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Huawei A199 (AKA Ascend G710) Goes Official in China With 5-Inch Screen and Android 4.1

Does anyone remember Huawei’s Ascend G710, the “evleaked” 5-incher from back February? Probably not, as the phone disappeared from the headlines immediately after, but it’s time to refresh your memory, as the thing is now official.

Granted, the handheld has been unveiled under a different moniker (A199), but it’s obviously the exact same smartphone. Set to go on sale later this week in China, the A199 will support both GSM and CDMA networks and essentially be a slightly inferior version of the Ascend D2.

Huawei A199

The new guy has more or less the same height and width as its “cousin”, while shaving half a mm off the depth in order to reach a super-slim 8.9 mm profile. The 160-gram light A199 is bound to draw the attention not only with its winning design, but also with decent hardware, headlined by a zippy “homebrewed” quad-core 1.5 GHz K3V2 processor and 2 GB of RAM.

Despite the large and comfy 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, you might feel a little short-handed in this department given the not so awesome 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. And yes, we know Full HD panels are all the rage these days, but come on, 720p is not that bad, is it?

Besides the display’s lower resolution, the A199 makes only a few other compromises compared with the top of the line Huawei Ascend D2. Namely, the 3,000 mAh battery gets downsized to a 2,150 mAh unit, the 13 MP rear snapper is replaced with an 8 MP, while the 32 GB on-board storage is cut in quarter, to just 8 gigs.

Bummer, we know, but given the display is not 1,080p, the 2,150 mAh ticker should still perform decently. The memory downside can be brushed off easily, courtesy of the microSD support for expanding the internal storage with an extra 32 GB. As for the rear camera, that’s likely one of the biggest A199 flaws, but we’re guessing a few corners needed to be cut in order to keep this fellow’s price point low.

Fortunately, there are no corners cut in the software department, where Android 4.1 Jelly Bean butters the device up, assisted by Huawei’s sleek Emotion 1.5 UI. The rest of the features include all the basics, from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to GPS and a 1.3 MP front camera. There’s dual-SIM support to make the 5-incher ideal for emerging markets, so the only thing left up in the air is the official pricing.

How much do you think Huawei should ask for the A199, or Ascend G710, to make the fellow a hit? $450 outright? $400? Less than 400 bucks? We’re listening.

Via [Huawei China]

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