Huawei, which recently announced its Ideos series of smartphones and tablets in India, and claimed that India is one of the most important markets for it, has no plans to launch one of the best devices in its portfolio—the Huawei Glory—here.
A Huawei spokesperson said to ‘The Mobile Indian’, “We will be launching Huawei Glory in USA by November, but this device is not meant for the Indian market.”
Glory runs on a 1.4 GHz MSM8655T Snapdragon dual core processor with Adreno 205 GPU (for graphics). It supports dual mode (GSM/CDMA) for world roaming, has a 4 inch 854 x 480 pixel TFT display, and an 8 megapixel AF camera with LED flash.
The phone will feature a beefy 1900 mAh battery, EV-DO Rev A technology (a CDMA technology that gives speeds of up to 3.2 Mbps), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2 GB of storage with expandable memory. There is no HDMI slot but Huawei says that it will include a “surprising” multimedia solution that compensates for the lack of HDMI.
The phone will ship in November with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (followed by an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich OS), and is expected to retail for approximately $300 in the USA, which is barely Rs 14,000 — a mouth watering price for a phone with these specs.
Tech magazines that had the opportunity to use the device have rated it highly in terms of performance and build quality.
It is sad that a company that claims to give priority to India is not bringing its best product to the Indian market. Although the device launched in the USA will use CDMA networks, it is not hard for the company to bring a GSM device to India since the Glory’s processor supports GSM as well. And even a CDMA Glory would be successful in India because it is a powerful device at an attractive price.