Phones such as the Samsung Repp and HTC Wildfire have shown that low-end devices still have much to offer, and the Huawei Ascend II looks to step in at a somewhat higher level but still be available for free after rebate! This is the description:
The Huawei Ascend IITM with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is your entertainment center, GPS navigator, news and weather hub, and your social network connection all in one powerful, pocket-sized device. Stream content from the web or your own media library and view it on the 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen display. Grab apps from the Android Marketplace and snap photos with the 5.0 MP camera. Whatever you want to do, the Ascend II delivers.
Here are some of the more technical details:
AndroidTM 2.3 (Gingerbread)
3.5″ HVGA Capacative Touchscreen
5 MP Camera + Camcorder
Full HTML Browser
2GB MicroSD Card included, expandable up to 32GB
Stereo Bluetooth Capable
Access to thousands of apps through Android Market
CDMA 800/1900MHz EvDo Rev A
Talk Time: up to 5 hours*
Standby Time: up to 12.5 days*
Battery: 1400mAh Lithium-ion
Dimensions: 4.65″ x 2.40″ x 0.46″
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Hearing Aid Compatibility – M4/T3 Rating
With a 3.5″ screen and a 5MP camera the Ascend is much more competitive with mid-line phones. As noted, it is coming in early January, and the $100 rebate comes in the form of a MasterCard debit card. The Ascend requires a data plan.
I have been reviewing the Repp and Wildwire and have been pleased with the quality experience they have been able to deliver within their limitations, and feel that the Ascend will deliver quite a bang for the buck as well!