Jun 16th, 2009

It has been a minute since we’ve heard about the Huawei Android Phone that was first seen in January and most recently thought to be launching as the T-Mobile G3 sometime in Q3. While the naming conventions and timing are uncertain, Huawei has officially launched the Huawei U8230 Android Phone at CommunicAsia:


That is a GREAT looking phone but unfortunately we still don’t know a ton about it (despite being official)! We can clearly see the 3.2 megapixel camera marked on the rear of the phone and we’re told the touchscreen is 3.5″ and the battery is 1500 mAh.

A quote from the press release:

The Android-powered U8230 smartphone allows users to switch between full and half QWERTY keyboards and to navigate programs easily via a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen. Huawei’s U8230 uses the Google Chrome Internet browser which supports a variety of Google applications such as Google Map, Google Search and Google Talk. It is also fitted with a battery which has a capacity of 1500 mAH – the longest battery capacity among Android-powered handsets currently available.

Interesting they refer to the browser as “Chrome” and I’ve seen mentions of Android’s browser being called “Chrome Lite” elsewhere but I don’t think Google themselves have made any such distinction thus far (correct me if I’m wrong).

Huawei also announced a Windows Mobile phone – the C8000 – but we don’t really care about that now do we? What WE care about is specs, release date, release locations, price… stay tuned!

I’ll venture a guess that – like the Samsung i7500 – the Huawei U8230 will get a more brandable name when it hits the carriers just as the Samsung got the Galaxy. Will it be G3? Could be… but look at what happened to the MyTouch 3G. And then MyTouch 3G and Hauwei G3 sound a bit too much alike. This is the least important of the missing pieces but playing the guessing game is fun nonetheless.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

[ocworkbench via Engadget]

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