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Welcome to the 2014 Huawei Y530 review. You may not (still) be familiar with this manufacturer but the company is well known amongst the industry but yet to make an impression in the consumer and government catalog due to corporate intrigue aka secret back doors and other security concerns etc. It’s all fascinating stuff but we’ll leave it to the ‘experts’ to sort out what it real and what isn’t. All we care about is whether this is a good phone or not! The Huawei Y530 is one of the highest spec entry level Android smart phone you can buy for a bargain at $128 outright as we write this.
In terms of construction the Huawei Y530 can described as very good for the price. The model we tested didn’t look premium and doesn’t have that the finishing touches say the LG L70 has. That said it feels OK in the hand and OK to look at. A decent case would do wonders.
In terms of hardware the Y530 packs quite many more features than phones in this price range – including Telstra graded ZTE phones do have. For the price very good indeed. Of course in the past we’ve tested the cheaper entry phones and been only impressed with the price and nothing else… However for once we’ve found a phone that actually works much better than we anticipated intact on par with more expensive phones in the $200 – $300 price bracket.
Like most Android based phones in 2014 we can’t really say much about the Y530 except that it is a great little smartphone. Android OS and hardware has come along way in a few years. Overall we liked the Y530 due to the price for feature list. Only branding and medium term reliability are issues against this model, for the moment. There are very few smartphones yet alone traditional mobile phones have this level of specification and capability for the price. Highly recommended model you should take a closer look if shopping in this price range.
- Huawei Y530
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Dual-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (depend on country)
- L132.5 x W67 x D9.3 mm
- Weight 145 grams
4.5 inch 480 X 854 pixels
- Video Camera
480p high definition 30FPS main video camera
VGA video phone
1.2 Ghz Dual core
Separate Graphic CPU
Up to 3Gig for user
Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
A-GPS, Proximeter, Accelerometer
Ring tones: MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
Google Play store
Music and Media player
MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, ZIP compatible
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-Po 1750 mAh battery
Up to 320 hours Standby
Up to 10 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Under $128 AUD August 2014 (Outright)