Chinese communications provider Huawei has today announced the release of its IDEOS smartphone, featuring Google’s new Froyo-codenamed Android 2.2 operating system.

The phone comes with a mix of features including embedded 3G to Wi-Fi router, enabling the phone to provide Internet for up to eight devices. It also comes with only a 2.8-inch 320×240-pixel LCD capacitive-touch screen but its expected to be priced at under $US200.

“We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access,” said Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Devices.

It’ll handle up to 16GB of MicroSD storage and features a range of sensors including light, proximity, compass and accelerometer. It will also come with a 3.2MP digital camera and twin-LED flash.

Connectivity will include 7.2Mbps HSPDA 3G and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Other features include 1200mAh Lithium-ion battery and three-band UMTS 900/AWS/2100MHz telephony support.

As an aside, this is also the name given to Huawei’s tablet device.

The word is Huawei is in talks with local Australian and New Zealand telcos about distribution although no deals have been inked at time of its announcement. It’d be nice to see this arrive in A/NZ for under $300…

UPDATE: According to GSMarena.com, the IDEOS features a 528MHz processor and MicroSD support up to 32GB.

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