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Old 08-30-2017, 08:55 PM   #53
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I think I've stumbled on the holy grail of cheap-ass android devices.

I found this thing on Amazon:

5.5" 1080P display
Snapdragon 652
Adreno 510
32GB Storage
Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
Fingerprint sensor
Mostly metal construction
Camera that's not great but better than your average potato (even records 4k)

...for the grand sum of $139 unlocked with no Amazon ads or anything.

wtf is the catch?

There's actually 2 catches: the software sucks (it's a terrible bloated version of Android 6.x with some weird ass ecosystem baked it) and the capacitive buttons are stupid and backwards.

BUT... I noticed that this phone is only branded as "S3" in the USA, it's actually an X522/S2 everywhere else... and the latest nightlies of Lineage OS are available for the X522...

So I took the plunge and ordered it, booted it up to the crappy OS for just long enough to turn on the option to allow the bootloader to be unlocked, rebooted it to fastboot, sent the unlock command, installed TWRP, flashed LOS and GAPPS, turned off the capacitive buttons and enabled the on-screen ones, and 20mins later I've got a pretty sweet little phone for super cheap

(photo taken with actual potato)
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Last edited by markman; 08-30-2017 at 10:46 PM. Reason: typo
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