January 5, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
If you are a fan of dirt-cheap Android smartphones and you are looking to get yourself a nice and affordable present for…uh, Martin Luther King Day, we have two good news for you, both regarding the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish.
The 2.8-inch smartphone, available up until now only at parent-carrier Sprint, has started receiving an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and will be available starting January 16th at prepaid Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile.
While for most of us, Gingerbread is already obsolete and a thing of the past, if you take a look at Replenish’s price tag, you will get why the 2.3 update is actually a big deal. The entry-level smartphone from Samsung is available for one penny at Sprint with a contract and will go for 99.99 dollars at Boost Mobile with the $55 Android MonthlyUnlimited plan with shrinking payments.
The Replenish sports a 2.8-inch capacitive multi-touch display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, is powered by a 600 MHz processor and features a physical QWERTY keyboard, as well as WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, onboard GPS, a 2-megapixel camera and a microUSB port.
With the help of the new Gingerbread update, the smartphone will benefit from increased speed and better power management. Also, it goes without saying that there are a bunch of preloaded apps on the device, as well as Android Market access. The update should be ready now. If you own a Replenish and didn’t yet receive the OTA, don’t panic, because you will most likely get it in the following couple days or so.
As far as carrier availability goes, according to Sprint’s official statement, the Replenish should be made available at a couple of additional national retailers by the end of February. Also, if you are looking to get the smartphone from Boost Mobile, you should know that you have a buyback program available, allowing you to trade in an old device in exchange for account credit, credit that can be afterwards used for buying the gadget.