Huawei Rolls Out A199 5-inch Smartphone

The 5-inch segment continues to slide into the mainstream, with Huawei announcing the A199 (aka Ascend G710), which features hints of the Ascend D2, with a host of cost-cutting. The device first came to light in February. It features dual-SIM (GSM + CDMA), and lacks 4G LTE support, indicating that Huawei is targeting value-conscious emerging markets.

The 5-inch IPS screen of the Huawei A199 features an eye-pleasing 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, which is better than most qHD offerings in its segment. Under its hood is a Huawei K3V2 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.50 GHz, backed by 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage that's expandable by another 32 GB, using micro-SDHC. In the imaging department, you get an 8-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash; and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one. Fueling the device is a 2,150 mAh battery, Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" is at the helm.

Huawei is inclined to unveil the device first in its home market of China, with roll outs possible in other emerging markets.