they want you to sign up for the most expensive plan immediately, discount only for porting in a number etc.

      • ShadowFalls

        No, they limit you to getting the discount for buying a new phone at that price to three month periods, the biggest discount applies to adding a new line, but that one isn’t mentioned here. You can also have any plan to get this price. Anyone store trying to do otherwise was trying to scam you and should be reported to corporate.

    • ShadowFalls

      You can’t. Even though they are technically one company, the phones are still locked to MetroPCS.

  • Paul Garrison

    More budget junk, thanks a million T-Mobile.

    • Acdc1a

      Budget phones meet most people’s needs…Not to mention no one in their right mind is buying a flagship for the kids.

    • Chris Collins

      I’m guessing budget phones are making a larger and larger part of the market share. Even the power user IT guys I know seem to be rocking cheaper phones these days. (with the exception of Apple people but even they seem to be holding on longer). It’s like laptops if you really need the power it’s great if not buy a cheap one.

    • Drew

      To me it’s not junk. It does have a 13mp camera. Most regular 5inch screened phones are just 5mp or 8mp verses the 13mp deal. Guess what? They have really been stepping their game up on their phones now. This phone priced at 59 dollars with a 13mp camera and 1080p video resolution is great deal there Buddy. I’d say, go for it.

      • ShadowFalls

        The problem is they are a dime a dozen. It isn’t half that bad, though making it 1.5GB and not 2GB Ram was real cheap. RAM and Storage are the most crippling parts of the budget phones. The problem is the severe lack of mid-range phones. If you looking at MetroPCS’s offerings, you see budget phones, slightly above budget phones, passable phones, then jump right into flagship phones.

        There is no real choice between the $100 ZTE Zmax Pro and $130 LG Stylo 2 Plus and the Galaxy S7. They did just toss the Galaxy S6 back on there for some reason, but it isn’t what anyone wants. Surprised they even bothered producing more of those with no SD card slots.

  • Vontae Everton

    I heard there no fingerprint scanner

  • KenP

    Is 1.5 GB RAM enough for average user?

    • Acdc1a

      Depends on how much of the LG skin they have on this device. It should be sufficient for most individual tasks. Would not recommend it for gaming.

    • SirStephenH

      It’s enough for calling, texting, and basic web browsing but that’s about it.

  • Croq

    Pretty likely there’s no chance of this being made available for JoD (not that I’d jump to it anyway).

    • Drew

      What do you mean by your statement there? It has been approved by the FCC. What are you saying? T-Mobile/MetroPCS are officially going to be selling this phone in all of their stores sometime next week.

      • JLV90

        JoD is jump on demand, rumor is t-mobile is killing it on the 22nd.

        • Jake Fitzpatrick

          Oh man, sucks. Where have you seen this rumor?

        • Corey Jalette

          It’ll still be available as far as I know, just not in stores. You’d have to order it online unless you have it already then you’re grandfathered in.

        • Drew

          Oh okay, nevermind. I was thinking something else totally different. Whoops. Did not mean to be a little ignorant in that department there. I should have asked what he mean’t by JoD. lol haha. Thanks for correcting me there Brother. Much Appreciated there.

    • Corey Jalette

      Yeah def not. The cheapest phone was the lg G5 a few weeks ago when it was on sale for 500$ kind of sucks I wanted to downgrade to save money but can’t now.

  • Michael Elkin

    Sadly this still is of the mark, I have an old LG L90 (no lte) and a Galaxy Avant with Band 12 LTE. This phone is physically bigger than both, but it seems to add more space above and below the screen than my old ones which removing the physical buttons so the screen advantage becomes useless. It has a better camera, but that is not enough for me to go up in size and less function. This is obviously cheaper, but the HTC One A9 is much better for not much more these days.

    • ShadowFalls

      Well the one thing at least is the screen resolution boost over the L90 and the Avant. You actually get a much better spec phone for $40 more with the ZTE Zmax Pro. The ZTE has more RAM, twice as much storage, Full HD screen, and an Octo-core processor. That is the issue, this phone is priced to compare to the Stylo 2 Plus at twice the price, when it falls short in many areas.

