Mobile phone operator T-Mobile has announced that it will sell an Android-based smartphone made by Huawei and called the Pulse for £180 on Pay as you go.
The device, which should be available as from next month, will sport Google's popular operating system and will come with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, the largest on any Android handset currently on the market (the HTC models carry 3.2-inch displays) with a 480x320 pixel resolution.
It has a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and like almost all Android smartphones on the market, it doesn't have a flash. Others will also lament the lost choice of a 2.5mm headphone connector although T-Mobile does include a converter.
Surprisingly, the network operator says that the choice of a 2.5mm jack was down to the necessity of keeping the Pulse slim but at 13.5mm, it is almost as thick as the Nokia N900 which is a slide model.
The rest of the hardware is not bad at all; it is powered by an ARM-based Qualcomm MSM7200A chipset, comes with a 2GB microSD card, WiFi, HSDPA and GPS.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be available on contracts and it shouldn't be surprising if the Pulse appears on £20 per month contract by the end of the year.
Nicola Shenton of T-Mobile UK said: "We predicted back in June that we expected that one in five T-Mobile mobile internet users will have Android-powered devices by the end of the year and the launch of the T-Mobile Pulse is a major step in making this a reality."