Vodafone announced this morning a new Huawei-based handset called the Smart and like its automotive alter-ego, the handset is small, sexy and savvy. The smartphone, which the mobile phone operator presents as a "fully-featured smartphone with popular appeal for the next wave of data users", will face some serious rivals when it launches in early summer.
The handset, known as the Vodafone 858 (or the Huawei U8160) is likely to target the prepay market initially where its relative affordability will be a sure selling point, but already there are some cracking deals around the £80 price mark (although not on Android); the Samsung Chat, the Monte, the Nokia C3 Slate and X3-02 Touch and Type are quite good by any standards.
Vodafone hasn't yet published the details of the handset except that it comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen, runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and has customisable cover designs.
GSM Arena though, tells us that it comes with a Qualcomm MSM7225 chipset clocked at 528MHz with Wi-Fi, a two megapixel camera, AGPS, support for up to 32GB microSD cards and USB 2.0. In hindsight, it sounds a lot like the old HTC Wildfire or the Orange San Francisco which are both arguably better devices. Stick around for the video of the Smart straight from Vodafone.