China's Huawei (News - Alert) Technologies made the leap to the cloud on Wednesday by launching its new Android-based smartphone, the Vision.
The world's second largest network equipment maker will integrate the mobile device with Huawei's Cloud+ platform, which will enable users to store media content, emails, pictures and applications on remote servers, rather than directly on their handset. The platform is set up in a similar fashion to Apple's (News - Alert) iCloud service that launched earlier this year.
"We are targeting at what we call the young social networkers for this smartphone," Victor Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer for Huawei Device, told Reuters.
The handset will run on Android (News - Alert) Gingerbread 2.3 OS and will be powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255-1 GHz processor. Like most other mid-market smartphones, the Vision will offer 512 MB of RAM (News - Alert) and 2 GB of internal storage. However, users can tap the Cloud+ platform for near limitless additional storage.
Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with a LED flash and support for 720p video recording. The Vision also includes all the other must-have smartphone add-ons like Bluetooth, GPS and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Huawei is strongly touting the new handset's 3D user interface and carousel animation display that bundles features together into three-dimensional panels on the home screen. The interface is designed to allow users to launch applications with fewer swipes to the 3.7-inch touchscreen.
The company failed to provide pricing for the handset, but execs told reporters that it wouldn't sell for less than 2,000 yuan, or $305. Huawei has been dominant in China and other international markets that prefer non-subsidized handsets. The company reported revenues of $28 billion last year and says that it will look to break the $100 billion threshold in the next decade.
The handset will hit stores in China in September and international markets soon after.
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Edited by Rich Steeves