Google’s mobile operating system just got bolstered by four new Android smartphones from Chinese telecommunications provider and handset-maker Huawei. The company said previously that it plans to announce a new Android smartphone at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin this week.
Dubbed the IDEOS (Industrial Design Evolution Operating System), the touchscreen smartphone runs on a stock implementation of Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of the Google OS, and will be priced between US$100 and US$200. The IDEOS has a 2.8-inch QVGA display, 528MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot. It also supports a range of wireless connections including 7.2Mbps HSDPA, GPS for navigation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n and doubles as a Wi-Fi router.
According to Huawei, the entry-level IDEOS is designed to allow easy access to mobile Internet and that the high adoption rate of smartphones is one of the drivers for the “Golden Age of Mobile Broadband”.
The phone-maker, which sells its customized devices through operators, will launch the IDEOS in Hong Kong on September 9 with SmarTone-Vodafone. Huawei is also talking to a number of operators in other markets and added that launch dates are dependent on the local service providers. The company plans to roll out the IDEOS across Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America.
Another Android 2.2 model and a pair of Android 2.1 devices make up the rest of the lineup. The U8800 running on Froyo features a 3.8-inch touchscreen and HSPA+ connectivity, which supports downlink speeds of up to 14Mb/s. The U8800 can also be used as a 3G modem and Wi-Fi router for up to eight mobile devices.
The U8500 and U8300, on the other hand, run on the older Android 2.1 Éclair. The former has a 3.2-inch touchscreen and optical trackpad, as well as HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. The U8300 features a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard in a bar form factor and will come preinstalled with social-networking applications.
Huawei debuted its first Android smartphone in February 2009 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. To date, the company has launched nine Android devices and plans to introduce a series of smartphones in the US$150 range by the end of this year.
“The IDEOS is an important step toward this proliferation, and we expect it to really shake up the market,” a company spokesperson told CNET Asia via email.
According to a recent Gartner report, global smartphone sales totaled 61.6 million units in Q2, a 50.5 percent increase compared with the same quarter last year. Of these, 10.6 million devices run on the Android operating system. The open-source software also overtook Apple’s iPhone iOS to become the third most popular smartphone OS worldwide.
The Huawei U8800 is powered by a 800MHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB RAM. It has 4GB internal storage and supports microSD/SDHC for expansion. You can expect support for HSPA+ high-speed data network, in addition to quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band WCDMA/HSDPA 900 / 2100 networks.Read More