Feb 15th, 2010

Huawei promised phones at MWC and they delivered: for Android it arrived in the form of the Huawei U8800. The main highlight of this particular device is its HSPA+ connectivity allowing 14Mbps data speeds, essentially meaning you could download a 1GB file in less than a minute and a half. To benefit from that capability though, you’ll need to have a carrier that supports the HSPA+ standard.

U8800

The design is simple and sleek although the above picture isn’t exactly “clear” – I’m sure more press pics will follow. Other highlights of the hardware include Android 2.1 and a 3.8-inch touchscreen.

Here is the full press release:

Huawei to Launch World’s First HSPA+ Android Smartphone
Company showcases four additional Android™-based devices at Mobile World Congress

[Barcelona, Spain, February 15, 2010] Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today showcased the world’s first HSPA+ smartphone powered by Android at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The U8800 smartphone will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2010, and able to support high-speed Internet access, which is faster than existing 3G smartphones.

The U8800 uses the Android 2.1 operating system, and integrates HSPA+ capabilities to support downlink speeds of up to 14 Mb/s. This speed allows users to download a 400Mb feature-length movie within thirty seconds. The smartphone will feature a 3.8-inch wide screen, providing users with a broader field of vision and allowing them to take full advantage of a multitude of features and Internet applications.

Kevin Tao, CEO, Huawei Device, said: “The customized Android smartphones reflect our long-term investment to develop high-end devices which enable operators to deliver enhanced and differentiated mobile services. Android being open to third party programs means that operators can add a number of various applications to the phone. The U8800 enables operators to provide tailor-made, stylish and affordable smartphones to their subscribers.”

Yet another Android victory at MWC!

[Via Press Release]

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