Two new budget Android smarties will launch in the UK in August, and both will come toting Ice Cream Sandwich. But there’s no Jelly Bean, unfortunately.
Still, with both costing less than £30 a month, who’s complaining?
We’ve seen the Huawei Ascend P1 before, but now comes word it’s hitting the UK in August. The handset isn’t short of power, with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor inside, and the screen is on the larger side, standing at 4.3-inches across. The handset runs Ice Cream Sandwich, and sports an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Impressive specs, yet it’s only 7.69mm thick, making it one of the slimmest smarties around.
Despite these high-end specs, it’ll be free on Vodafone on contracts starting at £26 a month. That’s not bad at all.
But it’s not the only budget ICS blower in town. ZTE’s Grand X will also launch in the UK in August, and it’s similarly specced. A dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor powers things, though it’s 1GHz to the P1′s 1.5GHz. The screen is the same size, at 4.3-inches, and it runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich. All the usual bells and whistles are on board, though the camera also isn’t as good as the P1′s, being 5-megapixels to its rival’s 8-megapixels.
It’s also very slightly more expensive, being free on contracts starting at £27 a month for existing Virgin Media customers (£32 for newbies). It’s available on pre-pay for £189.99.
So it’s a shame neither will ship with Jelly Bean. But let’s look on the bright side, at least Ice Cream Sandwich handsets are coming down in price.