Huawei recently unveiled an Android smartphone aimed at the European market called the Ascend Y530. This device is the successor to last year’s Ascend Y300 and Ascend Y511 model, both of which became popular in Germany. While this upcoming device comes with several upgrades it is still an entry-level smartphone that’s aimed at consumers who are new to the Android environment.
The Huawei Ascend Y530 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the company’s own Emotion UI running on top. It has a 4.5 inch TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which is pretty low in today’s standards. Powering this device is a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) which is the same processor used by the Sony Xperia E1. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. There’s also a microSD slot for storage expansion. There’s a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. Connectivity options include HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. Rounding up the specs is a 1,750 mAh battery that’s capable of providing a talk time of 640 minutes and a standby time of 612 hours on a 3G network.
This model has decent specs for an entry-level device as it already sports a dual core processor. What would probably have made it better is to have a 1GB RAM instead of just 512MB. At its current RAM there’s really not much multi-tasking that can be done as the more apps a user opens the more likely it is that some slowdown will occur.
One of the strengths of the Ascend Y530 is that it is designed for ease of use. The device has two user interface options. One is the Emotion UI which is an intuitive user interface that offers all of the functions and options of an Android device. The second is the Simple UI which has only three screens each with eight fields. This is great for consumers shifting from a featurephone to a smartphone who want easy access to all of the essential apps.