Freetel Debuts the REI, Another US-Bound Phone
Freetel today announced the REI, a metal-clad Android smartphone that will be sold unlocked in the U.S. later this year. The REI, part of Freetel's Samurai series, features an aluminum shell with diamond-cut side edges and a 5.2-inch full HD screen. The phone is powered by an unspecified octa-core CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The main camera sensor rate 13 megapixels and the front camera rates 8 megapixels. The REI runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 2,800mAh batter. Freetel says it will be available online during the second quarter. Freetel is looking to expand its lineup in the U.S. and already has several other models in deck. It hopes to score distribution deals with online retailers, MVNOs, and, eventually, carriers. Freetel didn't say how much the REI will cost.
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