03
Aug
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Huawei is a very interesting company. They're heavily subsidized by the Chinese government. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding their products in terms of intellectual property infringement and military ties.

And then they go and unveil this thing, the Huawei Vision - and, as the title says, it bears a striking resemblance (from the front, at least) to a certain other phone:

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The phone so nice, they made it twice.

Here's a quick spec breakdown:

  • 3.7-inch (probably WVGA SLCD) display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor (same one you'll find in the Thunderbolt and other phones)
  • 512MB RAM / 2GB internal storage
  • Huawei "3D" UI overlay
  • 5MP rear camera / 720p video recording
  • Android 2.3

The Vision doesn't have the Nexus S's trademark "hump" along the bottom of the phone, but otherwise, it's the spitting image of Google's most recent Nexus handset.

The phone is meant to fill a market niche most of Huawei's products do: the low end. And as a budget handset, this thing could be a great emergency backup or interim replacement to invest in before upgrading to a truly high-end device. Unfortunately, Huawei has yet to provide any pricing info for the Vision, though you can expect it to be highly competitive.

And to add another caveat, the company hasn't told us just which countries will be getting the Vision. But apparently "select markets" will be receiving it in September. Really, we're just interested in the price tag - considering the Huawei Ideos (also known as the T-Mobile Comet) only costs $140 unlocked, the Vision could give relatively high-end specs for a very reasonable figure.

via Phandroid

David Ruddock
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  • HCDRJacob

    Looks nothing like it.

    Well they're both black on the front, with four buttons, but that hardly makes it a spitting image.

    Tbh, the biggest similarity is in the angles the phones are facing in the press shots.

    • David Ruddock

      The sensor placement? The speaker grille? The volume rocker? The rounded shape? The bezel styling? If they made the whole thing black, I'd have a lot of difficulty differentiating them without looking at them in profile or from the back.

      • Zomby

        You're absolutely right. If it was different that what it is now it would be similar to the Nexus.

  • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

    True. Have similar looks.

  • Nich

    shouldn't it be "the Vision looks like the Nexus S looks like an i-phone"

    now lets be like apple and sue

    -nich

  • orlanka

    Would never buy any of their products. Would much rather burn their company to the ground along with the rest of the chinese government.

    • f-china

      Agreed. I am doing my absolute best to not buy anything with chinese parts or that was made in china. We need to bring those jobs back to america where they belong.

      Back to the topic, yes, it does look a bit like the nexus s.

  • Simi

    I don't buy this phones ripping off the appearance of other phones nonsense.

    Sure they look broadly similar, but unless Huawei slap a Nexus S logo on it, what does it matter?

    There are only so many variations a phone whose front is mostly screen can have!

    I bought a Galaxy S, not because of how it looked, but because of the features it offered in a slim, light build.

    • Zomby

      I have yet to meet someone (a real person, not an Internet troll) who can't see the difference between a Galaxy S (II) and an iPhone. As soon as something is vaguely similar, it's automatically copied off the other.

  • Tee

    To me it looks like the other Huawei phone, Ideos.

    And let's be honest, how many different scopes are there for a smartphone? As long as the screen needs to be somewhat rectangle and the button(s) needs to be there..?