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OPPO Coming to Pakistan!

OPPO is one of the biggest and among the most reputed brands of smartphones from China. It has been a key player in the Android smartphone market in China, but now, it has also started spreading its footprint to the entire world. There are indications that OPPO has landed in Pakistan and will be launching commercially soon!

OPPO is aiming to go global and compete with the big boys; it needed a different strategy, an ingredient which makes it different and unique from the competition. They have managed to do just that! One of the notable features of OPPO smartphones is it ships with its ColorOS, which is a modified version of Android OS. The best thing? Users can easily install CyanogenMod as well on theses phones!

Techies and enthusiasts love the ability to customize their smartphones; after-all, that’s what the ‘smart’ should do in a¬†‘smartphone’. ūüėČ

High-end OPPO phones pack a good punch as well, they’re not short on any sort of processing power. For example, the OPPO Find N7 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip with an integrated Adreno 330 GPU. The much-hyped OnePlus One smartphone is also launched by OPPO’s ex-employees. However, it does not come under the company umbrella.

What all of this means for Pakistan? More options for smartphone users and benefits to the national economy! We welcome such technological giants to Pakistan. There is immense growth potential for the still unsaturated smartphone market in Pakistan. The benefits can be reaped by both–smartphone manufacturers as well as Pakistanis. :)

GUIDE: Huawei Ascend G510/Y300 [Unlock, Recovery, Root]

Disclaimer: I’m or any other person related to this is not responsible for anything that happens to your phone. This most likely will void your warranty.

Huawei Ascend G510/Y300 (Code names of u8951/u8833) is available in different variants around the globe, this guide is most likely universal.

Before doing anything you should first install/Setup ADB Here then install Huawei drivers Here

If you don’t wanna download the whole SDK and just want to use only adb and fastboot command then follow this:

1- Download¬†This, unzip it and you’ll get Adb_fastboot folder

2- Hit windows key and type cmd now right click on cmd and click copy, now paste it to the Adb_fastboot folder which you recently unzipped.

3- Now open the same cmd.exe which you copied in the Adb_fastboot folder and type adb or fastboot if you see list of command then from now on you can use adb and fastboot command but only from the cmd.exe in Adb_fastboot folder.

4- Now follow the rest of the Unlocking procedure.

Unlock:

Huawei and almost all mobile brand manufactures there cell phones with Locked Boot loaders so no one can mess up with it but they also give you methods to unlock it.

Steps to unlock the bootloader…

  • Follow this Link to get you unlock code, it usually takes 3 to 5 days. You will get email like this..

 

  • Now follow this link to unlock your phone.

let me explain it in simple word

First make sure ADB and drivers are installed.

  • Turn on your Phone in Fastboot mode by using Power+Vol down combination, press these buttons for atleast 10 second

  • Now connect you phone to the PC. Open command prompt and type “fastboot devices” , if you get some numbers with fastboot like this it means your device is connected to your PC in fastboot mode.

  • Type this command with your unlock code “fastboot oem unlock xxxxx” (xxxxx is your device unlock code) then enter. Now your device should be unlocked
  • If you want to check whether your device is locked or unlocked type “fastboot¬† oem¬† get-bootinfo”, enter.

  • Done
Alternate Method to get Bootloader unlock code:
You can use DC-Unlocker tool to generate unlock code.
Recovery:

CWM and TWRP both are available for Huawei G510/Y300 now its up to your choice what you wanna use.

DOWNLOAD

TWRP 2.6.3.3 (Kra1o5)

Official Links of Goo.im where the developer will upload all new versions and changelogs: (Download Latest version from below links)

Y300: http://goo.im/devs/OpenRecovery/u8833

G510: http://goo.im/devs/OpenRecovery/u8951

Flashable Zip’s 2.6.33

G510, Y300

 CWM

CWM v6.0.4.5 by Dazzozo (Both Y300 & G510):

u8833 (Y300)

Image: recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.5-u8833-R3.img 7,884 KB РMD5: fb6f8a81822770e0711291eae85fca0d
ZIP: recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.5-u8833-R3.zip 8,127 KB РMD5: ec48ba863a585e4af3857d1b754f4cc5

u8951 (G510)
Image: recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.5-u8951-R3.img 7,884 KB РMD5: 490cfde79c20185f48cacc1c64b9ad74
ZIP: recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.5-u8951-R3.zip 8,127 KB РMD5: 8d4e1e907b963357b9c6d7331a253bd5


(Recommended only for 4.3+ ROM’s, its not backward compatible)

  • To flash recovery.img boot your phone in fastboot, enter this command
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img 

The CWM/TWRP flashable file can only be flashed with a custom recovery.

Go into recovery by pressing power+vol up for 10 seconds

Root:

After you unlock your phone and got a custom recovery Root access is now just finger tips away. You just need to flash any of your favorite Super user app.

Koush Superuser  (Recommended)

http://d-h.st/WlG

Superuser

http://d-h.st/TIa

SuperSU

Put one of the zip file in sd card go to the recovery then flash, reboot.
Now finally you have an unlocked rooted phone with a custom recovery, through which you can flash custom ROM/kernels but always make backup before doing anything.

 

Huawei G510 Review & Specs – Snapdragon S4 Play SoC!

