Huawei Ascend G330 available in early December through TalkTalk

Huawei Ascend G330 available in early December through TalkTalkThere aren't too many decent smartphones retailing SIM-free for around £100, but Huawei's Ascend G300 is unquestionably one of them, giving you a respectable 4in display and a reasonable list of features considering the budget price tag.

So we were pleased to see its successor – the Ascend G330 – touch down at IFA 2012 a few months ago, and thanks to TalkTalk you'll be able to get your hands on one just in time for Christmas.

That's not quite the October on-sale date we reported when the Ascend G330 first surfaced, but considering the G300 itself only launched in February maybe we shouldn't be too surprised.

So what do you get for your money? A similar all-round blend of modest but capable features, it turns out. The display is still pegged at 4in (480 x 800 resolution), while the processor has doubled up to a dual-core unit, still at 1GHz, and as before you have a 5MP camera round the back.

Memory is still a little tight at 512MB, but internal storage has been bumped up from 2.5GB to 4GB.

One clear advantage the Ascend G330 offers is it runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which may not sound like a big deal in these Jelly Bean-flavoured times, but it's a fair improvement on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread of its predecessor.

TalkTalk has nabbed exclusive rights on this entry-level Android campaigner, and so is your only choice if you want an Ascend G330 this side of the New Year. But it comes free on contracts starting at just £10 per month, which sounds like a good deal for a backup device or a gift for a family member.

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AhmadCentral  Nov. 23, 2012 at 18:44

Hmmm, wonder what pay as you go price is. As long as its not more than £130 it'll be as popular as the g300. Any more and I doubt it.

Pondlife  Nov. 23, 2012 at 19:15

Depends to on ease of unlocking from talk talk.
Quite like the styling, fairly sure the g300 has same 4gb internal. G330 does add front facing camera. Probably should have upped the battery.

gty1970  Nov. 23, 2012 at 19:55

Lets hope the quality control is better. I had 3 (g300's) with screen blob issue.

Rubisco  Nov. 24, 2012 at 03:08

Lets hope the quality control is better. I had 3 (g300's) with screen blob issue. Don't they all have that? It's just the way the phone is, I think. Blow into the charge socket, it goes away.

Smiff  Nov. 24, 2012 at 15:44

QC on G300 is not good (i have two, both with prox sensor and minor screen issues - not the blob).
So I hope Huawei have improved here.
Phone overall is quality though, and of course great value.

G300 has 2GB internal. which you can now use for apps thanks thanks to mods. but it doesn't matter a huge amount since it supports MicroSD anyway.

If it's close to £100 and unlockable i'll be buying.

Concerned battery life may be worse? this is one of best features of G300.

You seem to be saying TalkTalk won't be offering it PAYGO?
so only option there remains e.g. Amazon Germany for £150 ish?

mullerman  Nov. 24, 2012 at 17:58

Where do you get these phones Sim free from? All I can ever see selling them is obscure websites. (I class Hong Kong as obscure!).

Pondlife  Nov. 24, 2012 at 18:32

Well the poster directly above says have them, they aren't so obscure..

Yeah does sound from article that only on pay monthly would be a bit odd though as p&go would likely give more sales..

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 25, 2012 at 01:38

According to Techradar, this thing has an Adreno 200 GPU...yep, that's the same one the 3 year old HTC HD2 has. I dread to think what graphics and gaming performance will be like.

Pondlife  Nov. 25, 2012 at 14:25

I've read the 203, not sure if that's a significant difference. I'd say they'd be comparable to most things in their price range either way.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 25, 2012 at 14:42

It has a Adreno 203. Still a budget GPU but it'll handle things well enough.

Phone is already out in home country and it's got good reviews so far.

Btw the phone costs £100 in China. probably be close to £130-£150 here. However if it his around £100 then it's another bargain phone from Huawei.

Pondlife  Nov. 25, 2012 at 14:55

Even at £130 I think I'd go for the Ace 2 at this stage, do you know if that zte u950 launch well there?

AhmadCentral  Nov. 25, 2012 at 15:03

Thats the one made by Beidou right? Not sure how well it's selling but for £100 for a quad core phone i expect it to do very well. ZTE are a very big manufacturer inside China.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 25, 2012 at 15:09

Personally, I can't wait till December 21st when MediaTek announce MTK6589 processor. It's 1.2Ghz quad core processor which is rumoured to be more cost effective than the dual core one at the moment. So we could be seeing really cheap quad core dual sim phones by the start of the new year.


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