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Huawei To Pitch Vision Smartphone Against iPhone 5

Huawei has confirmed that it is working on a high end Android smartphone that will be launched later this year, a move that will see the Chinese manufacturer join the growing ranks of those looking to compete with the Apple iPhone 5.

Speaking to V3, Victor Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer at Huawei, said that the smartphone, codenamed Vision, will have a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It will also have a proprietary 3D user interface and according to V3, does look a lot like the HTC Desire S. The latter also sports a 3.7-inch WVGA display.

The device is expected to be launched in the second half of the year, probably before October because it will be due an update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich in the fourth quarter.

Surprisingly though, the Vision will cost between £250 and £400 according to the news report, which is comparable to what one can pay for the HTC Desire S and the Incredible S.

Huawei will try to justify its relatively high selling price by integrating new features like Near Field Communication technology as well as cloud-based services.

At the moment, the top of the range smartphone from the manufacturer is the Ideos X5 which is an Android-powered handset with a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 SoC clocked at 800MHz.