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T-Mobile has demonstrated the first pay-as-you-go Android handset to go on sale in the UK.
The Pulse, which is manufactured by Huawei, was announced on Thursday. Huawei is best known in the UK for manufacturing mobile broadband dongles for operators such as T-Mobile, and the Pulse marks its entry into the British handset market.
"The T-Mobile Pulse represents another Android milestone from T-Mobile," said Nicola Shenton, who currently heads the operator's handset business in the UK, in a statement. "We introduced the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, to the UK back in October 2008, launched our second handset, the G2 Touch, earlier this year and now we're opening up Android-based smartphones to a whole new type of mobile user with the first handset on pay-as-you-go."
"We predicted back in June that we expected one in five T-Mobile mobile internet users will have Android-powered devices by the end of the year, and the launch of the T-Mobile Pulse is a major step in making this a reality," she added.
The pay-as-you-go T-Mobile Pulse will go on sale in the UK in October at £180. Contract pricing is yet to be announced.
The T-Mobile Pulse weighs 130g and measures 160mm x 62.5mm x 13.5mm. Its connectivity options include Wi-Fi, HSDPA/HSUPA and Bluetooth, and it also has built-in GPS and an accelerometer.
The device is powered by the same 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor that is found in HTC's Android handsets. Huawei promises a battery life that supports up to 300 hours on standby or up to 210 minutes of talk time.
With a touchscreen measuring 3.5 inches, the Pulse also has the largest display of any Android phone to date — the HTC- and Samsung-made Android handsets that are already on sale only have 3.2-inch screens. However, the Pulse has the same HVGA resolution found in those devices.