Huawei (pronounced Wa-way), a Chinese tech giant has been manufacturing Android phones for different price ranges. After the introduction of ‘high-end’ smartphones like the Huawei Ascend D Quad & Quad XL equipped with a home-made powerful SoC HiSilicon K3V2, Huawei has now stepped into the budget market and introduced Huawei G510 that comes with Android Jelly Bean, version 4.1.1.

Along with G510, the company has also launched Huawei Y300. Both phones are built on Qualcomm MSM8225 chipset, referred to as Snapdragon S4 Play. Note that this is not the same Snapdragon S4 that comes with Galaxy SIII. The CPU is 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A5, Adreno 203 GPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The one we’re reviewing is single-SIM G510. The other is dual-SIM Huawei G510 which comes with MediaTek MT6577 chipset. G510’s price is around $150 USD or Rs. 16,750 PKR (Thanks to Danish Fazal for price update). The pre-order price was Rs. 14,700 PKR.

Let’s have a quick look at G510 / Y300 specifications, then we’ll show some benchmarks like AnTuTu, Quadrant and finally a comparison with MT6577 based phones / Noir / Micromax series to help you make your choice.

Huawei G510 Specifications

 

Supported Bands: 3G (WCDMA) & GSM Quad Band
Screen: 4.5 inches IPS, 16M colors, 5-point multi-touch
Resolution: 480×854 pixels (FWVGA) – 218 ppi pixel density
Android OS Version: 4.1.1 ‚Äď Jelly Bean
CPU: Dual core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A5 (Cortex A9 in dual-SIM)
GPU: Adreno 203 (SGX 531 in dual SIM version)
RAM: 512MB
Internal Memory/ROM: 4GB total. 1.2GB for apps
SD Card slot: Yes, upto 32GB expandable.
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8225, Snapdragon S4 Play
Camera: 5 MP with autofocus and LED Flash.
Front Camera: 0.3MP for video calling
Video Calling: Yes. Skype and others.
GPS: Yes with A-GPS
Bluetooth: Yes
SIM slots: 1
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
35mm Jack: Yes
Google Play: Yes

 

User Interface & Experience

It comes natively with Jelly Bean 4.1.1 so the interface is smooth and buttery, thanks to Project Butter. Huawei has added its proprietary UI, called Emotion UI so you won’t find the stock Jelly Bean look in it. Emotion UI is quite different than the stock interface and you’ll be delighted to see a change, whether you’re moving from the stock look, TouchWiz of Samsung or Sense UI. Even with Emotion UI loaded, the interface and swiping of screens is smooth enough.

There’s an LED for notifications as well, which helps in some cases.

Huawei Ascend G510 Benchmarks & Performance

The single-SIM version of G510 comes with MSM8225 S4 Play chipset. It has an integrated 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A5 processor (ARMv7 instruction set) and Adreno 203 GPU with 512MB RAM as mentioned previously. So how does this really perform in a phone, having a 4.5 inch screen and FWVGA resolution of 480×854 pixels?

Here are the results of AnTuTu benchmark:

Huawei G510 AnTuTu Benchmark

Huawei G510 AnTuTu Benchmark

And now the Quadrant benchmark:

G510 Quadrant Benchmark

G510 Quadrant Benchmark

Note that the real world performance is not entirely dependent on these benchmarks and it may differ as well! Adreno 203 also seems to outperform PowerVR SGX531 GPU in certain GLBenchmarks which are vital for video playback and games. That means this phone may have slightly better performance in games than the dual-SIM, MT6577-based G510. However, SGX531 in certain GLBenchs slightly outperform Adreno 203 such as texture fill rates.

For a final verdict you’ll have to wait a little for side by side comparison of S4 Play vs MT6577.

Camera Performance

G510 has a front 5 MP camera with LED flash and front 0.3MP camera for video chats. However, S4 Play only records videos in VGA format, so you can’t make 720p videos. That’s a disadvantage if you want to use your phone as a 720p-videos maker.

For stills, it performs just like your average 5MP phone cameras. Nothing extraordinary.

G510 – Price vs. Performance & Verdict

You get this phone merely for 16,750 Rs. in Pakistan or $150 USD internationally. At this price range, it is a fantastic phone which comes pre-installed with Jelly Bean, offering a very smooth and buttery experience. It also shines in the gaming area and is equal to, or out-performs other comparable phones in this range, such as those equipped with MT6577 chipset.

The only disadvantage is camera’s video performance. However, if this is not a MUST MUST for you, then it’s no big deal. It gets compensated for the support and repute the brand Huawei offers. Their Emotion UI is a smooth and new experience as well, and general phone performance is quite good.

You might be having thoughts like Huawei G510 vs. Samsung Galaxy SII, Galaxy SIII etc. The fact is, it’s not a wise comparison. Those phones are much more capable than this budget phone, however at this price point, G510 is probably the best dual-core Android phone offering native Jelly Bean smoothness!

Huawei G510 vs. Micromax or QMobile Noir Series

If you’re in Asia, the fair comparison is: G510 vs. Micromax A110 or G510 vs. Noir A10, Noir A12, Noir A8. Here, it is a chipset war, between S4 Play and MT6577. This phone has relatively stable software performance and smoothness than these other MTK phones, so if you’re in this budget and wanting a nice, stable phone with good gaming performance, get G510.

If you can’t ignore the 720p videos, which shouldn’t be much of an issue, then you may look at these MT6577-based options.