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First Look: Huawei Vitria speeds up LTE

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First Look: Huawei Vitria speeds up LTE

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MetroPCS' now-faster 4G network makes this budget Android a viable LTE option.

Everyone, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET, taking a first look at the Huawei Vitria for MetroPCS. There might be two reasons you're interested in this phone. The first is that at $130 off contact, it is very affordable and the second reason is because it does have 4G LTE and MetroPCS is now using at least in some areas the T-Mobile network. So, 4G LTE is a lot faster that you've ever seen on a Metro phone before. The specs themselves aren't terribly exciting but it does all hang together to give you an Android experience. There is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this device, has a 4-inch screen, colorful enough, rich enough, definitely it's not gonna distract you. It's a little bit hard to read outdoors in direct sunlight, so find yourself a little bit of shade. The phone itself has curved corners and a very plain soft touch finish on the back that makes it comfortable and easy to hold. The screen on the front does attract a lot of smudges, so you're gonna wanna keep a little wipey cloth handy. At almost 5 ounces, the phone is rather heavy but you will soon very use to it if you hold on to it long enough. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash, there's also auto focus which is nice. Photos were pretty good and so as the 720p HD video. The audio pickup in video capture mode wasn't that great. I can hear myself a lot better than I can hear anybody else I was filming. So, you wanna get in close to your subject. On the front you'll find a very basic VGA camera. There's a 1.2 gigahertz dual core processor in here. Sometimes, performance was a little bit laggy and I would see starts and stutters for video playback and games. I did reboot the phone and that made everything very smooth. Be prepared to buy expandable memory for this. There's only 4 gigabytes of internal storage and you will only have access to about two of those. So, you can't get up to 32 gigabytes of expandable memory and I recommend you get at least something. This phone isn't perfect, it's not the most beautiful you can get and there were a couple of bugs but I think it was a solid effort from Huawei and definitely a phone that you can consider if you're looking for something affordable with LTE. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can check out my full review of the Huawei Vitria for MetroPCS at CNET.com.

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