Feeds

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend G300 low-cost Android phone

Budget blower packs a punch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

First look Huawei continues its push into the UK market this week with the Ascend G300, an affordable smartphone with admirable specs given its entry-level status. Ahead of its Blighty launch this Friday, I was given a sneak preview of the device.

First impressions are that the G300 is a lightweight, bog-standard blower yet sports an impressive 4in capacitive touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Its 1GHz processor with 512MB of Ram deliver enough grunt for streaming media without a hitch, which looks respectable on the 480 x 800 display. Images taken with the handset's 5Mp camera look fairly decent too, so nothing out of the ordinary there.

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Although there's just the 2.5GB of internal storage, crack it open and the microSD slot is good for an extra 32GB. It has a regular-sized Sim and removable battery – a breath of fresh air given the unibody styles the market is clearly trending towards.

Still, the company assured Reg Hardware that all of its handsets for the foreseeable future will feature a removable juice pack. Phew. This one has a capacity of 1500mAh and with Huawei's patented power management tech, a decent talk time should also be achievable.

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Huawei states that an Android 4.0 ICS patch is inbound this summer and as the UI customisation is minimal, apparently it can be implemented quicker and easier than some rivals. Until then, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI is recognisable and nothing spectacular, but the company has added a nifty unlock feature that stands out from the crowd.

Users can swipe directly into popular apps they might use from the unlock screen, accessing text mode or dial screens instantly. Convenient enough to save a few minutes every day, probably.

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Other than that, there's little that makes the G300 stand out except for its affordability – it could be one of the cheaper routes to Ice Cream Sandwich assuming that update materialises. Certainly, Huawei is making an aggressive thrust into the UK market with the G300 which, with its respectable CPU, offers a lot of bang for buck. Inevitably, corners are cut elsewhere though, evident in its aesthetically underwhelming chrome and white finish.

If you're tempted by the brand, but have the money to get something snazzier, then the company's higher-specced beasts, the Ascend D Quad and Ascend P1, which touchdown later this year may prove more appealing.

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone

Exclusive to Vodafone, the Huawei G300 hits its stores this Friday for a price of £100 on PAYG. Of course, two-year contracts are available as well, with the phone free on plans starting at £15.50 a month. These include 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB data. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?