T-Mobile REVVL 5G is its most affordable 5G phone yet, REVVL 4+ and 4 also official


T-Mobile’s line of own-brand REVVL smartphones is back, and this time one of the models is gaining a major new feature: 5G support.

The REVVL 5G, REVVL 4+, and REVVL 4 are now official and they’ll be available starting September 4 from both T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. The REVVL 5G is the most high-end of the bunch, packing an octa-core Snapdragon 765 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 6.53-inch FHD+ display.

The 5G-equipped REVVL also touts a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra wide cam, and 5MP macro camera for close-ups. There’s a 16MP selfie camera, too, that lives in a hole-punch in the upper-left corner of the REVVL 5G’s display.

Other specs of the REVVL 5G include 128GB of built-in storage, a 4500mAh battery, face unlock support, and Android 10. Its wireless band support includes n71/n2/n66/n41/n25 for 5G and 2/4/66/25/26/41 for 4G LTE.

Then there’s the REVVL 4+. This one’s packing a dual rear camera array with 16MP and 5MP cams plus a 16MP front camera in a waterdrop notch. The screen is a 6.52-inch HD+ panel, and there’s a rear fingerprint reader plus face unlock support.

Inside the REVVL 4+ is an octa-core Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 4000mAh battery. And finally, it supports 4G LTE bands 2/4/5/12/25/26/41/66/71.

And the REVVL 4 is the entry-level model of the trio. It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6761V/CA processor and is packing 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3500mAh battery.

There’s a single 13MP rear camera on the REVVL 4 plus a 5MP selfie camera that lives in a waterdrop notch at the top of its 6.22-inch HD+ display. Face unlock support and a rear fingerprint reader are included as well, plus support for 4G LTE bands 2/4/5/7/12/25/26/41/66/71.

One of the main features of all three phones is their affordability. Here’s what the pricing for the new REVVL phones looks like:

  • REVVL 5G: $0 down and $16.67 per month for 24 months on EIP, $50 down and $16 per month on an 18-month JUMP! On Demand lease, or $399.99 full retail
  • REVVL 4+: $0 down and $8 per month for 24 months on EIP, $0 down and $9 per month through JOD, or $192 full retail
  • REVVL 4: $0 down and $5 per month for 24 months with EIP, $0 down and $5.50 per month on JOD, or $120 full retail

Rolling out with the REVVL phones are new deals that’ll help you get them for even less. New and existing T-Mobile customers can get $200 off the REVVL 5G or get the REVVL 4+ or REVVL 4 for free. New customers just need to switch to T-Mobile while existing customers must add a new line of service.

To get these deals, you’ll need to buy your new REVVL on a 24-month EIP payment plan and you’ll then receive 24 monthly bill credits to cover those payments. The offers are available to customers on Magenta (including Unlimited 55, First Responders, and Military), Essentials, T-Mobile One, Simple Choice, Business Unlimited, Unlimited Basic, Plus, and Premium plans. Select Choice and 4 for $100 Value Essentials are not eligible.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • MisterListerSir

    What’s the software experience on these? Stock-ish? Do they use Google’s apps (dialer, camera, etc)?

    Video shows rear-facing FPS on the 5G – bummer (would have been much more intriguing with an in-display); still could be a decent option for folks in the US who wanted the OnePlus Nord. May have to go in and take a look at one of these in store – Looks like they should be available on the 4th.

    • KMB877

      Phones are fabricated by TCL, the “owner” of Alcatel brand.
      I had Alcatel’s before (Fierce), I will not recommand anyone (marginal hardware, software customized to T-mobile).
      Also, devices have only T-mobile bands, not good for international travelers.

      • Bklynman

        Not sure about Alcatel being the maker of these phones.Last Revvel were made by Moto, 1st ones were indeed made by Aljunk maker. That why they which. Ru you sure the new ones went back to Aljunk maker?

        • Jon

          The ones made by Alcatel were not that bad. it was the first revvl plus made by coolpad that was a train wreck! I have the revvl 2 plus as my daily and its a good phone, not the fastest phone i have ever had but certainly the most reliable and definitely best battery life I’ve ever had. i plan on taking a serious look at the 5g one.

        • Bklynman

          Yes I saw that phone too. Was thinking about getting it. Was still using The Note 3 at the time,it had the same 32 gigs as the N3, didn’t make sense to buy it. End up getting the N9. Samsung has great deal on the N10 with trade in with N9 and other phones. Less than $500. $416 plus taxes and shipping but I think shipping is free with Sammy. That less than $500 with taxes. That less than the midrange phone tmo has. So just might do that, or might buy 5g of this phone use my N9 as a back up,sell my V30 which I am using as a back up.

        • KMB877

          TCL announced early June about 3 phones made for T-mobile. Coincidence?!

        • Bklynman

          Ok. Didn’t know that. Just going by the ones that came out last yr,yr and half ago? If they did go back to Aljunk maker, they should ask themselves why.

      • MisterListerSir

        I bought the TCL REVVL. I hated it, but it wasn’t because of the software.

        Software wasn’t horrible on them. Very close to stock; the only real issue was the gimped CPUs/RAM causing horrible performance. The new 5G model appears to take care of the CPU/RAM issue quite nicely.

