Huawei Ascend Y330 Review – Updated Budget Smartphone

Huawei Ascend Y330 Review: Released in 2014, the Huawei Ascend Y330 was an updated release of the previous years Ascend Y300. At this time Huawei were yet to become one of the front-runners of the mobile phone market. However, the pace of their releases was beginning to increase rapidly as mobile phone standards were shifting.

Once simply a manufacturer for networks and thus making brandless handsets, the name Huawei was beginning to feature prominently. The Ascend series was a range which featured many different touchscreen phones, the design of which was spookily uncanny to many of the leading handsets. Huawei would then seek to gain an advantage on price.

The Y330 much like the Y300 was an impressive looking handset. Featuring no home button, it was reminiscent of one of the Motorola Android releases. However the Y330 went downmarket and was slightly weaker in specification overall than the Y300 but coming at a much cheaper price. This was one of an increasing number of phones which featured a relatively strong spec sheet, but coming at a mere fraction of the price of the top-end smartphones.

Full specifications here.

With many phones being released it was hard to keep track. This was probably superceded by the Huawei Ascend Y550 which featured improved internals and also a slightly larger screen. However in time the Ascend brand would be dropped.

Huawei Ascend Y330 Review Pros:

  • The screen was the same size as the previous model although the aspect ratio changed to one closer to 16:9 and gained a slight increase in resolution. This change made the playback of widescreen videos slightly more pleasant.
  • Processor in the phone gained an upgrade from dual-core A5 to dual-core A7, giving it better capability to handle the high-end apps.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 was provided, which enhanced battery life – the phone delivered the same standby and talk times on a lower capacity battery.
  • The price was really cheap for the phone, especially when compared to the established brand.

Huawei Ascend Y330 Review Cons:

  • Imaging to a big hit on the phone. The 5MP camera was downgraded to a 3MP one and the LED flash also was missing.
  • Similar to this there was no front-facing camera for selfies or video calls.
  • The screen was lower in quality, going from an IPS to TFT type and was more prone to scratches.
  • Dual-core processors were quite a way behind the leading quad-cores and many high-intensive games could be sluggish on this setup.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

There was nothing remarkable about the look of the handset and it looked fairly generic. The phone however, was a solid performer and sold well in its day. As with all budget Android phones there may still be some residual use as occasional phones or media players. The older Y300 is slightly better in spec and probably costs around the same price, but these phones may take quite a long time to achieve a big premium in the market.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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