By Stephen Schenck | August 9, 2011 11:10 AM
The Samsung Admire has been on our radar since last fall, first as a tiny blip when Samsung trademarked the name, and finally grabbing out full attention last month when the Admire was outed as an upcoming MetroPCS model. The carrier has now made things official, announcing that it will soon begin offering the Admire up for sale.
The hardware specs we’ve heard for the Admire, model SCH-R720, are definitely leaning towards the lower end of the spectrum: the processor runs at 800MHz, the 3.5-inch screen has just an HVGA resolution, and the smartphone’s camera measures-in at just over three megapixels.
MetroPCS is positioning the Admire as an ideal back-to-school phone for students. The implication there is both that we’ll see the Admire arrive sometime this month, with schools starting up around the beginning of September, and that it will be priced accordingly for a user who might be more likely to lose or damage the phone than an adult. The carrier doesn’t give any specific info on the Admire’s release date nor price, but we had speculated earlier that the handset could be in the $150 range.
When it arrives, the Admire will run Gingerbread and be available in a choice of red or gray.