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Ask MoDaCo: Huawei Ascend G510


Slightly bruised and battered by it's journey apparently... this is the Huawei Ascend G510, the spiritual successor to the Huawei G300 and perhaps the new bargain champion at only £130 on Prepay.

The device (available only in Black for now) includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (MSM8225?), a 4.5" 854x480 FWVGA screen, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei Emotion UI, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front facing camera, 512MB RAM, 1750mAh battery, 4GB ROM + microSD expansion, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, NFC, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. GPS / A-GPS and a FM radio.

What do you think? Good enough specs for £130? First impressions are that the device is very solidly built and the screen looks good. It IS SIM locked.

Got questions? Ask them here before our review!

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Care to provide a link so we know which one works?


Coming up!

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That's ex VAT price £108.34 plus VAT = £130


Well the price has gone up to £150. I dropped into the Vodafone stand at Victoria Station this morning where they had stocks of the phone and the price at the till was not £130. I said it was £130 on the website, but the salesman - without checking - said that was a 'release' price. I declined.
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@flibblesan & @Sebastian404 Bit weird - I get what you're saying about the dual sim model probably being a Chinese release with an mtk chipset but if you check the links I posted above they both claim to be selling the dual sim version with msm8225 processors (snapdragon s4 play) - neither ad makes reference to the g510d. Maybe both have got their ads wrong, but that seems a bit of an odd coincidence.


msm8225 supports dual sim, so does msm7225a
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NeostarNeko
Apr 17 2013 06:43 PM
Might upgrade from my U8800 but not sure yet, for those that got this phone what is the camera like to use?
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Sebastian404
Apr 17 2013 06:47 PM

@flibblesan & @Sebastian404 Bit weird - I get what you're saying about the dual sim model probably being a Chinese release with an mtk chipset but if you check the links I posted above they both claim to be selling the dual sim version with msm8225 processors (snapdragon s4 play) - neither ad makes reference to the g510d. Maybe both have got their ads wrong, but that seems a bit of an odd coincidence.





From the Chinese firmware I found :

ro.product.model=HUAWEI G510-0010
ro.product.brand=Huawei
ro.product.name=G510-0010
ro.product.device=hwG510-0010
ro.product.board=U8951D
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.manufacturer=HUAWEI
ro.product.locale.language=en
ro.board.platform=msm7627a
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The Soup Thief
Apr 17 2013 07:22 PM

From the Chinese firmware I found :

ro.product.model=HUAWEI G510-0010
ro.product.brand=Huawei
ro.product.name=G510-0010
ro.product.device=hwG510-0010
ro.product.board=U8951D
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.manufacturer=HUAWEI
ro.product.locale.language=en
ro.board.platform=msm7627a

Crikey! That's a pretty cunning way of checking! So that's a Snapdragon s1?
’Curiouser and curiouser!’ Cried Alice...
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Sebastian404
Apr 17 2013 08:46 PM

Crikey! That's a pretty cunning way of checking! So that's a Snapdragon s1?
’Curiouser and curiouser!’ Cried Alice...


And this is from my Vodafone branded UK model:

ro.product.model=HUAWEI G510-0100
ro.product.brand=Huawei
ro.product.name=G510-0100
ro.product.device=hwG510-0100
ro.product.board=U8951N-1
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.manufacturer=HUAWEI
ro.product.locale.language=en
ro.board.platform=msm7627a

slightly different board name....
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The Soup Thief
Apr 17 2013 09:07 PM
Reminds me of ZTE and their dozen subtly different blade variants...
It's like deja vu all over again
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Good paul obrien, I wanted to ask you a question, I am a fan of yours for your roms Mobile and wanted to know if for Huawei G510 MoDaCo rom will have some available in the future? for the version of qualcomm? a hug
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So the development of the spanish g510 will not be compatible with the UK one and vice versa?
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Don't pay attention to the board platform. The CPU is definitely a dual-core MSM8225.

The key information is
U8915N = UK G510
U8915D = China Dual-SIM G510 (Snapdragon)

I'm starting to think that there isn't a Mediatek version out there. It was reported back in January but it's possible that this was either a mistake or Huawei changed to Snapdragon.

