Jul 11 AT 7:36 PM Alberto Vildosola 10 Comments

T-Mobile’s Huawei Sonic passes through FCC with NFC, 42 Mbps HSPA+ support

Do you remember the Huawei Sonic? Of course you do. But in case you don’t, let me refresh your memory.
We first saw the Huawei Sonic back in June, when it was getting ready to launch in Turkey. The phone is being sold there for around $215 without a contract. But I’d expect the price to drop below $200 for the US market. As you might expect, the Sonic is not high-end device. No, the device is as low-end as it gets, packing the following specs:

  • 3.5-inch HVGA screen
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 256 of RAM
  • 512MB of ROM

That’s a pretty depressing spec sheet, until you find out the phone will launch with Gingerbread, unlike the more expensive Droid X2 or Droid Charge. The device in the video below seems to have a slightly customized version of Android, but there’s a chance T-Mobile will launch it with stock Android. Fingers crossed.

Making all non-Nexus S Android phones look outdated, the Sonic will also launch with NFC support. That’s pretty impressive for such an affordable device, especially since most high-end Android phones being released today and in the near future won’t support this feature. If NFC ever becomes mainstream, it’ll be thanks to phones like the Sonic.

And for the icing on the cake? The Sonic will also support T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. You heard that right. This cheap little phone will download movies faster than you can say, “Is this real life?” If it launches soon, the T-Mobile Sonic will be the first Android phone to support 42 Mbps HSPA+ on the network. Other “4G” devices like the Vibrant 4G only support 21 Mbps HSPA+. The Sonic will also be able to run on AT&T’s 3G network, which I guess makes sense since Ma Bell is getting ready to swallow Magenta.

That’s all the info we have about the Sonic right now, but I’m sure we’ll know as the launch date approaches. Meanwhile, let us know if you plan to make the Sonic your next life companion. Or maybe you know somebody who will love an awesome little Android phone like this one.

Via: IntoMobile

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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  • Galen20K

    I wish the Sensation came with 42mbps HSPA+, oh well. Thats really the only good think about this Huawei phone.

    • http://Website metafor

      The best thing about it is it’s cheap. 42mbps radios are just a spec. Realistically speaking, the real-world data-rates that are achievable aren’t that much better than 21mbps or 14.4 even. Only LTE with OFDM can actually achieve impressive data rates.

      But there’s something to be said about a cheap Android phone; I have a Sensation myself but I wouldn’t mind getting a smartphone for each of my family but am reluctant to spend $500 for each.

      • http://Website watbetch

        No sweetie, 42Mbps HSPA+ has shown EXCELLENT speed on par with Verizon LTE. 18Mbps, 30Mbps on an uncrowded network..

        • http://Website Ivan

          LIke you said it “on an uncrowded network”. What network isn’t crowded? T mobiles HSPA+ will never achieve those speeds in real life, its all theoretical.

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  • http://Website Tito!

    “Is this real Life?” that should be used in a T-Mobile commercial! XD
    AT&T shouldn’t be allowed to gobble up T-Mobile, this is outrageous. .
    Senators, policymakers need to do something!
    Just when T-Mobile is getting some traction,
    & leaving the competition in the dust .
    AT&T and [hijacked] T-Mobile want to say getting rid of the fourth largest carrier will increase Innovation, competition, etc? pssh. . . yeah right.


  • http://Website watbetch

    The device that passed though the FCC is supposed to be a hotspot. Notice the large WiFi certification sticker and MAC address right on the label.

  • http://Website Richard

    Except you must notice it’s a fake. The label clearly says T MOBLIE, mo-blie, not mobile which other sites you got this from already pointed out.

  • http://somanymbpsandnofrontcam??? glococo

    Can’t believe it, so many mbps and lack of front 50cents camera? ??

    what a sh… I’m very dissapointed with huawei.

  • Bill

    Do I need any special apps to start downloading. Because I don’t know how to download ANYTHING on this phone.
    Please help me by replying via the above E-mail.
    Much thanks.