September 2, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Huawei today officially announced the IDEOS, an entry-level phone that the company claims will make the smartphone industry question what exactly it means to be entry-level. The IDEOS will be a $100-$200 phone depending on the markets in which it is released. It will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and have access to the Android Market.
“We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience,” Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Device, said in the announcement. “The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access,”
Huawei also took the time to announce three more Android devices. The U8800 runs Froyo, have a 3.8-inch screen, access to HSPA+ network, and the ability to act as a mobile hotspot. The U8500 will have a 3.2-inch screen, Android 2.1, and HSDPA/WiFi access. The U8300 is another entry-level phone with Android 2.1, QWERTY physical keyboard, and is designed for young people who love social networks.