Many people might have expected prepaid-focused carrier MetroPCS to change its ways following the recent T-Mobile merger, but it appears America’s number seven wireless network is determined to continue offering the modestly specced, modestly priced handhelds that brought them a solid 9.5 million customers so far.
The latest addition to Metro’s line-up costs an incredibly low $79 sans contracts and, while it packs mostly sub-par features, its bang for buck factor is undoubtedly solid.
Meet the Huawei Valiant, a sort of retro-looking 4-inch handheld with generous bezels, sharp corners and a robust (so as not to say chunky) figure. What does the phone have going for it beneath the hood? Like I said, not much, but certainly enough to warrant the spending of those 80 bucks.
For one thing, you get pre-loaded Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is still rare in the low-end universe. The dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm processor is not too shabby itself, albeit its performance will probably be crippled by the 768 MB of RAM.
The on-board storage is pretty cringeworthy as well (just 4 gigs, only half of which are user-available), but on the bright side you get a microSD card slot for its easy expansion. As for the 3 MP rear camera and 1,750 mAh battery, I’m afraid I can’t muster the strength to at least call them tolerable. Once again though, the Huawei Valiant is $80 off-contract and so you have to be ready to make a few sacrifices. Just make sure you can live with them.
<Source: Metro PCS>