Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

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Our experience of the default internet client on the Y300 set off on the wrong foot. The top bar for inputting websites also doubles up as a search bar.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

What is so frustrating you may ask? Well to access the space bar, you have to activate the second page on the keyboard.

This makes it quite difficult when you want to search the internet quickly, as the '.com' button dominates the area you would expect the space bar to be.

Apart from that the default browser built into the Y300 is solid. Over Wi-Fi b/g/n it is capable of loading pages as quickly as the competition, and we didn't encounter any problems whilst using the device day to day, apart from a signal issue which we will cover in the connectivity part of this review.

When using the Y300 over 3G it was what we expected, fast enough for the average user but not capable of the superfast speeds associated with 4G, which this device is not compatible with.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The 800 x 480 resolution screen was good enough, text appeared clear and crisp and but users who are accustomed to apples retina screen which features in the iPhone 5 will notice the difference between the screen quality of the two devices.

On any web page you are viewing scroll up slightly to reveal the app's tool bar with the input box for websites and searches along with an icon to show all the open pages in the web browser.

There is another button on the other side of the search bar, which gives detailed information about the page you are viewing.

If you're looking for a device that supports flash then you're out of luck with the Ascend Y300. Google has phased out the use of the dying format on its platform and devices.

If you desire a slightly improved browsing experience, we would recommend using the chrome app from Google and if you have used chrome on a handset device you will know what to expect.

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