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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Huawei Debuts Vision Smartphone

Huawei has released its Vision smartphone at the same time as its MediaPad tablet in an event held in London.

The device will be available from Phones4U from the 25th of December for around £25 per month, but Huawei has yet to reveal which operators will stock the handset.

Like HTC, Huawei has long produced white label devices for a number of operators in the UK, and has in another Chinese company, ZTE, a fierce rival at the lower end of the market.

The Vision will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at a time when most new top end smartphones will almost certainly feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The handset will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, AGPS, a 3D interface, a five-megapixel AF camera, HD video recording, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and a microSD Card reader.

At 10mm thick and weighing 121g, the Vision will be available in three colours, silver, rose-gold and charcoal grey.

Announced in August, the Huawei Vision is likely to be a hard sell when it launches next year. Single core smartphones are likely to be at the lower end of the mainstream market.

Désiré Athow

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 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.