The T-Mobile MyTouch smatphones family is not aimed at Android users on the lookout for top-end devices. Historically, these smartphones were more of a mid-range, budget-friendly option for first-time Android users, but that doesn’t mean that their bang-for-buck ratio was not something worth taking the time to consider. While previous manufacturers included HTC (for the original MyTouch released in 2009 and the 2010 MyTouch 4G) and LG (for the 2011 MyTouch and MyTouch Q), a recent report published by PocketNow claims that Chinese manufacturer Huawei is next in line to provide a 2012 revamp of T-Mo’s MyTouch series.
At first glance, it seems that we’re looking at two identical smartphones, codenamed the U8680 and the U8730, except for one major difference: one of them comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Most of the specs are still a mystery at this point, but we do know that both smartphones will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread (no word on a possible ICS upgrade but I wouldn’t hold my breath) and that they will sport a 800 by 480 pixel resolution (WVGA) display. These specs seem unimpressive enough for them to be real.
Some voices in the Android community raised the issue that Huawei is a “lesser” OEM and that LG or HTC probably would have been a better choice for T-Mobile. But while Huawei’s past endeavors were aimed at entry-level feature phones, they are the fifth biggest phone producer in the world. Granted, most of their sales come from their homecountry, but they have recently made it very clear that they “want in” on the Western smartphone markets (that’s where the real money is).
One must admit that the devices they revealed at MWC 2012, such as the quad-core Huawei Ascend quad D, the slim Ascend D1, or the quad-core HD MediaPad 10 tablet, place Huawei in a very favorable position to actually break the ice and make an impact in the bustling Western markets.