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Checking out the Huawei Valiant (pictures)

MetroPCS's 3G-only budget smartphone makes some trade-offs to keep costs low. Get to know this Android 4.1 handset.

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Huawei Valiant hands-on

The Huawei Valiant is a pleasant-looking entry-level Android 4.1 smartphone.

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Thick, but nice

Although the phone is a bit on the thicker side, it fits well in the hand, feels good on the ear, and is small enough to fit into a looser pocket.

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Depth

You can see the phone's 0.45-inch thickness here.

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It has the touch

This navy-blue, soft-touch finish makes the phone easy to palm.

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Camera action

There's no flash or front-facing camera with the Valiant, but the biggest issue is its fixed-focus shooter. It does have panorama mode and a few filters, and colors are attractive and bright.

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Call quality

Audio quality was nice and strong for both standard and speakerphone modes when I tested the phone in San Francisco.

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Interface about face

Various themes and wallpapers inside help adjust its look.

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