Newest Android to help Huawei become a household name

Huawei’s latest Android(s goog) smartphone appears poised to hit the U.S. market after passing through FCC testing and certification. The unibody handset with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, dubbed the Huawei Vision, was announced by the company last week and today, Huawei published new demo videos to show off the phone.

The China-based company has a goal of selling 20 million smartphones this year, and with the Vision, Huawei could be taking the first step towards becoming a well-known handset brand in America.

The FCC testing was picked up over at Engadget today, and while FCC certification is no guarantee a product will ship, it’s pretty a safe bet. The company is touting both the stylish design and unique 3-D interface atop Android that’s actually not that unique: After watching this promo video, I noticed that the interface looks identical to SPB’s Mobile Shell 3D, a $15 app found in the Android Market.


Potential customers for the Huawei Vision probably won’t know that, however. Instead, they’ll see a slick user interface that makes it quick and easy to navigate through various home screens, applications and shortcuts. The Android 2.3 handset is powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon(s qcom) chip, has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS and a rear-facing camera sensor: 5 megapixels with LED flash and 720p video capture support.

Essentially, the phone has all the basics of a mid-tier smartphone inside, but with what I think is a stylish and slim design on the outside. From what I can tell in the FCC testing, the Vision is a GSM-based phone, so I’m expecting it to appear with support for AT&T’s(s t) network.

The brand may be new to many in the U.S., but Huawei is slowly extending its core business: The company is the largest networking equipment manufacturer in China and among the top networking companies in the world. Its entry into the handset market is paying off already: In terms of global sales, ABI Research estimates that Huawei surpassed those of HTC and Motorola (S MMI) in the first quarter of this year.