Namely, it adds LTE connectivity, which brings much faster data transfer compared to Metro's 2.5G network.
However, those hoping to brandish a high-end smartphone won't get one in the Admire 4G. Instead, the specs stack up to a small, but affordable entry-level device.
Let's start with the 3.65-inch HVGA screen, which is minuscule by today's standards. Then add the 1GHz processor, and top it off with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is already a few versions old at this point.
The Admire 4G also carries a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video chats. While I fully expect this phone to satisfy the requirements of budget smartphone seekers on MetroPCS' network, I am disappointed that the phone isn't a little more high-powered with Android 4.0 Gingerbread and a faster dual-core processor.
MetroPCS begins selling the Admire 4G online today for $169 with no contract requirement. It goes on sale in stores beginning tomorrow.