Huawei partnering with Cricket Wireless might not sound like a team bringing earthshattering news, but for the budget-savvy consumer they just did – the Huawei M886 Glory is an Android handset running on a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655T chip all for the unmatched price tag of $299off contract. Did we mention the 4-inch screen with cream of the crop resolution of 480x854 pixels, adornished with an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash and the promise for swift update to the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich? Currently, the Huawei Glory runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.
It's not only saving a buck as previously with Huawei, mostly known for the Ascend stateside, but now you get the respective performance as well. The Huawei Glory cracked the benchmarks scoring 60fps in the Neocore graphical test, but while its processor stretches a muscle, outside it looks humble with a plastic body. PCMag, who first got a hold of the device, reports that the material feels like “quality plastic,” with an interesting twist as the first white layer is used as base, then covered with a transparent one contributing to a 3D-like effect. At 0.38” (9.7mm) of thickness, the device is not the slimmest one out there, but not excessively thick either.
The phone is reported to be “very, very fast,” but that doesn't mean that you'd have to worry about battery life as Huawei has included a capable 1900mAh juicer. The Chinese company has done some slight improvements over the vanilla Gingerbread adding a cube-like 3D transitions in the home screen along with a custom music player, but the interface overlay isn't too heavy. The pictures below are of a pre-production unit, so there might be slight changes in the final one. Already excited? This is expected to hit shelves in late-2011, so you'll need to wait for a while, but in the meantime feel free to share your thoughts about Cricket's Huawei Glory in the comments below.