Huawei Unveils Android-based Ideos X5, X6 Smartphones

Chinese telecoms behemoth Huawei has announced two Android-based smartphones, the Ideos X5 and X6, both of which boost some pretty impressive specifications and will be aimed at the middle of the market.

The X5 comes with a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA resolution; it is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 processor clocked at 800MHz and has 512MB RAM plus 4GB onboard storage.

As expected, it will support HSPA, GPS, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader and is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash.

As for the X6, it ups the ante by upgrading the screen to a bigger 4.1-inch model and the processor to a 1GHz model; it also features HDMI-out.

Both models run on Android 2.2 without any resource-hogging proprietary user interface and will offer 720p high definition record and playback.

Unfortunately, both units will only be available towards the end of the year in the UK, around the £175 price; the company has released 10 Android-based handsets in 2010 and will launch at least the same amount this year.