Those waiting for an unlocked budget Android LTE smartphone have another option as Huawei has made the SnapTo LTE Smartphone available for pre-order today, with shipping and retail launch starting next week at select retailers.
Before you get too excited though, the 5″ Android device only supports AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks (Bands 2, 4, 5, & 12), so if you’re on another carrier you’ll be relegated to using it in GSM mode (850/900/1800/1900). The phone ships with Android 4.4 (KitKat) and features a 1280×720 display, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 2200mAh battery, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, and runs on a Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 with Adreno 305 GPU.
The SnapTo is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com in black or white and will be available next week at select retailers including Best Buy, Fry’s, Brandsmart USA, and various other locations as well as at GetHuawei.com.
Full Press Release
Huawei Brings Unlocked Affordability to Open Market with Introduction of Huawei SnapTo Smartphone
SnapTo smartphone offers full-featured Android for sub-$200 price tag and unlocked flexibility to choose from service providers
PLANO, Texas, April 09, 2015 – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced SnapTo, a full-featured Android smartphone perfect for consumers who don’t want to be shackled to carrier contracts and are watching their spending. As an unlocked smartphone, SnapTo gives customers the capabilities they care about without weighing them down with contracts and services they don’t want and can’t afford.
Powered by Android 4.4 (KitKat), Huawei SnapTo comes with some of the latest tech specs to make sure users are getting the best speed and mobile browsing experience on whichever U.S. GSM mobile service provider they choose. SnapTo supports LTE networks from the nation’s two leading GSM providers, along with smaller wireless service providers, making it possible to experience fast mobile web browsing and streaming almost anywhere across the country.
SnapTo doesn’t skimp on fun for the sake of functionality either. With the Ultra Snapshot camera activation feature, users simply press the lower volume button twice to capture a spontaneous moment or unexpected photo opportunity. This action immediately activates the camera and allows users to take and review a photo, all without unlocking the screen or opening the camera application. Plus, SnapTo’s camera application features unique after-effects like adding watermarks to personalize and customize captured photos.
And no one wants to worry about slow touchscreen response or getting bogged down when switching between multiple applications. Huawei SnapTo features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor so it can handle any applications and multitasking users throw at it.
Other features include:
- 5-inch HD (1280×720) display
- 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording capability
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 2200mAh battery
- 1GB RAM and removable memory card slot
Starting today, consumers can pre-order Huawei SnapTo on Amazon.com, with availability beginning next week. Also starting next week, Huawei SnapTo will be available at GetHuawei.com, BestBuy.com, Brandsmart USA, Frys.com and Fry’s Electronic retail stores, NewEgg.com, and various other retail and dealer stores across the country.