Over the years, Cricket Wireless has been releasing smartphones in different price ranges, and now, they’ve unveiled another budget-friendly entry-level smartphone. The Cricket Ovation 2 is a new addition to the Ovation series and it is the successor to the Cricket Ovation that was previously released.
The Cricket Ovation 2 comes with a large display, a fairly huge battery, a decent camera system, and the latest Android OS. Being in the entry-level segment, the phone misses out on many great features to keep the price low.
In this article, I will share with you the Cricket Ovation 2 specs and price, and I will also do a quick review of the smartphone. Without wasting much of our time, let’s get right into it.
Cricket Ovation 2 Key Specs
- 6.82-inch HD+ IPS LCD display
- MediaTek Helio A22 SoC
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- Android 11
- 13MP + 5MP + 2MP triple rear camera
- 8MP selfie camera
- 3,900 mAh non-removable battery
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
Design and Body
In comparison to other entry-level smartphones, the Cricket Ovation 2 comes with a unique design but it is not going to blow anyone’s mind.
The phone comes in a plastic body which is expected of most phones in its price range, and it has a thickness of 8.9 mm with a weight of 189 grams. The plastic material is quite durable so getting a case for the phone is not a priority.
The back panel of the phone hosts the triple camera setup, Cricket’s branding, and a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. The power button and volume rockers are on the right-hand side. As for color options, it is only available in one color: Dark Green.
Coming to the display, the Cricket Ovation 2 sports a 6.82 inches IPS LCD screen that has an HD+resolution at 720 x 1640 pixels with 260 PPI density. The display has a 20 by 9 aspect ratio with a water drop notch at the top center.
Around the screen, there are noticeable bezels with the one at the bottom side being the chunkiest. As for protection, there is nothing so I’d advise you to get a tempered glass screen protector.
Processor and Memory
On the inside, the Cricket Ovation 2 draws its power from the quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chipset that is built on a 12nm fabrication process. It has four Cortex-A53 cores that have a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz.
The chipset is paired with the PowerVR GE8320 GPU for all graphics-intensive tasks.
The processor is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot for expanding the storage by up to 128 GB.
In today’s world, this is a poor processor with paltry memory and storage. It should perform all simple day-to-day tasks with ease but it will fall short when performing heavy tasks.
The Cricket Ovation 2 is going to run on the latest Android 11 OS. There is no info letting us know if there will be major software updates in the future.
On the rear, there is a triple camera setup that features a 13MP main camera alongside a 5MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth camera. It can record videos in up FHD resolution at 30 fps.
On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera tucked in the water drop notch at the top center. It can also record videos in FHD resolution at 30 fps.
Battery and Charging
The Cricket Ovation 2 has a 3,900 mAh non-removable battery. Cricket says that it will keep you going for almost 2 days on a single charge with mixed usage.
As for charging, the phone has a USB Type-C port and it maxes out at 10W, this means there is no fast charging so expect the phone to take quite some time to charge fully.
Network and Connectivity
There is support for 4G LTE networks on the Cricket Ovation 2. It has support for the following LTE bands: 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500).
The phone comes with Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, and FM radio. It also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Cricket Ovation 2 Price and Availability
The Cricket Ovation 2 price is set at $129 which is really affordable. It is available at all Cricket online and offline stores.