Revvl 2 Plus Review
The Revvl 2 Plus is one of T-most Mobile’s affordable phones, coming in at $216. It’s a minor upgrade over its predecessor, but it does have a few redeeming aspects, such as a lengthy battery life and a vivid display. Unfortunately, when compared to similarly priced phones like the Motorola Moto G7 Power and the Nokia 7.1, its build quality, performance, and obsolete Android OS make it difficult to recommend.
Design and Display
The Revvl 2 Plus, which is made by TCL, appears to be a normal budget phone. It weighs 6.17 ounces and measures 6.38 by 2.95 by 0.34 inches (HWD). A 6-inch LCD dominates the front, with thick top and bottom bezels.
On the back of the phone, there’s a gleaming black plastic backplate with obvious T-Mobile and Revvl branding. Top and center are a dual camera stack and a fingerprint sensor. While it appears to be in fine condition when you take it out of the box, it is prone to fingerprints and scratches. When you compare it to the Moto G7 Power, it also feels cheap.
The frame is made of a durable matte plastic. A headphone jack is located on the top of the phone, while dual speakers and a USB-C charging connector are located on the bottom. The phone’s left side is empty except for the hybrid SIM/microSD slot, and the right side has a magenta power button and volume rocker. When tapped, both produce a nice click, but reaching the top of the volume rocker can be tough if you have small hands.
If you want a smaller phone, T-Mobile also sells the $168 Revvl 2, which has a smaller display and a smaller total footprint. But size isn’t the only flaw in the Revvl 2: The battery is smaller, there is less RAM, and the processor is slower.
The 6-inch LCD of the Revvl 2 Plus is adequate for the price. The resolution is 2,160 by 1,080 pixels, or 402 pixels per inch. While the Revvl 2 doesn’t have the same color range as more expensive phones, we found that colors were realistic in our lab tests. We also found the display to be quite bright (456 nits), so using it in direct sunlight should be no problem.
The term “durability” is a bit of a misnomer. While the Revvl 2 Plus has a plastic body that should be more resistant to drops and dents than phones with glass backs, TCL does not specify the type of glass used in the display. It’s also not water proof, so a drop in the sink will almost certainly result in a dead phone. If you plan to use your phone near water, you should invest in a waterproof case.
Hardware and Performance
The Revvl 2 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio P23 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage is 32GB, with 26GB available right out of the box. If you require more storage, a microSD card can be used to add up to 128GB.
Performance is lacking, especially when compared to the Nokia 7.1 and Moto G7 Power. When you have more than a half-dozen apps open, they open slowly and multitasking becomes difficult. Gaming is likewise a no-no: during an hour of gameplay in Asphalt 8, we experienced skipped frames and the game froze three times.
In benchmark tests, the phone also performed poorly. It scored 4,848, well below the Moto G7 Power (6,107) and Nokia 7.1 on PCMark 2.0, a set of tests that simulate common smartphone workloads (6,224).
The phone’s 4,000mAh battery, on the other hand, is excellent. The battery lasted 14 hours and 32 minutes in our battery drain test, which streams video over Wi-Fi at full brightness. You should be able to go two days between charges with more judicious use. If you need a quick charge, you’ll have to wait a long because the Revvl 2 Plus lacks the Moto G7 Power’s quick charging option.
A dual-camera array with 12MP and 2MP sensors is found on the phone’s back. The front-facing selfie camera has an 8-megapixel resolution.
Both the back and front cameras operate admirably in bright light. Color accuracy is great in the test photos. Although we detected some detail loss in the background, we were nonetheless pleasantly delighted by the photographs as a whole.
Low-light testing is a another situation altogether. Test images taken with the rear camera are acceptable, albeit there is some noise and loss of background details. However, the front-facing camera performed poorly, with significant noise and blurring in the foreground and background.
Overall, the Revvl 2 Plus’s photo quality is somewhat better than the Moto G7 Power’s, but it falls short of the Nokia 7.1. However, it’s fine for social media posts.
The inexpensive phone market has developed over the last few years. It’s perfectly possible to find a good smartphone for under $300. T-Revvl Mobile’s 2 Plus, on the other hand, hasn’t kept up with the times. The build quality screams budget, and its low-end Mediatek processor is sluggish. At a comparable price, the Motorola Moto G7 Power and Nokia 7.1 both provide a considerably better experience.