When you hear about Huawei phones, what point or image usually comes in your mind? Is that it is a company who made phones or 3G dongles for Tata or Reliance? That’s it? Or if your not aware then in brief Huawei Devices is a leading telecom products & solution provider and is affiliated with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. which is a leader in providing telecommunication solutions for operators around the world including India as well. They also have there own R&D setup at Banglore since 1998. Recently we got new model of Huawei IDEOS X5 Pro for review which is an upgraded version of IDEOS X5.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Review

Here are some pics we clicked of this:

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Front 1 Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Front 2

This is a mid-ranged android 2.3.5 phone with some very competitive technical specifications which hardly any other good company is offering at its price-range. Since the competition in cellphones market is quite high, consumers do get benefit from this by getting high end features at lower prices. This phone is a perfect example for that.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Looks And Hardware

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Front 3

The first impression or looks is very nice and looks are good enough that it attracts some views from others on the way. Its design is not like a typical square smartphone design but with curves at corners which makes its looks quiet unique.

There are 4 capacitive touch buttons at bottom which respectively function as Back, Menu, Home and Search when seeing from left to right. This phone has got a 3.8″ Wide Screen WVGA display TFT LCD which is crisper enough to do right judgement while playing HD videos with a screen resolution of 800×480. But the screen is prone to finger prints as it is very glossy, so having a screen-guard is a must for this phone. This glossy screen however absorbs much of sun-light too which makes it easier to see screen contents in full day light. Also the screen blends with the body very well and gives the looks of one piece.

Also, the build quality of phone is excellent. This is one of the best thing i like about this phone and the finishing from every corner is upto mark. You’ll never have a cheap plasticity feeling from its back neither from its front. Its back cover is made from some good grade quality plastic which gives a nice grip on hands as well. However if your hands get sweat, then you’ll have to keep this phone with a cover to get more better grip on it. Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a new cover from outside, as there is no cover available officialy with this phone.

Volume rocker buttons are available on the left side of phone, rather than on right. The idea behind keeping these on left might be to prevent accidental pressing of them while holding the phone, since most of the time, the phone remains on left hand while your walking and the buttons get prevented from being pressed.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Bottom Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Top Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Left Side

Also the charging port is given at bottom center and mic hole is just nearby it. So, it is advisable to remove the phone from charging before picking up any call. On Top, 3.5 mm headphone jack and power button is available.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Left LED Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Left Back Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Back Opened

At the back, there is a Google Logo Branding in middle on back cover. Camera is given at top center with flash on its right and the speaker is also lined up with flash itself. The camera is leaned up at the back, which is not an appreciable thing as the camera lens glass can get scratches, but even after 2 weeks of rough usage, it didn’t got any single scratch on it. May be its because the the glass is hard enough to prevent scratches. The back cover can be easily opened just be pulling it little towards bottom.


Also if you see above 1st pic, there is a LED near speaker, which is hardly available in any other models of other companies in this range. This LED lets u know by blinking in different colors which notification is pending by us to check. Like if you had pending missed call or SMS to check, green LED will blink, if you had push notification from Facebook, LED will blink in Blue and you can even set which application may blink in which color, like i had set Red color for Plume (twitter) when new tweets are there to check.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Performance

With having 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and 512 MB RAM, this phone is the fastest phone in its price range category. Rather than doing Benchmarks or linpack tests to check its performance, i decided to check it’s performance in a desi manner by flooding it with those applications which runs in background all the time and consumes CPU & RAM resources both all the time. This step i took since, i feel, whatever the specs says, the phone should perform accordingly. So even when the phone has 12-13 active applications running at background like Facebook, Plume (for Twitter), Google+, WhatsApp, Instagram, FourSquare, Maps and many more, still the phone runs smooth. Then i loaded the phone with 6000+ SMS, inserted an almost full 8GB SD card and then keep using it. I still didn’t observed any slowness in phone other than now SMS inbox took 3-4 seconds to open and fully loaded rather than previously it get opened instantly. But it is acceptable, that having 6000+ msgs can impact speed of anything.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Camera

This is the main USP about this phone. The phone has got 5MP camera with Flash which is capable of recording 720p HD video as well. Below 5 pics are sample pics taken from this phone camera. I believe action speaks louder than words!!