  • Jon

    So tired of 16GB storage on devices. They need to get with the times and double the storage. Otherwise this mediocre device would actually be decent.

    • yourname

      Who cares about storage when there’s a Micro SD slot? 64GB high speed card is $50 or less.

      • riverhorse

        Will Nougat allow installing mucho apps w/o running out of internal storage / will the speed suffer / what happens when sd fails…

      • ShadowFalls

        Many apps still cannot be moved to a SD Card these days. The developers opt to not allow it so the device won’t put the bulk data on the SD card which is far larger than the app much of the time.

  • riverhorse

    I feel like I just went back in time half a decade.
    What the heck is going on…
    The only thing something like this is good for is as a money saving replacement / quick replacement / holdover / make insurance unnecessary- of a pricier lost/damaged phone…especially for those on Metro grandfathered plan that requires a Metro handset only.

    PS ok, for the kids makes a lot of sense. Thanks Acdc1a

    • Drew

      Why would you say that? It’s actually good for everybody, especially it being a 13mp camera phone with a good 16internal memory to the phone itself. Phones like these would usually run up to being 89 or 79 dollars for in-store instant rebate. Lastly it’s one of the first phones to actually come out with Android Nougat 7.0 software.

      • Marcos Quesada

        yes you are right Drew

  • Drew

    What you mean by nougat 7.0 might be the only OS it gets?? Hey to me I’m fine with Nougat 7.0 software. At least it’s an upgrade from the Marshmallow 6.0 software’s that have been out for so long now. It’s still considered a flagship phone to me, due to it being an 13mp phone with 5mp camera on the front. Overtime it will be receiving all kinds of other Nougat updates. At least it’s a phone that will cost 59 dollars for in-store instant rebate in all MetroPCS stores verses other phones that would have a 13mp camera and 16internal memory that would range at either 100 something dollars, 89 or 79 Dollars.

    • Bonedatt

      There’s nothing wrong with Nougat. I was implying that due to it not being a “flagship” device, LG and T-Mobile may not bother updating the OS past what it initially launches with. I have a Galaxy Note 4 that I believe officially launched with Android 4.4.2. It’s seen multiple upgrades since launch, and is now running MM 6.0.1. Unfortunately (if you can really call it that), it will not get an “official” Nougat upgrade, but I’m okay with that. Some people’s appetite for having the latest OS may have them think twice about getting this device. There’s always going to be something for us to bitch about anyway. So there’s that.

      • Drew

        Oh I see. Well with this device, I believe that it will receive such latest updates within Nougat 7.0. I’ve had other non flagship devices with T-Mobile-MetroPCS, and me being able to get the latest Lollipop updates for my devices there. I’ve witness another device like the LG Leon being able to go from Lollipop on over to Marshmallow 6.0 updates and it now allowing you to have video calling that particular device there. With that being said, this new device that will come with Nougat 7.0, will most likely come with security updates and of course the latest Nougat 7.0 software’s.

  • Phil

    Nice backup phone – removable battery major plus.
    Sim swap from GS7 when needed or use my tablet sim in conjunction with DIGITS primary # forward

  • Steve Gelman

    I do agree with you I work for Cricket Wireless it technical support and I’m also in sales I have T-Mobile as my carrier for 10 years if I can get this phone for $59 with an instant rebate I’m going to grab it

  • MotoBonnie

    Hey all- I have the new Aristo and can’t decipher how to utilize the rear fingerprint scanner for the life of me. With my iPhone, I used the scanner to unlock the phone as well as sign in to security-sensitive apps like banking apps. With my new Aristo, I don’t see where/how to leverage this feature either in the settings or on individual apps that offer fingerprint scanning…

    • Marcos Quesada

      The new Aristo does not have a fingerprint scan and do you really need that no not really this phone s good in so many different ways.