You’d think MetroPCS would have too much on its plate these days to think about device launches, but the prepaid carrier seems to live in the moment instead of just focusing on the soon to be sealed T-Mobile merger.
And the moment brings us probably one of Metro’s best smartphones ever – the Huawei Premia 4G. This is lightyears behind high-end Android devices, but it has an unbelievably low price tag for what it has to offer ($149 plus tax without any carrier agreement).
Aside from 4G LTE speeds, the Premia has a bunch of other features that place it well inside the mid-range niche instead of the low-end sector that price could imply. There’s a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (whaaaat?!?), a 4-inch 800 x 480 pix res touchscreen with Gorilla Glass (nice!) and 1 GB of RAM.
The 5 MP rear-facing camera is slightly less impressive, but still above par, while the 2 GB of on-board storage and pretty measly 1,650 mAh battery sound like the only real downsides of the Premia. Oh, and the on-board Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is now two generations behind the times. But hey, that’s not really a deal-breaker, is it?