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Huawei's Trio of New Android Smartphones

Huawei's Trio of New Android Smartphones

Huawei's Trio of New Android Smartphones

Huawei's Sweet Trio

Huawei held an exclusive event at Ion Sky to launch the company's new Android smartphones, which include the Ideos X3, the Boulder and the Ideos X6. Let's check out what Huawei has to offer in our hands-on experience below:


Huawei Ideos X3

The Ideos X3 claims the honor for being the first mass market Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. First introduced at MWC 2011, The X3 features a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive curved touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera. More importantly, Huawei intends to dominate the mass market segment, introducing phones with decent hardware specifications at a reasonable price point. And for that matter, the X3 will be priced at S$299. Given the aggressive subsidy from the three telcos in Singapore, it won't be surprising to see the X3 being offered as a $0 phone with a two year contract.


Key highlights of the Huawei Ideos X3

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM internal memory
  • Up to 32GB microSD (external)
  • Wi-Fi 801.11b/g/n
  • 3.2-inch capacitive curved touchscreen / 480 x 320
  • 3.2-megapixel camera 
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • Proximity / Ambient Light / G-Sensor
  • 1200mAh battery
  • 115g
  • 110 x 56.5 x 11.2mm
  • Available from 15 June 2011
  • S$299 without contract


Huawei Boulder

While we've seen devices such as the Motorola Milestone 2 and HTC Desire Z equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Boulder is one of the rare few Android devices that comes with a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keypad sharing the same real estate. Huawei chose Singapore to be the first country in the world to launch the Boulder, which is aimed at consumers who like the interactivity of touchscreen yet wants the traditional typing experience on a physical keypad. Interestingly, the Boulder is also a pretty slim QWERTY phone, measuring in at a mere 9.9mm. For now, the Boulder runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Like the X3, the Boulder is priced at S$299, so you can probably expect it to be offered at S$0 with a two year contract with your selected telco.

Update: We just heard from Huawei regarding the Boulder's OS version. During the Media Q&A, the Huawei spokesperson misunderstood an earlier question about the upgrade of OS to Android 2.3. The Huawei Boulder is not upgradable to Android 2.3.


  Key highlights of the Huawei Boulder

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Qualcomm MSM7225-1 528Mhz processor 
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM internal memory
  • Up to 32GB microSD (external)
  • Wi-Fi 801.11b/g/n
  • 2.6-inch TFT-LCD capacitive touchscreen / 320 x 240 pixels 
  • 3.2-megapixel camera 
  • Google Mobile Suite
  • A-GPS with Digital Compass 
  • G-sensor
  • 1200mAh battery
  • 122g
  • 115 x 62.8 x 9.9mm
  • Available from end June 2011
  • Available in Black or White 
  • S$299 without contract


Huawei Ideos X6

The X6 is the flagship model for Huawei's Ideos series. It features a 4.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. It is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM. Navigation on the X6 is generally smooth. But the real draw is its price point, placed at S$499. Considering how other similar smartphones of the same caliber are priced a few hundred dollars higher, this makes the X6 one of the most affordable smartphones with above average specifications tagged to it. Unlike the earlier two devices, the X6 will be preloaded with Android 2.2 Froyo. Fortunately, Huawei did state that the X6 will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, albeit in Q4 2011.

Key highlights of the Huawei Ideos X6

  • Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradeable to Android 2.3 in Q4 2011)
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM internal memory, 2GB storage
  • Up to 32GB microSD (external)
  • Wi-Fi 801.11b/g/n, DNLA
  • 4.1-inch TFT-LCD capacitive touchscreen / 800 x 480 pixels 
  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p@30fps video recording
  • TV-out (720p video) via HDMI port 
  • Proximity / Ambient Light / G-Sensor
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 143g
  • 122 x 66 x 10mm
  • Available by end June 2011
  • S$499 without contract



Sneak Preview of Upcoming Huawei Smartphones 

Besides the three Android devices mentioned above, Huawei gave us a sneak preview of three other upcoming smartphones, the X1, Sonic and Duo.

Huawei seems to be very aggressive this year in marketing its mobile devices this year. Their tagline, "Simple is smart, simple as smart, smart for simple" is a clear indication of the company's direction in the near future. With more Android devices in the works, it is interesting to see how Huawei fares in the highly competitive smartphone market. We are certainly keeping our fingers crossed.