As expected, T-Mobile today began sales of the LG Aristo 2 Plus.
The LG Aristo 2 Plus is priced at $6 down and $6 per month for 24 months on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) or $150 full price. At launch, T-Mo is touting a special deal that’ll get you $90 off the Aristo 2 Plus when you buy it with a qualifying No Credit Check plan.
When it comes to specs, the LG Aristo 2 Plus is packing a 5-inch 1280×720 display, 5MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and phase detection autofocus. Inside the phone is a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage (9GB available to the user), and a microSD card slot if you want to add more storage.
Rounding out the Aristo 2 Plus’s spec list is a 2410mAh removable battery, a rear fingerprint reader, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat. LG has added some software features of its own to Android, like Knock On for double tapping the screen to wake it up or put it to sleep and QuickMemo+ for taking notes.
One other detail worth mentioning is that the LG Aristo 2 Plus includes support for T-Mobile’s 600MHz (Band 71) LTE network. That’s a big deal because not only are there only a handful of other phones that offer this feature, but the Aristo 2 Plus is now the cheapest way to get a 600MHz-capable phone from T-Mobile.
It’s kind of disappointing to see the LG Aristo 2 Plus launch with Android 7.1.2 rather than Android 8.0 or higher. But because it’s now the most affordable way to get access to T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE coverage — which reaches farther and is better at penetrating buildings than mid-band LTE, and is now live in more than 900 markets — the Aristo 2 Plus is worth a look if you’re in the market for a low-cost smartphone.