Jun 21 AT 5:05 PM Alberto Vildosola 28 Comments

Huawei releases Glory and Sonic, two cheap Android phones with high-end personalities

Some of you might know Huawei as the company that keeps making cheap (free) Android phones for people who upgrade from feature phones. But from this moment forward, you’ll know it as the company that sells really high-end Android phones at an amazingly low price.

The company has two Android phones in its pipeline that make some high-end ones cry in shame. The first one is the Huawei Sonic. Sadly, this one is not coming to the U.S.–at least not yet. Instead, Huawei is releasing it in Turkey for about $215 without a contract. The phone will launch the following specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (something a few OEMs haven’t figured out how to do here in the U.S. just yet)
  • 3.5-inch HVGA screen
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 256 of RAM
  • 512MB of ROM

While this might look like your typical low-end Android phone, it has something many high-end ones don’t have: an NFC chip. That’s right. Huawei is the first OEM to launch a low-end Android phone with an NFC chip. (On a side note:  I don’t know which processor this phone is using, but judging from the video below, this thing is a speed demon).

While cheap a Android phone with NFC is all fine and dandy, cheap Android phones with high-end features is where the money’s at. That’s where the Huawei Glory comes in. Unlike the Sonic, the Glory is coming to the U.S. via Cricket Wireless. PCMag says the phone will launch with a price under $300 without a contract (which would be almost free with a contract).

With that kind of price, you’d expect this phone to be just slightly better than the Sonic. You’d be wrong. The Glory will launch with the following specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8655T processor
  • 4-inch TFT screen with a 854×480 pixel resolution
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of memory (the PCMag article doesn’t specify whether this is RAM or ROM memory)
  • 1900 mAh battery

Yowza! That’s a pretty decent spec sheet for such a cheap phone. But that’s not all. Huawei topped it off by announcing the phone will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) when the update comes out. I guess this is the first official confirmation that Ice Cream Sandwich will carry the 4.0 number.

I have to say, a free Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone with these specs doesn’t sound so bad. It sounds very good, in fact. I’ll take two. Do either of these phones change your opinion about Huawei? Let us know in the comments.

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Via: Engadget

Source: PCMag

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Marcelo Acosta

    The Huawei Glory looks SEXY and AMAZING for the price!

    But… We’ll have to see how many developers get it AND how good the build quality is

    • http://Website Marcelo Acosta

      Know what? It kinda looks like a HTC EVO 4G copy (on the hardware side)

      • http://Website Scott

        The Glory, in my opinion looks a lot the iPhone. An impressive phone indeed but very similar in appearance to the iPhone.

  • http://www.bestandroiddeals.com Paul Paulson

    I kind of like some of Huawei’s Android phones. The Ascend X looks pretty nice on Cincinnati Bell but the Glory looks like an amazing phone for $300 bucks.

  • Uncemister

    Too bad it looks like a damn iPhone…..

    • http://Website Mark

      You read those specs and all you could come up with was “it looks like an iphone”??? smh.

      • http://Website Scott

        Those specs are impressive for Huawei not groundbreaking by any means. For the record, this thing looks just like an iPhone.

      • http://Website Uncemister

        Exactly what I said. It LOOKS like an iPhone but for those specs and price its pretty hard to beat.

  • http://Website vmtouch.com

    Huawei is really stepping up there game. i have a felling 2012 will be the year of prepaid/no contract with devices like the glory and upcoming Motorola triumph the prepaid lineup is getting pretty high end. in 2012 will probably have a dual core prepaid phone.

    Oh and btw the motorola triumph coming to virgin mobile is more then likely manufactured by huawei, look at the ideos x6 and compare it to the triumph almost identical. Also motorola has never used a qualcom cpu but yet the triumph uses a 1ghz scorpion snapdragon

    • http://Website metafor

      Motorola doesn’t use Qualcomm chips for their high end stuff but their mid tier have always been Qualcomm. The devour and defy, for instance, are all msm7227 devices.

