MetroPCS lifts the cover off two LTE smartphones: LG Connect 4G, Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G
Regional carrier MetroPCS is known for its affordable plans and early entry in the 4G LTE market. The carrier was actually the first to roll out a commercial LTE network stateside, but it’s a much smaller one than what the major carriers have launched. Still, LTE speeds are impressive and now you’d have two more devices that ride on those airwaves for MetroPCS: the LG Connect 4G, the carrier’s first dual-core smartphone, and the affordable Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G.
LG Connect 4G - the device is set to become the new MetroPCS flagship. It sports a 4-inch NOVA LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The NOVA technology should improve outdoor visibility and translate into higher brightness. The Connect 4G houses a 5-megapixel camera capturing 720p videos on the back and there’s 4 gigs of internal memory along with the option to plug in your own microSD card.First, the
The not so good news is that the LG Connect 4G runs on Android Gingerbread and we haven’t heard a thing about an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. We’re also yet to know the price of the Connect 4G.
Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G with its very affordable $199 price tag with no contract ties whatsoever. The Attain 4G is no technological wonder with its 3.5-inch 320 x 480 pixel display, single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 3-megapixel rear and 1.3MP front cameras. The spotlight here shines on 4G LTE connectivity, though, and for the price, it’s a decent offering. The Attaint 4G will hit stores next month.
MetroPCS 4G LTE network however isn’t quite the 4G you’ve heard about not only because of limited range. MetroPCS has rolled out LTE networks in 14 markets, but the problem with it is that it’s much slower - averaging 1-2Mbps and hitting a peak at around 4Mbps. In comparison, Verizon’s and AT&T’s networks easily broke the 30Mbps threshold on initial testing. This pseudo-4G comes at pseudo-4G prices as well - you only pay $50 monthly for service.