We’re not quite sure why some handsets don’t get a proper announcement when they are in front of the world’s press, but the Huawei Ascend Y300 is another handset from the Chinese manufacturer that is quietly residing on its booth.
This handset is incredibly similar to the Ascend G330 in terms of specification, but it sports a slightly different design, battery boost, a newer version of Android and a fresh overlay. Here we are with brief review of this device:
- 4″ Capacitive TFT Touch Screen
- Qualcomm MSM8x25 Snapdragon 1 GHz dual core processor
- 512MB Ram and Adreno 203 GPU
- 5 MP camera with auto-focus and 0.3 MP secondary camera
- 4 GB internal storage, up to 32 GB microSD card support
All the devices introduced by Huawei this year come with the same generic smartphone design. Y300 is no different. It has slightly rounded corners, a plastic body with a rubbery feel and a circle around the primary camera.
It’s not the slimmest of handsets, at 11.2mm (0.4 inches), but the Y300 sits comfortably in the hand and its 124.5 x 63.8mm (4.9 x 2.5 inch) frame is made easier to hold thanks to the slightly curved and textured back.
Huawei Ascend Y300 is equipped with a 4 inch 16M colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, having a resolution of 480×800 pixels. The screen is vivid and highly responsive but it is prone to smudges & scratches, so using a screen protector is recommended.
Above the screen there is Battery indicator, ear speakers, light sensors and 0.3 MP front facing camera. Below the screen we have three touch sensitive keys; back, home and menu.
On the top left there is the power/lock key, which is a quite an odd place for that. On the top center we have a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right side we have the volume rocker, which is again quite odd because mostly and usually the volume rocker is placed on the left, which in Ascend Y300′s case has the microUSB port.
Huawei seems keen to deliver a relatively decent camera experience at the bottom end of the smartphone market, with the Y300 another handset in the firm’s line up to sport a 5MP rear-facing camera, plus there’s a single LED flash thrown in for good measure and an arc shape speaker just outside the Camera circle. On the bottom we have the Huawei logo embedded in the rubber material. Under the cover there are slots for Mini SIM, Battery and microSD card.
I had accidentally dropped this phone while taking it out of my pocket and surprisingly it didn’t take a single scratch, thanks to the rubberized plastic. Also the back cover won’t take any scratches so there is no need to add a protective case. Overall I am very satisfied with the build quality of this phone.
Operating System and UI:
The phone comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 out of box and on top of it runs a newer version of Emotion UI.
In Emotion UI there is no app drawer, and everything is on your homescreen, you can arrange and re-arrange the apps by putting them in folders.
You can still add the widgets by pressing and holding the screen. Huawei has also included some of its own widgets, like the “Me widget” which is a collection of different widgets where you can put your contacts, clock, music, weather and gallery widgets.
Emotion UI comes with different themes plus you can also download new ones. The notification area is also customized and there are many toggle buttons included for quick actions like turning on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Screenshot.
This UI also has a profile app, which allows you to select or create profiles with different sound, brightness and data settings.
By default there is no stock launcher present and the Emotion UI is your only choice, but you can use any other launcher like Nova or Apex if you don’t like the UI, still you can’t get rid of some of the features of Emotional UI because it’s integration with the OS.
Keeping in view the Huawei’s tradition of releasing OS updates, there are very few chances that this device can get a Jelly Bean 4.2 upgrade in near future.
Performance & Power Consumption:
The phone is powered with a Dual Core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Adreno 203 GPU. Most of the devices running Jelly Bean these days have at least 1GB of RAM, but surprisingly the device works very smooth without any visible lag.
Games like Temple Run 2, Battle Monkeys 3D Multiplayer run fine on this phone. Since Huawei Ascend Y300 is a low end phone and hence you can’t compare it with phones having Quad core CPUs with whopping 2GB Ram and better GPU.
A 1,730mAh battery has been squashed inside the Ascend Y300, which should give you a decent amount of battery life for an average user as expected to 1.5 days but timing would lasts to a day or less on wi-fi or multimedia – but it’s quite normal. The Battery saving mode allows you to extend the life, by disabling Wi-Fi and turning off animations.
Ascend Y300 is an affordable phone priced nearly 150 USD with attractive good performance of Dual Core Processor, 512MB Ram, sharp screen with Andriod Jelly Bean Operating System.
Unlike the “Rebranded” cheap smartphones, Huawei is an International brand and was one of the top 3 vendors of smartphones in Q4 2012.
Huawei is trying its best to grab the market share from companies like HTC, Samsung and QMobile by introducing better quality phones with high specification in lower price.