Huawei Launches Budget Android Phone on Vodafone Today

by Dale Wright

Huawei has announced a new Android smartphone that brings big features and a large, bright touch screen to the budget smartphone market.

The new Ascend G510 is designed to appeal to users who don’t want to spend a fortune on their next phone. It will form the lower tier of Huawei’s 2013 smartphone range.

The G510 was announced at this year’s MWC in Barcelona but largely slipped under the radar. It’s the follow up to the popular G300.

The phone has a 4.5 inch IPS screen, a 1.2 Ghz dual core Cortex A9 processor, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, 512 MB RAM and a 1,750 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and Huawei’s own Emotion user interface layer and has 4 GB of internal storage which is expandable via micro SD.

For a budget phone, the specs are very good, and the device also has DTS surround sound stereo speakers for a better experience while playing games or watching movies. The phone is just 9.9 mm thick and also offers Bluetooth, GPS and a basic 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

Huawei says that it wanted to make a low-cost smartphone that didn’t compromise on features despite its low price tag. The new Ascend G510 goes on sale today in the UK for just £130 on pay as you go, so it appears that the manufacturer has lived up to its promise. Contract customers can obtain the phone from as little as £13 per month, ensuring that the Huawei G510 will be an attractive handset for people who don’t want to splash the cash. For now, Vodafone have exclusivity.

Huawei is becoming quite the specialist in entry level phones. It’s also launching the Ascend Y300 this month, and recently released its first Windows Phone 8 phone, the Ascend W1. The W1 is only available on O2 and costs just £110.