iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Huawei Debuts Vision Smartphone

Huawei has released its Vision smartphone at the same time as its MediaPad tablet in an event held in London.

The device will be available from Phones4U from the 25th of December for around £25 per month, but Huawei has yet to reveal which operators will stock the handset.

Like HTC, Huawei has long produced white label devices for a number of operators in the UK, and has in another Chinese company, ZTE, a fierce rival at the lower end of the market.

The Vision will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at a time when most new top end smartphones will almost certainly feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The handset will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, AGPS, a 3D interface, a five-megapixel AF camera, HD video recording, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and a microSD Card reader.

At 10mm thick and weighing 121g, the Vision will be available in three colours, silver, rose-gold and charcoal grey.

Announced in August, the Huawei Vision is likely to be a hard sell when it launches next year. Single core smartphones are likely to be at the lower end of the mainstream market.