This is the lowest an Android smartphone has been sold yet in Zimbabwe. For Valentine’s month, Econet has slashed the price of the Huawei U8100 smartphone by 50% to just US $100. The U8100 is Android powered and one of Huawei’s entry level smartphones. If you read the Huawei Ideos review we did last, you have an idea what kind of phone we’re taking about. They are close cousins.
The U8100 is a little heavier and bigger and in terms of dimensions, but ultimately has the same screen size with the Ideos, a 240×320 pixel screen with 256K colors. The Android version on this one is Éclair (v2.1) but honestly, how many of us even care. As longs as it’s got the trendy Android tag right? The Ideos is version 2.2 (Froyo). The one thing you may miss as a result of this is push email notifications.
For internet connectivity you get both 3G and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth and MicroUSB are also available on this phone. GPS comes standard too. Processors power is also same as the Ideos, 528MHz. The camera is 3.1 megapixels which will give you some decent photos.
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Generally, this is a good price for an Android smartphone. You might want to get it for your first entry level smartphone but don’t expect a wowing smartphone experience. You’re not getting an iPhone here.
Econet usually doesn’t revert to the old high price after promotions so the price may stay the same after February, but don’t count too much on it. If you have $100 to spare and this sounds like something you would like, go get it. If you have an additional $65, the Ideos is even better.