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
||3G (WCDMA) & GSM Quad Band
||4.5 inches IPS, 16M colors, 5-point multi-touch
||480×854 pixels (FWVGA) – 218 ppi pixel density
|Android OS Version:
||4.1.1 – Jelly Bean
||Dual core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A5 (Cortex A9 in dual-SIM)
||Adreno 203 (SGX 531 in dual SIM version)
||4GB total. 1.2GB for apps
|SD Card slot:
||Yes, upto 32GB expandable.
||Qualcomm MSM8225, Snapdragon S4 Play
||5 MP with autofocus and LED Flash.
||0.3MP for video calling
||Yes. Skype and others.
||Yes with A-GPS
||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
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
And now the 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.
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.