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Huawei Ascend G510 First Look

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Huawei Ascend G510

Last night, at an event held at the Michelangelo towers in Sandton, Huawei, the massive Chinese ICT company, introduced the Huawei Ascend G510 to the South African Market. This entry level phone is sure to impress the South African market with its features, looks and impressive price.

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The Ascend G510 features and specifications are as follows:

Display

The 4.5-inch display is the biggest we’ve seen on a handset in this price bracket. Budget smartphones usually offer 4-inch screens at best. Its 480×854 resolution doesn’t have a particularly high pixel density at ~218 pixels-per-inch, but is appropriate for a the smartphone’s price.

Software

The G510 comes standard with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. Most manufacturers of budget smartphones opt for the stock Android UI, but Huawei has included a wide range of tweaks under its custom Emotion UI. The biggest change is that there is no app tray. Instead all of your apps are placed on your home screens.

Emotion UI

Camera

The 5-megapixel camera surprised us with its quality. The 5MP Auto focus camera with a flash light, has a range of features such as Panorama Shot, Theatre Video and audio effects. The front facing camera has a 0.3 MP resolution and is a welcome addition to a budget smartphone.

Hardware

The Huawei Ascend G510 uses a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 chipset. The S4 is amongst the latest of Qualcomm’s products, though it is one of the slowest chipsets in the range but basic 3D gaming shouldn’t be a problem.

Connectivity options include HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n); and Bluetooth 2.1. The 1750mAh battery features Huawei’s power saving technology and promises 14 days of standby time on 3G; and its auto-search base station technology finds signal quicker. 3G talk time is claimed to be 6 hours.

Conclusion

Compared to the long-running favourite for budget conscious consumers, the Sony Xperia U, the G510 proves to be faster, partly thanks to a quicker processor, but also due to its use of the slicker Android 4.1 OS. It also has a larger Screen (a 4.5-inch screen in comparison to the Xperia’s 3.5-inch display).

From our first impressions, this phone looks very promising and it should go a long way in helping Huawei gain market share in South Africa and other emerging markets.   The Ascend G510 goes on sale in South Africa with a price of R1999.90 and will be available in two colours: Phantom black and Ceramic White. Huawei could not confirm availability for the rest of Africa.

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Kyle Jordan

Writer and editor for Tech Net Africa.

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  1. 2 November 2013

    glenn

    hi can you tell me is it worth is our is the nokia 520 better

     
    • 3 November 2013

      Jason Malan

      Hi Glenn. It’s a tough call.
      The G510 has a couple of features that the Lumia 520 doesn’t have namely: a front facing camera and NFC.
      On the storage side the Lumia 520 comes with 8 GB of internal storage and the Ascend G510 comes with 4 GB. Both phones have a MicroSD card slot.
      While the Lumia 520 has a slower processor, it provides a much smoother experience than the G510. The G510 is a bit slow for Android Jelly Bean, but it’s not a deal breaker.
      The deciding factor for me would be which operating system I want to use. Android (on the G510) is more established than Windows Phone (the Lumia 520) and so there are a lot more apps to download. Windows Phone provides a fresh and different experience to Android. It’s a very social platform, because the live tiles contantly give you Facebook and Twitter updates.
      What I would recommend is that you go to a store and try both models, so that you can get a feel for the operating systems. Then choose the phone you like the most.
      I can’t give you a straight-forward answer because both phones are great and it’s not really comparing apples with apples.
      I hope that helps.

       

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