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Huawei Ascend G510 review

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Price when reviewed : £130
inc VAT

It's not the most exciting phone, but you get an awful lot for your money with the G510


Android 4.1 (JellyBean), 4.5in 480×854 display

The Huawei Ascend G510 is a decent smartphone at a very competitive price – just £130 on pay-as-you-go from Vodafone. The handset feels well-made and looks impressively bland in a rather nice way. It’s a little chunky by modern standards, but it’s easy to keep hold off because of it.

Huawei Ascend G510


The 4.5in display is the biggest we’ve seen on a budget handset, which usually have 4in screens at best. Its resolution of 480×854 means it isn’t particularly detailed at just 217 pixels-per-inch. The screen quality is better than we expected, it’s a little muted but colours look accurate and contrast is good. All that said, we did run the phone at maximum brightness most of the time to get a nice punchy image.

Huawei Ascend G510

There’s a Gorilla Glass panel across the front of phone, so it shouldn’t scratch easily. Below the screen are three touch-sensitive buttons for the usual back, home and menu controls – meaning you don’t lose onscreen space for virtual buttons. There’s a front facing camera for Skype chats and the like, though it only has a basic VGA resolution. It also supports face recognition, so the phone will only unlock when you’re looking at it. This worked very well, and we couldn’t trick by using a similar-looking person or an image of ourselves on another screen.


The 5-megapixel camera surprised us with its quality. The test shots we took were mainly well exposed and full of detail. It did struggle in low light and its video was far less impressive than its stills though.

Huawei Ascend G510 smaple shot
This resized shot from the camera is a little dark, but it’s still a good effort for a budget snapper. Below you can see a pixel-to-pixel enlargement, where you can see that fine detail is missing – click to enlarge
Huawei Ascend G510 smaple shot


Most manufacturers of budget smartphones leave Android pretty much alone, but Huawei has here used a wide-ranging series of tweaks under the name Emotion UI. The biggest change, and the one that had us flummoxed for some time is that there’s no app tray. Instead all your apps sit on your home screens.

Huawei Ascend G510
Pinch out and you can see all your home screens at once

It’s actually not a bad idea, as it means novice users won’t have to get their heads around the difference between the app itself and its identical-looking shortcut – a more iPhone style approach. There’s no need to install apps and then create shortcuts, just move important apps to more prominent positions, and leave those you rarely use off to one side. You can pinch-to-zoom to see all your home screens, jump to any screen at a tap, or add extra ones for more room.

Huawei Ascend G510
Here you can see the customisable settings buttons and home screen options

There are also customisable shortcut buttons on the pull-down notifications screen, so you can have just the settings you regularly need. Other than that, it’s largely Android 4.1 as you’d expect, feeling slick as ever on the capable hardware inside.

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AwardBudget Buy


Main display size4.5in
Native resolution480×854
CCD effective megapixels5-megapixel
Internal memory4096MB
Memory card supportmicroSD
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless dataGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA


Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (JellyBean)
Microsoft Office compatibilityN/A
FM Radioyes
AccessoriesUSB Charger, headphones
Talk time6 hours
Standby time340 days

Buying Information

Price on contract£13 per month contract
Prepay price£130
SIM-free supplierN/A

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