Huawei Ideos X5 hands-on video at #MWC11

Huawei has decided to be a little more aggressive in its smartphone strategy this year. As a consequence, after last year’s pretty good launch and sales of the original Ideos Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone, the company decided to cover all the price points with Android devices.

Hence, the Ideos X5 (alongside the high-end X6, and the lower-end X3, but more on these in a bit). The Ideos X5 represents Huawei’s upper-midrange offering, and sports a 3.8-inch 480×800 capacitive touchscreen, a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, HSPA, Wi-Fi (naturally including Wi-Fi hotspot capability), GPS, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, 512 MB of RAM, an FM radio, and a 1500 mAh battery. Running the show is a Qualcomm 800 MHz processor, and the Ideos X5 has Android 2.2 Froyo on board (upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread in the future).

Brad already got his hands on this device and shot some pictures of it last month at CES, and here are some freshly-baked live pics from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:

And as a side dish, here’s a quick hands-on demo video:

As you can see, Huawei has done a bit of UI work on top of Android, adding neat cube-like transitions between homescreens, and a side-sliding application launcher meant to look “just like the iPhone”, as you could undoubtedly hear from the video above.

There was, rather unexpectedly, no sign of the X6 at Huawei’s booth, so we take it that it’s far from ready at this point.

The Ideos X3 was present, but only in rapidly-rotating-dummy form, even if Huawei officially announced it yesterday. Odd, yes. A company rep said that the reason for the lack of X3s on display was that it’s “way too early” – from which you probably were able to gather that the software may be far from ready. Still, the X3 is set to be a very interesting proposition for the lower-midrange, since it’s very slim and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The X3 is slated for a late May release, and we’ll surely see it in live images before that.

As for the Ideos X5, there’s no set date for international general availability, and the thing with Huawei is that some markets may sadly never see it, while others may, but not with the Huawei brand, but some operator’s. We’ll see how this pans out, and we’ll make sure to keep you posted.

The full Ideos X5 live pic gallery follows.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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