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Huawei Ascend G510: Review, Unboxing and Hands-on Video!

After announcing Ascend Y300 – a low end android smartphone — the Chinese company has recently introduced yet another budget android device Ascend G510 in the Pakistani market.

Ascend G510 was planned for a launch earlier this month, but due to the increase in taxes on mobile phones, company had to delay the launch for couple of weeks.

Just to mention, Huawei did a promotion on its official Facebook fan page, where customers pre-ordered Ascend G510 for a price of Rs. 14,700 and entered in a lucky draw to win 2 Dubai tickets. This promotion has now ended and orders are being shipped, though the winners of Dubai tickets are yet to be announced.

Now getting back to review of Ascend G510, check below the un-boxing and hands on video — before we go in detail review of the phone:

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Now to a brief review of Ascend G510. I have tried to compare the phone with Y300 throughout the post. So if you haven’t read the review of Ascend Y300 – you should better read it first.

Hardware Specifications:

  • 4.5 inches IPS Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Qualcomm MSM8x25 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual core processor
  • 512MB of 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

Design:

Ascend G510 follows the same generic smartphone design, found in nearly all devices launched by Huawei this year. In terms of design this phone is actually the bigger brother of Y300. It has slightly rounded corners just like Y300, and a total plastic body, but the rubbery feel is now replaced with gloss finish.

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The phone dimensions are 134 x 67 x 9.9mm and it weighs around 150 grams. The textured cover makes it comfortable to hold but due to the glossy plastic it’s a little slippery.

Ascend G510 is equipped with a BIG 4.5 inch IPS touch screen, which is quite unusual for phone in this price range. The screen offers 854×480 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 218 ppi, still the images show quite vivid and sharp. Sadly the lack of Gorilla glass makes the screen vulnerable to scratches, So you will have to take extra care of the screen or even better if you use a screen protector.

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Above the screen there is front facing camera, ear speaker, light sensors and notification LED. Below the screen we have three touch sensitive keys; back, home and menu.

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The physical keys for power/lock and volume are quite oddly placed in Ascend G510, Instead of the regular top or right side positions the power key is placed on the left, just above the volume rocker and it takes a little while to get used to these new positions.

The microUSB port is also located on the left bottom. So on the right you have got nothing. On the top left we have 3.5mm headphone jack and on the bottom there is the microphone.

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The back side of the phone is equipped with 5MP Camera, LED flash, speaker and embedded logos of Huawei and DTS. The back cover is actually not a usual cover but a complete shell. Under it we have slots for Mini SIM, Battery and microSD card.

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The build quality of this phone is nice, but personally I prefer the rubberized feel of Y300, which provides a comfortable and strong grip. Moreover the placement of physical keys and the bigger size makes you a little uncomfortable at first, but after some time you get used to it.

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Operting System and UI:

Just like its younger brother, Ascend G510  comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 out of box and on top of it runs Emotion UI, Huawei’s Proprietary User Interface. This UI provides an easy functionality for the new Android users. Personally I don’t like this interface as its not much customizable and feels bulky.

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In Emotion UI there is no app drawer, and everything is on your homescreen. In total you get 9 homescreens and you can arrange and re-arrange the apps by putting them in folders. A nice little animations is shown when you swipe between screens.

You can also 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.

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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. If you don’t like the UI grab some other launcher from Play store but you still can’t get rid of some of the features of Emotional UI because of it’s integration with the OS.

The company should include an option for users to get back to the stock android and turn off all the Emotion UI features, because they make the phone sluggish. However, Huawei has done a great job in customizing the OS to work on low hardware but still there is a need for improvement.

We are not sure if this phone will get any update in the near future.

Performance:

The phone is powered by a Dual Core 1.2GHz processor,  512MB of RAM and Adreno 203 GPU.

Most of the devices running Jelly Bean these days have at least 1GB of RAM, but you can’t get everything in a budget this low. Still the performance of this phone is extraordinary. The Emotion UI is a little bulky and you may notice some lag while swiping through the screens but you can always install any other launcher and make things go smooth.

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Games like Temple Run, Temple Run 2, Battle Monkeys 3D Multiplayer run fine on this phone. You can also play some resource demanding games like Real Racing 3 on it, but you will have to use a microSD card for game data as the phone’s internal storage is just 4GB.(See the video above for games performance).

It has the ability to play some 720p videos, but the 1080p experience is horrible. Obviously you can’t compare the performance of this phone with Quad core devices with bigger RAM and better GPU, but still Ascend G510 provides a satisfactory performance at this price tag.

