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The Huawei Ascend Y530 is one of the company's cheapest phones. It is out to win over a few first-time smartphone users, and those who aren't willing to shell out hundreds for a new mobile.
Its specs won't wow you, but Huawei has upped its design game to offer an all-round better-looking phone than last year's models. We checked the phone out at MWC 2014, where it was first shown-off.
Huawei Ascend Y530 – Design and Features
Huawei has worked on a new shell for the Y530, and it's sleeker and slimmer than last year's phones. I looked at the white version, and was pleased with the aesthetic upgrades Huawei has made. Smooth curves and a neat two-tone screen surround give this phone a bit of style, where the G510 was a bit of a dumpy, style-free zone.
It's not a real beauty – the soft keys in particular let the side down with their pure prosaic-ness. But the Ascend Y530 looks better than the phone it follows.
However, one of our most serious criticisms of the G510 remains – the screen. Its specs are OK for a budget model, at 4.5 inches and 854 x 480-pixel resolution. However, the display is highly reflective.
Screens lose reflectiveness by applying anti-reflective coatings and cutting out layers in the screen's architecture. To my eyes, the Huawei Ascend Y530 must have more layers than a Vienetta. And from an angle, you can clearly see that the actual display layer is significantly recessed from the surface.
Other specs don't see any real upgrade from last year's G510. You get an entry-level Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage. This is not a supremely fast phone, and if you like your apps and games you should consider that higher-performance phones like the Motorola Moto G aren't all that much more expensive these days.
The Huawei Ascend Y530 looks a good deal better than last year's low-cost Huawei phones. However, screen and performance issues are still present so make sure you're buying at the right price as seems to be a lesser phone than something like the Motorola Moto G or Nokia Lumia 520.
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