Huawei Y530 Review


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.

In terms of use the Y530 is actually very good – for the price. It works smoothly and runs Apps with minimal delay. Of course it is no where near the speed of a quad-core CPU equipped phone but for an entry level model we have no complaints. There aren’t any real differences except for icons and various standard apps that we could see.

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
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100 (depend on country)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L132.5 x W67 x D9.3 mm
  • Weight 145 grams
  • Display/s
    4.5 inch 480 X 854 pixels
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    480p high definition 30FPS main video camera
    VGA video phone
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3
  • CPU
    1.2 Ghz Dual core
    Separate Graphic CPU
  • Memory
    512MB RAM
    Up to 3Gig for user
    Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    A-GPS, Proximeter, Accelerometer
    FM Radio
    Ring tones: MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
    Google Play store
    Dolby Digital
    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)