Huawei Sonic headed to T-mobile?

UPDATE: As many of you are pointing out, and I have to agree, this is probably a 4G Hotspot.  The name (Sonic) closely resembles the names of other hotspot and data stick devices, and the device in question doesn’t seem to be sporting a camera.

I have to say, it sure looks like it, doesn’t it?  If you trust the picture above, then the Huawei Sonic will surely be destined for T-Mobile, espeically since it just passed the FCC with 850/1900/2100 and T-Mobile’s AWS bands with max HSPA+ download speeds of 42 Mbps.  If all holds true, then this phone will be a pretty decent option for Android’s Gingerbread and NFC capabilities on the cheap.

Engadget

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  • Jackswiffy

    This not a phone! Mobile hotspot.

  • Jackswiffy

    This not a phone! Mobile hotspot.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      Endgadget disagrees with you. Seriously if you are this adamant, show us how you know this. 

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      Endgadget disagrees with you. Seriously if you are this adamant, show us how you know this. 

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      Endgadget disagrees with you. Seriously if you are this adamant, show us how you know this. 

  • Jackswiffy

    Video is not accurate. The Tmo Sonic is a 4G 42mbps wifi hotspot.

  • Jackswiffy

    Video is not accurate. The Tmo Sonic is a 4G 42mbps wifi hotspot.

  • Jackswiffy

    Video is not accurate. The Tmo Sonic is a 4G 42mbps wifi hotspot.

  • Anonymous

    Thank GOD because that UI looked disgusting.. ala TouchWiz 2.0//Behold II

  • Anonymous

    Thank GOD because that UI looked disgusting.. ala TouchWiz 2.0//Behold II

  • Anonymous

    Wow, T-Mobile is going to launch their 42 Mbps speeds on this phone? I love you T-Mobile, but, geesh, step you’re game up! Hurry up and bring the Samsung Galaxy S2/Hercules.  @Jackswiffy, You,re comment is 100% correct!!!

  • Anonymous

    That actually LOOKS like a nice prepaid phone, and that’s where it will go.

    It has the specs of the other prepaid handsets, such as the Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge (that’s a very nice phone by the way.  Metro is now selling it for $300 and it can be found on eBay for about $250.  It has a 3.5″ capacitive, slider keyboard, Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash support, 32GB microSD slot, etc.)

    These “high-end prepaid” phones (that’s what I’m calling em) are a pretty good bang for the buck.  Yeah, you don’t get the 8MP camera and HD camcorder, but if those features were not restricted to phones like the Sensation, MyTouch, and Samsung Galaxy S, for example, there would be no reason to stick with T-Mobile or the other carriers post-paid plans, in other words, if the prepaids had fully-spec’d phones.

    Sidenote:  I have never heard good things about Huawei handsets. Supposedly junk.

    • YouKnowMe

      And a political nightmare of a company

      • Jackswiffy

        Ignorance!

        • YouKnowMe

          Education!

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a phone is the rumored hot spot.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

        dude chill, everywhere on the net it’s a phone. what info are u using?

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a phone is the rumored hot spot.

  • Anonymous

    That actually LOOKS like a nice prepaid phone, and that’s where it will go.

    It has the specs of the other prepaid handsets, such as the Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge (that’s a very nice phone by the way.  Metro is now selling it for $300 and it can be found on eBay for about $250.  It has a 3.5″ capacitive, slider keyboard, Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash support, 32GB microSD slot, etc.)

    These “high-end prepaid” phones (that’s what I’m calling em) are a pretty good bang for the buck.  Yeah, you don’t get the 8MP camera and HD camcorder, but if those features were not restricted to phones like the Sensation, MyTouch, and Samsung Galaxy S, for example, there would be no reason to stick with T-Mobile or the other carriers post-paid plans, in other words, if the prepaids had fully-spec’d phones.

    Sidenote:  I have never heard good things about Huawei handsets. Supposedly junk.

  • Jackswiffy

    AGAIN!! This is not a phone!!!
    It is a WiFi Hotspot!

