Huawei Ascend G510 hands-on preview, photos and benchmarks

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Huawei officially announced the Ascend G510 and Vodafone mistakenly hiked the price of the device on PAYG from £130 to £180, immediately turning it from a promising Android entry level handset to an also-ran midrange one. But the price of the G510 is now correctly listed as being £130.

We got hold of the Huawei Ascend G510 smartphone and it turned out to be a very well-constructed handset, one that feels solid and reassuringly heavy with no flex at all. Huawei’s new entry level big-screen device came with a charger, a USB cable and a standard earphone.

Huawei choose a matte finish for the back of the handset adorned by a DTS and a Huawei logo. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and a speaker. A volume rocker button, a microUSB port and the power button can be found on the left side of the phone and a headphone connector on the top.

The back cover is removable and reveals a 1,700mAh battery, NFC hardware plus a microSD and SIM slots. The 4.5in IPS display is bright but has one of the lowest pixel densities on mainstream smartphones in the market thanks to a 854 x 480 pixel resolution. Despite this, there was no noticeable artefacts or aliasing even on the fonts.

The Ascend G510 packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the MSM8225Q, which is based on the Cortex-A5, comes with an Adreno 203 GPU and is clocked at 1.2GHz. There’s also 512MB of RAM, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and 4GB onboard storage. As expected, a dual-core SoC is powerful enough to keep that entry-level handset tick nicely.

It scores 7,089 on AuTuTu synthetic benchmark (v3.2.2) which is more than the Amazon Kindle Fire and on par with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The former comes with a TI OMAP4460 clocked at 1.2GHz while the former sports a TI OMAP4430 clocked at 1GHz. So at least in Antutu, Qualcomm’s Cortex-A5 based solution is as powerful as a Cortex-A9 solution from TI.

As for Quadrant, it reached a score of 2,899 points which is ahead of the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is quite impressive.

Check out the hands-on pictures of the device below.