Regional carrier Cricket surprised at CTIA
today by showing off a couple new units that aren't out yet -- but they're in the pipeline for the second quarter, which the company points out is coming "very soon." First up is the Huawei Ascend 2, which -- you guessed it -- would be the follow-on to the original Ascend
that the company launched last year. The display's still HVGA; WVGA obviously would've been nice, but Cricket is promising to launch it at the same sub-$150 price point as the first model and it's got a 5 megapixel camera around back (up from 3.2 before).
Next up, the Indulge is pretty much the same midrange QWERTY Android slider that already launched on MetroPCS
, albeit with one big difference: this one has no LTE compatibility (Cricket has no live LTE network, after all). As with the Ascend 2, we would've preferred a WVGA display -- this one's just HVGA -- and the four physical buttons up front seem a bit out of style, but Cricket's still in a position where any
new Android hardware is a very good thing. Look for it to launch for under $350 -- off contract, of course.
Samsung Indulge and Huawei Ascend 2 for Cricket hands-on