Huawei is not a brand you’d expect to find when checking out smartphones offered by major US mobile carriers. And yet AT&T has just announced the Huawei Impulse 4G – its first handset that’s manufactured by the Chinese company.
The Impulse 4G will be available starting September 18 for only $29.99 on contract. And yes, this is the same Impulse 4G that was mistakenly believed to be made by Samsung not long ago. Unfortunately, the Huawei Impulse 4G is not an LTE device – and how could it be, at this price?
Based on the Huawei U8800 (aka Ideos X5), AT&T’s Impulse 4G features Android 2.2 Froyo (an upgrade to Gingerbread will hopefully be provided after launch), a 3.8 inch WVGA display, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP camera with 720p video recording, and an 800MHz processor. Not bad. Not bad at all for a $30 smartphone.
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