It’s been several years since we’ve seen carriers intermingle in the hardware space, and most of them don’t even bother asking for specific models and devices anymore. Verizon’s DROID brand is the closest thing to it anymore, but Lenovo still sells the Moto Z without the carrier branding, anyway.
Despite that trend being long buried, T-Mobile wants to revive it with their own co-branded devices. The first device to come out of the rumor mill is the oddly named REVVL T1 that will be manufactured by TCL, who also helped to handle manufacturing duties for the BlackBerry KeyOne. It’s not particularly high end, reportedly opting for a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 3000mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner, but it’s decent enough.
There should also be a handful of other devices in the REVVL line, including the T2 and T3 Pro, which might indicate that the T1 is entry level while the other two offer bigger, better hardware for someone itching to have the latest and greatest. And since it’s going to be pushed directly through T-Mobile, you can bet that it will undercut other flagship devices on pricing.
Other than knowing that it does exist, details are pretty scarce otherwise. Pricing is a major factor with a device like this, and specs like processor will make a huge difference. It’s probably going to come preloaded with a decent amount of bloatware, too.
Regardless of your opinion of carrier-specific devices, you can’t deny the Un-carrier is continuing to try and shake things up through 2017.
source: Android Authority