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Huawei Ascend II (photos)

Cricket customers will be able to get a lighter, leaner Android-running Ascend II this summer.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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Sequel

The Huawei Ascend II quietly debuted at CTIA.
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Side-by-side

Cricket's Huawei Ascend II (left) is leaner, lighter, and more stylish than its predecessor, but it still only runs Android 2.2 Froyo, not Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Note: The handset we photographed is preproduction and may eventually sport Huawei's interface, not the stock Android experience as shown.

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Slim

The Ascend II is a much slimmer specimen as well, which makes it feel more premium in addition to being more pocketable.
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Camera upgrade

While the original Ascend had a 3.2-megapixel camera, the Ascend II gets upgraded to 5 megapixels.

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