Huawei Summit Pictured In All Its Kinda, Sorta Android Glory

The Huawei Summit crosses an interesting line as part smartphone, part feature phone and tries to be the best of both worlds in a low cost way. By not requiring a data plan, you’ll still have access to calendar, calculator and contact “apps” that outweigh similar offerings on a standard feature phone.

Available for both prepaid and postpaid offerings, a 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi calling and 3.5″ display still makes this an attractive looking offer at $49.99, especially if a data plan isn’t in your future.

With yesterdays launch of the Summit, we hoped to get a better look at the device and thanks to a TmoNews tipster, we’ve got a small gallery below so go ahead and check out the pics.

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  • zezze

    garbage !

    • JB

      You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another one’s treasure”

  • JB

    Unrelated to the summit, David. I remember you saying that you had some hands on time with the Relay 4G if I’m not mistaken… Will we get a review or impressions of sort?

  • Norwhich City 4ever

    Would be nice if this Journo would review this device, too bad he won’t do it because it’s not an Apple or Samsung device. David doesn’t care about feature phone users…

    In my opinion, say what you will, this beauty has wifi calling! Can your Lumia do that?

  • Hesster

    Might be good as a cheap hotspot. Anyone know what the data speed is?

  • Really nice for people who are not sure if they are ready to give up their old flip phone, or bar phone. This is a nice looking entry level device, and will do well. The prism did very well in the prepaid market, and this will sure to please those on contract or off. Good price, good looks, probably a good device for the right person. Good post David.

    • JB

      I totally agree with ya.. this device would probably be perfect for my mom. She loves Android and she’s got the hang of her Sidekick 4G, but sometimes it’s still a bit over her head. All she does really is make calls and she only uses like 50 MB/mo (if that) so the 2GB plan is overkill for her. The only thing that concerns me is the overall performance. I’ve yet to see a quality Huawei device…

      • Agreed. But the prism is nice, and that’s basically what this is. It does well, and has the same options as most of the high end devices. Just more lag in daily use, buy again its all about who is using it. They might say its amazing depending on what they were using prior to this.

        • JB

          That’s very true. She wouldn’t be using it very extensively, so it’d probably be as zippy as an S III in her eyes… Lol. The price is right, so I’ll more than likely pick it up and give it a test drive.

  • pinoyz

    Key Features
    -3.5” HVGA Touchscreen
    -3.2 MP Rear Camera
    -600 MHz Processor
    -512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM

    -Usage time – 6 hours
    -Standby time – 215 hours

    -4.6 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches
    -Weight 4.4 oz

    -3.5″ 480 x 320 screen
    -TFT LCD

    -Touch Screen with On-Screen Keyboard

    -512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM

    -3G/2G Capable
    -Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100/AWS), Band V (850)

    Operating System
    -Close OS (Gingebread based)

    -Qualcomm® Processor with ARM11 600MHz single core

    Carrier IQ

    CMAS Capable

    -Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
    -Wi-Fi Calling
    -Bluetooth® 2.1, Power Class 2, A2DP (stereo Bluetooth), OPP (Object Push Profile), HFP, AVRCP, PBAP

    -Android Browser
    -HTML 4.01
    -CSS 1.0/RTP/RTSP
    -ECMAScript 3rd edition

    -3.2 MP (rear facing)
    -43.9X Digital zoom
    -Video Recording

    -Stereo audio (with headset)
    -Audio support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC, MPEG4, WAV, MIDI
    -Image support: GIF87A, PNG
    -Video support: 3GP, 3G2, MP4

  • philyew

    While it doesn’t have Google services, so no Play Store, will it handle side-loaded apps?

    Unless I’m missing something, feature phones won’t be able to handle WiFi calling, so this redefines the bottom line for device capabilities – assuming it doesn’t turn out to be a turkey.

    While it doesn’t require a data plan, we all know that’s where TM eventually want to take all their customers, so this could act as a very convenient gateway hooking feature phone customers into the preferred model, and accelerating the transition.

    Again, as long as the device doesn’t suck, this could be another smart move by the Reinvigorated TM.

    • 3560freak

      This isn’t really a feature phone in the traditional sense. It is still running Android, it’s just a forked version of Gingerbread (a la Kindle Fire). So it has all of the core underpinnings/functionality of Android 2.3 with certain stuff stripped out. Not sure about the sideloading of apps, would need to get my hands on one to check out first

      • philyew

        I suspect that if the device is ok, it will lead them to drop traditional feature phones from their portfolio, maximizing the number of devices that support WiFi calling.

        Ironically, it will then be the devices that come with premium price tags that lack this differentiating service.

      • Ulysses Geist

        Gingerbread (2.3) on a 600mhz single core with 512 memory? This will seriously lag. I suppose if you were coming from an old flip it might be okay.

  • Durandal_1707

    Really, this sort of thing (using Android on a phone without a data plan) should be possible with *any* Android (or Apple) phone, since they all have Wi-Fi capability and an option to turn packet data off. The only thing forcing these things to be coupled with data plans is the fact that the carriers force the issue.

    The weird thing about it is, a tablet like the iPad is even *more* data-oriented than a phone, yet they can be bought without data plans (and they even offer Wi-Fi-only models with no cellular radios in them), yet phones like the iPhone, GS3, etc. are not, despite working fine on Wi-Fi. Does this not make sense to anyone else either, or is it just me?

    • Jason

      Nobody is stopping you or anyone else from buying this or an iPhone or the GS3 full retail price thus negating the required web. Just like a tablet or iPad. If you receive a discount from a carrier then they will require a data plan. This really isn’t too complicated to comprehend.

      • Durandal_1707

        I don’t know if T-Mobile is doing this, but AT&T definitely detects when people are using smartphones without a data plan, and automatically adds a data plan to the account. With Verizon and Sprint, being CDMA providers, you’ll have to call them up to register the phone with the network instead of just putting a SIM card in, so that’s out too. And of course, with anything other than a T-Mobile Value plan, you’re paying for the phone subsidy whether you like it or not, so paying full price for the phone is not financially feasible, since you’re effectively paying for the phone twice. So, for the vast majority of Americans, buying a smartphone without a data plan is simply not an option, due to the way the cell carriers are set up.

        • Bklynman

          Or u can go to ebay,and buy the phone of your choice. If u don’t have a data plan,use any data,tmobile will charge $.10cents a mb I do believe.

        • Durandal_1707

          Of course you can buy a phone on eBay, but that doesn’t address any of the problems I pointed out. Did you even read my post?