We’ve told you about Huawei, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer alongside ZTE, not being that well known in the US, but which is delivering cheaper smartphones with a constantly increasing build quality.
Turns out a T-Mobile frequency compatible Huawei U8500 has passed FCC. While this is by no means any guarantee that the smartphone will ever get to the carrier, it is looking pretty good, except the large, unused area at the bottom, right below the physical D-Pad — optical trackpad — and action buttons. There’s currently no other information except Android 2.2 Froyo on board, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and GSM850, PCS1900 and WCDMA 1700/2100 frequency support.
For those of you that want to take a sneak-peak, there’s also a copy of the manual online which you can download and consult to learn about other hardware components and features — like the proximity sensor, volume rocker, optical trackpad — as well as software goodies like Swype being pre-installed.