by Darcy LaCouvee, 4 years ago
It appears that Chinese cell phone manufacturer Huawei, a member of the Open Handset Alliance, will have its first Android powered smartphone on the market in the first half of 2009. A Huawei representative said…
Back at the start of the month, we’ve covered Pockenow’s claim that T-Mobile has decided on Huawei as the manufacturer for the next smartphone in the mid-range T-Mobile myTouch series. Obviously, under these conditions, the leak of a couple of pics of the keyboard-less version (one with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard is also planned) is not exactly the most unexpected news. It is nice to catch a glimpse of the actual device though, as most couldn’t make much of the renders we had last time when we covered the subject. As it turns out, the myTouch Huawei smartphone looks a lot like the HTC Desire-based Google Nexus One. Here are the two, side by side! Notice the likeliness?
Unfortunately for Android fans interested in top-tech, the similarities between the two smartphones don’t end here, as the rumored specs show that the Nexus One and the Huawei myTouch will also share the resolution of their displays: 480 by 800 pixels (WVGA). Although the Nexus One definitely showcased decent specs when it came out more than two years ago (back in January 2010), at today’s standards, those specs make a smartphone movies obsolete. As you can notice, the display on the Huawei myTouch seems ‘crisp-less’ enough that the rumored specs might turn out to be real.
The two versions of the Huawei myTouch are expected to launch this spring (Pocketnow suggests that they will be released at the end of May) and will land with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
This will be Huawei’s first major attempt to gain traction in the US smartphone market, but it does feel like they could have made a better name for themselves if they would have first offered some of top-end smartphones they’ve recently revealed. For instance, why not throw their quad-core Ascend D Quad XL into the scene? Featuring a SoC built in-house by Huawei, the Quad XL was recently reported as the fastest smartphone in the world, according to a couple of benchmarks.
It’s a shame for Huawei if they make a bad first impression (and I personally think they will) with this low-spec myTouch smartphone, considering the fact that they’ve got some really impressive (and probably competitively-priced) devices up the pipe. Feel free to disagree with me in the comment section below!