Huawei debuts HSPA+ Android smartphone

LAS VEGAS--Chinese handset maker Huawei today introduced the IDEOS X5, an HSPA+ smartphone running on Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform that operates on AWS spectrum. The smartphone is expected to be available by mid-year or slightly earlier.

Although Huawei did not announce a U.S. operator partner, the phone could be headed to T-Mobile USA, which uses AWS spectrum for its HSPA network.

The phone runs Android 2.2 but can be upgraded to Android 2.3. It has a 3.8-inch touchscreen with Swype input and voice recognition. It also has a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording and playback and has WiFi, an FM radio, SRS audio effect and Flash 10.1. The device can also be operated as a hot spot.

During a press conference, Huawei executives said that the handset division shipped 120 million units in 2010 and earned $5.7 billion in revenue.  Of those devices, more than 5 million were smartphones. The company works with more than 500 operators in 130 countries.

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