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April 28, 2013

Huawei Ascend Y300 Review

Entry-level Android smartphones have come a long way. Before, we have sluggish phones with single-core processors, 256MB RAM, and Gingerbread OS. Now, we have snappier droids with dual-core processors, at least 512MB of RAM, and Jellybean OS. One good example of the latter description is the Huawei Ascend Y300. Find out why by reading our full review.

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Design and Construction

We would like to think that the Ascend Y300 is the Android counterpart of the WP8-powered Ascend W1. Both have solid constructions with ceramic finish, same display sizes, and similar dimensions and weight except that the Y300 is 0.7mm thicker.

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Located in front of the device is the 4-inch display with the earpiece and VGA front-facing camera above and three capacitive buttons below. There’s the microUSB port on the left side, volume rocker on the right, headset jack and power/lock button right on top, and the microphone at the bottom. Flip it on its back and you’ll see the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and the speaker.

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On hand, the Y300 feels sturdy and well-made. Personally, I find ceramic finishings to be more appealing than glossy ones. It resists fingerprints very well but attracts smudges easily which is evident on the white model we’re using. Also, at 11.2mm thick, the Y300 feels stocky but still grip-friendly.

Display

The Y300 sports a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 480 x 800 or equal to 233ppi. Icons are crisp, colors are good, viewing angles are okay but not that great.

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We have to admit that we’re starting to get spoiled by the OGS technology as seen on the Ascend W1 and there are times that we wished the Y300 was equipped with one as well. Still, the Y300 has one of the nicest displays for a smartphone of its caliber.

OS, UI, and Apps

Running the show for the Y300 is Android 4.1.1 Jellybean skinned with Huawei’s Emotion UI v1.0. The UI removed the app drawer and widget pages and made everything available on the homescreen with a maximum of 9 pages.

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Other than that, most of the tweaks are visual. You can choose from 9 transition effects and 5 customizable themes – nothing a good launcher app can’t do.

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As for apps, there’s no bloatware or third-party apps preinstalled. Essential Google apps are here of course as well as apps for integrated features such as Flashlight and DLNA. For the rest of your app needs, there’s the Google Play Store which is an old version by the way and not the new one. The only drawback we see here is the built in storage for apps. At 1GB that’s very much limited.

Camera and Multimedia

The Y300 is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facing. It doesn’t have a dedicated camera button but you can take a picture using the volume up button. Camera performance is average at best. Autofocus is slow and sometimes inaccurate even when using the touch-to-focus feature. Colors don’t pop out that much and some images appear washed out.

But this isn’t always the case. If lighting conditions are good you’ll still get very decent photos for upload. And if you want to get creative with your photos you can manually adjust the camera’s settings, apply built-in filters and do Panoramic shot as well.

As for video recording, the 5 megapixel camera is only capable of shooting videos of up to 480p resolution (640×480) at 30fps. Take a look at the sample video below:

Performance and Battery Life

Running under the hood is a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and an Adreno 203 GPU. Like I mentioned at the start of the review, the Y300 is snappy and smooth for an entry-level device. Occasional lags happen but can be ignored. No app crashes or random reboots and we were able to play Temple Run 2, Into the Dead, and Dead Trigger in High settings (recommended is Low) without any serious issues.

We also placed the Y300 under a series of benchmark tests and here are the results:

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* AnTuTu – 6,494
* Quadrant – 2,410
* Vellamo HTML5 – 1,168
*V ellamo Metal – 328
* NenaMark2 – 32.6fps

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As for battery life, the Y300 comes with a 1,730mAh worth of juice which we consumed mostly on heavy SNS with WiFi set to always on, moderate calling and texting, and light gaming. With that usage the Y300 was able to last for a whole day. Expect less when using mobile internet or graphic intensive games.

Conclusion

The Ascend Y300 is a very capable entry-level smartphone that looks and performs like mid-ranger. With its solid construction, 4-inch IPS display, dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera and Android Jellybean, Huawei has certainly set a higher standard for their entry-level product line.

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Huawei Ascend Y300 specs:
4.0-inch IPS LCD display @ 480×800 pixels
Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon dual-core 1GHz
Adreno 203 GPU
512MB RAM
3G/HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
GPS with aGPS support
5MP rear camera
0.3MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 1730mAh battery
Android 4.1.1 Jellybean
124.5 x 63.8 x 11.2 mm
130 g
Php5,490 SRP

What we liked about it:
* Solid build quality
* Good IPS display
* Above average performance for its category
* Good battery life
* Affordable price

What we didn’t like about it:
* Limited internal storage
* Limited camera performance
* 480p video recording resolution


29 Responses to “Huawei Ascend Y300 Review”

  1. Muy says:

    Great review. Am planning to buy this phone. And I read on different blogs that Y300 feature Gorilla Glass. Is it true?

  2. ray says:

    sana naman hindi lang mga sample pics ang pwede naming ma click or ma enlarge. sana lahat ng larawan sa blog niyo pwede naming ma enlarge para makita naman ang build at screen quality ng device ng maayos. :(

  3. waispinoy says:

    medyo alanganin sa presyo yan kumpara sa mga kalaban nya CM Hyper 4990 pesos ,Lenovo A690 4600 pesos,Alcatel Glory 2 3990 pesos.

    • Name: Vince says:

      Huawei is an international brand, of course it is slightly more expensive than the CM Hyper.

