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Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

Battery life

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The battery life on the Ascend Y300 was better than the old iPhone 4 we've been using, but that shouldn't surprise anyone as this device is not two years old.

Huawei states the Ascend Y300 provides 320 hours on standby and 320 minutes of talk time. In our opinion this sounds rather ambitious.

We didn't come near those times when reviewing the Y300 but it will last a solid 12 hours with moderate use. Either way you will have to charge the device every evening because the battery will not last two days.

Unlike the smartphones released by Apple, the option to change the Y300's battery is possible on this handset. Swapping the battery over on a long trip is not a problem if you happen to be carrying around a fully charged spare.

Although, unless your glued to you phone all day playing games or watching films, you should get 12-14 hours battery life without too much of a problem.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

There is a battery management app built into the setting panel so you can monitor your usage. If you find your batteries decreasing quicker than a bucket with a hole in it, you can pop over there to find out what's causing the issue, and fix it.

There is also a power saving mode in the settings, which is designed for use when you are seriously low on juice. Enabling this option will turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, cut down animations and vibrations, turn down the screens brightness and cause it to time out after 15secs. It will also reduce background data on the device.

All of these settings could be changed manually, but it's convenient to have the option cut down your power consumption at the tap of a single button.

Connectivity

As soon as you take the Hauwei Ascend Y3300 out of the box you will be able to connect in a variety of different ways.

The cellular connection is 3G and Wi-Fi b/g/n comes as standard. On top of this the Ascend Y300 also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and GPRS.

It must be noted there are no NFC capabilities bundled with the Y300, nor is it compatible with 4G. These technologies are relatively new, and although it would have been nice for them to be included on the device, you wont lose too much sleep without them.

We did encounter a problem with the Wi-Fi signal strength, when the Ascend Y300 is held in two hands. For example, we were watching a film on the device holding it landscape and our hands blocked the Wi-Fi signal, cutting the connection from 100%, down to just under 50%.

This was quite concerning as we were only 20ft from our Wi-Fi router and could foresee problems relating to this when in everyday use.

The microUSB connection n the side of the device doubles up as a charger and data transfer method. We placed a 8GB microSD card in the device and found this connection the quickest to transfer data to the device.

If storage space is a problem, it needn't be. The Ascend Y300 can take up to 32GB on a microSD card and if one fills up with data, it's easy to swap it out for replacement with more available space.

There is also a DLAN app installed by default on the device, which allows for wireless streaming of media from once device to another. Photos and movies can be streamed to compatible devices for your viewing pleasure.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height124.5 mm
Width63.8 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
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