Huawei Android Actually 8220?


It has been a while since we have heard anything about the Huawei Android phone, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t dream about it.  In June we thought we were getting the 8230 in the third quarter of this year (how I wish that would happen) but there is some speculation that T-Mobile USA will be getting the 8220 (just like our European counter part).  Little is known about the 8220, also known as Pulse, except that it has just received its WiFi certificate, it has a 3.5 inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a 3MP camera and 256 MB of memory (expandable to 16 GB).  Like I said, little is known about the 8220 and whether it will be the lone Huawei Android phone on T-Mobile USA or if it will accompany the 8230.  Leave your thoughts in the comments and compare the 8220 to the 8230 after the break!



  • Broke

    It is pretty dreamy! I have it bookmarked and still like to check in on it from time to time. Hope its the one. Though I do like the original photo better. Why are they always changing these things when they’re already perfect? Still pretty neat though. Here’s hoping this is my first Android!

  • steven

    They need to make an Android phone that caters to normal people, people who don’t data plans. Although I won’t be able to appreciate it fully, at least the masses will have a chance to experience Android to some extent

  • Razius

    What I am worried about is the last specifications I saw they were saying that the touch screen is “pressure” sensitive. To me that reminds me of the old Wing’s touch screen and similar devices. I don’t know if that is actually what it is like, but really that is my concern. If anyone can clarify on that by all means do so.

  • -ray

    Wow.. I was about to pull the trigger for the mytouch, but this phone looks awesome. Would T-mobile cannibalize the sales of the mytouch and release this early?

  • js-1

    from other bllogs i’veread that this phone is the UK tmo….

  • just some dude

    loss the chrome and we’ll talk.

  • eYe

    Another low-end device, nice looking but still low-end. When will we get nice 3.7″ screen, 5-8gb internal storage, 320-384 ram/1ghz processor phone? I don’t even care what it costs, I just want something usable

  • Robert_x24x

    If T-Mobile gets this phone, I guarantee you they’ll take away the chrome look to cut costs.

  • James Jones

    I heard this phone with be in a new lil wayne music video called stop snitchin’ and he will rap about how the chrome matches he 24′s on his chromed out 85 cutty.

  • B

    I love the brushed steel. Any word on the processor?

  • eYe

    Bet you money that its the same 528mhz as the rest of them out there

  • jdean86

    I completely agree. I want this or the Galaxy. G1 is too old and janky. MyTouch too cheap feeling/looking. When I ditch winmo for Android I want a sexy (Phones can be sexy)powerhouse not a toy.

  • pjs

    normal people need data plans too :)

  • emblem602

    There is no point in buying a expensive phone without a data plan. I think tmobile is smart by enforcing a data plan when buying a smart phone now. It keeps those people who upgrade to a expensive phone then sell it on ebay for a profit

  • David

    Android devices are data devices, that is what they are made for. If someone can’t afford the simple $20 monthly for unlimited data, they don’t need it and would be better suited with a normal cell phone. Without a data plan, an android phone would be basically useless. :)

  • j

    I most certainly agree that I do NOT want a forced data plan. This is also the reason that I am passing on the MyTouch, despite the fact that I have used my wife’s extensively. I am literally around WiFi networks 23/24 hours per work day, and even more than that on weekends. So a data plan, especially for $25/month, is simply not worth it to me.

    I am eagerly looking forward to the rest of the Android phones. Hopefully at least one of them will have what I need in the correct price range, i.e. the Kogan Agora for ~$300-350, or some other Chinese-made-yet-rebranded phone.

  • Andrew

    Actually, David, I have to slightly disagree since there are varying levels of the Android OS :
    1. The obligation-free option: device manufacturers can download a free version of Android, load it onto their devices and provide access to as many or as few apps as they want. But the manufacturers cannot preload popular Google applications, like Gmail or Google calendar.

    2. The small strings option: Same as Option 1, except that manufacturers sign a distribution agreement to include Google applications on the phone. Of the 18 to 20 phones coming out this year, Mr. Rubin said, 12 to 14 subscribe to this option.

    3. The bigger strings option or the no-censorship version: These phones Google calls “The Google Experience.” They are physically distinguishable by the “Google” logo on the phone. They include a range of Google applications that the carrier and handset maker agree not to remove from the phone. The carrier and handset maker also agree not to censor access to the Android market. Which means that if some developer comes up with an application that some people find distasteful, or that gets bad press, it must nevertheless remain available to consumers. Of the phones coming out this year, five or six belong to this category, Mr. Rubin said.

    Theoretically, of course, a manufacturer could make a completely entry level phone with a level one Android OS and have no data plan by cutting out gmail and internet apps. It would very much be an entry level phone, but it wouldn’t require a data plan since it would be possible for it not to include features that require data. However, we have only seen “with google” android phones in the US which really do require data plans to function as well as they can.

    That being said, I am all for data plans and what they actually allow simple phones to do, no matter how limited (I’m talking to you behold and memoir). Also, there will be some cheapish Android phones coming this year, and next, that may not require data since I don’t think they will be marketed as smartphones. I would suggest a data plan though.

  • cheap

    it’s actually $25/month for a data plan ;P

  • Solomon

    I just don’t understand folks like David. Why do they want to control what other people do with their phones. Who are you to tell people what they do or don’t need? Do you work for the government? Are you Barak Obama?

    I can afford a data plan, but I don’t NEED a data plan. Why is this concept so difficult to understand? Some people would like a nice phone and don’t need a data plan.

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  • Alcheese

    I thought that about the Mytouch at first. I switched from the G1 and couldn’t be happier. This phone is quite a bit better. I like the chrome look though.

  • timmyjoe42

    I can see where one wouldn’t need a data plan. I have a Pearl 8120 that I bought without a data plan. I used it to be able to sync my calendar and contacts with outlook, but I didn’t need to be receiving all my email. Later I signed up for the data package, and getting email has been awesome, but the internet experience on it is more frustrating than useful. Now, I am wishing that I had a full keyboard and a touch screen, but our office is a BB only environment, so Google isn’t an option for me now.

    If I didn’t have the office email on my phone, I’d definitely get something better. I hope to be getting a new 3G blackberry when my contract is up, because I assume those will be out and cheap by mid next year.

  • J

    With those specs, you want something more than “usable”. How many phones currently available actually meet those specs? I know of some phones in development that do, but none currently out.

  • eYe

    Current specs on this phone are the sam as what we have out now and it’s just not cutting it. Android would love to have better ram/processor with all that multi-tasking going on. Current phones are barely usable, they lag even with linux swap, compcache and overclocked processor. I want something that I wouldn’t have to root to get any kind of performance out of it. I want to run facebook, twitter, gmail, outlook and still be able to listen to the music without waiting 3-4 sec for it to response to a button press. Hence I want something “usable”. I’ll take anything at this point though… G1 is just way outdated. I was hoping myTouch would have 256ram but they shure crippled that too. Oh well.. I’ll just have to wait for unlocked phones to surface with decent specs.