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Huawei Ascend Y200: Challenger at under Php6k

Had lunch with the folks from Huawei Philippines when they handed me this new Android phone, an Ascend Y200. Although they already have that Netphone 501 with Smart, they’re also releasing this other entry-level smartphone at a very competitive price.

The Ascend Y200 will probably compete with other entry-level Android phones like the Galaxy Pocket (and the old Galaxy Y) as well as the LG Optimus L3.

Like its big brother, the Huawei Honor, the Ascend Y200 also features a fast boot up time of 5 seconds.


The biggest selling feature of this entry-level phone is the 3.5-inch IPS LCD panel which is among the largest in its price category.

Huawei Ascend Y200 specs:
3.5″ IPS LCD @ 320×480 pixels, 165ppi
Qualcomm MSM7225A 800MHz
Adreno 200 graphics
HSDPA 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3.2MP camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Bluetooth 2.1
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1250mAh Li-Ion battery

The handset will be available in the market this week in some stores and could be nationwide by next week. Suggested retail price for this handset is Php5,490 (I actually suggested this SRP during our discussion and was surprised they were serious when they said they’ll go for that figure).

The is pretty good for an entry level unit. The IPS display looks really great and the Emotion UI is clean and neat. Huawei may have a winner here. Watch out for our full review soon.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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40 Responses

  1. John says:

    In the specs… It says “256MB RAM, 512MB RAM”.

  2. Arjay says:

    sana i-offer ng sun sa plan 350. hehe

  3. paolo says:

    IPS for under 6K!

    But 256 megs of RAM can’t get you far.

    At least it’s pretty respectable for a phone with a screen that is larger than the infinitely popular Galaxy Y (And is priced competitively against it.)

  4. NETGUIDES says:

    You could’ve told them 3k instead. :)

  5. Hideki says:

    Yan na nga ang panalo. Hahah.

  6. Jeff says:

    IPS for 5.5k.

    Wow! ^_^

  7. JmBalicano says:

    IPS. Nice.

  8. Hani says:

    I was planning to buy my sister a galaxy Y but oh man, an IPS for the same price. She’ll lOve this :))

  9. kkk says:

    dual sim version please

  10. Rabby says:


    • JmBalicano says:

      Gingerbread. The hardware will likely keep it from ever upgrading to ICS, but GB is actually quite stable.

  11. readme says:

    256RAM cant be ICS

  12. realbuyer says:

    tell me the shop please

  13. milanorly says:

    this is better than LG 400.

  14. brionced says:

    Sana ma release na ung ASCEND d QUAD ng HUAWEI ! PLEASE UPDATE US YUGA!!!

  15. rein says:

    please compare this phone to lenovo a65, nirelease na yun dito satin! salamat yuga!

  16. Noir says:


    this is a nice handset for the price and nice job Yuga for suggesting that price :D

    I’ll recommend this for entry level droids

  17. kikomachine says:

    hmm.. this one or the optimus l3????

  18. lalaland says:

    anu ba ung pangalan nya talaga? bat wala sa gsmarena?

  19. benchmark says:

    Have you checked on Motorola Fire XT? It has a front facing cam for the price of around 6k.

  20. sanka says:

    IPS display for under Php 6K?
    Man, this isn’t a challenger…this one’s already a winner when compared to other branded smartphones which are of similar price.

    I want this phone!!!

  21. kikomachine says:

    saw this phone yesterday at sm north edsa annex.. the store retails this for 5300!! and i also found out that most of this phone’s specs were equivalent to samsung galaxy ace..

  22. kendra says:

    in fair, mas malinaw ang screen compared to galaxy y na ewan. for sure, this will be a hit but my only issue is the warranty and repair. my myfi device and former huawei cellphone took them 3 months to fix and it sux.

  23. Y not Y200 says:

    Just have mine from Memoxpress MOA but for P5,590 – P100 higher than the SRP. Really satisfied with the phone, bigger and great screen for its price..

  24. carlosjhunie says:

    Other sites says it’s HSDPA 7.2 and Micro sim card support only.

  25. carlosjhunie says:

    Other sites says it’s HSDPA 7.2Mbps and Micro sim card support only.

  26. kikomachine says:

    “micro sim card support only” please verify this sir yuga.. antagal din ng review =(

  27. Hi kikomachine, Ascend Y200 supports regular sim :-)

  28. RadicaL says:

    dame ko na nabasa review bout this phone and it’s all positive. i’m planning to have one nga, my first ever android soon.

    but it’s look like walang headset na kasama, am i right?

    • XXIX says:

      Yep, headset and memory card NOT included.

      Definitely a good option for a first or entry-level Android phone.

  29. ceekaye says:

    the phone is so nice, and i love the screen, i just need to know kng asan mklakabili ng gelcase kasi clumsy ako.

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