Huawei IDEOS X6 Android phone (preview)

Huawei IDEOS X6 preview: Huawei's flagship Android smartphone boasts a 4.1in touchscreen

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Pros

  • 4.1in screen
  • HDMI-out
  • HD video recording

Cons

  • Large screen may drain battery life
  • No announced price or availability yet

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Huawei is hoping its flagship Huawei IDEOS X6 Android phone can compete with the big boys. It boasts a 4.1in touchscreen, HDMI-out, and 720p HD video recording, and pairs these features with impressive specifications to match. Watch this space.

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Little-known Chinese manufacturer Huawei has recently made a splash in the low end of the Android smartphone market with budget models like the IDEOS U8150 and IDEOS X5. However, its latest Android phone is a completely different kettle of fish — the flagship Huawei IDEOS X6 boasts a 4.1in touchscreen, has an HDMI-out port and can record 720p HD video, and pairs these features with impressive specifications to match.

Read our comprehensive Huawei IDEOS U8150 review and our Huawei IDEOS X5 review.

The Huawei IDEOS X6 runs the 2.2 'Froyo' version of Google's Android operating system, has a 4.1in capacitive touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera that doubles as a 720p HD video recorder. The IDEOS X6 smartphone also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, and is powered by impressive internals — it has a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage.

The Huawei IDEOS X6's impressive specifications mean it will compete at a higher end of the market than the company's traditional budget models. Critically, its 4.1in display is significantly larger than the iPhone 4's 3.5in screen, so it will become one of the largest smartphone screens on the Australian market. It also has a microSD card slot, so storage can be expanded up to 32GB.

Huawei says the IDEOS X6 has a big emphasis on entertainment, hence the inclusion of an HDMI-out port. This means the IDEOS X6 can connect directly to a high-definition television or home theatre system to stream video and audio content.

According to Huawei, upgrading the IDEOS X6 smartphone to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android is "technically possible" but the company can't confirm any upgrade plans yet. We wouldn't hold our breath, but an upgrade to the latest version of Android would certainly enhance the credentials of the IDEOS X6, even if it remains appealing in its current state.

We'll be keen to test performance and battery life in particular when we put the Huawei IDEOS X6 through its paces for a full review, but its 1GHz processor and a 1500mAh battery look promising enough, at least on paper.

The Huawei IDEOS X6 Android phone will launch in Australia in Q2. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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Been looking forward to this phones release. I hear it will hit the US market @ Tmobile 'round June. I like and use Huawei phones, my current is the U8150 aka The Comet. Don't know why peeps dis these saying that they're cheap. Seem pretty well made, to me. The only cheap thing about 'em is the price tag! Why pay $549 for a smart phone when you can pay $149?

Only thing that bothers me about the X6 release talk is that it's reported to sport only Android 2.2 Frozen Yogurt. 2.3 does have certain hardware requirements, which is why certain phones, running 2.2, won't get the upgrade. But looks like the U9000 has the specs to run Gingerbread.

Don't like the thought of phones that cannot handle any OS updates. I already must buy a new phone because the 2.2 Comet can't upgrade to 2.3.

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Justin

4.0

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Pros
Design, Signal
Cons
Touch sensor, keyboard
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I just bought this phone last week and love it. Compared to my previous phone (HTC myTouch 3G Slide), this one is lightning fast and has a much better screen. I've had no battery issues whatsoever, getting around 8-9 hours of consistent use with the stock battery. I am with T-Mobile in the U.S. and the 4G HSPA is considerably better than 3G for web browsing and downloads.

The phone itself is just pretty. Huawei kept it simple and clean with aluminum construction and an emphasis on screen size. Love speaker placement!

The touch screen sensor can be a little finicky sometimes but not too bad. If I could get the HTC Swype keyboard, I would. Also would like an official update to Gingerbread but Froyo is fine for now. All in all, great phone!

Bill de Groot

0.0

2

Pros
Graphics
Cons
The 1 hour battery
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Supposed to be a portable phone that you use everday? Battery life means its charger reliant, like on a life support system. Spend the dollars somthing better,that doesn't turn it's self off every half hour!!

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