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New affordable Android Froyo device on the wayBy Hanleigh Daniels 12 November 2010 | Categories: news
Huawei has launched the IDEOS U8150, an affordable handset powered by the latest available version of Android (version 2.2 aka Froyo), much like the LG Optimus One.
According to the company the IDEOS U8150 is the most affordable entry-level smartphone in Africa, but its budget-friendly pricetag doesn’t mean that it cuts down on the phone’s functionality. It boasts Wi-Fi, 3G supporting data transfer at up to 7.2 Mbps and sports a 2.8" capacitive touch-screen that supports handwriting recognition..
The mobile also features the ability to act as a Wi-Fi router for up to six devices at a time, voice-guided navigation, social networking integration and can run applications right off the microSD memory card. It will be available in blue, black, yellow, as well as red.
This smartphone will be available as of January 2011 in South Africa, with Huawei aiming for an RRP of below R2 000.
“Our focus is on the value proposition to offer intelligent solutions to help telecom operators attract more subscribers and business opportunities and most importantly to create a simple and fun life for end users,” said Liza de Wet, marketing director of Huawei Devices Division in Africa.
“The collaboration of Huawei and a globally recognised brand such as Google, will assist in driving the internet evolution in the emerging markets such as Africa. We are deeply excited about the launch of our U8150, the first of the IDEOS series, and we are confident that consumers will enjoy smarter devices created for a simpler world.”
The Huawei IDEOS U8150 will also be available in other African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Zambia next year.
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