Cricket Wireless is a popular American technology company that is known for providing wireless network services. Over the years, the company has made its way to the smartphone market and it has some good smartphones at a competitive price point. Now, Cricket Wireless has launched the Cricket Icon 3, another budget-friendly entry-level smartphone.
The Cricket Icon 3 comes in as the successor to the Crickets Icon 2 which was launched a couple of months ago. The phone comes with a large display, a fairly big battery, and a decent processor.
In this article, I’ll be sharing with you the Cricket Icon 3 specs and price as well as everything you need to know about the phone. I’ll also be doing a quick review of the phone so you’ll know if it is worth it.
Cricket Icon 3 Key Specs
- 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display
- MediaTek Helio A20 SoC
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- 8MP rear camera
- 5MP selfie camera
- 3,500 mAh non-removable battery
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 4G LTE network support
Upfront, the Cricket Icon 3 has a large 6.5 inches display that has an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and 270 pixels per inch density. It has a water drop notch with fairly noticeable bezels around the sides of the screen. There is no protection applied so you need to get a tempered glass screen protector.
Overall, the display is not bad for a budget-friendly entry-level smartphone as you’ll enjoy watching movies and playing games on it.
Design and Body
Coming to this, Cricket Wireless goes with a fairly basic design as there are no extravagant things on the smartphone.
The phone comes in a plastic body that had a thickness of 9mm and it comes in at 184 grams of weight which is pretty light. It feels good in the hands and thanks to the plastic material, it is also very durable.
On the back panel of the phone, there is a fingerprint sensor, a single camera setup, and Cricket’s branding. You’d find the power button and volume rockers on the right side of the phone.
As for color options, the phone is only available in one color: Maritime Blue.
Processor and Memory
The Cricket Icon 3 is powered by the quad-core MediaTek Helio A20 SoC that has a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz. It is built on a 12nm fabrication process.
The chipset is coupled with the PowerVR GE8300 GPU to help when you’re playing games or doing any other graphics-intensive task.
The processor is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with support for expansion using the micro SD card slot.
The chipset is old and the memory is not large, expect the phone to do well in light day-to-day activities, but it will struggle when performing heavy tasks.
On the rear, there is a single camera setup that features an 8MP camera and an LED flash. It can record videos in up to 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second.
On the front, there is a 5MP camera for all your selfie and video chat needs.
Battery and Charging
On the inside, the Cricket Icon 3 is backed by a fairly large 3,500 mAh non-removable battery. Cricket Wireless says that it can last you up to 2 days depending on what tasks you perform.
As for charging, the phone has a USB Type-C port but there is no support for fast charging.
Network and Connectivity
The Cricket Icon 3 has support for 4G LTE networks and it comes with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, and USB On-The-Go.
On the software front, the Cricket Icon 3 comes running on Android 11 straight out of the box.
Cricket Icon 3 Price and Availability
The Cricket Icon 3 price is set at $89 which is very affordable. The phone can be purchased at all Cricket stores as well as other online and offline stores like Walmart, Amazon, eBay, etc.
It seems like a good deal if you don’t want to spend much but want the Android smartphone experience.