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Huawei Vision unveiled: stylish 3.7" Gingerbread smartphone in unibody frame

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Huawei Vision unveiled: stylish 3.7
The Huawei Vision might not have the guts to compete with dual-core equipped powerhouses ruling the market, but with a 3.7” and 1GHz chip powering Gingerbread it definitely has what it takes to sell 1 million. And that's the exact sales target of the Shenzhen network equipment and phone maker Huawei. 

The Vision is among the company's first attempts to go head-to-head with the big names in the industry, but it also kickstarts a series of smartphones for the company that are expected to be better linked to the cloud. Huawei's upcoming Cloud+ platform is expected to come with functionality similar to what services like iCloud aim to offer: remote access to media and applications. That certainly makes sense given the company's networking background, but Huawei was mum when it comes to particular details about the cloud features.

The Huawei Vision comes in an aluminum unibody frame with a variety of color options including gold, silver and charcoal, and you can notice how much thought went into the stylish design right away. It's pretty slim at 9.9mm and not too heavy either tipping the scales at 121g. The handset also features a curved 3.7-inch display (a la Nexus S).

The Huawei Vision comes with a 3D UI
The Huawei Vision comes with a 3D UI

The Huawei Vision comes with a 3D UI

When it comes to the pure hardware muscle, the 1GHz chip is of the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 variety, supported by 512MB of RAM. On the back, there's a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and capable of capturing 720p HD videos. Connectivity is well covered with Wi-FI b/g/n, Bluetooth, microUSB and a microSD card slot recognizing cards of up to 32GB. 

On the software side, Gingerbread is skinned with Huawei's own 3D carousel interface allowing you to quickly access your home panes with a quick swipe. The phone will also ship with the smash hit Angry Birds pre-installed.

The phone is coming to select markets including the UK (no word on the US) this September, and we can only keep our fingers crossed that Huawei can get the pricing right to make Android space even more competitive. So far, the company has only clarified that it expects the phone to sell for no less than some $305 (2,000 yuan) off contract.

source: Huawei via Engadget

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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:39 4

1. Lawrence (unregistered)


Design is a mash-up of HTC Sensation and Google Nexus S

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 05:54

2. ryq (unregistered)


yes, you are so right. chinese phonemakers like most chinese companies just copy other peoples design and sell it at a cheaper price. something samsung did when it copied iphone's design and selling it at a cheaper price.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 06:08 5

3. Laurynas (unregistered)


@ryq

"something samsung did when it copied iphone's design and selling it at a cheaper price."

Was it proved in court? If not then its not a fact...

P.S.
Yes, Huawei is Chinese company, but Samsung isn't.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:19

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


idiot.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 09:30

8. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


Not exactly the HTC Sensation mate, the back of this phone is totally from HTC Legend, lets leave the front to Google Nexus S!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:24

11. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)


Yet apple will find a way to complain about this

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 06:21

4. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Uh ugly compared to the nokia n9 and samsung wave

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 06:23 1

5. g (unregistered)


I'd say the design of this is a pretty close copy of the HTC Legend, which is not bad at all actually.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:27

6. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 381; Member since: 24 May 2011)


isnt that carousel from spb shell 3d?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:47

7. bighands smallpockets (unregistered)


Are you guys kidding me. I would kill for a great phone with gingerbread that won't make me feel like I am hiding george costanza's wallet in my pocket!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 11:18

10. vikky (unregistered)


sorry folks..... but i dont think its a copy....
Huawei already had a similar looking phone.... the "ideos x5 u8800"
but without the uniboby.....

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 15:09

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


to be fair the only truly unique smartphone form factors since the Iphone were the Palm Pre and the Kyocera Echo. Everything else has more or less been a redesigned Iphone, Blackberry, or Pre. The Echo was a neat idea but flopped, and even that is being copied for that S2 tablet.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:34

14. alan2ball (unregistered)


You must have been living down under a big rock.
HTC have quite original design lately. My sister just bought a HTC Wildfire S & I can tell u how many 100x better looking it's than the stupid iPhone 4. Dare I say, it's even better looking than Samsung S II.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 17:35

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


for a budget phone maker, thats a pretty nice step forward. granted the specs are simply "mid range" now with a 1ghz processor, but concidering where they were coming from thats a huge step forward.

more competition is better for everyone.

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 07:29

15. how awkward (unregistered)


without doubt the love-child of the HTC Legend and the GOOGLE Nexus S...can't wait to get it!

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