  • J. Williams

    good looking phone..

    • Jackswiffy

      Please read other posts. This is not a phone!

    • Jackswiffy

      Please read other posts. This is not a phone!

      • J. Williams

        Looks like a great phone though…

      • J. Williams

        Looks like a great phone though…

    • Jackswiffy

      Please read other posts. This is not a phone!

  • J. Williams

    good looking phone..

  • Jackswiffy

    Andrew, please confirm your info before posting!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      What do u want confirmed???

  • Anonymous

    Why are some fools in here saying this is a “hotspot” not a phone.  That’s rhetorical, you don’t have to answer.  But thanks in advance for confirming who the uninformed are in here.

    Here’s an announcement description of the Sonic:

    The Huawei Sonic has just recently launched in Turkey with Android 2.3 Gingerbread running the show. Perhaps more impressively is the fact that the Sonic also has NFC capabilities.

    Huawei’s Sonic is meant to be an affordable smartphone. The device features a 3.5-inch HVGA display and utilizes Huawei’s custom user interface. The applications menu is strikingly similar to the TouchWiz interface on Samsung phones with its side-to-side scrolling.

    It should also be noted that according to the filing this phone will support maxed-out data on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network of up to 42Mbps.

    This phone probably will be launching soon and should be a reasonable option for those looking to get some solid performance without burning a hole in their pocket.

    • Anonymous

      Lol, its a hotspot,idiot.

      Doesn’t even have a camera. How would it be a phone? Get your facts straight before you misinform people..

  • Anonymous

    For those of you who don’t know, “NFC” means “near field communication.”  It means the phone has a super
    secure hardware chip that allows different forms of radio communication, such as ID at airports, mobile payments at Starbucks, and even your passport for customs. For payment it’s a secure way of your phone
    acting like an ATM.  NFC is way more secure than Bluetooth or WiFi.

    It’s the way of the future, IMHO. Maybe about five years from now
    you will see everyone waving phones at the grocery checkout instead of
    using debit cards, using headphones connected to your phone to listen to
    museum tours, or depressingly, handing your phone to the traffic
    officer who is writing you a ticket, so he can get your driver’s license, proof of insurance,
    and car registration.

    There will come a time when your entire financial and personal ID life are contained on a chip and on
    your phone:  all ID info, passport, insurance policies, paychecks, and
    credit cards, albeit actual cards will be no longer

    Yes, security will be an issue.  The phones will require a
    thumbprint and/or facial recognition to access the NFC features of the
    phone. There’s some super secure NFC phones that the govt. uses where it downloads your DNA stored on the phone. (OK, I’m making the last part up. Sue me.)

    Sidenote: The U.S. is way behind other countries using NFC.  In the U.S.
    a couple million people are using NFC, worldwide about 120 million
    people are using the technology.

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

  • Anonymous

    How is this supposed to be a phone if it doesnt even have a camera?

    I agree with the people saying its a hotspot, thats exactly what it seems like.

  • Jackswiffy

    To all of those making the comments and to Engadget!
    I work for Huawei…
    Therefore I can tell you without a doubt that the video that you all are watching on Engadget is not the “Sonic” that T-Mobile is launching. 
    I don’t work with any of the phone launches in Turkey, I guess they have chosen the name “Sonic” for one of our other smartphones.  But I can guarantee that this phone will not be launched with T-Mobile USA.

    This is very simple…the picture above that Tmonews posted is our E587, also known as the “Sonic”.  It is a 42mbps wifi hotspot.  The video that everyone is watching is referring to another Huawei product launching in Turkey, ALSO KNOWN AS “Sonic”. 

    I’m not trying to put anyone down, but if you notice the details of the video and the picture above, you would notice that they are not the same product.  The person in the video says that the model name of the phone is U8650, the model of the device in the picture is UMG587. 

    I hope that this clears it up.

    Thanks!

    To “ItsMichaelnotMike”: Who are you?  You are a little too confident in your info!  You obviously know your wireless stuff, but please be a little more kind in your comments, especially when you are “wrong”!

