The Huawei Ascend G300 isn’t the only device to come out of the Chinese company and have almost identical specs to Samsung’s Google Nexus S, a flagship smartphone just 18 months ago.
While the Ascend G300 has launched in the UK, Huawei has a similar device in the works for its home market. China Telecom is the carrier that will start selling the Huawei 8812 before the end of this month. Uninteresting name aside, this smartphone comes with a 4-inch touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a secondary front-facing camera for video calls, a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of built-in storage.
Those specs make this phone almost identical to the Ascend G300. Price-wise, things are very similar too. The 8812 will be sold by China Telecom for just 1,000 yuan, which amounts to about £99, $159, or €121 at today’s exchange rates. So it’s safe to assume that the 8812 is basically just an Ascend G300 variation tailor-made for the Chinese market, and China Telecom in particular.
There is, however, one big difference between the 8812 and the G300. The Huawei 8812 will launch running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The G300 was released running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and an ICS update was promised.
The fact that the 8812, which, for all intents and purposes, seems to share its innards with the G300, is launching with ICS may be good news for prospective G300 buyers in the UK – for its ICS update could be coming a lot sooner than anyone expected.
By this time next year, or in 18 months at the latest, we expect $100 devices to have specs at least similar to the Huawei 8812, if they won’t exceed them. That’s just mind-boggling. And will help make feature phones just a memory in the future.
This advancement of Android into lower and lower price points has already been going on for more than a year, but only now are the cheapest Androids coming with decent enough specs so that performance isn’t very bad. Which means that Android can only go up in market share from this point on. As for its competitors (Nokia, for example), the future isn’t all that bright. Over and over again people have chosen Android smartphones over similarly priced offerings from the competition. This can only happen even more now that those cheapo Androids aren’t actually anything to be ashamed of in terms of performance.