Huawei U8800 IDEOS Android 2.2 Smartphone Hands-on
Huawei, a Chinese telecom Kingpin which has been running the Android game with main carriers internationally for a while now – and had its new U8800 just unveiled in the U.S, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand at the beginning of this year. The mid-range Android smartphone that employs the same formula as the original IDEOS (a.k.a the Comet for T-Mobile) endeavors to provide a decent product at an affordable price. Although we’ve already featured full specs on our main site, this was our opportunity to have fun with the IDEOS U8800 and collect more information. The smartphone appears elegant in design and feels solidly built, sporting a 3.8 inches; 16:9 WVGA capacitive display, 1500mAh battery behind and soft-touch plastics in the back, all covered in an 11.4mm-thin body.
Let’s go hardware…
The 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU is harmonized with an Adreno 205 GPU including 512MB of RAM, while its cool radio is a tri-band HSPA in addition to support for AWS (900 / 1700 / 2100MHz). In the back of the phone, you’ll also find a second microphone for noise cancellation, plus SRS for audio improvement and an FM radio. Its 5 megapixel camera features autofocus including a single LED flash, and also supports 720p HD video recording. It also houses a microSD card slot on top of a 4GB of built-in storage, and a video output capability.
Regarding the software section, the IDEOS U8800 runs vanilla Android Froyo and has Flash 10.1, Swype, including hotspot functionality. Whereas the Smartphone won’t break any speed records, it’s adequately fast, scoring 1470 on the Quadrant test. Huawei’s pricing at Merimobiles.com is now reduced to 259.99 from its list Price of $499.99, which means you save $240.00!