Huawei is set to launch the Blaze in September as was mentioned in a report by Bloomberg published last week; the Blaze however, is far from being a top of the range smartphone as many would have expected.
Unlike the Huawei Vision which is a mainstream smartphone similar to the HTC Desire S, the Blaze is an entry level smartphone, also being known as the U8510 (or the Ideos X3).
The phone comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 256MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera (no front facing camera though), a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC and a 1200mAh battery.
The phone has the same specification as the HTC Wildfire and should cost less in order to be a decent alternative to the HTC smartphone.
The Wildfire S which has superior specs costs £150 while the ZTE Blade, which has much better hardware, costs less than £100 and comes with a bewildering array of custom rom.
Both the Blaze and the Vision are expected to be launched in September with Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and will both face the ZTE Skate at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum.
Huawei is looking to follow in the footsteps of HTC which has successfully established its own-brand smartphone range and become a major player in the market.