Huawei has been one of the most active players in the Android community these first weeks of 2013, including during CES. Nothing quite out of the ordinary there, but unlike other times we’ve talked more about high-end devices from the Chinese than budget-friendly low-enders.
In fact, we’ve only seen one not-so-impressive Huawei device lately, although even that had quad-core power going for it. But now it’s time for the OEM to go back to its roots, at least the ones Westerners are familiar with.
Meet the Ascend G510, an entry-level to mid-range Android device that missed a CES intro, but made its debut during a quiet press event in the Czech Republic yesterday. Though its name might be very similar to that of the recently unveiled G520, the G510 only comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Mediatek MT6577 CPU.
The chip is paired with a rather modest PowerVR SGX531 GPU and 512 MB of RAM, so you shouldn’t expect the gaming performance of a lifetime from this fellow. The 4.5-inch IPS display is itself mediocre at best, only boasting a WVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels).
Still, we can’t quite pin this down as a low-end gadget, seeing as it has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in tow and a decent 5 MP rear-facing snapper with LED flash. It’s also a fairly elegant and sleek handheld, measuring 9.9 mm in thickness and weighing in at 150 grams, so there might be some hope for the Ascend G510 after all.
Now, we definitely can’t be happy about the 4 GB of on-board storage on this fellow, the measly 1,700 mAh battery or the 0.3 MP front-facing cam, but there is microSD support, not to mention the more than sensible pricing.
The Czech Republic will get the Ascend G510 for CZK 7,500, which translates into around $392. That’s fairly pricey from the USD standpoint, but if this does ever reach the States it is going to definitely cost 300 bucks at the absolute maximum. And that’s not too bad, is it?
For now however, we doubt the G510 will ever reach America, with Huawei only saying that it’ll be made available across Europe “this spring”. Anyone interested on the old continent? How about in the US of A?
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Be careful, these versions are chinese without GogglePlay ability but coem with a lot of chinese apps but no flash for the camera, so far my current knowledge