£85 Huawei Ascend G300 on Vodafone PAYG

The Huawei Ascend G300 is the latest in a long list of smartphones from Chinese companies that provide surprisingly good value for money. These have included the Alcatel One Touch OT983, the ZTE Blade III, the Orange San Francisco and the Orange San Diego.

The Ascend G300 is on sale at Amazon for £85. It is locked to Vodafone but can be unlocked for free if you use Google smartly. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a single-core processor onboard (a Qualcomm MSM7225a clocked at 1GHz), 2.5GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 4in 480 x 800 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1,500mAh battery and 512MB of RAM.

When it launched back in the first half of 2012, it was a ground-breaking handset and, in many ways still is. However, major stumbling points like the lack of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates or the limited internal storage means that it will face some tough competition sooner rather than later.

Huawei also unveiled a budget Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Ascend W1, which launched in the UK on O2 for £130. If only Huawei could launch an Android handset with the same features, it would almost certainly be a massive seller. Check out our review of the Huawei Ascend G300 here.