At the end of last year, U.S. Cellular released its first Huawei smartphone, the Ascend II, offering it for free on contract. Apparently happy about the collaboration with the Chinese company, now U.S. Cellular is preparing the launch of a new Huawei handset — the C8820. While the Ascend II is stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is a modest offering, the new Huawei C8820 seems to bring more to the table. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a relatively large display, probably of WVGA resolution. The Bluetooth SIG sheds light on some of the features the device comes with: CDMA / EVDO connectivity, WiFi, A-GPS, and microSD card slot. And yes, what you’re seeing above is the C8820.
At this moment, U.S. Cellular has no Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones in its line-up. Huawei C8820 might be the first, unless the carrier intros the HTC One V before it. We will keep an eye on this, and report back when official details emerge.