VoIP applications, such as Viber and Skype, work great on this phone, and the video quality of the front facing camera is amazing. Browsing on this phone very smooth and fluid. The Fast Boot option allows you to power on the device in less than 5 seconds.

Have a look some of the benchmark results:

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Camera & Video:

Ascend G510 has a 5MP auto-focus camera together with a VGA camera on the front for video calling. Unlike Y300 the Camera application is very quick and the LED flash light has white color.

You can’t expect much from a budget phone Camera, but Ascend G510 performs very well. The images turn out bright and vivid. The lack of physical Camera key makes things a bit difficult but the size of the phone helps to get a good image while using soft key.

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The Camera app is very basic and there are not many settings to play with. By default you can’t mute the camera sound but there are methods to overcome this issue — by rooting of course —  which will void your warranty.

The Camera only offers a VGA resolution for recording videos contrary to most of the phones available in market that offer at least a 720p video recording. Some European websites have mentioned that the versions launched there include the 720p recording feature but we were unable to get this confirmed.

Other than that there are even less settings for video. You can turn on the LED light to record videos in the dark. There is also a standalone Torch app which uses the LED.

Battery:

The phone packs a 1730mAh battery, which frankly speaking isn’t enough considering the size of screen and a dual core processor. You will probably get a single day of usage after full recharge, but for users who love to browse over Wi-Fi, play games and multimedia it’s not going to last much longer.

Amazingly the standby time is much longer and you get a decent time when phone is used only for calling purpose.

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The built in battery saving app allows you to extend the life, by disabling Wireless connections and turning off animations.

Price & Availability:

The phone is recently launched in the market for a price of Rs. 16,750, after taxes. Earlier it was delayed due to the increase in taxes on mobile phones.

Just like the younger brother Y300, Ascend G510 is available in Black and White colors. 1 year warranty of Airlink Communication will be provided with this smartphone.

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Conclusion:

Usually big phones comes with big price tags, but thanks to Huawei for this budget device which is affordable yet amazing. It has a durable design and delivers a satisfactory performance. Sharp screen, Good Camera and Android Jelly Bean operating system makes the deal even more attractive.

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There are some setbacks like low RAM and Emotional UI but still it is a good option in this price range. Huawei should try to cater the needs of Pakistani Customers by adding Urdu support, Localized apps and Introducing Dual SIM variants of these devices.

Like always there is also a need to aggressively advertise these smartphones. Recently we saw a TVC featuring Y300 but frankly speaking it’s wasn’t up to mark and Huawei needs to do a lot better on this front.

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What do you think about this phone, Will you purchase it or go for Y300? And if you need any further information about this phone, feel free to ask via comments.

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  • Harris

    Reviewd lyk a Pro!! Thumx UP

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Thanks @disqus_UokQejWjzt:disqus

      • http://www.facebook.com/laraib.aram Laraib Ahmed

        Zohair Bhai i have Y300 u said themes can be downloaded, but what ever theme i download it requires launcher and i don.t like launchers. can u tell where i can download themes,

        • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

          You can download themes from the Theme app by Huawei. I guess you are downloading themes from play store :(

        • Mumtaz Hussain

          Yry Holo Launcher HD available for free in Play store.

  • http://www.isharearena.com/ M.Aswad Mehtab

    thinking to buy it .. it has dual sim functionality ??

    • aamir7

      no

      • http://www.isharearena.com/ M.Aswad Mehtab

        but at GSM arena it says it is a dual sim … different versions ??

        • aamir7

          Review unit didn’t come with dual-SIM functionality. Zohair will confirm this in a while…

        • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

          No, in Pakistan they are selling just the Single SIM version.

      • fawaz

        is there any warranty in pakistan

        • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

          1 Year warranty of Airlink Communication. They are good.

    • Danish

      no

  • http://www.isharearena.com/ M.Aswad Mehtab

    BTW nice review , I like these kind of fast reviews as compare to dull boring reviews in which presenter walks you through each and every stupid thing like , this is usb port , this is headphone jack bla bla …

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Thanks for the appreciation, my reviews are always short. BTW this is the first one in which video crossed 10 minutes mark (due to the inclusion of game play performance)

      • Technologix

        Thanx for the addition of game play bit :) Nice and simple review. Strange thing is that i am getting more Antutu marks(6180) on my Y300.

        • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

          I have tested it with default launcher running and no SD card

  • http://www.facebook.com/sujal.naresh Naresh Chawla

    I am Using This Smart Phone

    • http://www.facebook.com/sujal.naresh Naresh Chawla

      RAM 1GB Honii Chayee Thi Bus :(

      • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

        Must be the cost factor, otherwise there is no harm putting a bigger RAM :)

        • HolierThanThough

          Yeah… 1 GB Ram jacks up the price by Rs. 4,000. That’ll take Huawei G510 out of the affordable range.

