Huawei X1 Review


Welcome to the 2011 Huawei Ideos X1 review page. The Huawei is a relative new mobile phone brand from China but the company has been around for awhile there.  They don’t actually make any really top range phones or push the design edge but make mass market models for the cheapest prices.  The Huawei X1 is a perfect example of their current market position, it is a cheap touchscreen mobile phone running the Android.

The Huawei X1 is a pre-paid phone priced at $99 and released in mid 2011 and offered by Optus at the moment.  It is a quad band GSM phone but only uses the common 3G 900/2100Mhz and in Australia. This means it will work on most country’s mobile networks except for Telstra. That said the X1 is definitely the rival to the equally cheap Telstra T3020. Just depends on which mobile phone network you prefer.

First of all, the key feature of the X1 is it’s capacitive touch screen which makes it more responsive than any others in the price range we’ve tried to date. The construction is also very good, better than any of its competitors. While clearly not a premium model the X1 manages to look good at the same time.  The conservative pebble shaped phone also feels nice to hold although missing the extra weight.

The X1 uses Android 2.2 and comes with all the benefits and issues. The X1 feels quick purely thanks to the better screen technology however like all ‘smartphones’ once you start running apps and storing data it does slow down a bit. Lots of extras like Wi-Fi and GPS make the X1 a great little phone Overall its not bad though – for the basics of talk, text, emails, Facebook and some browsing it does work reliably just not too quickly.  You can’t complain for $99.

Finally, the X1 in comparison to all the cheap Android phones – it wins! It is easily better than the T3020 which really the only other model you can compare it with.


  • Huawei Ideos X1
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L101.3 x W59.4 x D12.4 mm
    Weight 105 grams
  • Display/s
    External 2.8 Inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
    240 x 320 video camera 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 512MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Accelerometer (G-Sensor)
    Light Sensor
    FM Radio
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1230mAh battery
    Up to 570 hours Standby
    Up to 430 minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $99 AUS 2011 (Pre-paid)