Huawei Ideos X5 will please Android purists (review)

We're not sure when the Huawei Ideos X5 will land in U.S. hands, or on which carrier. A look at the unlocked version of the phone will help you decide if you'll be among those anticipating the news.

Huawei Ideos X5

We first glimpsed the Huawei Ideos X5 at CES and declared it a good-looking, midlevel Android phone. It runs the standard version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), which means that it doesn't have any of the extra interface graphics that manufacturers sometimes add for visual flare and to differentiate their phones from rivals'. That's sure to please those campaigning to let Android be Android without additional skin modifications.

The Ideos X5 has very solid hardware specs, like a 3.8-inch capacitive touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and 720p HD video capture and playback. It also has expandable memory and a stylish finishing that endows the handset with some premium sheen.

What the phone doesn't have is a carrier, pricing, or a release date, although we expect that announcement to come midyear. By then, it'll have a tougher time keeping up with this year's crop of premium, dual-core 4G phones that's expected to begin making waves around the same time.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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