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Huawei Ideos Android phone set to arrive early next year

When it comes to mobile phones, Huawei is not yet a trusted brand. However, the Android-toting Huawei Ideos is making lots of waves in the UK due to its cheap price yet being a feature-rich smartphone. In the US, the Ideos is known as T-mobile Comet.

Huawei Ideos

Here in the Philippines, the Huawei Ideos is expected to arrive on January of 2011 and it will come with a price tag of around Php9,500 which will make it the cheapest Android phone around. Right now, the cheapest is still the Samsung Galaxy 5 at Php10,500.

The Huawei Ideos has almost the same features as that of the Samsung Galaxy 5. It has a 2.8″ QVGA capacitive touchscreen (240 x 320). It doesn’t have the same crisp display as the Cherry Mobile Nova, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or the LG Optimus One P500 which has a 3.2″ HVGA screen.

Under the hood, the Ideos runs on a bare Android 2.2 UI supported by a 528MHz processor. No bells and whistles just like the CM Nova. This can be good at times since once an Android update becomes available, you can easily upgrade your phone.

Huawei Ideos

For multimedia, you have a 3.15mp fixed focus camera that can capture stills and videos that you can easily upload to Facebook or YouTube. It can also double as a very portable MP3 and MP4 player.

Don’t expect a lot from the build of the Huawei Ideos. It has thin, weird-looking buttons for the call and cancel and a big circular directional button. The back panel has a rubbery texture which makes it easy to grip but the included extra colored panels are made of glossy plastic.

Huawei Ideos

I don’t know if I’m ready to recommend this yet. I still have to find out how the 528MHz processor performs on Android 2.2. It’s interesting to note that the T-mobile Comet has the Swype keyboard integrated into it while the Ideos does not. It would really help when using the small on-screen keyboard.

Huawei Ideos Specs:

  • Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
  • 2.8″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors (240 x 320)
  • Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)
  • up to 32GB microSD external storage
  • 3.15 mp fixed-focus camera without flash
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery
  • Available by January 2011 for around Php9,500 (tentative price)
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  • J

    Hmmn interesting. did they mention if they will be releasing the Huawei U8230? as well? (http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_u8230-3191.php) Eagerly awaiting the review 🙂


  • ipaz

    hope to have more reviews of this phone in the next days, tnx calvin!

  • Compwhiz

    Hoping that the price will not go beyond the 8,888 pesos that they announced last December 2.

  • M

    i saw a shop in trinoma, kahilera ng cdr king, they already have the phone when i asked the salesperson kung magkano he said Php 19,500 nagulat ako kasi all reports from the net na naresearch ko eh ito ang pinaka murang android phone. ugh!

    • hahaha. no thanks. maghintay ka na lang.

  • M

    guys kung nakabili na kayo post naman dito, where you bought it and how much…:)

    • blackscalpel

      Saan makakabili nito?…may online store ba na bumibenta nito?…taga bacolod kasi ako….tnx

      • rey

        try galleon at 888 china town.. its 6+k. i have this phone and if your just too eager to learn its functions, it s really a superb phone. u can make it as wifi hotspot w/c u can share internet connections to ur family/friends and everybody.

    • Totem

      I have asked Globe on their Facebook page.. I was told that the retail price is P5800..

      • so it’s available from globe na raw?

  • twinkle123

    is this now officially release in philippines? Where i can buy this huawei ideos u8150?….TIA 🙂

  • elijah

    smart announced that they’ll be releasing the handsets this february. and the price would range at PHP 6000-7000. hope they’ll stick to that. saw the reviews and it’s remarkable knowing that this is huaweis’ first mobile phones..

    • ems

      i have one! ~___~ got it free from smart. for a first-time android user, i loved it! internal memory is low but then with the small screen, it isn’t really for games though i have enjoyed playing angry birds here and the like. it’s a bang for a buck. no regrets in getting one. =)