Admittedly, posting news on a comparatively lame Android phone is somewhat out of character for us; even more so, nerding out over the hardware of yesteryear. That said, there's a lot of value to be found among the masses in cheap, capable goods such as the upcoming Huawei IDEOS, a 2.8" Android 2.2 phone. The kicker? Rumor pegs the price at less than $200 - conceivably low enough to be used for prepaid plans.


Typical prepaid user.

We didn't see the tech specs anywhere, so we pinged Huawei for additional details. They aren't necessarily mind-blowing, but again, for less than $200, what do you expect?

  • Dual CPU's: 528 MHz and 320 MHz (not sure what they meant by this, we're awaiting a response to clarify)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 512 MB ROM
  • Android 2.2
  • GSM
  • 2.6" 320x240 capacitive TFT screen
  • 3.2 MP Camera with 8x digital zoom
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • MicroUSB
  • MicroSD support (up to 16 GB) - I'm guessing there isn't one in the box though
  • Variety of color choices for the body (black, yellow, blue, and purple)

On paper, then, the phone appears to be a solid piece of hardware. If that carries over into reality, Huawei could have a mass-market winner on their hands. The most likely scenario that comes to mind is one we've heard about recently: that T-Mobile wants the IDEOS. A phone that's cheap even at full price would be perfect for their Even More Plus plans, which are significantly cheaper month-to-month, but don't provide a phone subsidy.

At Berlin, Huawei also revealed that Google played a significant part in designing the IDEOS. Apparently, part of the reason for that was to make sure the IDEOS would get Android updates in a timely manner, a-la Nexus One. This conflicts somewhat with what we've heard about Gingerbread (granted, everything about Gingerbread thus far has been based on rumors): the last I'd heard, Google was raising the minimum specs for the update. (For the record, HTC also told us that their other Eclair-running Android phones (the U8500 and U8300) had no plans for an update to Froyo.)

There are a few additional details in the image below. Hit up the Engadget source link for their hands-on with the phone.

IDEOS Factsheet

[Source: Engadget, BGR]