Huawei is driving into the entry-level Android market with the launch of an Android 2.2 Google branded smartphone.
The IDEOS has download speeds of more than 7.2Mbps and 3G and Wi-Fi dual network support. It does not have a ‘skin’ (overlay), so it allows Android to update automatically.
The device also doubles as a Wi-Fi router for up to eight devices at a time, and comes with voice dialing, voice navigation, and the ability to run applications from the SD card.
The move is part of Huawei’s wider aim to grow share using the Android operating system. A high tier Android phone is due to launch in the coming months.
Huawei director of terminals for UK and Ireland Nicola Philbin said at a launch today: ‘Our vision is to be the preferred partner for global operators.’
She added that the manufacturer is working with Data Select in the UK to reach retailers, supermarkets and MVNOs.
Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Device, said: ‘The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower the barriers to the smartphone market, allowing everyone to easily access the mobile internet.'
Huawei Devices shipped 90 million units globally in 2009, with revenues of more than £3.25bn.
The IDEOS handset will be available in mid-October in a variety of colours, including pink, yellow and blue, and will cost between £99 and £129. Huawei has not revealed which operators will stock the device.
Huawei has also launched the E5S mobile broadband device, an upgrade to itsE5 device. The E5S includes a simple one touch Wi-Fi activation and connection coupled with a wider Wi-Fi range. The device also has an upgraded OLED display and a longer battery life. It will cost between £39 and £69 for pay-as-you-go customers.