Huawei Ascend Y201: 3.5in of budget Android

Huawei Ascend Y201: 3.5in of budget AndroidThere’s no shortage of cheap-but-decent Android smartphones, and that’s been one of the major factors in Android’s astronomical rise as king of the operating systems.

We have yet another budget chap here in the Huawei Ascend Y201, currently going for reasonable cheapness over at Tesco. But is it any good?

Tesco Direct is selling the Huawei Ascend Y201 for £70 on PAYG, or free on contracts from £10PM. That makes it £30-or-so cheaper than the Huawei Ascend G300 (recent Tesco in-store deal aside).

What do you get for your £70? Huawei Ascend Y201 specs include a 3.5in display (320 x 480), 3.2MP rear camera, 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of on-board storage (augmentable via microSD).

The Huawei Ascend Y201 has seemingly been reviewed with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), though Tesco insists that it ships with Gingerbead (Android 2.3). There's possibly a "Pro" version kicking around, which might explain the discrepancy.

In any case, HotUKDeals peeps aren’t convinced, with Tesco’s £70 Huawei Ascend Y201 offer sitting at -1 at the time of writing. Oh dear. Our advice? Hold out for the Huawei Ascend G300.

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dcx_badass  Sep. 26, 2012 at 18:00

Got a Sony Xperia U from CPW for £95 last week, no memory slot sadly, but is a dual core 1ghz so should perform a fair bit better. Better camera and screen as well.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2012 at 20:18

Got a Sony Xperia U from CPW for £95 last week, no memory slot sadly, but is a dual core 1ghz so should perform a fair bit better. Better camera and screen as well.

Yeah, I'd say you got the better deal ;)

Anon119  Sep. 27, 2012 at 00:10

Got a Sony Xperia U from CPW for £95 last week, no memory slot sadly, but is a dual core 1ghz so should perform a fair bit better. Better camera and screen as well.

dcx - how did you manage to get it for that price, was it instore? Thanks.

dcx_badass  Sep. 28, 2012 at 15:42

Got a Sony Xperia U from CPW for £95 last week, no memory slot sadly, but is a dual core 1ghz so should perform a fair bit better. Better camera and screen as well.

dcx - how did you manage to get it for that price, was it instore? Thanks.

Hi was the Pay as you go update price, I just borrowed a family members sim to do it as I'm on contract, I think the offer ended last weekend though, was a deal on HUKD.

Anon118  Sep. 28, 2012 at 16:05

Thanks dcx, much appreciated! :)

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