      As for the Lenovo A690 and Alcatel Glory 2, you’ve made the wrong comparison. These devices are on a lower tier compared to Huawei Y300, hence the cheaper pricing. (See the specs)

      Also, it is better compared with the Lenovo A800, which has an SRP of Php7K, more expensive than this phone but with almost the same specs except for the larger screen.

  4. cycy says:

    I have the black one .. So far so good. mbilis 3g atbp. i’m playing nba2k13,nba jam,justice league,predator,needforspeed shift,samurai defense,ice rage,tmpleRunOZ etc. I have intalled almost 50games dp ksama ung mga ibng apps playing smooth and w/o any lag.
    one the features n gs2 ko eh 5second lang ang boot nya! and my face unlock din!

    the internal storage is not a problem. you can move apps to SD card. but some apps eh s phone storage lng tlga hnd pwdng ilipat like facebook app.

    ang issue ko lng d2 eh pgmyngcall sau hindi ngaapear ung contact name nong caller khit nkasave nmn sya s contacts mo..

    • l414b says:

      Just got an update last tuesday from huawei philippines authorize service center at na solve na yung contact problem nya. Check also sa global website nila nadoon narin yung bagong software update if not nandoon din yung address ng authorize srvc center nila sa San Juan. Look for Alona sya ang nag update ng Y300 ko.

    • bacz says:

      Bro, at gsm arena’s user opinion’s page:

      http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_ascend_y300-reviews-5386.php

      people are saying that when calling using viber, people at the other end couldn’t hear them; though the person using the ascend y300 can hear the other end. How true is this? And, does real racing 3 run smooth? Also, do u think they have a service center here in cagayan de oro?

      Pls answer guyz…anyone? I’m thinking of buying this over s3 mini. I want something jelly bean that is perfect in the hand. Should be able to play real racing 3. I don’t like 4.5 inchers above. Your response is a VERY big help. Plz rezpond 2 my email address. Thank u very much in advance guyz! :)

  5. dan says:

    magkanu kaya madadagdag sa SRP neto if they made this 1GB ram, Micro SD support, & dual sim capabilities

    • r41 says:

      Not less than 1k. Make the ram 1GB and it’s no longer an entry level phone. More like a mid-range one, hence a mid-range price.

    • QTP2T says:

      It supports microSD. Dual sim and 1GB Ram addition would make it at least 6.5-7k. If youre not much into brands, youre better of with the MyPhone A919i, which is selling this tuesday at SM North Edsa for 7990 PHP!

  6. merryl0rie says:

    wala syang menu lhat ng app nsa homepage….i dont like the ui sna stock ui nlang…anyways gnda ng specs niya at affordable pa..

  7. giyumiXE says:

    i read some article na may gorilla glass/scratch resistant glass ang screen panel nya, is it true..pkisagot nman po plsss…

  8. Michael says:

    San po available ung gnitong unit?? kc sa pagkaka alam ko wlang gnito sa SM fairview cyberzone which is pnka malapit samin.. salamat as mga sasagot :)

  9. gwyn says:

    san b located un stores? immed9 response pls

  10. Chrisdee says:

    yep. :) i got this phone, scratch free po sya. I’m not using any screen protector :D

  11. Mykrone says:

    I already have the unit. So far maganda sya. You can add additional Apps to enhance the performance. So far so good. As much as possible Update the software Sobrang gaganda lalo ang performance. On Browsing Wala ako masabi. If your connection is good then the loading is also good and FAST.

  12. MK says:

    Hi! Between Huawei Y300 and Starmobile Goal, which one would be more worth it?

  13. jeff says:

    anung made po huawei???

  14. cocoy says:

    pag nginstall ba ng launcher dyan eh mg bago ung ui o mgkaron n ng app drawer o hindi pwede tlga. thanx in advance for the rply….

    • IX says:

      Yes pwede siya lagyan ng mga launchers, pero karamihan mabagal (Nova, ADW, GO etc..) But there’s one launcher na sobrang smooth, di ko alam kung bakit..

      NEXT LAUNCHER 3D.

      Very smooth just like iPhone UI.

  15. gwiyumiXE says:

    mganda ung display nia ms mganda pa sa lumia 520 (just saw a video comparison on youtube)

  16. jelly mae volcan says:

    gusto k rin sanang bumili kaso d2 s bacolod wla akong store na nakikita na nag bebenta nga huawei san b pwdng bumili?

  17. giannah says:

    https://www.facebook.com/kimstorePH?fref=ts

    mas mura kay kimstore,. planning to buy din,kaso dual sim po ba ang y300? ung iba kc dual sim..

  18. pinoypractical says:

    Very nice phone at minimal price

    i got it FREE from Smart postpaid plan.

    Same functionality that you get from having high-end phone that cost you 20k or more.. or paying it monthly.

    Been using this for 3 months at di pa ako maingat sa gamit; pasok agad sa bag halo mga barya at pen pero di nagasgas yung screen. I dont use case or screen protector.

    Madami ako install na apps and games smooth naman mag load.

    Yung battery lang medyo mabilis ma discharge, like i need to charge every 2 days. Pero ayos na yun kesa daily charge.

    this is recommended for practical pinoy.

  19. zexxxez says:

    @l414b
    ano po naging version ng phone after maupdate b162 ba?

  20. irish says:

    benta ko po y300 ko

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