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Huawei launches 'Made in India' phone, service

Posted: 18 Nov 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android  cloud phones  R&D  Bangalore  Message+ 

Huawei Devices has launched its first customised 3G feature phone U5510 for the Indian audience aged 20–mid thirties. Developed by the Huawei India's R&D centre in Bangalore, the phone features 3G video calling with dual camera.

Priced at Rs.4,799, the dual-SIM Huawei U5510 phone comes with HSDPA/HSUPA with 7.2Mbps DL and 5.76Mbps UL, and is loaded with SNS, multi IM, Email and SYNC features. Apart from that, it is the first 3G feature phone with Wi-Fi router and can connect five devices.

Another first from Huawei's R&D centre was the development of Message+ which is an instant messaging service for Huawei smartphone users. Users will be able to send and receive messages in seconds and see when their contacts are typing. "Richer messaging allows swapping of text, pictures, videos and voice notes. The Message+ service also supports automatic Friend Finder feature from the phone's contact list, group chat and creation of personal groups," according to the company.

Commenting on the launch, Nicolas Haifeng, director R&D, Huawei Devices, Bangalore, said, "Huawei understands the Indian market well and to strengthen our commitment towards Indian audiences we have set up our own R&D centre here in Bangalore. We want to focus on creating technology as per the market need and hence we have manufactured customised products and services for the Indian market. We have developed U5510 handset and Message+ service for the Indian market and are hopeful it will be well received. Our focus is on customising the products according to the Indian trends and delivering the best to them at par with the global offerings."

In addition, the company unveiled Cloud+ service that offers 16GB cloud disc for storage, messaging with Message+ to share texts, pictures, videos and voice notes, Phone Finder to locate, back-up and lock, Cloud Gallery, Huawei Streams for integrated social phonebook experience, Huawei App Store for popular Indian and global apps, Sync Data and Over the air (OTA) Solution for OS upgrade.

Huawei also launched MediaPad tablet; and two world's first cloud-based phones. MediaPad is the world's first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet powered by Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Huawei claimed that Mediapad offers the industry's highest 217 PPI (pixels per inch), also features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. Priced at Rs.28,359, Huawei Mediapad also comes with multiple sensors and GPS and A-GPS with Google maps.

On the other hand, Huawei Sonic and IDEOS X3, touted as world's first cloud phones, were also launched. Powered by the Android 2.3 v Gingerbread and Huawei's Cloud+ service, both phones offer an industry first—a 20GB storage (4GB bundled micro SD card and 16GB cloud net drive), the company said. Huawei Sonic and IDEOS X3 are priced at Rs.9,210 and Rs.10,229 respectively.

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