  • emmarbee

    Huawei U9000 1GHz Scorpion processor, 5mp Cam, 720p video, 4.1″ 800×480 is already available for $320. So this isn’t much of a improvement. But if released before this fall, then definitely will put its contenders to shame….

  • http://Website Hans

    The Sonic’s app drawer looks like the TouchWiz app drawer. D:

  • http://Website Anti-communism

    huawei is chinese crap, ill never support communism and this asian junk people.
    peoples republic gives ashit about their citizen

    go united states, kick their ugly faces

    • http://Website Vmtouch.com

      Uh ok try going through a sigle day without using something not made in china..

      • http://Website Balthazar B

        Uh, it’s easy going through a single day without using something not made in China…unless maybe you’re in China. Other than that, it would be tough on any given day not using something made in China (in whole or in part).

        Remember what your second grade teacher said about double negatives?

        • http://Website Crumbelievable

          Actually, a lot of items the U.S uses in day to day activities are actually imported from other countries like China. It really is quite difficult to go an entire day, unless you’re trying actively by seeking out local distributers (American Apparel etc), you’re probably using something made in China. For reals, amigo.

          Also this phone looks pretty slick.

          • http://Website Greg

            Dumb and Dumber.

      • http://Website vmtouch.com

        i meant without using something made in china..

    • http://Website af

      what the fuck racist much???
      this is a freaking cell phone post and you on rambling on about communism what is wrong with you
      and yeah i agree its impossible to go a day without using something made in china even things “made in US” have components that were initially made in china

    • http://Website stusmygsgbrd

      Yo fool Chinas economy has grown 40 times, whilst yours has 90% of your citizens gaining 1 cent in the dollar over the last 30 years. What have you gained in the last 3 decades of trickle down economics, $ US 75,000 in debits for every man, woman, child, aged, diabled, working poor. You’ve gained 2 million prisoners, costing the equivalent of 12 million unemployment benefits.
      You make a fifth as many cars as china, because you make lousy cars, with poor fuel efficiency, you are in the great stagnation, as if newtonian phyisics had ended.

      • Rob

        I bought a Sonic From DSE with an extra warranty of added year you can’t do that at big whoop only problem i have had so far is camera is crappy it wont even run barcode app
        But after 3months phone is solid and has good scratch resistance mind you I am not going to get a key and try scratching but for normal ppl this is a great phone and with 2.3 Gingerbread runs really nice with up to 3 days of low use standby an app running full tilt like velodroid will suck battery in about 5 hours but you are running gps plus data and i also have an alternate power source so not really an issue

        Please Nb: breathing is optional


  • http://Website alex

    I hope the glory ccomes to virgin USA or metro b/c of the tmo merger

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGuy

    This is the beauty of Android… the unrelenting exponential democratization of technology. Democratization in the sense that even the lowest common denominator this year makes last year’s flagship models envious. The price is right, and the carrot is huge. The Android motto, come one, come all.

  • http://Website Sparoc3

    This is one hell of a phone..
    extremly cheap for its specs
    how many months will it take to come to market?
    any chance this would be released in india?

  • http://Website Dre

    Under 300$ with specs that beat out most flagship level devices? If only more OEMs thought that way….

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I can’t help but think how much better these devices are in comparison to what is currently on Verizon including the iPhone. Verizon customers should boycott….

  • http://Website stusmygsgbrd

    Huawei make great cheap phones, theres was the first $200 froyo phone I ever saw, I think the 2G refers to the flash memory. A cheap phone would be unlikely to have twice the ram or rom of a sammy gsII. This is actually quite low flash, but it is cheaper to buy a 16G micro sdhc for $ 35 than to pay an extra $125 to have it built in. I put a16 G card into said froyo phone, to give it high end like flash specs.

  • Iman-Perth

    In Australia I just bought Huawei Sonic for $188 AU$. this phone is on special at the moment and can be purchased from Woolworths. funny hey…
    Great phone, 9 out of 10.