Today, MetroPCS announced yet another addition to its stable of prepaid Android smartphones. One of the pricier off-contract handsets, the device retails for $459. So, what do you get for a significant portion of your rent for the month? Well, for a Metro PCS phone, it's actually a pretty decent spec list:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED display
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera w/ flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • LTE
  • 32GB of "external memory"*

*Note: It's a little unclear what they mean by "32GB of external memory." The device's spec page also lists a 16GB memory card, so it may be that the device has an SD card slot that supports up  to 32GB, but only includes a 16GB card. Either way, it is phrased poorly.

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All that being said, it's a pretty decent device for Metro PCS. Even if it does violate at least two commandments. It may be more expensive as an unlocked phone than the superior Galaxy Nexus, but what you spend in device hardware, you more than make up for in cheaper plans. The Lightray is available for purchase now from Metro PCS's site.

MetroPCS Dials In Unique Entertainment Experience with the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G Smartphone

Latest Smartphone Offers 4G LTE Performance and is First to Offer Dyle™ mobile TV to US Smartphone Users

DALLAS (August 3, 2012) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S® LightrayTM 4G*. The latest in MetroPCS’ expanding 4G LTE Android™ smartphone lineup – and the first Samsung Galaxy S device for MetroPCS – allows consumers to browse the web and applications, download exciting content plus stream videos and music in a flash. Available today, this powerful smartphone offers 4G LTE service with no annual contract and tax-and-regulatory-fee-inclusive service plans starting at just $40 per month.

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G will be also the first smartphone in the U.S. to offer live, local broadcast television with Dyle™ mobile TV. Dyle mobile TV keeps consumers informed and entertained while on the go and allows them to watch local and national sports, news and entertainment broadcast programming on their mobile phones. Access to the Dyle mobile TV service will be offered in select markets and at no additional charge to customers on a MetroPCS 4G LTE service plan. More information about Dyle mobile TV is available at http://www.dyle.tv/ and the Dyle coverage map is available at http://www.dyle.tv/using-dyle/coverage-map/

Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G features a crystal-clear 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen and a speedy 1GHz processor. Its 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera are great for capturing photos and video chatting with friends and family.

Additionally, the Galaxy S Lightray 4G will be MetroPCS’ first smartphone to feature 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, allowing customers to share their MetroPCS 4G LTE connection and data with multiple Wi-Fi®-enabled devices. MetroPCS will also offer 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot on future 4G LTE Android smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G is available in MetroPCS stores and online at www.MetroPCS.com for $459 plus tax. More information about 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot is available at http://www.metropcs.com/4GLTE-mobile-hotspot.

Source: MetroPCS

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

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    • Chahk Noir

      I concur.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Man, I'm DISGUSTED that they still release Gingerbread phones. It's TWO fucking generations old now. What problem is it to slap the TouchWiz ICS on it and call it a day? Geeze.

    • PINJ

      No its Not. Jellybean Isn't A Generation Upgrade.

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

        Version number, dessert name, I don't care and you know what I mean.

  • fixxmyhead

    yea right this is a ripoff. u can get a galaxy nexus thats way better and cheaper and go with that 30$ tmobile plan on walmart and get better coverage than metro POS

  • CeluGeek

    Way too expensive for a phone with Gingerbread. Are they charging $100 bucks or so for every word on that name?

    • GazaIan

      You do realize that all MetroPCS phones are sold in unsubsidized, Right?

      • CeluGeek

        Other prepaid carriers sell unsubsidized phones for less.

        • GazaIan

          Okay? Cool. Price all varies by phone. The CDMA Galaxy Nexus is still well over $600.

  • PhilNelwyn

    You mean the SAMSUNG GALAXY S, LIGHTRAY 4G, TOUCH 4.3" S.AMOLED 8MP LTE 32GB 1Ghz, right?

    • GazaIan

      No, they mean the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Ok, you're the kind of guy who thinks he has an answer to everything...
        Sorry but you failed here because firstly the joke wasn't aimed at you, and secondly you seemingly didn't read that:

        • GazaIan

          I actually did read that, your humor is just pretty terrible.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Well, judging by the votes, it's been more appreciated than your pointless reply. ;) (than any reply you posted on this page, actually)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

    DROID charge still lives

  • Andrew

    Why are Google still allowing companies to release phones with Gingerbread? Why are they even still selling it to companies? They're their own worst enemy, they should update their contracts to forbid it or something.

    • Andrew

      I should point out that I realise they don't 'sell' it to anyone. What I mean is that companies are obviously still getting hold of the software. They should stop making it publicly available.

    • GazaIan

      Google doesn't allow nor disallow people to use the Android OS, and they damn sure aren't selling OPEN SOURCE software to companies. Why would Google be selling something that's free?

  • Leo Chan

    you missed the biggest selling point, the DYLE mobile TV which let you watch broadcast TV using a different broadcast spectrum. Is it worth $459? Probably not, but your job is tell us what's so special about it, not just another phone.