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MetroPCS lands Huawei's first U.S. LTE phone, Activa 4G

Huawei's Activa 4G ends the Chinese manufacturer's LTE dry spell for the U.S. market.

Huawei Activa 4G
Huawei's Activa is its first U.S.-bound 4G phone. Huawei

Huawei promised CNET some 4G LTE action, and with the Huawei Activa 4G, the phone maker is ready to deliver.

If you're thinking this is the smartphone version of a certain yogurt with bifidus regularis, stop, because the Activa (pronounced "ACT-iv-uh") is in fact Huawei's first U.S. phone to get 4G, and it's available starting today at MetroPCS stores.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone has a 3.54-inch HVGZ touch screen (480x320 pixels), a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and comes with a 4GB microSD that's preloaded with "Kung Fu Panda 2." The Activa 4G will also accept microSD cards up to 32GB.

Now for the downsides: it won't be eligible for an Android 4.0 upgrade, it's got a slower 800MHZ Qualcomm MSM7627T processor, and weak expected battery life at just a rating of 4 hours talk time.

The price is one silver lining: $149 after a mail-in rebate (for a limited time). That's the middle of the range for prepaid devices, and the low end of the range for both 4G-ready phones and for Android smartphones.

In truth I was hoping for a faster processor and better battery life, but we'll have to see how the phone performs in our real-life tests.