So the development of the spanish g510 will not be compatible with the UK one and vice versa?

Too early to know for sure but it's likely to be compatible.
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Well the price has gone up to £150. I dropped into the Vodafone stand at Victoria Station this morning where they had stocks of the phone and the price at the till was not £130. I said it was £130 on the website, but the salesman - without checking - said that was a 'release' price. I declined.


Confirmed at £150 + £10 topup in the Bradford store too. I made a hasty purchase on the website for £130 + £0 topup.

They did this with the G300 IIRC so might be time to buy now
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Does the 512mb ram actually affect the phones performance when used normally? Do you notice any stutter or lag?

Oh, and how much ram is actually available, because huawei botched the ICS build for the G300, it only had around 100mb ram free even on the first boot :P

Thanks in advance :)

The only explanation is that huawei doesn't make good optimisations. U can't compare de G300 wiz the G510. I've tried both and G510 have more or less 130MB of free RAM
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No official Jellybean though!


Some unofficial ROMs end up being miles ahead than the official manufactured ROM, so this doesn't really matter to be honest :P
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... I made a hasty purchase on the website for £130 + £0 topup.


Please let us know your impressions. Today the price is £180 on Vodafone's website, but I did find it for £155 in a store. Won't buy, if at all, until I have got rid of my second OMC.
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Andymac1969
Apr 18 2013 05:22 PM

Please let us know your impressions. Today the price is £180 on Vodafone's website, but I did find it for £155 in a store. Won't buy, if at all, until I have got rid of my second OMC.



Where the hell are you looking????? It has been £130 on the Vodafone UK website since Monday :wacko:

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Andymac1969
Apr 18 2013 06:13 PM
Just spoke to Vodafone and this DOES NOT have Gorilla Glass or a scratch resistant display, well that's what they say, so maybe it does lol

Update

Just like I thought, they know nothing useless idiots, off the Huawei website "Big 4.5" screen, slim design and protected by tough Gorilla Glass."

No wonder I call them "VODACRAP"
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Eurodroid have one of these and they just tweeted this photo that was taken with the G510 camera. Looks really good! https://twitter.com/...5824386/photo/1
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Where the hell are you looking????? It has been £130 on the Vodafone UK website since Monday :wacko:


It's my crap eyesight. Sometimes 3s look like 8s.

@Andymac, none of the staff in any of the mobile phone shops knows diddly squat. New stock comes in and just gets locked into a cupboard. You really have to prompt staff to check.
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Andymac1969
Apr 18 2013 09:12 PM

It's my crap eyesight. Sometimes 3s look like 8s.

@Andymac, none of the staff in any of the mobile phone shops knows diddly squat. New stock comes in and just gets locked into a cupboard. You really have to prompt staff to check.


No problem, i'll troop into the local shop tomorrow and see what they say, Vodafone do not inspire me with confidence :unsure:
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Good paul obrien, I wanted to ask you a question, I am a fan of yours for your roms Mobile and wanted to know if for Huawei G510 MoDaCo rom will have some available in the future? for the version of qualcomm? a hug


Not planned at this stage!

Well the price has gone up to £150. I dropped into the Vodafone stand at Victoria Station this morning where they had stocks of the phone and the price at the till was not £130. I said it was £130 on the website, but the salesman - without checking - said that was a 'release' price. I declined.


Strange, at least it's still £130 on the website!

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This is the service I used to unlock mine!

http://www.modaco.co...s-request-here/

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Custom ROMs.. well I know Sebastian404 bought one so he may knock out a custom recovery for the device (hint hint). Maybe a debranded ROM to get the ball rolling.

And I'm tempted to get one myself. Not promising anything though ;)
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Custom ROMs.. well I know Sebastian404 bought one so he may knock out a custom recovery for the device (hint hint). Maybe a debranded ROM to get the ball rolling.

And I'm tempted to get one myself. Not promising anything though ;)


That would be golden. I've played with my newly arrived one and I'm finding myself fighting through Huawei's, and then Vodafone's crapware. I just want AOSP :)
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Not sure that I have the nerve for 'customisations' and will just use a launcher to change the look and reinstall the Market apps I already have.
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