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Huawei Ascend G510 review

Can the G510 become an affordable mid-range miracle?

Our Verdict

The G510 shows that Huawei really does have the ability to compete against the well established smartphone manufacturers. It's fine for everyday use, but it struggles with more demanding tasks and the battery life isn't brilliant for movies or games.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 854
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • MicroSD support
  • Sturdy build
  • DLNA streaming and NFC

Against

  • Poor Emotion UI
  • Small internal storage
  • Screen terrible in direct sunlight

There are no real surprises in the camera department, with Huawei blessing the Ascend G510 with an average-sized 5MP rear sensor, and a mere 0.3MP VGA front-facing sensor. The camera app has also been well thought out, being clean and free of clutter.

Taking around a second to load is by no means the quickest, but having a link on the lock screen does mean it is slightly easier to take a photo, should the unexpected happen.

By unexpected, we obviously mean a cat that has done a thing the internet would enjoy.

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Within the app, Huawei offers just about every feature that you can expect from a modern smartphone camera; Single or Panorama shooting modes, different visual effects, white balance control, varying scene modes, ISO levels, exposure levels, a timer, picture size and geo-location.

In all, we don't see a massive need for these settings, since the 5MP sensor is never going to be used for more than a few candid shots, or for taking some holiday photos, so won't replace a decent digital compact camera. Then again, the best camera is often the one that you have to hand, so maybe there is a place for them.

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We could point out our disappointment at the lack of a dedicated shutter button, but the exclusion is now a common feature on the modern smartphone. The major bonus that the Huawei Ascend G510 has is that it includes selective focusing, enabling you to touch the screen in the area that you want the camera to focus on.

It seems like a small point, but it really makes a difference. Shutter speeds are also fairly impressive, with photos being taken quickly. There is some noticeable slow down in low light conditions, but the inclusion of a flash is very handy.

Photos taken indoors and in low light conditions appear grainy, with the flash increasing the images contrast. Photos taken outdoors were a different story. While it was difficult to see the screen in direct sunlight, the photos taken were very bright, with decent levels of contrast. Check out the images for yourself below.

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Flash greatly increases colour contrast levels, with lots of detail level lost.

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The VGA front camera doesn't pick up detail levels well, with blurred edges. Contrast is high in areas of focus.

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Outside in bright sunlight, contrast levels are high and the picture is detailed. There's lots of detail in both the sky and foliage.

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At full zoom, lots of detail is lost and edges are blurred.

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Negative colour effects are fun to play with, and give a sort of ghostly effect to proceedings.

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High light levels inside result in detail being lost in brighter areas. Light areas appear washed out.

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Video

The video recording runs in the same vein as still photography. The app is just as clean, but offers far fewer options. There are no video effects, but there is the ability to change the white balance and add GPS location info to the video.

The major downside to the video recording is the video resolution. VGA 640 x 480 is the maximum resolution for both the front and rear sensor, which is, quite frankly, appalling. There is also the chance to record in 320 x 240 for MMS messages.

In all, we wouldn't recommend using the Huawei Ascend G510 to record baby's first steps or your first dance at a wedding, but it'll suffice to cover your dad dancing later on in the evening, as the drink starts to flow.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
SAR Value0.69 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend G
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Product Model510
Screen Size11.4 cm (4.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)150 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density218 ppi
Height134 mm
Width64.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend G 510 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineAscend G
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51054693
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com