first Android smartphone was
officially announced as the
T-Mobile Pulse last
week, we've just received information that the sister-model - the Huawei U8230
will hit further European countries soon as well. According to our information,
the (so called) Huawei U8230 will be the same device as T-Mobile's Pulse, featuring the same specs but sporting a different industrial design
(most likely because T-Mobile got exclusivity for the Pulse design). Powered by
a Qualcomm 7200A chip at 528 MHz, the U8230 is said to run on Android 1.5
(Cupcake) and featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (up
to 7.2 Mbps in down- and 2.0 Mbps in upstream), Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS.
The 3.5" touchscreen supports the yet typical Android HVGA (480 x 320) screen
resolution and the camera features 3.2 megapixel. The device is said to include
all the common Android Google applications like Google Maps, YouTube and Android
A release can be expected for anytime Q4-09 and, according to our sources,
Scandinavia and the Iberian peninsula will get it first with other regions to
follow-up after. Prices or further details weren't disclosed today.
UPDATE: Sorry, we were wrong in terms of the product name. The Huawei legacy device is named U8230, not U8232 as initially mentioned.
Cheers ~ Arne