We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the supposed “Chinese cheap phone revolution” to hit the Western world, but unfortunately it’s still all quiet on the Eastern front. Huawei, who’s been teasing us with some uber-cool phones at the CES and MWC back at the beginning of the year, has been particularly disappointing, delaying several launches scheduled for this summer.
Now Huawei is at it again at the IFA in Berlin, where no less than six new Android gadgets are on the Chinese-based OEM’s display. “New” is a relative term here however, as we’ve seen a couple of these phones and tabs before. Here’s the quick rundown on Huawei’s “new” line-up of Android devices, coupled with the showing off of an exclusive UI, as well.
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL
Teased as the “world’s fastest smartphone” back in February, the Ascend D Quad seems to have missed its window of opportunity to make it big in the Android world. Not only can’t the D Quad stand the competition of the Galaxy S3 or the recently unveiled Note 2, but it seems that it has even been downsized in power by Huawei.
The Ascend D1 Quad XL is set to come with a 1.2 GHz Huawei K3V2 ARM quad-core processor (replacing the 1.5 GHz chip announced at the MWC), a 2,600 mAh battery, 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, as well as microSD support. The 4.5-inch IPS+ LCD panel is still pretty darn impressive, having a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 330 ppi pixel density, while the fact that the device runs Android 4.0 ICS without many customizations or tweaks also sounds pretty good.
There’s still a slim possibility that this D1 Quad XL will be joined by a D Quad with a processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, but it’s very unlikely, especially considering that we’ve been hearing about CPU issues from Huawei in the past. The good news is that Huawei is promising a swift Jelly Bean upgrade, although we’ve been disappointed by the company’s so-called pledges before.
The D1 Quad XL is set to cost around €499 ($625) with no contract and is slated for a late October launch in Asia and Europe. No words yet on a US release, but if it were to come stateside it’ll probably not cost more than $500.
The first true newcomer from Huawei doesn’t look half bad, but it won’t exactly be a “beast” of a phone. With a 4.5-inch qHD display protected by Gorilla Glass, the G600 is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and features 768 MB of RAM (why, Huawei, why?), an 8 MP rear-facing shooter and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Set to be released in Germany in December for €299 ($375) off contract, the mid-range 4.5-incher will run ICS out of the box with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top.
Asian and European techies on a budget should be really happy to hear about this elegant 4-inch mid-ranger. With a WVGA display, the G330 features a dual-core 1 GHz proc, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, as well as a 1,500 mAh battery.
Slated for a November release in Asia and Europe, the G330 will only cost €199 ($249) and will also run Android 4.0 ICS with the Emotion UI on top.
Ascend Y201 Pro
The last Huawei phone to be unveiled over in Berlin is a very modest entry-level device set to cost €129 (around $160). The Y201 Pro smartphone is “aimed at younger customers” and sports a tiny 3.5-inch 320 by 480 pix res display and features an 800 Mhz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, a 1,400 mAh battery. The Y201 Pro runs ICS and Emotion. The 3.5-incher is set to be released in October.
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
Like the company’s “new” flagship phone, Huawei’s high-end 10-inch tab unveiled at the IFA is also not that new. The MediaPad 10 FHD was first revealed in July, being then spotted at the FCC in early August. The 10-incher is however still very intriguing, being set to come with an IPS LCD 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and a 6,600 mAh battery.
Other known features include 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, 1 GB of RAM, the choice of 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, the running of Android 4.0 ICS, microSD support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and Bluetooth 3.0. Weighing in at just 580 grams, the MediaPad FHD was also rumored to be compatible with LTE speed, though this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The 10-incher still doesn’t have an ETA, but is said to only cost €429 ($535), so it might well be a gadget worth waiting for.
MediaPad 7 Lite
If 10-inch is not your favorite form factor, Huawei will soon have a 7-inch tablet up for grabs too. With a WSVGA display and a modest 1.2 GHz single-core processor, this doesn’t exactly look like a “Nexus 7 killer” though.
The MediaPad 7 Lite will come with dual cameras (a 3.2 MP rear-facing shooter and a yet to be announced front-facing webcam), a 4,100 mAh battery, microSD support, as well as USB 2.0 and HDMI ports. This also doesn’t have a release date announced just yet and is set to cost €249 (around $310).
The special ICS-dedicated Emotion overlay has again been shown off by Huawei, even though we’ve seen it before a number of times. There’s a new introductory YouTube video you can check out below if you’re intrigued by this UI. I know that many of you prefer “vanilla” Android over any tweaked UI out there, but you might want to give Emotion a shot. It doesn’t look bad at all.