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CES: Huawei Ideos X5 runs stock Android

The globally released Huawei Ideos X5 is officially headed to the U.S. A stock Android interface makes for a refreshing change.

LAS VEGAS--Just as we reported yesterday, Huawei introduced a new phone for the U.S. market at this year's CES, the Huawei Ideos X5. This midrange Android handset is no stranger; it's already been released in Asia. The U.S. timetable is much murkier--Huawei is keeping the U.S. launch date, carrier, and price under wraps until later this month.

In that sense, the specs are no surprise. The slim, trim Ideos X5 has a nice 3.8-inch screen with a WVGA display (800x480 pixels). It looked bright in our hands and we liked the dark gray brushed metal rim that gave the phone a more premium feel. Multimedia aficionados will appreciate the 720p video recording and playback that comes alone with the smartphone's 5-megapixel camera. The Ideos X5 accepts up to 32GB expandable memory, with 512 MB RAM inside.

It runs on the stock version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), so there aren't any proprietary skins to stand between the handset and updates. We also happen to favor the simpler Google-envisioned interface. Froyo means it's also got hotspot support and Flash 10.1 support as well as standard Android features like e-mail and voice navigation. The keyboard comes preloaded with Swype.

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