The Huawei M660, which hasn’t even been officially announced yet, has been spotted in the wild and stuck around long enough to pose for a photo session. Thanks to the good folks at PhoneArena who received these shots in their inbox, we now have some pictures of the device in action. While the specs are low-range at best, the device does cater to a certain niche of people who may be interested in this type of design. If you ask me, it reminds me a lot of the Motorola Droid Pro from Verizon with the Blackberry-type physical QWERTY. Sadly, this device is running Gingerbread and not Ice Cream Sandwich. Who knows if it will ever receive the upgrade either. While we still don’t know too much about its specs, we do know it sports a 3.2″ capacitive touch screen, a camera on the back and it seems as if the storage is expandable via a micro SD card. Further specs of this phone will be released in the near future as the release date looms. The phone will be headed to Cricket and the price should be around that of a low-tier Android phone.
I know this will be glanced over by the power users, but is anyone out there remotely interested in this phone? You can check out more photos of the device after the break. » Read the rest
We’ve seen some impressive hardware from Huawei in the past with the Ascend D Quad. Looks like the US is going to get a slightly less impressive handset with the just announced Activa 4G. Yes, the 4G refers to LTE, and the device is coming to MetroPCS. This will be Huawei’s first LTE phone in the US, and MetroPCS’s fifth.
For a limited time, it can be had for $149 off-contract after an instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate, though it will normally list for $249. Still, for buying it outright, it’s not a bad price.
But what do you get for that? Check out the specs and full press release after the break.
Huawei was one of those manufacturers that didn’t play around too much with the Android user interface, but all that’s going to change with their ICS updates. On June 9th, they will unveil their new skin called Emotion UI. It will eventually land in July presumably with their Ice Cream Sandwich updates and any newer phones like the Ascend D Quad. In fact that phone may have been delayed because of this new UI.
Huawei’s Ascend D1 dual-core smartphone, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in February along with its two Ascend D Quad siblings, is the first of the three to pass through the FCC. The documentation confirmed quadband GSM and pentaband HSPA+/WCDMA. This means the unlocked version should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but as to any official carriers, we won’t know until an announcement. The Ascend D1 seems to be on schedule for a Q2 release, but no word on whether its siblings are still on track. Let’s cross our fingers.
Huawei teased us with its high-end Ascend D Quad a few days ago at CTIA, but it still has its feet firmly planted on entry-level soil. The Huawei Ascend Y200, also shown at CTIA, is an example of a phone that’s perfect for teenagers, smartphone first-timers, or anyone on a budget. The “Y” stands for “Youth”, which is how Huawei is positioning devices with slower processors, smaller screens, and lower camera specs. The Y200 sports the following specs:
The Huawei MediaPad 10 tablet is another device that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few months ago, but decided to take a little trip to the U.S. for a short visit at CTIA. It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS display, Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps & LTE support, and Dolby surround sound. It is only 8.8mm thick and weighs 598g. It will be available internationally in the 3rd Quarter and as for the U.S., no details yet.
Huawei introduced the Ascend D Quad at Mobile World Congress a few months ago and it’s now stateside for a short visit at CTIA. We hope it will come back to the U.S. with a carrier, but no news yet. Specs include:
Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
4.5-inch HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
Full HD (1080p) video recording
It will be available in quarter 3 globally, and yes, we’re hopeful for the U.S. Hit the break for the quick hands on
The Huawei turned T-Mobile Prism that we told you about in the beginning of March is gearing up to be launched May 6th. As we told you before when the device saw FCC approval, the specs for the device aren’t too exciting but it should make for a good entry level device. No it doesn’t come with Ice Cream Sandwich and don’t be surprised if doesn’t see anything other than Gingerbread. It will have a 3.5″ HVGA display though and sport a 600MHz processor. Also, while it was speculated that this would be a decent mid-range device with the possibility of hitting speeds of 42Mbps it appears that it’s slated for the 7.2Mbps range. With that being said, this would make a perfect starting phone for a family member just needing an introductory smart phone to tinker around on. Hit the break below to check out some more of the leaked information if you’re interested. Enjoy!
We all should know about the Huawei brand by now. If not, perhaps the thought of the thinnest smartphone around should help refresh your memory. The Chinese brand is apparently obsessed with making sure it becomes one of the major innovators of the smartphone land by increasing its research and development budget by 20% to $4.5 billion that will bring “disruptive technology” to consumers— essentially unusual advancements. What unusual advancements, you ask? Huawei North America’s Research & Development General Manager John Roese poses this thought to the masses:
“What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands? So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.”
Imagine the possibility of having a smartphone that recognized gestures and movements without the user actually having to touch the device— kind of like how the Microsoft Kinect works. That type of technology has Huawei executives thinking and dreaming big. To pull of this type of concept and technology would require Huawei devices to feature some serious internal firepower, so naturally it would need a device featuring the latest and greatest technology. That’s why Roese makes it important to note the Huawei devices featuring the technology would need powerful graphics processing and dual front-facing cameras. Smartphones would likely not be capable of that type of technology in the beginning, so Roese also notes Huawei is likely to build it into tablets first. » Read the rest
Think the upcoming Huawei Ascend P1 S smartphone is thin as thin can get? Well, you may want to think again as there’s a new kid on the block aiming to have the title of “World’s Thinnest Smartphone”. Chinese company Oppo has leaked out a photo of its upcoming device that will be only 6.65mm thick— which is 0.03mm thinner than Huawei’s offering. The device features a rich black finish, a metallic bezel around the device and 3 capacative buttons. Of course you can have a visually appealing thin smartphone, but it’s what’s inside that really matters and unfortunately, Oppo has not provided any details on what’s inside the device.
No additional details for now, but we’ll be sure to share them as we hear them.