Huawei and Optus team for up $99 smartphone

Feel like you need a snazzy new phone but don’t want to spend much? A new handset arriving this week on prepaid could be just what you’re after.

The budget IDEOS X1 is built by Huawei – the same company responsible for last year’s IDEOS  handset – and features a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo.

Interestingly, Huawei’s choice of OS means the budget phone will go without support for Flash-enabled websites, although we don’t imagine the small 2.8 inch screen would be the best for web surfing with.

We asked Huawei when the $99 smartphone would receive Gingerbread, the latest version of Android, but were told that there’s no firm date for the update at this time.