        • sher khan

          bhai is main skype par video call ho jati hai ya nahi

      • Ali Sharif

        haan its outdated….1 GB RAM and Bluetooth Version 3.0 agar is mai ho tu, cost 20,000 ya above ho jaye gi. i think… but be happy is mai DLNA protocol hai

    • Mumtaz Hussain

      Is ki kitni internal memory user k leay available hai?

  • Danish

    I think there is option to disable camera capture sound

  • SHehryar KHAN

    wonderful review ….. i really liked this one … this review is compelling me to make a purchase of huawei smartphones :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/laraib.aram Laraib Ahmed

    My Huawei Y300 Antutu Mark(6391).

    • HolierThanThough

      thats because you have an SD card installed. SD card size will jack up your antutu scores.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laraib.aram Laraib Ahmed

        I don’t Have SD card Huawei Don’t Give SD Card with it’s Hand Sets. I didn’t Bought SD card yet Looking to Get Branded Card at Lower Price From Somewhere.

  • Mehmood Ahmed

    At what price is available today into karachi saddar market

  • nothanks91

    I personally at this price Nokia Lumia 520 is far better!

    • nothanks91

      *personally think

  • Asim Ali

    According Huawei Uk, it has gorilla glass. I think UK and Pakistan versions are same except NFC which is available in UK version only.

    http://www.huaweidevice.co.uk/mobile-phones/Huawei-G-510/

    • HolierThanThough

      No… different versions completely.

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      No groilla glass, sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zakiuddincs Zaki Uddin

    how to install stock android on it ? Anyone ?

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Wait until someone makes custom ROM for this device.

  • aasim

    nice and afforable .. but still little worry about material quality . thanks for post ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/islamkhan.mandokhel Islam Khan Mandokhel

    I am new to smartphones. i want to buy a new one under 18000.plz tell which one to buy . also what do you think about g510 or htc sensation which one will be better

    • http://www.facebook.com/laraib.aram Laraib Ahmed

      In my Opinion G510 is Latest, Updated and Have Better Specs From HTC sesation.

  • Ali Sharif

    Thanks You.. for this unboxing and brief review, no doubt it is first review of this model on internet i have found. I am awaiting for a long time to buy this set. : )

    is it available in white color ?

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Yes its available in white color.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yousuf.aman Muhammad Yousuf Mallah

    what about its speaker like y300 does it has low volume?

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      A little better

  • http://www.facebook.com/sujal.naresh Naresh Chawla

    Viber main awaz aa rahii par jaa nhii rahi what is the problem G510

    • Danish

      use older version of viber

      • http://www.facebook.com/sujal.naresh Naresh Chawla

        No Latest Downloaded

        • Danish

          plz use the older version 2.3.1, your problem will be solved, i am also using it on G510

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      OS patch is finalized, Viber voice and other bugs will be fixed in OTA update soon.

  • Adeel Azhar

    @kofmzc:disqus is it just me or you forgot the Dual Sim feature of this phone?!!

    • Danish

      it is single sim

      • Adeel Azhar

        its the deal breaker for me sure…

  • Saeed

    Nice review, you play the same background music in all your reviews :P
    One thing I noticed the phone isn’t very smooth despite its dual core processor, perhaps due to the low RAM. The big downside is Huawei phones don’t get OS updates, same would be the case with this one!

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      For the last three reviews its the same BGM :) will change it in the next one.

  • Ali Sharif

    owner of this handset told me that even on its brightest setting on open area this screen looks very dim as compare to other usual set. is it true??

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Yes the screen is not so bright. But its sharp and clear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laraib.aram Laraib Ahmed

    Zohair Bhai Main Wifi se Connect hn phir bhi Themes k Apne app main koi Online theme Option nhi araha bs local hi araha hai kia karon,

  • Danish

    how to switch off mobile data permanently? i am charged for GPRS whenever i switch on my G510, Plz help

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      Settings > Mobile Networks

      Uncheck Data Enabled
      Check Use 2G network only

  • Danish

    Is there any procedure to increase ram? Or share sd card memory with ram?

    • http://ITNama.com/ Muhammad Zohair Chohan

      No

      • Haris

        Yes there is by Roehsoft ram expander available on play store

        • Haris

          sadly u have to root it but u can always manage the small amount of ram by some ram booster

  • Ali Shah

    Wt about active noise cancellation in Huawei Ascend g510???

