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Huawei U2801 review

2/10 AVG.

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The Huawei U2801 currently has an Informr score of 2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Not all phones need to have large touchscreen displays, always-on Internet access, or a large selection of third-party software. In fact, many users have absolutely no need for these and are perfectly content with more traditional mobile phone functions like text messaging and voice calls. For this, the Huawei U2801fits the bill.

It comes in an easy-to-pocket, candy bar form factor. Although it seems rather chunky at 14mm thick, it weighs only 90 grams so you can be sure that it’s very portable. On the front, you’ll find nothing more than a 1.8-inch QVGA display and alphanumeric keypad with a small number of navigational buttons. The built-in 0.3-megapixel camera with video capabilities is located at the back and an FM radio is added in for good measure.

Overall, the U2801 is a no-frills candy bar phone with simple aspirations. It looks like a decent pick for those wanting a basic device.

Need to Know: Huawei U2801

1. Affordable price tag. (The Good)

2. Easy to use. (The Good)

3. Very limited feature-set. (The Bad)

4. Small screen and terrible camera performance. (The Bad)

Operating system
Brew Mobile Platform
Screen Size
VGA (640 x 480)

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei U2801 user manual here.

Huawei backs up the U2801 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your U2801 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Huawei U2801's screen size is 1.8 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 900 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 300 minutes.

Huawei U2801 Specs

Release date December 9, 2011
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 128 MB
ROM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 0.605 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time No
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 4.6 x 1.4 cm (4.4 x 1.8 x 0.6 in)
Weight 92 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 200 pixels
Size 1.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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