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CES: Huawei brings Ideos Android phones to the UK

Shenzen-based electronics manufacturer Huawei has given new details on the two Android 2.2 handsets that it is hoping to bring to UK shops before the end of the year.
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Written by Ben Woods, Senior reporter on

Shenzen-based electronics manufacturer Huawei has given new details on the two Android 2.2 handsets that it is hoping to bring to UK shops before the end of the year.

The two devices — called the Ideos X5 and Ideos X6 — will both launch running the plain Android Froyo OS but the company says that it hopes to offer a software update to Android 3.0, AKA Honeycomb, once carrier details are finalised.

The Ideos X6, known internally as the U9000, is the larger of the two phones and will arrive with a 1GHz processor, 4.1-inch touchscreen, 720p HD-video capture and playback functionality, HSDPA/HSUPA, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and an HDMI-out port.

A company spokesman told ZDNet UK on Friday that the X6 should be launching towards the end of the year at the end of third quarter or in the fourth once testing is complete. Pricing is unknown at this stage.

The Huawei Ideos X6 pictured on the left and X5 on the right. Photo credit: Ben Woods.

The second handset — the Ideos X5 — comes with a slightly smaller display than its sibling — 3.8-inches — but offers the full range of smartphone features such as A-GPS, Wi-Fi, high-speed internet connectivity and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. Under the bonnet there is an MSM7230 800 MHz processor.

Announced officially on Thursday at CES in Las Vegas, the X5 will arrive in the third quarter of the year and will cost around $270 (£174), the spokesman said.

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