The folks at Engadget had their eyes peeled back and an eye open whilst at the Huawei booth at Mobile World Congress 2011, finding the Huawei IDEOS X3 right there, sitting out in the open. This is the sort of phone that’ll work great to usher in new users into the Android world, having basic features plus a few surprises to leave them wanting more. This phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscree, a Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, front facing camera of unknown power, 3.2 megapixel camera on the back, 256GB of RAM, and a 1200 mAH battery. As for connectivity, the IDEOS X3 has Wifi b/g/n, dualband HSPA and quadband EDGE radios… and believe it or not, a skinned version of Gingerbread.
What an odd thing, this phone runs a custom skin on top of Android 2.3 (or perhaps 2.4 or higher once its released,) Gingerbread. This phone looks strikingly similar to the LG Optimus U, having an extremely similar size and Android experience, despite having completely different teams working on either. This phone is slated to be released in March for $200 unsubsidized, but only in Japan for now. Hopefully it wont go the way of the Disney phone, destined to remain in the land of glittery fun excess.