  • sami ullah

    thanks for the review..keep it up!

  • Saquib

    I an facing voice issue in normal call. its like mic stop working after few seconds.

    • conm

      have u solved voice problem as I am also experiencing this issue

  • Ubaidullah

    Does Iron Man 3 apk work good on this phone…?? Please tell mee..

  • ali

    excellent review. pls keep it up for the new models.

  • Ubaidullah Mufti

    Boss kia is phone main Iron Man 3 chalti hy?

    • Danish

      game?

  • Danish

    Rooting method and custom rom?

  • Shahroz

    can it Play 720p videos?
    Which is better Huawei g510 or Noir A9 or Gfive g95

  • Rizwan

    35 second ki call k baad meri awaz aglay bunday ko nahi aati problem solved kaisay hogi?

  • Azfar Hashmi

    where can I get screen protector for it in khi?

  • Saad Chaudhary

    Zohair Bhai I have G510 Ram is 512 the memory it displaying is 394 MB while the Q mobile A50 also have 512 ram but it displays 484mb …….. and also i noticed that G510 is comparatively slower as compared with A50 by running same apps

  • Mumtaz Hussain

    Internal memory is 4GB but how much free memory is available for users?

  • Mumtaz Hussain

    Out of 4GB internal storage. how much is available for users?

  • Furqan

    can anybody tell me that how do i get rid of that retarded emotion UI ?? Please Anyone

    • Haris

      Load Nova launcher from play store it would solve ur problem considering the interface ive loaded it on huawei y300

      • Furqan

        thankyou bro.. :)

        • Haris

          Your welcome :)

  • Zeeshan

    Dear Zohair,

    Does this phone have specific allocated memory of Just 1.1 GB for applicaitons out of user available memory.

  • Raza Zaidi

    Zohair bhai can we update the android version of this set ? 4.1 se ziada support kar lega ye set ?

  • Tony

    Is it good at 79€?

  • ali

    can any body tell me can we do skyp video call or through yahoo messange video calls?

  • Huzaifa

    Is This Phone Better Or Noir A500????

  • Syed Amir Abbas

    Very very cool and good review .. after reading this review now I have purchased this mobile . It is nice cell phone in this price tag…… Thanks again for this nice review.

  • Syed Amir Abbas

    Very very cool and good review .. after reading this review now I have purchased this mobile . It is nice cell phone in this price tag…… Thanks again for this nice review.

    • Furqan

      i heard that this phone is facing problems in calls.. so can u please make it clear that is it true ? i’d be very thankful to u..

  • Syed Amir Abbas

    Very very cool and good review .. after reading this review now I have purchased this mobile . It is nice cell phone in this price tag…… Thanks again for this nice review.

  • Syed Amir Abbas

    Very very cool and good review .. after reading this review now I have purchased this mobile . It is nice cell phone in this price tag…… Thanks again for this nice review.

  • Syed Amir Abbas

    Very very cool and good review .. after reading this review now I have purchased this mobile . It is nice cell phone in this price tag…… Thanks again for this nice review.

  • Junaid

    Is the screen view able in daylight? … i’ve heard some complaints

  • fajer khan

    I m facng d prblm ov loudspkr ov huawei g510. The spekaer ov ds set stop sudnly. Can any one instruct me abt ds prblm. M to much woried :’(

  • sarmad mansoor

    what is its price ???

  • sarmad mansoor

    What is its current price and where can i buy it from ?? I am in Lahore .

  • Saad Bin Tahir

    I have Ascend Y300 and that phone has same specification..
    only screen size bara hai and yeh phone (ascend g510) bhi 480p video hi bnata hai and (ascend y300) bhi 480p video hi bnata hai.
    Menay (ascend g510) bhi use krky dekha hai. Video 480p hi bnata hai.

    Price of Ascend Y300 is cheap as compared to Ascend G510..

    THANKS

  • clox

    Would like to know if the voice issue has been resolved by anyone as i am facing this issue in my g510. The person on the other end cannot hear me after a few mins

  • Syed Nalain Abbas

    Sir Zohair Choahan….Mey Q A500 aur Huawei G510 mey confuse hu keh konsa lu … plzz plzzz plzz guide me ………… i am waiting……….. apke suggestion ?

  • Syed Nalain Abbas

    Superb review man…………alaaaa……@kofmzc:disqus

  • S. A. Chaudhry

    Model is perfect, but i bought it for Skype and Viber..both are running excellent. For Viber one needs to install older version as new version troubles. This link could help in finding older version of Viberhttps://www.dropbox….viber.voip..apk