It was to be expected; Huawei has told Rob Kerr of One Mobile Ring (opens in new tab) that it won't roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for its just announced Vision smartphone.
The device will go on sale at Phones4U by the end of the year, with widespread availability scheduled for the beginning of next year.
Unfortunately, the Vision, which was announced back in August, comes with hardware that was cutting edge back in 2009 when a similar 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC found its way into the first Google Nexus One handset.
Like the Nexus One, the handset comes with 512MB RAM, a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot but swaps Android 2.2 Froyo for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
By the time the Vision is launched next year, the first quad core super smartphone will be round the corner, and new entry level Android handsets will almost certainly feature a 1GHz SoC.
Huawei didn't say why Ice Cream Sandwich won't come to the Vision, but if the handset is representative of Huawei's smartphone offerings for the next six months, then the Chinese company will face an uphill battle to win any significant marketshare.