Since this is a proper Android smartphone, the Huawei Ideos X5 offers a rich suite of features, including text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, voice dialing, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS. You can add as many numbers in the phonebook as the memory can hold, along with other info such e-mail, multiple numbers, IM handle, photo caller ID, group ID and others. Support for e-mail comes as standard as the X5 can handle POP3, IMAP, Gmail and Exchange accounts.
Regarding multimedia, the smartphone comes with a five megapixel camera that can do 720p high definition recording. We have to warn you though that the still photos look a little bit dull if you don’t spend some time to fiddle with the fluorescent light. The same thing is applicable when it comes down to recording clips. You must know that when viewing the videos recorded with the camera you are going to notice more noise than usual but overall the camera is above the average in this segment.
As far as the options for the camera is concerned, you get three focus modes, three flash settings, five white-balance settings, geotagging, five zoom options, while for the camcorder you will find five white balance settings, five color effects, four video quality settings and others as well. The photos and videos can be saved on a microSD card that can have a capacity of up to 32GB.
The smartphone comes with the standard Android music player that can sort the tunes by song name, album, artist, as well as playlist. When available, the music player is able to display album art. We should mention that the Huawei Ideos X5 is upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Under the hood of this device is a Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset that comes with a single core Scorpion processor working at a frequency of 800 MHz, while the GPU is an Adreno 205. It is important to mention that the Ideos X5 from Huawei offers support for Dolby Mobile sound enhancement and packs 512MB of RAM. The phone is available with either 2GB or 4GB of internal memory.
The screen of the Ideos X5 has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels which means that it has a pixel density of 246 ppi taking into account that it has a 3.8-inch. This screen is covered by a scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating.
Huawei has fitted this smartphone with a lithium-polymer battery that has a capacity of 1,500 mAh and is rated to last for up to 380 hours in standby or up to 8 hours and 20 minutes of talk time, both in 2G. When the phone is running in 3G, the standby time is of 440 hours while talk time should be of about 6 hours 40 minutes.