Huawei Partners with Google, New Froyo Smartphone Thursday

Telecomm equipment maker Huawei Technologies will be announcing a new high-end smartphone this Thursday.  That's an interesting claim, as Huawei has never been a manufacturer that rolls off the tongue with the likes of Motorola, HTC, or Samsung.  But this phone ought to be a mite more beefed up than their current offerings, as Huawei has partnered with Google in developing it.  (Are you thinking Nexus Two?)  And it's coming out with Android OS 2.2, or Froyo, right out of the box.

There's a lot more we don't know than we do about this new offering other than the photo they gave The Wall Street Journal above.  There's been no word on pricing, what country this phone is destined for, processor type or speed, or whether all the usual communication ports will be supported (Bluetooth, WiFI, 3G or 4G, and the like).  They haven't given a name or a model number either.

What we do know is that Huawei is known for lower-end models with last-generation tech, and they compete on price.  A spokeswoman confirmed that view to the WSJ by noting cutting-edge smartphone are too expensive, so this device will be "highly competitive price-wise."

Huawei's current Android line has 9 phones, most of which are sold in Asia and Europe, particularly China.  The firm is based in Shenzen, with research and development centers in Bangalore, Stockholm, Shanghai, and the United States.  While most Android Headlines readers may not be familiar with their handsets, they will certainly recognize the firms Huawei has partnered with, including Siemens, Symantec, Motorola, and 3Com.  On Thursday they'll announce what they've done with Google.

Wind Mobile, in Canada, carries Huawei's 8100 Android phone, which they just obtained earlier this month. And their Pulse, released through T-Mobile, United Kingdom, debuted last October.  The Pulse is known as the U8220 in other countries.

We'll be eagerly watching for this one.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, IntoMobile

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