T-Mobile UK has just announced details of its new T-Mobile Pulse Mini, an Android smartphone which will retail via Pay as you Go (i.e. no contract folks) at £99.99. The handset, which is actually a Huawei u8110 phone, comes with Android 2.1, a 2.8 inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, and microSD memory slot offering up to 16GB storage.
So get this, we’re now at the point where you can buy a fully featured Android smartphone – i.e. a *real* smartphone, not some fake deal – with access to 20,000 applications (and growing), full-on Internet connectivity and the whole deal, for the price of a standard mobile phone? That’s just unreal. Here’s a hands-on look.
As it is the original unlocked T-Mobile Pulse at £149.99 with no contract is one of the best handset bargains in the world, but this is just crazy insane. If this is the trend for the future, then sell your shares in any non-Android handset manufacturer and start counting the days until you get a smartphone coupon included with your next pack of Cornflakes. [Source: theunwired via Engadget]
At the complete other end of the scale, watch out for the new Huawei u8800 handset which is due out Q3 of this year, and which features a 3.8 inch screen, Android 2.1 and…phew…HSPA+ functionality. Yep, this thing will be able to browse the web at a blistering 14 Mbps. OK, so it’s theoretical, but we should expect to see it come in at around 9 Mbps as an average. That’s ridiculously fast, in fact it’s probably faster than your home connection by a factor. Let’s see if the processor can handle it. Interesting times eh?
Outstanding. Very tempted to get this or the soon to be replaced HTC Hero which has dropped in price and start developing Android apps.
Sensible move, Mike. :)