Huawei's ascent in the mainstream smartphone market appears unstoppable as the Chinese handset manufacturer has released its most powerful and upmarket handset to date, the Vision.
Based on the specifications alone, one can guess that it will be a direct rival to the HTC Desire S. Like the latter, it has a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC, 512MB RAM, a five-megapixel camera with AF, LED flash, 720p video recording and what looks like a front facing camera.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as a number of games including "Angry Birds", "Asphalt 6: Adrenaline", "Order & Chaos Online", and "Guerrilla Bob HD".
At 9.9mm at its thinnest, the Vision is svelter and offers nearly twice the amount of onboard storage compared to the HTC Desire S. On the other hand, it has less RAM compared to the HTC handset (512MB vs 768MB).
Huawei chose a sleek unibody frame to enhance the overall appearance of the product and ships it with Android OS 2.3 with a new 3D user interface and a new carousel animation display.
The phone is expected to be launched in September across a number of territories and will face the ZTE Skate which has a bigger screen but otherwise inferior hardware. Should Huawei sell the Vision for less than £200, it will undeniably get some heads to turn.