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Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview

Huawei IDEOS X5

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Seeing that it lacks a physical shutter key, we're resorted to navigating to the camera application in order to launch the app. Once that's done, we find ourselves in the familiar stock camera interface that's mostly clutter free – thus giving you more focus on what you're shooting. Obviously, there aren't that many manual options compared to other devices, but we're still presented with the usual ones like focus modes, scene modes, color effects, and white balance. Taking a photo is accomplished by placing your finger on the on-screen shutter button, which kicks in the auto-focus, and then releasing your finger to take the shot. In our experience, the handset takes some time to focus and shoot the image – which means that it requires a steady hand during the process.

Having in mind that image quality is subject to change, we'd still like to note that with the prototype, quality with its 5-megapixel camera is somehow abysmal which is most evident indoors where noticeable amounts of noise can be found. Outdoors though, it's a little bit more tolerable, but we wouldn't consider it as a replacement to your usual point and shoot. Specifically, we're subjected to shots that are muddy looking, soft in tone, and with bland color production. And even though it manages to pack on an LED flash, it doesn't seem effective on subjects that are more than 5 feet away – not to mention the drab and monotone colors it produces.

Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Sample images shot with the Huawei IDEOS X5 - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview

Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview

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3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview

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Surprisingly, the Huawei IDEOS X5 packs the ability to shoot in 720p which isn't something we necessarily find gracing most mid-range devices. Although we're jubilant knowing that it offers it nonetheless, its quality is anything but far from rewarding since what we got out of our prototype lacked any distinguishable details. Even worse, it shoots it at the slow as molasses rate of 16 frames per second which translates to a choppy recording. We really hope that by the time the handset will come to market, its photo and video capturing capabilities will be enhanced so that they live up to today's high standards..

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With its stock Android music player, it displays all the usual items on-screen when playing a song – such as the album cover, track information, and controls. However, it's able to differentiate itself ever so slightly by offering a variety of equalizer options. Using the default setting, audio from the speaker is neutral in tone and lacks any vibrancy. Switching to the “SRS WOWHD” equalizer setting, it drastically injects some low frequencies which translates to an overall more powerful output when it's placed on the loudest volume setting.

The stock Android music player of the Huawei IDEOS X5 offersa variety of equalizer options - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
The stock Android music player of the Huawei IDEOS X5 offersa variety of equalizer options - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
The stock Android music player of the Huawei IDEOS X5 offersa variety of equalizer options - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview

Video playback - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Video playback - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview


Internet and Connectivity:

Being the GSM device it is, it'll more than qualify to run on a variety of networks around the world, but its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi will get you faster data speeds when you're outside the presence of a carrier's reach. Additionally, it features aGPS to get a fix on your location and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to get your casual set of wireless devices to connect with it.

Praising Android 2.2 Froyo primarily because it brings forth support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the web browsing experience with the Huawei IDEOS X5 is tastefully satisfying. Meaning, it's able to load pages identically to what you find on a desktop PC. Pictures render perfectly while text will automatically adjust to the specified zoom level. Altogether, the experience is more than enjoyable, but we do notice some evidence of slowdown with pages that are heavy with Flash content. Nevertheless, it doesn't adversely detract from the overall good experience it has to offer.

Web browsing is a satisfying experience - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Web browsing is a satisfying experience - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Web browsing is a satisfying experience - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Web browsing is a satisfying experience - Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview


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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.72 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches
(120 x 62 x 11.6 mm)
 

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