Huawei Ascend G525: Worthy Competitor to Local Brands
It was only a matter of time before Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei became more competitive in the budget Android smartphone market here in the Philippines. They’ve done away with their ICS and Gingerbread offerings and now have a solid quad-core Jelly Bean product that’s definitely going to turn some heads — the Huawei Ascend G525. This device sports a very elegant design, solid internals, and a fascinating custom user interface for an aggressive price of just Php6,990. We’re currently putting it through our review cycle and we’d like to kick things off by sharing with you our unboxing.
As usual before we get to anything let’s review the specifications.
Huawei Ascend G525 Spec Sheet
- 1.2GHz Quad-core CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD Card
- 4.5-inch qHD LCD Display
- 5.0-megapixels rear-facing camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- WiFi b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, 3G, Bluetooth
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1700mAh battery
As you can see, it ain’t bad at all! I mean for Php6,990? It’s a solid offer!
Huawei Ascend G525 Unboxing Video
As usual we put together a quick unboxing video for you guys. This beats the usual picture and text that we previously did with our unboxings. Hope you like it!
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Some Thoughts on the Performance and Over-all Value
We’ve been using the Huawei Ascend G525 as our daily driver for the last week now. Over-all we’re very impressed with the value the device offers especially given the low price. Here’s a quick lightning overview:
The Huawei Custom Emotion UI delivers a unique Android experience. No app grid here. It’s like you’re using iOS but on Android (in terms of layout). However it does get laggy a bit especially if you’re going back to the home screen. If you don’t want this UI you can just download a launcher and customize it as much as you want.
Most games we played ran pretty well. No major issues save for the zombie pile-up on Dead Trigger.
Hardware design is definitely one of the best for this price range. Only one that beats it is probably the Cherry Mobile Razor.
As far as initial impressions go, we’re happy with the Huawei Ascend G525. If you’re on a tight budget and you want a new smartphone, this is definitely worth considering. It’s no wonder that this got into our mid-year Top 10 Quad-core Smartphones Under 10k list!
Watch out for our full review soon! Hopefully we can have it out this weekend. 🙂