Huawei may be a name not too popular with many, but the company has its presence in devices that you may be using. Like your Tata Photon+ or a similar USB 3G dongle is mostly made by them. But now, the Chinese giant is waving its flag big-time with three Android phone launches in the country one after the other.
The first one will be launched this month in the under Rs. 10k bracket - the IDEOS U8150; as Indian Android enthusiast blog Androidos.in reports. It is expected to be priced at under Rs. 8,000 but does not miss out on key features that we really care for - like a 2.8 inch (that's not it), QVGA (nope, no excitement there), "Capacitive" (YES, that's the one) touch-screen. The second sixer the IDEOS U8150 strikes is Android 2.2 (Froyo) at launch, while competing models like the Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 or even the Micromax Andro still run Android 2.1 with no confidence that they'll ever get updated to 2.2. A worrisome part about this phone is the kinda slow 528 MHz processor; while the other two we mentioned, have 600 MHz ones. Now, in our experience, 528 megs has turned out to be incapable to run the UI smoothly or perform tasks like playing a DivX video. Let's hope the interface is smoother due to the Android 2.2's speed optimizations. Rest of the specs are pretty good for an under 8k phone - Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a 3.2 megapixel camera. If the phone is actually priced at Rs. 7,000, it will make buying the Resistive screen plagued Micromax Andro A60 absolutely redundant. It will also serve up a good competition for the Samsung Galaxy 5 - if and only if that 528 MHz processor bottleneck doesn't slow down the UI too much.
That is what's coming down this month, but looks like the company has bigger plans for the months to follow. As TelecomYatra reports, two mid-range Huawei IDEOS branded phones - the X5 and the X6 - will reach the Indian shores by mid-January 2011. Both are similar in terms of specs. Like the X5 comes with a 3.8-inch capacitive screen, while the X6 has a bigger 4.1-inch 800 x 480 pixel one. Both support Dolby mobile sound enhancement and 3G speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. Both have 5 megapixel auto-focus cameras that can also record 720p video. The X6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor. Lastly, both also have an HDMI port (mini-HDMI, we assume) to hook 'em up to a bigger screen. Pricing details of these phones are not disclosed as yet.