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Not Quite An iPhone 5 Killer, Meet The £20 Android Handset

We're frankly astonished at the speed at which the prices of Android handsets are falling; the T-Mobile Pulse Mini is the perfect example of this. It can be picked up from T-Mobile for an astonishingly low £19.99.

You need (opens in new tab) to buy a £10 topup, one which gives you access to six months free internet and 100 free anytime UK minutes for 30 days but that's it basically. The Pulse Mini is built by Huawei and is known as the U8110, it comes with a Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset which is clocked at 600MHz.

That's the same processor that powers the HTC Salsa, Wildfire S, Chacha, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and the ZTE Blade. On top of that, you get a 2.8-inch QVGA resistive screen with a stylus and an accelerometer, a rarity at this price.

There's Wi-Fi, 3G, a 3.15-megapixel camera with LED flash, Android 2.1, a free 2GB microSD card (expandable to 16GB), a FM Radio, GPS & Satnav, support for Android Market, a 1150mAh with enough juice for four hours worth of usage.

Huawei hasn't announced anything with regards to a Froyo firmware upgrade for the U8110; this hasn't prevented some hackers (opens in new tab) from putting out their own custom ROM which should not only support wireless hotspot but also Flash while some have also managed to overclock the phone to 710MHz.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.