Huawei IDEOS X2 U8500 Review – Features with Hands-On Video

IDEOS X2 LogoHuawei, one of the foremost giants in the telecom gear segment is now fast pacing itself in the mobile handset space as well, first with its low cost budget IDEOS handset and extending this series Huawei unveiled an all new phone which is dubbed as Huawei IDEOS X2 U8500. So, keeping with the pace of technology, Huawei has yet again launched all new Android mobile phone which is here to blow away competition. So, let’s check out on whether this phone is worth buying or not along with all the general specifications as well as features which are bundled in this phone.

This phone comes as a great respite for all those who always doesn’t want to compromise on the features front and at the same time wanted a phone in a budget price range. And thankfully, this Android phone from Huawei should fit in every user who wished for the same.

Specifications and Features:
Along with an attractive and responsive capacitive touchscreen with a size of 3.2 inches, this phone comes along with a solid resolution of 320 x 480 pixels which weighs as light as 115 gms and has 256K colors to provide real like image viewing experience. This phone also packs in the goodness of Accelerometer sensor which most of the other leading smart phones comes with and also comes with the Optical track pad plus Proximity sensor to provide to provide truly smart phone experience. This phone comes with a high speed 528 MHz processor powered with the 256 MB of RAM which is enough to deliver visually appealing graphics.

Though it’s committed to provide the high speed internet experience as it has got HSDPA support which allows 3G speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and also comes with the power of Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n support and also is having Bluetooth 2.1 capability with A2DP Support which means that you can now make use of the Bluetooth headsets with this phone. This phone leaves behind a very nice experience when used as it comes along with almost all features which a smart phone was always known for.

If we talk of other features on the multimedia front then we will see that one too in the next section of this article. Though this phone comes with Android’s Froyo 2.2 operating system version out of the box, but it can be upgraded to the latest and the best Gingerbread 2.3 operating system easily by just following easy to understand quick update guide.


Memory & Multimedia:
You will be glad to hear that you no more have to worry about the “Memory Low” warning sign on your phone which was the case earlier with almost all the phones for storing the messages as well as the contacts. This phone comes with an unlimited capability to accommodate all your contacts as well as the messages and not to forget to add practically unlimited call entries space too. Though this phone has got very less internal memory but this phone comes with an external memory card slot to compensate the same as it can accommodate up to 32 GB of micro SD memory card.

If we have a look at the multimedia offerings which this phone gives then it has got quite a few things which ranges from a 3.15 MP camera , Full HTML Support, FM Radio, Micro USB Support v 2.0 and also has the Assisted GPS Support with many other host of features which not only includes the support of the 3.5 mm universal headphone jack but also comes with other apps support like SNS integration. Gmail, Gtalk, multi codec support in audio as well as video etc. to name few. You Tube, twitter and Official facebook apps comes pre-loaded with this phone.

Last but not the least, the biggest and the highlight feature of this phone is that it even allows you to create your own Wi Fi hot spot which can not only connect 5 but up to 8 different Wi Fi devices. So, now sharing becomes easy with this Huawei X2 U8500 phone and also it has got a faster Internet Browser which is specially optimized to deliver great navigation experience.

Battery & Price:
With so many features loaded in this smart phone, it’s no time to talk something about the battery part. This Huawei X2 U8500 comes with the 1150 Lithium Ion Long lasting battery which is better than the normal Lithium Ion batteries whose life is partially lower than the former. This phone will last for a stand by time of up to 300 hrs on 2G network or can last for an up to 5 hrs on 2G network. Stay tuned to Android Advices so as to get more tips on how you can save the batter life for your Huawei X2 U8500.

Last but not the least if we talk of price, then this phone costs not more than $175 which makes this phone not only affordable but also a budget smart phone loaded with almost all the features. You name it, this phone has it.

Final Verdict:
Though every smart phone has its own set of advantages as well as disadvantages, this Huawei X2 U8500 to has some which are listed below,


  • Great Overall Built quality,
  • Intuitive and Simple interface,
  • Battery Life holds for a good amount of time


  • Still no word on Gingerbread 2.3 release though beta version is released,
  • No Adobe flash support as of now,
  • Battery takes little extra time to get charged,
  • Some of the Android Market apps are not supported

Considering the fact that all the above pros and cons are moderately ok, this phone is recommended to “BUY” considering the fact that its priced very moderately and all thanks to an open platform of Android wherein the Adobe Flashed will surely be tweaked in such a manner that the Adobe Flash Player will support for Huawei X2 U8500. Do let us know your thoughts on whether you liked this phone or not in the comments section below and also you can also refer the Video of unboxing the phone and also a short and brief review about the phone.

Update : This article was updated on December 28th 2011 with the RAM, Processor & Battery Type information as provided by Huawei India.



  1. Daphne

    September 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

    can’t even find the reset button for this device!

  2. sphinex3

    September 20, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I didn’t found this phone on Huawei web site Do know why or tell how can I find it?

    After using this mobile for a week I can say it’s good phone…

  3. Prashanth

    September 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

    It this phone having 800Mhz or 600 Mhz?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

      its 600 MHz phone!

      • Prashanth

        September 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        But in your u tle it’s a 800 MHz processor!!!!

        And I have checked other phones like Samsung Galaxy Pop and Motorola Quench XT5 having 600 Mhz. They relatively faster than X2!!!
        Are they launching Ideos X3 in coming days in India??


        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

          yes prashanth it will be launched! Yes its correct, 800 MHz processor! When it was there in the article then why you have asked? 🙂

  4. Lizzam

    September 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’m sorry but I think you’re confused between “review” and “unboxing”

    one question though, is that a front-facing camera or a sensor in the front? can you show the dialer? I’m looking for cheap android phones that can do 3g video calls (no, not video calls over data like skype).

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      hey Lizzam, its actually both, let us know what you are missing so that we can assist you on the same!

      its sensor and not the front cam!

  5. Azim

    September 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Dear sir,

    I have recently buy this phone Huawei Ideos X2, this phone is many draw backs first of all video quality of this phone is not good or 3d games like raging thunder moto racer is not working properly even though games is not working properly. I dont know what the prob if this phone has 800 Mhz processor. If you know the solution then please help me out.

    m waiting for your reply



    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      yes, this phone doesn’t support some of the games and apps!

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