Huawei to release IDEOS handset in October

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Manufacturer says the smartphone is the first entry level device to run off Android 2.2

Huawei has launched its IDEOS handset, claiming it to be the “world’s first affordable smartphone powered by Android 2.2”. The device will be released across Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America, priced between £99 and £129 on prepay.

The IDEOS, which has been co-developed with Google, includes a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, GPS, up to 16GB of memory expandable with a microSD card, Wi-Fi  and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Devices will have five interchangable covers including purple, blue, black and yellow.

Huawei said it is in discussions with a number of operators looking to stock the device. Data Select will control all UK distribution of Huawei handsets.

Huawei Device chief executive Kevin Tao said: “We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower the barriers to entry.”

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