Huawei, the company of mobile broadband dongles and branded handsets, has today revealed its own-brand Android 2.2 device: the Huawei Ideos. Running raw Android 2.2, there’s no Samsung TouchWiz, no HTC Sense, no skin of any kind to worry about, just pure unadulterated Android. Huawei says this was a conscious decision, made so that the handsets could receive OTA Android updates with no software-related delays.
The company is claiming it as the first affordable “With Google” handset to come pre-installed with Android 2.2. Alongside the top-of-the-range OS, the Ideos has a 2.8-inch capacitive low-res touchscreen, Wi-Fi and HSDPA (super-3G) connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS and a 528MHz processor to back it all up. There’s also a 3.2-megapixel camera which comes complete with auto-focus but no flash.
As far as looks go, it’s certainly nothing special. It might as well be an HTC Tattoo or a Samsung Genio handset, or any other low-cost mobile device.
The Huawei Ideos doesn’t have any network deals that we know of yet, but it’s set to make its debut on our shelves in mid-October, priced at around £99-129 on pay-as-you-go.