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Huawei To Launch Quad-Core Budget Smartphone Ascend G520 On January 21st

Huawei has a new quad-core smartphone called the Ascend G520 to expand its lineup. GizChina reports that the smartphone costs 1,399 Chinese yuan or US$225.


For this price, you will get a 4.5-inch display. According to GizChina, it is still unknown whether this will have a 720p resolution or lower. Meanwhile, the device will  quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor running at 1.2GHz inside. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. There is also a very small amount of RAM—only 512MB—and possibly 1GB of internal storage, judging from the smartphone’s expected price. At this point, it is still unknown whether there would be an option for memory expansion through a microSD card slot. Its battery capacity, likewise, has not been revealed.

Adding to the list of specifications is a rear-facing camera with a 5-megapixel image sensor plus a front-facing VGA camera.

Huawei will launch the Ascend G520 on January 21st on China Mobile to coincide with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

The bad news is the smartphone may not be released in the United States or Europe. In the past, Huawei has kept smartphones that run on a MediaTek processor in a few selected markets like Russia, and of course, its home country, China.

That said, those interested in Huawei products in the United States may choose from the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2, two high-end handsets which the China-based electronics company showcased during CES 2013 last week. The Huawei Ascend Mate, it would be recalled, comes with a 6.1-inch HD IPS+ LCD touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla glass and a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor under the hood. On the other hand, the Ascend D2 offers a 5-inch Super Retina fast response IPS display, also with Cornilla Gorilla Glass protection, and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Balong V7R1 processor.

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