AndroidPIT was at the press conference for Huawei (say it like who-wha-way) today where Huawei's Chief Marketing Officer gave a presentation and demonstarted their newest handset, IDEOS. The handset, which we correctly reported on a few days ago, is a low-medium end device Android device which will be an extremely affordable Android 2.2 powered handset, and marketed as a very affordable handset designed to attract customers into the smartphone market.
The handsets, according to the speaker, will be available for between $100-$200 USD for an outright purchase, without contract. The quality of the handset is better than I thought it would be, especially considering how cheap they are building the handsets for.
The specs for the IDEOS are nothing amazing, but they aren't too bad:
- 512MB ROM 256MB RAM
- Android 2.2
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and Mobile Hotspot
- 2.8" Capacitative touchscreen
- four color options: galaxy blue, cosmos black, starlight yellow, flash pink, colors for back casing
- ambient and proximity sensors
- ~528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU
Expect the device to launch in some markets as soon as next week, and Germany in October. As for the success of the headset, the speakers says that Huawei already has agreements for more than 1 million units globally. They expect to manufacture 5 million of the device, and 3 million of those in the first year.
As for specific carriers, we don't know any for sure yet, but Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the United States will all be seeing variants of the device.
The IDEOS, according to the presentation, will receive Android updates over the internet. In additon, expect more devices as part of the IDEOS line of products.