June 17, 2009 by Tap
It's been a long time coming (we first got wind of a Huawei Android phone at this years Mobile World Congress) but finally Huawei has confirmed its long-awaited Android phone in the form of the U8230. It looks very similar to the mockup they had on display at MWC but with a bit of extra bling thanks to some silver edging.
Specs wise there's not much to go on. According to the press release it will sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen, allow users to switch between full and half QWERTY keyboards and has a 1500 mAh which they claim has "the longest battery capacity of any Android-powered handsets currently available." True, but then it doesn't take much to beat the G1's measly 1150 mAh or even the Magic's 1340 mAh. But hang on, doesn't Samsung's Galaxy have a 1500 mAh battery as well? Let's hope that Huawei's Android offering has a little more to brag about than increased battery life.
March 31, 2009 by Tap
T-Mobile really seems to be cornering the Android phone news at the moment what with the success of the G1, the possibility of the launch of the HTC Magic in the US and now further confirmation of a possible Huawei handset launch in Q3.
The Huawei Android phone was first spotted at this year's Mobile World Congress last month and word was that a deal had been signed with T-Mobile to launch it in Q3 2009. We haven't heard much since then but according to TmoNews, a trusted source has confirmed that a phone is currently being tested and that T-Mobile is on track for a Q3 release.
Whether the phone in question is the same sleek black number that was revealed at MWC is unknown at this time but TmoNews is hoping to reveal more details in the coming weeks.
February 23, 2009 by Tap
There's nothing like a bit of competition to get things moving and it seems like there is a bit of a battle going on between T-Mobile and Vodafone to bring Android phones to market. T-Mobile was obviously the first mover with the G1. Then at last weeks Mobile World Congress Vodafone announced their partnership with HTC to release the HTC Magic in Europe this April.
Now, according to Digitimes, T-Mobile has inked a deal with Huawei to ship their Android-powered smartphones by Q3 this year. Huawei's showing at MWC was a bit of a let down this year. That said, the Android mockup that they did have on display was extremely sleek and sexy. Assuming this is the handset that ships and it has the specifications to match, the Huawei may just be the next top Android phone. For now it's T-Mobile 2 - Vodafone 1.
Via: Digitimes | Image: CNET
February 20, 2009 by Tap
It seems that this year's MWC was a bit of a let down as far as Android was concerned with most manufacturers paying lip service but not actually delivering. Here's a quick roundup of who did what.
According to T3, the rumour is that the KS360 will be relaunched using Android this year. Other than that, Marketing Manager Jeremy Newing confirmed that two other Android phones would be released later this year. No other details were available.
Chinese handset maker Huawei Technologies was kind enough to show off a non-working mockup of a phone at it's MWC booth and confirmed that it was planning on releasing Android phones possibly in Q3 this year.
They had already confirmed that they weren't going to demo anything at MWC but in a statement to Reuters, Won-Pyo Hong, head of product strategy, said that the firm would start selling more than three Android phones by the end of the year.
In the runnup to MWC General Mobile had confirmed that they would be launching their dual-SIM DSTL1 at the show. As it turns out, they were one of the few manufacturers to deliver. Check out the hands-on video on engadget.
At the end of last month there was speculation that Acer would be getting in on the Android act when they started to distribute invites to their 'smartphones launch' at MWC. Unfortunately this all proved to be unfounded although when engadget pressed an Acer rep for information he did make reference to two mysterious "Android secret models".
Of course the prize has to go to HTC who, together with Vodafone, revealed their next handset, the HTC Magic.