AT&T is selling Huawei's Impulse 4G for $30 on contract beginning Sept. 18. The value-priced phone comes after high-end Android smartphone launches of the Galaxy S II and Motorola Droid Bionic.
China's Huawei is well-known for pumping out tons of
low-cost Android smartphones for sales across Asia, contributing to the rich
ecosystem that has given the open-source operating system the biggest software footprint
in the world.
The Chinese OEM is now taking this approach to the United
States, where AT&T plans to begin selling the Impulse 4G Android smartphone
Sept. 18 for $29.99 with a two-year contract.
The Impulse 4G is AT&T's first Huawei
built smartphone as the carrier seeks to meet its stated goal of producing over
20 Android handsets and tablets in 2011.
Far from a high-end smartphone on the level of the
Samsung Galaxy S II
that AT&T is offering later this month or the Motorola
Verizon Wireless began selling Sept. 8, the Impulse 4G is loaded
with the Android 2.2 "Froyo" build.
At a time when the S II and Bionic include dual-core processors, the latest Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" build, 4.3-inch hig-
definition displays and 8-megapixel cameras, the Impulse 4G is powered by an 800MHz chip and has a 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen, a 5-megapixel shutter and HD video recording (in 720p).
See a picture of the Impulse 4G on AT&T's Website
AT&T is suggesting Impulse 4G buyers subscribe to a Data Plus plan,
which includes 200MB of data for $15 a month. Consumers who want to
use AT&T's mobile hotspot, which lets users connect laptops and other
devices to the Web, with the Impulse 4G must pay a minimum $45 per month for
the DataPro 4GB plan.
This seems like an unlikely choice for prospective buyers
of the Impulse 4G, whose one-time hardware purchase and one month of data costs
add up to $45 alone.
Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said the Impulse
4G is "priced like a budget smartphone but brings a much larger display
and higher resolution video recording than other Android phones at this price
That could certainly appeal to consumers who just can't
afford high-end smartphones that cost $200 to $300 with monthly data plans of
$70 and up -- the price ranges of the Droid Bionic and Galaxy S II, among other