    • Anonymous

      It’s hopeless to talk to people that DON’T want to listen. Tmonews themselves mentioned the name ” sonic” as a 4g mobile hotspot when reviewing a roadmap of devices.

    • Anonymous

      It’s hopeless to talk to people that DON’T want to listen. Tmonews themselves mentioned the name ” sonic” as a 4g mobile hotspot when reviewing a roadmap of devices.

    • Anonymous

      It’s hopeless to talk to people that DON’T want to listen. Tmonews themselves mentioned the name ” sonic” as a 4g mobile hotspot when reviewing a roadmap of devices.

    • Anonymous

      It’s hopeless to talk to people that DON’T want to listen. Tmonews themselves mentioned the name ” sonic” as a 4g mobile hotspot when reviewing a roadmap of devices.

  • Jackswiffy

    To all of those making the comments and to Engadget!
    I work for Huawei…
    Therefore I can tell you without a doubt that the video that you all are watching on Engadget is not the “Sonic” that T-Mobile is launching. 
    I don’t work with any of the phone launches in Turkey, I guess they have chosen the name “Sonic” for one of our other smartphones.  But I can guarantee that this phone will not be launched with T-Mobile USA.

    This is very simple…the picture above that Tmonews posted is our E587, also known as the “Sonic”.  It is a 42mbps wifi hotspot.  The video that everyone is watching is referring to another Huawei product launching in Turkey, ALSO KNOWN AS “Sonic”. 

    I’m not trying to put anyone down, but if you notice the details of the video and the picture above, you would notice that they are not the same product.  The person in the video says that the model name of the phone is U8650, the model of the device in the picture is UMG587. 

    I hope that this clears it up.

    Thanks!

    To “ItsMichaelnotMike”: Who are you?  You are a little too confident in your info!  You obviously know your wireless stuff, but please be a little more kind in your comments, especially when you are “wrong”!

  • some guy

    Huawei is another company that needs to just make toy phones for kids cause their hardware is crappy as well 
    I rather get a htc and I hate them both they most problems come from those phones

  • Anonymous

    Well I continue to say that IF this was coming to the U.S. it’s a smartphone, not a hotspot.  Turkcell is selling Sonic and it’s a smartphone.

    And I continue to opine that if this phone comes to the U.S. its specs indicate it’s a good fit for prepaid.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, in terms of the legitimacy of the pic (as opposed to the video) have any of the experts chiming in here noticed that the label says “T-Moblie” not “T-Mobile?”  That smacks of a poorly executed Photochop to me.

    Take that.

    • Jackswiffy

      I use Photoshop myself. Lol
      This is an early prototype, no Photoshop here. Just a plain old mistake.
      I am testing this unit right now, it is very real…

    • Jackswiffy

      I use Photoshop myself. Lol
      This is an early prototype, no Photoshop here. Just a plain old mistake.
      I am testing this unit right now, it is very real…

    • Jackswiffy

      I use Photoshop myself. Lol
      This is an early prototype, no Photoshop here. Just a plain old mistake.
      I am testing this unit right now, it is very real…

  • Anonymous

    Note: On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for HUAWEI SONIC. This trademark is owned by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Shenzhen.

    The US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) has given the HUAWEI SONIC trademark serial number of 85279545. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NON-FINAL ACTION – MAILED.

  • Anonymous

    Note: On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for HUAWEI SONIC. This trademark is owned by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Shenzhen.

    The US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) has given the HUAWEI SONIC trademark serial number of 85279545. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NON-FINAL ACTION – MAILED.

  • Anonymous

    Note: On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for HUAWEI SONIC. This trademark is owned by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Shenzhen.

    The US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) has given the HUAWEI SONIC trademark serial number of 85279545. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NON-FINAL ACTION – MAILED.

  • Setzer715

    Just look at the fact that the picture of the T-Mobile device does NOT HAVE A CAMERA and the device in the video does.  2 different devices.  Phones/Smartphones do NOT come without a camera these days.  That picture is of a hotspot.