T-Mobile Huawei Prism 3G officially unveiled, provides dirt-cheap access to the smartphone club

by: AdrianMay 4, 2012
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Huawei might have changed its marketing strategy here and there and started to realize that it has to make a push in the high-end smartphone segment. But old habits die hard, which is why the Chinese are still churning low-end Android handsets. The latest entry level gadget to come from the makers of the world’s thinnest and the world’s most powerful smartphones is called the Prism and will be marketed as a T-Mobile exclusive device.

The T-Mobile Huawei Prism was unveiled yesterday without much fuss and will start selling off-contract in just a couple of days and on-contract in three weeks. The phone’s pricing is affordable by any standards and you will be able to get this little guy for as little as $149.99 (the SIM-free version) or $19.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate), with a new T-Mobile 2 year agreement.

For that kind of money, you probably wouldn’t expect much from Huawei and…well, you would be right. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, the Prism will feature a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, as well as a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with digital zoom and video recorder.

Other known features include 3G connectivity, 512 MB of on-board storage, A-GPS, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, microUSB and a 1,400 mAh battery. If you’re worried about the low internal memory, you should know that Huawei will be throwing in a free 2 GB SD card, which is pretty cool.

The Prism will be powered by a 600 MHz single-core processor (unmentioned model or maker), while the RAM is still kept under wraps for some reason. As for the phone’s design and looks, there’s clearly nothing special to mention, but I guess that, for its price range, the device is pretty elegant and decently slim.

If you’re on a very tight budget right now, but you’d still like to own an Android handset with some basic functionality, the Huawei Prism might just be the perfect choice for you. Look for the phone starting May 6 at Best Buy, May 9 at Walmart, and May 23 at T-Mobile (both online and in nationwide stores). Also, don’t be surprised if you’ll be seeing the phone listed as just the “T-Mobile Prism 3G”, as it’s customary to cut Huawei’s name from the branding of such modest low-end devices!

How about it, folks? Could the Prism be that dirt-cheap, yet decent phone you’ve been waiting for? Are you willing to even give the device a chance? Let us know in the comments section below!

  • Oh wow, it’s the iPhone 3G all over again!

    I’m not sure I’d use one of these if you gave it to me for free. Reminds me too much of my G1. Depends on how much the phone slows down when you do something with it, like open a web page.

    If it’s not too laggy, it could be better than a regular flip phone.

  • Angelbells

    After 7 1/2 happy years with my flip phone … I love the Prism. It meets my needs, which aren’t too much, because I don’t need my cell for primary use. I don’t have an interest in using all of the apps or games, and my Internet use will also be very minimal, because I prefer accessing the net through my laptop. Considering what the Prism offers in the way of fun bells and whistles compared to the features of my Motorola V600 … I’m a happy camper. I transferred my SIM card from my flip phone to my new Prism … and all is well in the world. I really like my phone … so, this definitely receives my thumbs up!!

  • Its actually a pretty good fone. Tho now saying move apps to SD card but none will move.

    • it’s decent, doesn’t crash as much as the mytouch 3G they downgraded me from (I promptly cancelled my account). but yeah, no way to move some apps over, so now phone memory down to nothing & starting to lock up. rather annoying… looking for the fix :

  • Jon Bon

    Yes, this device is too low on internal memory. Some built in apps will not move over. When connecting a speaker cable to the audio input to a car you will notice the volume is too low to enjoy. Great for a starter android phone. When apps update or the browser fills up with too many temp files or something like that it clogs it up and then you have to clear the individual apps data from time to time.