Local Australian telco Boost Mobile has announced Australia’s cheapest pre-paid Android smartphone.
The handset is the Huawei U8300, announced back in February and released in July.
It features Android 2.1 operating system along with a small 2.6-inch LCD panel featuring 240×320-pixel resolution. One reason for the low price is the screen – it is resistive only, which means you’ll need more pressure and control to activate controls than you would with capactive-touchscreen phones.
Boost Mobile is offering it as a pre-paid model for $149, making it the cheapest Android smartphone in Australia. This will include a 1GB MicroSD card and reader. Android Marketplace is said to be included with the phone so you can get access to 80,000 applications available.
The battery is only a small 930mAh Lithium-ion type so it’s unlikely to match higher-performing models.
Other features include:
- Size/Weight: 94 Length, 64 Width, 11 Thin; 100 gr TBD
- WiFi 802.11b/g
- BT 2.1 (A2DP)
- MicroUSB (High Speed USB)
- Digital compass
- MP3 playback
- FM radio
- Micro SD card slot (support up to 16GB)
- UMTS 2100/900
- EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- 3.2 Megapixel Camera
- Camera LED flash
- 24 FPS Video Encoding
- 4 x Digital Zoom TBD