The Huawei Ideos first came into the limelight when it was unveiled at IFA 2010 in Berlin. It was showcased as the cheapest Android smartphone to date. It was to be priced at $150 for the unlocked version in the US, close to Rs 7000.
Since then, even cheaper Android smartphones have been launched, like the Micromax Andro A60, but the Huawei Ideos still holds the distinction for being the first truly budget Android phone. Today, Aircel announced that it will be launching the Huawei Ideos in India for Rs. 8499.
The Huawei Ideos is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It has a 528 MHz processor with 256 MB RAM, 200 MB internal storage and up to 32 GB microSD card support.
It also has a 3.15 MP camera and GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS. It is powered by a 1200 mAh Li-ion battery. It’s one of the best Android smartphones in that price range, and probably the only budget Android phone to run Android 2.2 Froyo, unlike the Micromax Andro A60, which runs Android 2.1 Eclair.
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Huawei finally announced the much awaited Ideos X5 smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Huawei Ideos X5 comes with a 3.8 inch touch screen display, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. According to the company, each detail of the IDEOS X5 is specifically chosen to bring consumers a smart mobile experience that is easy to enjoy.
Speaking at a press event at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device, said, “We are excited to launch the next generation IDEOS: the X5 smartphone. This smartphone is a new alternative to traditional brands and competes well in terms of design and functionality. IDEOS X5 offers the latest technology at a price that’s right.”
Huawei Ideos X5 features a large 3.8 inch multiple touchscreen display with easy-to-use SWYPE input and voice recognition, 800 MHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 5 mehapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, Stereo FM radio, 3.5 mm headset jack, SRS professional audio effect, Dolby Mobile, Adobe Flash 10.1, MicroSD card slot, GPS and more.
Huawei Ideos X5 will be available in Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand beginning January 2011. The company also said that, a U.S. carrier will be announced during mid-2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.
Huawei is trying hard to convince the Indian government that its telecom gear does not pose a security threat to India. And as a part of it’s efforts in doing so, Huawei pans to establish a state-of-the-art cyber security centre in India where Indian law enforcement agencies and technical experts from the telecom department and home ministry can test their end-to-end core equipment, hardware and software solutions sold to local mobile phone companies.
Huawei also said that various national security agencies will also be allowed to look for malware, spyware, trapdoors and even assess to see if Huawei’s gear can be remotely managed. Huawei has recently set up a similar center in UK and feels this model could be replicated in India too.
According to a Huawei India spokesperson:
We have not discussed this yet with the Indian government as it is a very new initiative from Huawei to comprehensively address the security issue at an international level, which includes India. We will surely look at ways of trying to incorporate the positives from our new UK initiative and try to localise them for India.
Huawei first came into the limelight when it announced the Huawei Ideos, the cheapest Android smartphone known to humanity.
Now, it seems that Huawei doesn’t just want a piece of the budget Android pie, but is aiming much higher. Today, it unveiled the Huawei Ideos X6 and the Huawei Ideos X5.
The Huawei Ideos X6 is the better one of the two – it has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB ROM and comes with a 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It also packs in a 5 MP camera which can capture 720p HD video.
The Huawei Ideos X5 isn’t as good as the X6, and offers a smaller 3.8 inch touchscreen display with a 5 MP camera. No other specification details about the Ideos X5 are out yet. Both phones offer HSPA+ connectivity and run Android 2.2 Froyo.
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.
Today, Huawei Technologies announced that it will launch four new handsets in the Indian market, two of them being Android smartphones.
The Huawei U8300 and U8500 will run the Android OS and have pretty decent hardware specifications. Huawei is clearly aiming for the budget Android segment which has virtually zero competition, by pricing the phones in the Rs. 7000 to Rs. 10000 range.
Detailed specifications are not available yet, but we do know that both phones will use Qualcomm chipsets and will offer GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They are also integrated with sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The Huawei U8300 will be a QWERTY Android smartphone with a TFT touchscreen display and a 3.15 MP camera with LED flash. It will be available in three colors: green, yellow and purple.
The Huawei U8500, on the other hand, will have a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with a trackpad.
Huawei had first unveiled these phones at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona in February. They will be available on August 1, 2010.
Reliance Telecommunication has placed an order worth Rs. 340cr for two million CDMA handsets from Chinese telecom vendor Huawei Technologies. Reliance plans to roll out these devices within next week.
These CDMA handsets will be priced in the range of Rs 1,700-1,950 each device and will come with bundled value-added services (VAS). The device also comes with camera and FM radio and have a one-press access to the VAS platform. The RCom will deploy these handsets in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
We are leveraging our extensive CDMA capabilities to drive VAS revenues as part of a larger business growth plan,said Krishna Durbha, head, VAS, Reliance Communications. The decline in Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) has been the major concern for most of the operators due to the telecom price war in the market. Reliance will offer a free bundled wallpaper pack from its R-World platform along with these handsets. The handset comes with a browser that enables customers to access entertainment-based VAS services, thus trying out a way to increase ARPU. R-world would mostly offer bollywood and cricket contents, which sells more.