Chinese smartphone vendor Huawei has confirmed it will launch its first smartphone in conjunction with a UK operator as it looks to ramp up its profile.
The firm has struck the deal with Vodafone to offer the Ascend G 300.
The phone is an Android-powered device running Gingerbread 2.3 operating system with a 4in capacitive touchscreen and a 1GHz processor.
It also has a 1500mAh battery, a 5-megapixel camera with a four times digital zoom and 2BG of built-in memory.
Huawei's UK executive vice president, Mark Mitchinson, said the deal with Vodafone would help the Chinese firm establish its brand in the UK market.
"This is a landmark deal for Huawei. We are delighted to have Vodafone UK on board as a strategic partner as we continue to unveil a range of smartphones," he said.
"Vodafone recognises the ambition of Huawei as we become a genuine partner of choice and a serious alternative for future growth."
The announcement is notable as it sees Huawei following through on its intention to push into Western markets, a strategy it told V3 it would pursue during a visit to the firm's headquarters in China last year.
Huawei has previously provided white label devices for operators to sell as its own devices but is hoping to become a major force in Western markets.
The device is expected to be available from April, although no information was given on pricing.
V3 asked Huawei for information on when the Ascend D quad-core device, unveiled at Mobile World Congress, would be available, but was told details on its availability will be announced in due course.
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