Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless is no stranger to Android. They’ve carried Android as part of their smartphone arsenal in the Huawei Ascend and Kyocera Zio. Now they’re about to kick it up a notch, or how about 10…
Cricket will be bringing the new Huawei Glory to the United States. The Huawei Glory sports a 1.4ghz dual core processor, 4″ 854×480 screen, 8 megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which they say off the bat is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich when it releases later this year.
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The Huawei Glory is so far the highest quality smartphone put out by the Chinese manufacturer. Huawei has done well with prepaid carriers in the United States. Their Huawei Ascend has reportedly sold 2 million units between Cricket Wireless and Metro PCS. With specs like this the Glory could easily double that.
According to PC Magazine the TFT LCD display is so bright that light peaks through the bottom button area. While Huawei confirmed to PC Magazine that problem will be addressed before the consumer build comes out, it means that the device will view well in the sun.
The Glory will be running Gingerbread on a dual core 1.4ghz processor (although that’s being confirmed by PC Magazine now). Huawei has tweaked the vanilla Android experience a bit but by no means is it sporting a custom UI. It offers homescreen enhancements, an optional 3D cube and a customized music player. The other great thing, according to Huawei it can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year.
The only downside is there is no HDMI out however Huawei representatives told PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan that they have a media solution they couldn’t show him yet.
The Huawei Glory is reportedly going to cost around $300 and that is of course without a contract because it’s Cricket. Huawei is hoping to sell 5 million handsets in the US this year, and of course with specs like these they could be well on their way.
Source: PC Magazine