Quad-core 4.5″ Huawei G520 pictured, priced at $225
Huawei is trying very hard to shed its image of ‘cheap Chinese phone maker’ across the world, and it’s focused a lot on the high-end smartphone space over the past year or so (the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate serve as good examples). However, that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t going to launch any more affordable phones.
The Huawei G520 (which may actually be sold as the Ascend G520) is one such offering. It will be in stores in China on January 21 (so in exactly one week from today), and will only set you back a cool 1,399 yuan. That’s just $225 or €169 at today’s exchange rates.
So what is it you get for the money? Well, a quad-core processor for starters. Sure, it’s not one made by any of the ‘big names’, but instead Huawei opted for a Mediatek MT6589 chip clocked at 1.2 GHz. That certainly helped keep the price down, since Mediatek is known for its reasonably priced wares.
The G520 also comes with an unspecified version of Android (but at least 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen of unknown resolution, a 5 MP rear camera, and 512 MB of RAM. That’s a bit disappointing, sure. Then again – you are getting a quad-core phone for little over $200 unlocked.
It’s clear that this will be aimed more at first-time smartphone buyers and people who simply can’t afford anything more expensive and want the maximum possible bang for their buck.
The G520 pictured above comes with China Mobile’s logo on it, as you can see. And it’s unclear at this point whether this device will ever make it to any other country.