Amazon’s “Prime Exclusive Phones” program takes mid- to low-end Android phones, loads them with ads and Amazon apps, and cuts around $50 off the price for Prime subscribers. If you can deal with the ads, it’s usually a good deal for a budget phone. Today, Amazon is adding five new phones to the Prime Exclusive Phone program, from Nokia, Motorola, and Alcatel.
First up is the freshly announced-for-the-US Nokia 6, which is HMD’s first swing at Android-powered Nokia phones. The Prime program gives you $50 off in exchange for ads, bringing the $229.99 price down to $179.99. Besides the fantastic metal body and build quality, the Nokia 6 gives you a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Android 7.1, a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3000mAh battery. There’s also an SD card slot and dual speakers.
HMD’s Nokia phones are still a bit of a mystery, but the company is saying all the right things when it comes to software updates. We’ll have to see how they do once they actually come to market here. All these Amazon phones are unlocked, but the Nokia 6 has limited band support, relegating it to T-Mobile or limited AT&T connectivity.
Next up is the Moto E4, regularly $129.99 and available for $30 off ($99) on the Prime program. This is another metal phone with a 5-inch 720p display, Android 7.1, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera (with selfie flash!), a 2800mAh battery, and a microSD slot. Nailing down the SoC for this chip is a bit complicated. Some models of the Moto E4 come with a Snapdragon 425, while others come with the 427, and Amazon doesn’t specify which model it’s offering in the press release. There’s not a huge difference between the two chips—the 427 swaps out the X6 Snapdragon LTE modem for an X9, which offers better upload and download speeds. The X6’s theoretical max of 150 down and 75 up seems fine.
Also on the docket are three brand-new Alcatel phones. The Alcatel Idol 5S is the most expensive of the bunch, but it also has the deepest discount—it’s regularly $279.99, but Amazon will take $80 off for a $199.99 asking price. The price is due to this being the fastest phone with a Snapdragon 625 SoC. This is another metal phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Android 7.1, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera (also with a selfie flash), a microSD slot, and a battery of unspecified size. For now the phone works with AT&T and T-Mobile, with Sprint and Verizon support coming “later this summer.”
The Alcatel A50 is $50 off, regularly $149.99, but $99.99 with Amazon’s ads. This is a 5.2-inch 720p device with a Mediatek 6738 SoC, Android 7.0, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 2800mAh battery, and a microSD slot. This works on AT&T and T-Mobile, and there’s also a crazy LED-covered back cover you can buy for it.
The Alcatel A30 Plus is $79, $50 off the $129 MSRP. This is a 5.5-inch 720p device with a Mediatek 6738 SoC, Android 7.0, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, and a microSD slot. I’m going to assume that this is cheaper than the A50 because it’s made of plastic.
If these phones are anything like the Prime Exclusive Blu R1 HD we reviewed last year, you can expect the occasional full screen ad on the lock screen, or slipped into your lock screen notifications if you have other notifications. You’ll also get a ton of (non-removable) Amazon apps, like shopping, apps for the Alexa, Drive, Kindle, Music, Photos, and Video services, the Prime Now app, and apps for the Amazon-owned Goodreads, IMDB, and Audible.
The new Prime Exclusives are up for pre-order now. You can find links to all of them here.