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Back Camera Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Camera Sample 1 Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Camera Sample 2

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Camera Sample 3  Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Camera Sample 5

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Battery

This phone has got a huge 1500 mAh battery. This battery was enough to last more than a day when i had kept 2G ON all the day, synchronization of Facebook, Plume (Twitter), Gmail, WhatsApp, Foursquare, Google+ was also ON all the time, watched 2 hours of movie and 3-4 hours of music. This is pretty good time range for battery since synchronization and watching movies consumes hell lot of battery.

Also it had inbuilt Power Saving Mode, which ask if we want to activate it or not when battery reaches a level of 30%. If, when activated, it takes following steps to save battery:

  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi will be off.
  • Animation & Haptic Feedback will be off.
  • The screen timeout will be 15s, and the LCD brightness will be set to its lowest value.
  • Background data and enabled always-ON mobile data will be off.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Software And Features

This phone has currently Android 2.3.5 version, which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS as per promises by the company. It has inbuilt inbuilt 1.5 GB of Internal memory for your personal usage like storing pics, songs and many more. Also 800 MB separate memory is available for application installations and there data files which i feel is quite enough to fully flood phone with applications without any tension.

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Android Version Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Internal Memory

This phone offers some exclusive features available to Huawei users only. I am going to mention only major features worth mentioning below:

Cloud+ Drive

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Cloud+ Drive Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Cloud+ Drive Storage

Huawei offers its customers 16GB cloud space of Huawei Cloud+ Drive just like other companies are offering of Dropbox. But the main benefit here is that this storage is valid for lifetime rather than in dropbox which offers more storage for only 2 years. You can backup any particular files or folders or even all files on cloud and can set automatic synchronization as well.


Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro HiDrive

This applications shows the users a list of only best and most downloaded applications being downloaded on android market that too category wise. It’s a very handy application when you’re always running out of time. It gives options to choose applications from Featured, Cateogry Wise, Games, Top 20 and has a User Center as well which keeps tracks on how many applications requires update, My Collection & My Downloads.

All Backup

This applications offers user to take backup of System Data, Application Data to SD Card or to CLOUD storage. It gives following options:

  • Backing up of System Data at SD card & Cloud Storage
  • Backing up of Applications to Internal memory

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Technical Specifications

Model U8800 Pro
Type Smartphone
Operating System Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Input Method Android™ keyboard, Swype
Band GSM/GPRS/Edge 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
 WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
Network Access HSPA+: Download 14.4Mbps,Upload 5.76Mbps
Processor 1GHz
Style Bar, Full Touch
Dimension 120mm×62mm×11.6mm
Weight About 130g
DisplaySize9.7cm (3.8″)
TypeTFT LCD, Capacitive Touch
ResolutionWVGA (800×480)
Camera 5MP with Flash
FM Radio Yes
Multi MediaVideo FormatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, REAL, RMVB, WMV
Audio FormatMP3, MIDI, AMR, AAC, eAAC+, WMA
Image FormatPNG, GIF (87a/89a), JPEG Baseline
Streaming MediaVideo FormatH.263/H.264, MPEG4
Audio FormatMP3, MIDI, AMR, AAC, eAAC+
Audio Jack 3.5mm
Messaging SMS and MMS, Features based on Android
Email POP3/IMAP/Exchange, Based on Android
Browser HTML, Based on Chrome Lite on Android
Internal MemoryUpto 1.5GB
Expandable MemoryUpto 32GB
USB Function Mass Storage
 USB Tethering
Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n, Support Wi-Fi Router
Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
Tools Calculator/Note pad/Clock/Gallery/Calendar /Document To Go/ Exchange push email
Google Mobile Suite Google Mail, Google Search, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Calendar, YouTube, Android Market
Preloaded Apps Task Manager, All Backup, Huawei Cloud+, Huawei Streams, Message+
Sensor Proximity, light & G-Sensor
Battery Lithium ion
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Standby Time Up to 380 hours(2G); Up to 440 hours(3G)
Talk Time Up to 500 mins(2G); Up to 400 mins(3G)

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Box Contents

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Box Contents
  • Phone
  • Charger (USB Version)
  • Earphone
  • User Guide
  • Warrant Card
  • Warranty Activation Instructions

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Comparison With Other Phones

