Huawei is about to compete at the higher end of the market with the forthcoming release of the Huawei Vision smartphone, a powerful 1GHz smartphone with Android 2.3.
Built with an aluminium unibody in a choice of colours, including gold, silver and charcoal, plus a curved touchscreen design, the Vision is only 9.9mm thick at its thinnest point and weighs in at 121g.
It comes with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, LED flash and 720p HD video capture, as well as support for Bluetooth V2.1 and Wi-Fi with 802.11b/g & n.
Processing power comes from a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, which includes the Adreno 205 graphics co-processor that offers a big improvement over the earlier Adreno 200 GPU. The same processor is used in a large number of existing smartphones from HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
However, Huawei is also keen to talk up its custom 3D user interface, which places handset features into 3D planels on the home screen, to prioritise the application view and make it easy to select different panels with simple swipes.
If Huawei can get the price right when the phone begins shipping in the UK from September, it may be able to enjoy the same success of its main rival, ZTE, which had huge success with the highly specified Blade/San Francisco handset. ZTE will soon be releasing its successor, the ZTE Skate, with a similar specification to the Huawei Vision.