Carphone Warehouse announced today that it will start to sell Huawei's Ascend Y300 smartphone from tomorrow for as little as £59.95 if you are an existing PAYG customer and for £69.95 if you are a new PAYG customer. The latter cost apparently include a £10 top-up, which is unusual. What's more the handset will also be offered on a monthly £7.50 contract on a two year contract, details of the plan have yet to be published.
The handset's specification is quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S2 from 2011. There's a dual-core SoC clocked at 1GHz (the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q which is based on the Cortex-A5 and has an Adreno 203 GPU), a 4in 800 x 480 IPS display with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, a 1,730mAh battery that can power the device for up to five hours, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front facing one, Wi-Fi, DLNA compatibility and a microUSB port.
As expected it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei's own user interface, the Emotion UI, layered on top. The Y300 appears to be a smaller version of the Ascend G510 which we saw last month and carried a suggested retail price, at Vodafone, of £140 (including a £10 top up).
Given that the Y300 is likely to be unlocked (as are almost all Carphone Warehouse smartphone), choosing Huawei's candidate as the best entry level handset in the UK is really a no-brainer.