Huawei Ascend G510 has Jelly Bean, looks a steal at £130

Huawei's first UK phone to feature its Emotion UI arrives -- the Ascend G510. It looks to be another terrific bargain from the company.

Huawei's latest budget Android blower, the Ascend G510, will hit the shops on 12 April, exclusively on Vodafone. At just £130 on pay as you go, or free with a £13 per month contract, the G510 looks like cracking good value.

Packing a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, a roomy 4.5-inch screen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei's new Emotion UI interfacing with your eyeballs, at £130 it's quite the bargain.

The display won't break any records with its resolution, however -- at 854x480 pixels, it clocks in at just under 218ppi. Given the cost, that's to be expected. On the plus side, at least it's not as poor as Samsung's new Galaxy Mega , also announced today, which offers up just 190ppi. The G510 will also let you unlock the phone with your beautiful face, courtesy of on-board facial recognition technology.

"For years, 'entry-level' smart phones have meant compromise -- phones not powerful enough, with screens not big enough, to be able to truly deliver on the promise of mobile Internet," bemoans Huawei UK's director of product management James Powell. "The Ascend G510 is the latest in a line of Huawei smart phones to challenge that."

It's a bold statement given the phone's specs, which could be described as mid-range at best. It's very similar, in fact, to the Samsung Galaxy S2 , which is coming up to its second birthday. In a way, you'd be disappointed with something so out of date, but for the same tech you were paying £500 for two years ago to be a third of the price today is pretty amazing.

Huawei has form with great cheap phones -- its Ascend G300 was one of our favourite phones last year, delivering an uncompromised Android experience for just £100. We'll look forward to seeing if the G510 is as great a bargain in our full review, coming soon.

Will you be pining for the G510? What do you look for first in a smart phone -- price or quality? Let me know in the comments down below or over on our budget Facebook page.

 

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