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A Samsung mobile phone and accessories shop in capital Nairobi March 3, 2016.REUTERS/Noor Khamis

Three budget smartphones — Samsung Galaxy J7, LG Stylo 2 and Kyocera Hydro Reach — were launched in the United Stated on Friday, a few days after Sprint announced Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile would bring them to the country. The handsets are priced under $230.

Samsung Galaxy J7 is priced $229.99 (plus tax), while the Hydro Reach comes with a price tag of $99.99 (plus tax), and LG Stylo 2 is $179.99 (plus tax). Virgin Mobile will release LG Stylo 2 on May 9.

Samsung Galaxy J7 specifications: It is not the 2016 version but the 2015 edition with a couple of upgrades (software and RAM). It has a 5.5-inch Super-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (267 ppi pixel density), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocking 1.4GHz, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device also comes packed with 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), 2GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/1.9 and 28mm, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.2 aperture, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Kyocera Hydro Reach specifications: With a 5-inch QHD display and features likes waterproofing with Wet Touchscreen Operation, it is a good device for its price, and stands at just $100. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocking 1.1GHz, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 8GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, and a 2,160mAh battery.

LG Stylo 2 specifications: The budget smartphone has a a 5.7-inch HD IPS display with an embedded stylus, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocking 1.2GHz, and Android Marshmallow. It comes packed with 16GB internal memory and 2GB RAM, mounts a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-snapper, and houses a 3,000mAh battery.

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