Huawei has announced quite a few new smartphones over the past month or so, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop in the near future. In fact, the Chinese company seems to be working on at least two more devices to be launched soon: the Ascend G710 and the Ascend Plus.
The Huawei Ascend G710 looks to be headed to China, because it has support for both CDMA and GSM networks – dual-mode, as they say. This type of handset is becoming increasingly popular in China, especially with China Telecom, the country’s smallest carrier. It has the only CDMA network in China, and hopes to lure people to its plans by offering such dual-mode devices that can be used on other networks as well – either at the same time or after your contract with China Telecom is up. So this basically offers people more choice in choosing their provider, something you usually don’t get when you buy a 3G phone from Sprint, for example, in the US.
The Ascend G710 will have a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, as well as a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. Although the exact make and model of that hasn’t been leaked yet, we’re going to assume it’s Huawei’s own CPU developed by HiSilicon, the one that’s been in all the flagships of this company for a year now.
The screen is lower-res than that in the Ascend D2 announced last month, even if it is the same size. So clearly, the Ascend G710 should be more affordable. More affordable even than the Ascend P2 unveiled earlier this week, since the G-series is supposed to sit lower in Huawei’s portfolio than both the D and the P. We’ll see though. This is all the info that’s out right now regarding this model.
The Huawei Ascend Plus is headed to TracFone (Net10 maybe?). This is going to be a cheap smartphone aimed at first-time delvers into this amazing world of apps and such. It will have a 4-inch touchscreen (not mentioned, but almost certainly bearing 480×800 resolution), a 1 GHz single-core processor, a 5 MP rear camera, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and it will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Even the ancient operating system version used basically screams ‘low-end’, so you definitely can’t be confused about what this particular phone offers.
That said, for TracFone this will be OK. It’s likely that those who want the latest and the greatest in terms of hardware simply don’t use this carrier.
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