14GHz Huawei Mercury smartphone lands on Cricket for just 250

first_imgLooking for a bargain on a zippy little Android number? Check out the just-launched Huawei Mercury from Cricket.The $250 phone packs plenty of hardware punch. Horsepower is provided by a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor. No, it’s not the dual-core powerplant you’ll find in some other Android phones, but that clock speed should allow the Mercury to power through tasks just fine.There’s 2GB of storage on board, 512MB RAM, and a microSD expansion slot for up to 32GB of additional file storage. In addition to an 8MP camera on the front, there’s a VGA rear-facing camera for video chat. 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 support is built in, and the whole package is topped with a 4-inch touchscreen that pumps out 480×854 pixels.The Mercury should boast very respectable talk and standby times with its single core chip and a 1930mAh battery pack on board. Android 2.3.5 comes ready to roll with a handful of preinstalled apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Ket’s Golf 2, Asphalt 5, Documents to Go, and Swype. At 10.6mm, this isn’t anywhere near the slimmest smartphone around — but it’s still plenty light at 138 grams.Cricket will slot the Mercury into its line-up alongside other Huawei phones like the Ascend II and M750, and you’ll need to sign up for the carrier’s $55 per month plan (contract-free, of course). It’s a pretty solid deal, though, with a full range of calling features, unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of data included in that price.Unfortunately, there’s no announcement yet as to whether the Mercury is slated for an ICS upgrade. Huawei’s already shown off a build for its higher-end sibling, the Honor, so it’s definitely a good possibility. If the single-core Nexus S can garner cheers of “it’s like a brand new phone with ICS!” the Mercury ought to offer users a similarly smooth upgrade experience.More at Engadgetlast_img read more