Poor old MWC. It’s looking as though a fair few of the major smartphone manufacturers will be holding back their flagship smartphones for their own press events further down the line. Huawei is no different, using the show to focus on some new entry level smartphones. If you get your wallet pinched while visiting the show in notoriously pick-pocket-blighted Barcelona, you still might be able to scrape together enough pennies to pick up one of Huawei’s new affordable blowers.
First up is the Huawei Y635, the company’s new entry-level 4G phone, replacing the Y550. It’s a 5-inch device with an FWVGA screen, powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm chipset, backed by 1GB of RAM. It’s got a 5MP camera around back and 2MP one up front, with 4GB of built-in storage, microSD support and a 2,000mAh battery.
Running Android Lollipop 5.0, it’ll have Huawei’s latest Emotion and Simple UIs placed on top, but I wasn’t able to to try these due to pre-release hardware I was shown. It is a fairly chunky, heavy phone though, which benefits in the hand from a slightly textured rear casing. Expect to pay between £100 and £130 when it launches later this year.
The Y360, replacing the Y330, is the “My First Smartphone” of Huawei’s 2015 range. It’s got the same 1.2GHz quad-core chipset, this time powering a 4-inch FWVGA screen.
[Note Huawei only had a dummy model available to show, hence the picture above showing a phone unable to turn on.]
Again, there’s a 2,000mAh battery onboard, 5MP camera, 4GB of storage and microSD card support. However, with only 512MB of RAM, Huawei’s opted to put the older Android KitKat 4.4 on the Y360 (though you’ll likely be hard-pressed to notice once Huawei’s own interface is placed on top). A squat, white device with the same textured backing of the Y635, what it lacks in looks it makes up for in price -- you’ll be able to pick this one up for less than £100, perhaps even as low as £80 once pricing is confirmed. That’s one for every member of the family for the same price as an iPhone.