Among all the heavyweight launches at IFA 2010, Berlin, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there was an announcement by Huawei that it is planning to launch a new Android smartphone soon. It’s the Huawei Ideos which will run Android 2.2 Froyo. It’s an entry level Android smartphone which will be priced at around $150 (Rs. 7000) or lower, which makes it the cheapest Android smartphone to date. With most Android phones still not running Froyo and some new phones still launching with Android 1.6, an ultra cheap, budget Android smartphone running Froyo on release is definitely impressive.
“The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’s mobile Internet strategy. We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”, said Kevin Tao, CEO, Huawei.
The Huawei Ideos comes with a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It is powered by a 528 MHz processor and has a 3.15 MP camera with autofocus. It will also offer the standard connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS.
That’s quite a lot of features in a very low price. With the Ideos, Android is finally encroaching on Symbian’s home territory of low cost smartphones. And it certainly looks like it’s going to win.