The third Cricket smartphone from Huawei has been launched and it looks like it is the most powerful one so far. We are talking here about the Huawei Mercury Ice, which is a redesigned and renamed Huawei Mercury. The carrier is selling the Mercury Ice through Radio Shack at $149.99 without any contract. In case you are interested in the original Huawei Mercury, it is still available at Cricket at $199.
Learn more about the Huawei Mercury Ice
So, what is new about the revamped Huawei Mercury Ice? Not much actually. The only visible difference is the face color – the Mercury Ice is pearl white. Apart from this, the phone features, just like the original, a 4-inch FWVGA scratch-resistant touch screen, which with a 480 x 854 resolution adds up to a pixel density of 245 ppi – not too bad. The white Mercury Mercury Ice is equipped with two cameras: the front VGA camera is for self-portraits and video chats, and the rear 8 MP HD shooter with auto focus, zoom and flash is also capable of recording videos at 720p.
Under the hood there is the already well known 1.4 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM on board and the storage capacity is 2 GB and expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card slot. According to the Huawei, the 1900 mAh battery guarantees up to 6.5 hours talk time and up to 380 hours standby time.
The phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a big disappointment. With Jelly Bean knocking at the door, good old Gingerbread is way too outdated for today’s standards. Anyway, since the Mercury Ice is a fully featured Android smartphone it gives you access to over 300,000 cool apps on the Android market as well as great Google apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and more. The phone also supports Cricket Services like: Cricket Tethering, Cricket Mobile Web, Text and Picture Messaging, MyAccount, Cricket 411, and MyBackup.
The Mercury Ice is pre-loaded with Cricket Storefront, Ringtones and Demo Games, and comes with Muve Music, so you can download and listen to unlimited music from your phone. The music player supports the following file formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, and MP3 and has dedicated music control.
The phone is equipped with stereo Bluetooth for fast connections and wireless streaming, is Wi-Fi certified and tethering-ready so you can share the Internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled device.
Other features of Huawei Mercury Ice include: alarm clock, calendar, calculator, 3G Real Web Browning, vibrate alert, voice activated dialing, 3.5 mm headphones jack, and micro USB 2.0 port.
Apart from the Huawei Mercury Ice, in the box you will also find travel charger, USB cable and 8 GB microSD card.