China-based Huawei announced its first Android-based smartphone, dubbed the U823X, at Singapore's CommunicAsia 2009. One key feature is the 3.5-inch display, which is larger than all the HTC Android devices released so far. It will also contain a 1,500mAh cell for longer battery life and connectivity features such as HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
Huawei also mentioned on its specs sheet that the phone will come with the "Chrome Lite" browser. Google co-founder Sergey Brin mentioned last year that the Android browser could possibly bear the Chrome name, but the company has never done that officially. We checked this out with the product manager and confirmed that the U823X's browser is simply the default one that comes with Android.
The demo unit on display was not a working prototype, so we weren't able to try it out. At least it wasn't in a glass case, and we managed to shoot a hands-on video that shows the device's physical features. Like all other Huawei handsets, the U823X will be sold only through operators, so whether you will see it in your country will depend on the carriers. It's set for release later this year.
(Source: Crave Asia)