        It will be interesting to see what UFS they are using for storage. Hardware-wise, other than the lack of the in-display FPS, this looks very equivalent to the OnePlus Nord.

        As for international travel, I’m part of that small group of probably only tens of millions of T-Mobile users who don’t frequently travel internationally.

        • Steve

          It has the same 765G as the rumored Pixel 4A 5G processor with similar specs…makes me wonder the pricing for both the 4A 5G and the Pixel 5. I’ve used the TCL 10 and it’s a good phone, little older processor, but ran very nicely with a stock-ish experience.

        • MisterListerSir

          Yep. Definitely going to have to take a look at one in-store. Might be a *very* good backup device.

        • Steve

          Certainly, if pricing is right, it looks good. I’ve been trying to find out what the TMO 5G speeds are around the DFW area. Anyone here have experience? I’m hoping to come from a Pixel 2 to one of the new 5G phones, probably not the Revvl, but either way, I still wonder.

        • Brian

          North of DFW I’ve had 175mbps in the evening. It’s slower during the day. I was on band 66.

        • Steve

          Ok, that’s not bad at all. Not sure that I ever get band 66 on mine, although I don’t check the band often. Wonder what the 5G speeds are on the following bands tmo says they use?
          Band n71 (600 MHz)
          Band n41 (2.5 GHz)
          Band n260 (39 GHz)
          Band n261 (28 GHz)

        • MisterListerSir

          Getting better LTE speeds on my Oneplus 8 5G right now in Minnesota, but I live in a rather rural area, so I am not shocked. Just wish the device would stick to the fastest network type. Right now I have to disable 5G to get it to stay on the LTE bands. Hoping things will improve in time. 5G is still pretty nascent, and I really only went with the 5G device this time for future compatibility.

          On a good note, I am getting much better LTE speeds on this than I was getting on my 7t or my 3a XL.

    • marque2

      I find rear finger print sensors are better and more efficient. I pull out the phone and it already on. Since I can hit it with my pointer finger as I pull it out. In screen I need to pull it out position it and use my thumb. The in screen reader on my V60 has a terrible time reading my thumb.

      Anyway I much prefer rear even if there is a fps button the front

      • MisterListerSir

        For folks like you who keep it in their pocket the majority of the time (I admit that is an assumption), it definitely works better on the rear. I keep mine on my desk or on a magnet dock in the car. Front-Facing is so much better in those scenarios; don’t have to pick the device up or reach behind it to unlock it.

        Thankfully, it looks like this has face-unlock as well, so I could definitely deal with it on the back. Decent compromise, IMO.

        • dcmanryan

          The best scenario would be to have both.

        • MisterListerSir

          I mean, sure. It could also also come with micro-sd support, a headphone jack, and a year’s supply of free pizza. The best scenario is rarely the practical one.

        • marque2

          I set my phone up so it stays unlocked when it is connected to my car.

        • MisterListerSir

          Glad that works out well for you.

      • dcmanryan

        My experience exactly. The Pixel sensor on the back I miss way more than I thought. The in screen on my OnePlus 8 is beyond terrible. I finally turned on face ID it became such a problem.

  • Steven

    if they offer a $200 off deal to existing customers without taking out a new line… I’m down. The specs on that 5g phone look amazing. Will it last? Who knows. But at $200 it would be worth the risk.

    • Sami

      It has good specs, but it may have a lot of lag like the previous phones. They had amazing specs (at least for that time) but they lag so much!

  • Willie D

    So the 5G version is missing B5 and B12…. umm yeah no.

    • marque2

      B5 is more of an AT&T band. I don’t think TMobile uses much. Also Band 12 was somewhat stopgap. They had nationwide coverage but not much bandwidth. Now with 600mhz for 5g 700mhz is – well – obsolete

      • gramps28

        Tmobile uses Band 5 in South Carolina and for roaming with US Cellular in a few markets.

  • riverhorse

    I’m sorta ok with the Alcatel 3V. But doesn’t this French company subcontract out their hardware and software to a Chinese entity?

  • J. Town

    Why is the 5G version missing so many bands? You don’t have have n260/n261 in the 5G list or 5, 12, or 71 in the 4G list. 5’s not a big deal but 12 and 71 sure are.

    • Jon

      Well I might not be correct but I sifted through the fcc doc that’s supposed to be for the 5g version and this is what is should be.
      Again I could be wrong but it’s what I got from it. Guess we will see once the phone is actually out.

      • J. Town

        That list of 4G bands makes a lot more sense. They’re still missing the mmWave 5G bands, tho. Seems an odd choice for a 5G phone that’s exclusive to their network. As you say, I guess we’ll see. Maybe they’ll put out a 5+ in the spring that supports n260/n261. :D

    • Willie Anderson

      mmWave radio evidently adds a lot of cost to the phone. Revvl 5G compares favorably to Pixel 4a 5G for lower price. I got the one I’m typing on now for $200 – not bad.

  • pdoobs

    All these new REVVL phones are no longer available on the website, anyone have any idea why?

  • Andy W.

    Maybe it is so affordable because it is not worth a dime? Missed an important text message because it is crap.