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MetroPCS takes a shine to the Samsung Admire

Metro PCS and Samsung will launch a new Android 2.3 Gingerbread touch-screen phone aimed at students and smartphone newcomers.

Samsung Admire from Metro PCS
Metro PCS

MetroPCS is making good on its Android commitment by announcing today the Samsung Admire, a mid-tier Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone.

The Admire comes equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera and camcorder, a Swype virtual keyboard option, and an 800Mhz processor. It also includes a microSD card slot that takes up to 32GB expandable memory.

Those who prefer their Android without adornments will appreciate that the Admire comes without Samsung's custom UI. The Admire stands 4.6 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and is less than 0.5-inch thick. If you lust for color, it comes in bright red; more sober types will gravitate for the gray.

You'll be able to acquire the Admire next month. Although MetroPCS hasn't announced the exact pricing or release date, the prepaid carrier did characterize the Admire as a phone for students, budget-minded buyers, and first-time smartphone owners. Glancing at Metro's portfolio, the Admire could slide into the $150-to-$200 range off contract.