Just months after it was launched exclusively on Vodafone, the Huawei Ascend G510 smartphone can be had for a mere £100, a 25 per cent discount off its original suggested retail price. That excludes a compulsory initial £10 top up and you need to bear in mind that this is a locked PAYG handset.
The G510 uses the near-ubiquitous Qualcomm MSM8225 system-on-chip; this is a dual-core model based on the Cortex-A5 clocked at 1.2GHz with an Adreno 203 GPU.
There's also a 4.5in display with a 854 x 480 pixel resolution, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a rear 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, a front-facing one, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean plus two SIM card slots and a 1,700mAh battery.
The only real competition comes in the form of a quad-core smartphone from ZTE, the Blade V, which costs a mere £90 plus an extra £10 top up. One can expect quad-core Cortex-A5 smartphones (based on the MSM8225Q) to become more prevalent at the lower end of the market.
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