The LG Stylo 3 is just $179, now available from Boost and Virgin

Sprint's prepaid subsidiaries Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are both offering the latest iteration of the LG Stylo lineup with the Stylo 3, and it's only going to set you back $179 outright. For that money, you can't expect much — but LG makes some good decisions here, putting in a big 5.7-inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a big 3200 mAh (removable) battery.

The rest of the specs actually round out fine for such a cheap phone: that display is 720p, and powered by a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and thankfully Android 7.0 Nougat. The cameras (yes, there are actually two — not a given at this price) are 13MP on the back and 5MP on the front. The hallmark of the Stylo series, its stylus, of course makes a return.

Sure the body is cheap and lacking any design flair, but what the heck do you expect for just $179 on a cheap prepaid plan? Boost will give you "unlimited" data for optimized streaming videos, gaming and music with a few restrictions for $50 per month. Virgin offers a more traditional setup of 5GB of LTE speeds for $35 or 10GB for $45 per month.

If you buy from Boost, the carrier will throw in a $25 Google Play gift card or 32GB SD card as well. Not bad.

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Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • i hope this comes to T-Mobile, be a good phone for my son
  • Supposed to be 3gb of RAM, all the videos... etc.. etc says so... Is there a plus coming out that will have this?
  • The unlocked versions often have extra RAM that the prepaid versions don't. The unlocked version would work on T-mobile BTW.
  • After the experience I had with the LG G Stylo MK One, I'll be sticking with my tried and true Moto G4 thank you very much. But it does sound like an improvement nonetheless which was sorely needed...
  • My Lilly Esin once in a blue moon got a new choice of the crop Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe by unavailable off of a laptop... flash it out
  • I bought mine as an upgrade from a G Stylo. Works great. The 2 GB of system RAM isn't a bottleneck for me. Smoothest phone I've had in this price range in quite a while! No crashes in the week that I've had it. (I haven't even turned on the developer options... don't really need to for now.) Uber hardcore gamers might stay away from this one, but this is really a phone that's worth every penny (at least it is for me). The other feature I love is that I can move some apps to SD. Anyone remember that? Of course, this method is the basic one, moving just the apk and lib files IIRC. Fine by me, this gives me back some free internal storage. Right now, I've been able to move 26 user apps to SD. So, yes, I'm a happy customer thus far. Other things I love: OTG USB support, built in hardware gyroscope (for VR 3D), FM radio chip, low energy GPS mode, Voice HD. Yup. Works for me!