IFA 2012: Huawei lines up next-generation Ascend G600 and Ascend G330 with Android 4.0

IFA 2012: Huawei lines up next-generation Ascend G600 and Ascend G330 with Android 4.0

The Huawei Ascend G300 has built quite a name for itself as one of the best entry-level Android smartphones around.

Now Huawei is looking to build on that success with the dual-core G330, which was announced together with its Ascend G600 big brother at IFA 2012 in Berlin over the past few days.

The Ascend G330 doesn't appear to be a direct replacement for the G300, but rather a step-up option offering much the same value for money, but with a more upmarket spec.

It comes with a 4in display running at 800 x 480, while that dual-core processor is a modest 1GHz unit. Camera-wise you've got 5-megapixels of pic-snapping power under your trigger finger, and the 1,500mAh battery should keep things ticking over nicely considering the modest specs.

One serious plus point is the presence of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box – something very few entry-level devices can offer even now.

If that doesn't do it for you there's the Ascend G600, another newcomer that slots in a bit further up the mobile food chain. The chassis has a more premium glossy finish than the G330, and the 4.5in qHD display is given extra protection in the form of a layer of Gorilla Glass.

The processor is also dual-core, but runs at a faster 1.2GHz, and while there's only 4GB of on-board storage to play with, you can always add more via microSD card.

NFC capabilities are thrown in too, as is DTS sound, and you should be able to take a few half-decent snaps with the 8MP camera. The battery is a 2,000mAh unit.

Like the Ascend G330, the G600 will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, though in this case it's with the latest incarnation of Huawei's Emotion UI, which is certainly no bad thing.

So what about prices and availability? Well, Huawei has pegged the Ascend G330 at €199 and the Ascend G600 at €299, both SIM-free – but we're still waiting for an official UK price.

Both are set to go on sale in October

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