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Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.33 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Low price point
  • 5MP camera
  • microSD slot
  • Clear screen

Against

  • Emoition UI annoying
  • Slow speeds
  • Poor keyboard layout
  • Wi-Fi issues

The camera on the Huawei Ascend Y300 is pretty good and impressed us during our review period. The new device from Huawei supports a 5MP camera at the back and a 0.3MP front facing snapper.

For a device that costs this little we were shocked to see the clean albeit slightly fuzzy images produced from a 'budget' camera.

Open up the built in camera app and you are presented with a very iOS looking set up, with the polished chrome looking icons, accompanied by the silver switch to flip between sill pictures and video.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The camera works best in clear daylight where the subject you are shooting is well lit, as the device struggled slightly in low light conditions.

The colour reproduction in the photos we took were bright and clear. The photos were nice to look at however they are a little noisy and dark.

The digital zoom worked well, but again there was noisy all over the picture from the software.

If you are holding the phone vertically you will see a downwards pointing arrow at the top – swipe down and you will be presented with all the options you can tinker with before taking a photo.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Needless to say the notification menu is disabled when in the camera mode so you only see what you are expecting to when you swipe down to access the menu.

Automatic mode works well for a wide variety of situations but if you want to go more in depth you can change the settings for the scene mode, ISO, exposure, picture quality and picture size.

You can also toggle GPS tags, a visual grid for framing, and the timer on or off. Additionally to all the above you have the option to specifically choose the desired white balance for your shot.

There are also a handful of filters which can add some arty effects to your pictures, although it must be stated these are not the trendy Instagram type of filters more like the retro mono and sepia effects that you may have encountered at some point on the first digital point and shoot cameras.

It should be noted that unlike Huawei's sister device the Ascend P2, the option for HDR images is not included on the Ascend Y300.

The camera also sports a panorama feature that worked really well. Don't expect anything ground-breaking in terms of quality, but it will produce an decent picture non the less.

The camera faired less favourably in low light, really struggling to find detail, and blurring pictures even with a relatively steady hand.

The flash was also worrying as the Ascend Y300 was unable to take even half decent photos unless the subject was really close and still.

One thing to note would be the physical noise produced from the camera when focusing and taking pictures. At first we were worried the phone might be malfunctioning, but the clicking noise seems just be the camera physically moving components to produce the image.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review
The Y300 can make pictures look dark in places

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Huawei Ascend Y300 review
The digital zoom is best avoided

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In decent light with static objects you can get some decent snaps

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Huawei Ascend Y300 review
The Y300 struggles to focus on night scenes

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You can get some cool photos if you play around with the effects

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Others are less exciting, but still work well

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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 TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.75 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend
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
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Battery Talk Time5.33 Hour
Product ModelY300
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
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
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height124.5 mm
Width63.8 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend Y300 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAscend
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51054700
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing InformationGreat value, stylish and practical
  • A compact phone with a 4 inch screen and a powerful 1.0 Ghz processor that will allow you to enjoy social networking, Games, and even Catch Up TV.
  • 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash and a front facing camera ideal for video calls and Face Unlock.
  • Android 4.0 Jellybean and Huawei's new Emotion UI - giving you a great home screen to put all that's important to you in one place.
  • Comes with 4 Trial Games from EA to start getting you entertained.
  • A large 1,730 mAh battery that will run and run