General FeaturesHuawei Ideos X5 Pro (Black)Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500HTC Wildfire SMotorola Defy Plus
PriceRs. 13800Rs. 15500Rs. 13599Rs. 14499
RAMSingle SIM, GSMSingle SIM, GSMSingle SIM, GSMSingle SIM, GSM
Operating FreqGSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OSAndroid v2.3 (Gingerbread)Up-gradable to 4.0 ICSAndroid v2.3 (Gingerbread)Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion (ARM V7)1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion600 MHz ARM111 GHz
GraphicsAdreno 205Adreno 200Adreno 200Adreno 200
Size3.8 Inches3.65 Inches3.2 Inches3.7 Inches
ResolutionWVGA, 480 x 800 PixelsHVGA, 320 x 480 PixelsHVGA, 480 x 320 PixelsFWVGA, 480 x 854 Pixels
Colors16 M16 M256 K16 M
Primary Camera5 Megapixel5 Megapixel5 Megapixel5 Megapixel
Video Recording1280 x 720, 30 fps640 x 480, 30 fps24 fps30 fps
HD RecordingHD   
Size62 x 120 x 11.6 mm62.5 x 114.7 x 11.2 mm59.4 x 101.3 x 12.4 mm59 x 107 x 13.4 mm
Weight130 g114 g105 g118 g
Internet & Connectivity   
Internet FeaturesEmail, Adobe Flash 10.1EmailEmailEmail
GPRSClass 10, 48 kbps 114 kbpsClass 12, 48 kbps
3G14 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA7.2 Mbps HSDPA7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 384 kbps HSUPA7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 2 Mbps HSPUA
Wifi802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
USB connectivitymicro USB, v2micro USB, v2micro USB, v2micro USB, v2
Music PlayerSupports MP3, eAAC+, WAV, MIDISupports MP3, WAV, eAAC+, MIDISupports MP3, WAVSupports MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC+
Video PlayerSupports MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, HD Video PlaybackSupports MP4, H.263, H.264, 3GPSupports 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMVSupports MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV
Sound EnhancementsSRS WOW HDSRS WOW HD  

Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Price

This phone is available for sale at a Price of Rs. 13800. If you’re looking to buy it in more competitive price, then you can check this listing at Tradus.in where you can get more Rs. 500 by entering coupon code “REVIEWCENT“. 

Some Optional Points Which May Need Your Attention:

  • Install Go Keyboard rather than using Default keyboard in it. You’ll be more than happy using it.
  • Use Camera 360 Ultimate which is better than default Android Camera Application.
  • Use any third-party music player like PowerAmp to fully utilize the power of SRS WOW HD music quality. You’ll be blown by music using Power Amp. 
  • Had the Screen Guard pasted on the screen for sure.
  • This phone also had an active community on XDA-Developers where you’ll find so many custom ROM’s to try, for this phone. Having a active community helps the user in long run and guys there help on even those those topics where sometimes service center guys feel helpless for any company.

Final Verdict

With so much of Competitive specs available in this phone some great features, this phone is definitely a recommended buy because of its low price and Big screen and Good quality music and a Nice camera. 
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  1. This is the best andriod phone i have updated with ice cream sandwich 4.0.3 stock rom. There are many active members on xda-developers .

  2. Is this really update-able to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0.3? Please clear my doubt. And whats the original price in Mumbai circle?

    • I am not so 100% sure about when ICS update is coming on this phone. But i should come soon. And i would suggest you to better check your local shops for more best price. Thanks

  3. i liked ur table for comparison of different phone with ideos x5 pro.. got sme gud info. One thing i want to ask is dat are the msngr apps. lke watsapp , facebook n twitter work wel..? n wat abt the workin of different games on it??
    And does it have the google play store in it ?? with 3G is the battery backup gud..??

    • Yup.. all things works very well. Its android version is 2.3.6 which is although not latest but its a stable version. And i forgot to write in review, that i have played Temple Run for hours on this phone, and it never got hanged. And every android phone would have google play store inbuilt. Its a part of OS, so this phone also has it. And yeah, 1500mAH batter is much enough that i would last one day with 3G ON.

  4. Sir,

    Please post a tutorial on how to install the official ICS update on this phone. I can’t find anything non technical on the web. If you cant post at least email me some instructions. Much appreciated.

  5. stock rom download

    I want to download the stock rom shown in the picture, but i cann’t find the same rom anywhere from the internet. please just away to get the same rom…..

  6. Need the stock ROM shown above

    I have flashed many ROMs for better performance but none gives battery backup like the stock.I need the 2.3.6 android version for India. the official site gives 2.3.5(overseas normal) which is of no use.i would be glad if anyone could helpme with this. my email ID is brahmachary.abhishek@gmail.com