Huawei is largely considered to be a big player in the Asian market. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a couple of months ago, Huawei unveiled its first Quad core handset, which looked very promising to say the least. Since then the company has been really quiet, and hasn’t been in the news at all, while Samsung and HTC took the center stage. Now Huawei has announced a new handset in the USA, while carefully avoiding all competition from bigger players such as Samsung, HTC and Apple.
Partnering with the American mobile carrier MetroPCS, Huawei is bringing Activa 4G to the American shores, with LTE capabilities. Activa 4G is the first LTE enabled phone from Huawei, and one of the few Huawei handset to be launched in the USA. Huawei would have faced tough competition from the flagship LTE phones of the better known brands in the US, had they decided to release the phone on carriers such as Verizon, Sprint or AT&T. The phone is being marketed as a mid-range LTE phone, which might get a lot of prospective buyers interested. It is available for $149, without any contract, which is lower than all other LTE phones available on MetroPCS.
The phone has modest specs, such as a 3.5 inch HVGA screen and an 800 GHz GCT’s GDM7240 chip. Running Gingerbread (Android 2.3), the phone features a 5 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video calls.
Entry of Huawei into the US smartphone market is a welcome sight. Though some may argue that a single core 800 GHz processor is like taking a step back, but it can’t be ignored that a mid-range LTE phone is sure to attract the youth, and other people who don’t have enough cash to splash around for a Samsung flagship phone.