MetroPCS has been the carrier of choice for those who are looking for affordable phones. But the Huawei Premia 4G LTE (M931) is much more interesting than that, as it promises to provide 4G LTE at the reasonable cost of $149.99 USD. That is quite a bargain considering the leader of the pack, the Samsung Galaxy S3, costs $499.99 at MetroPCS.
However, the price does not guarantee success for MetroPCS. We remember that this is the second Huawei device on MetroPCS, and its probably the assumable replacement of the Activa 4G. While the Activa 4G was the cheapest mobile device to provide 4G LTE of its time, it couldn’t cut the competition with its single-core 800 MHz processor. Subsequently, it was pulled off the shelves. Huawei has put on a new bid to get more attention. The Premia 4G LTE features a much needed 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It generously packs 1GB RAM, a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera, and a 4.0 inch gorilla glass display.
But affordable phones don’t enter the market without their downsides. The device comes in with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), with no official word on whether or not the device can be upgraded at a later time. Meanwhile, Google plans to roll out Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0), in the upcoming weeks, leaving this device behind a few more versions. Although there is a SD card slot that expands up to 32GB, don’t expect to have ample storage, as the device arrives with only 2GB internal storage. The 1650mAh battery and 800×600 resolution display meet expectations for most consumers. MetroPCS hopes to grab the interests of its customers through its own joyn™ communication app, which can be downloaded through the play store or the @metro App Store. Unlimited music through Rhapsody is also available at the cost of an additional $5 USD per month. It claims to be the “best deal in town” for Rhapsody music.
The Huawei Premia 4G LTE is definitely not a serious contender to the high-end mobile marketplace. Nevertheless, it’s a massive upgrade from the previous Activa 4G, especially in terms of the processor, and promises to deliver a relatively smooth experience to android fans that don’t wish to break their budget. The camera should provide standard quality photos and videos. And lastly, the 4G LTE would be its biggest bet to success, leaving it to possibly dominate the affordable mobile market. MetroPCS’ rate plans start around $40 USD, and usually come off-contract, which will be an advantage to the company.