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Huawei Ascend Y300 Released (6th June) At Carphone Warehouse £59.95 PAYG Upgrade (Possible £53.95 via Quidco), £79.95 New Customers, £7 Monthly Contract

Posted 5th Jun 2013

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"The Ascend Y300 smartphone debuts in the CPW tomorrow and will be available in black from £59.95 on prepay and from £7 per month on contract..four inch screen, 1GHz dual-core processor and comes with a five mega pixel camera with auto-focus, flash, panorama function and video record at 30 frames per second. It runs Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system." (I phoned CPW myself to confirm this price and release date).

Scratch-resistant glass and takes MicroSD cards up to 32GB. Camera has an LED flash, VGA front camera. 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM.


Also now in White: carphonewarehouse.com/mob…ITE

As found in the ShinyShiny.tv newsletter. Also mentioned on Trusted Reviews and various other sites.

"Find out if you can upgrade":
carphonewarehouse.com/pri…des (thanks to cheunw).

PS: From Trusted Reviews: "The Huawei Ascend Y300 features a 4-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with 480 x 800p resolutions and a 233ppi image density. Packing a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor...

In the rear, the Huawei Ascend Y300 has a 5-megapixel camera and a VGA snapper up front. (osstis & dewey2 etc say it has a 1950mAh battery: apparently this capacity is for the European market, so disregard reviews where it states 1730mAh...) which incorporates Huawei’s power saving technology to improve the battery life by 30 per cent.

...the smartphone has access to the full range of Google Play apps and games and features Huawei’s Emotion UI."

Currently on Argos.co.uk for £99.95: argos.co.uk/sta…htm *was £199.99

Pay As You Go:
O2 £79.95 inc £10 top-up
Orange: £79.95 inc £10 top-up
T -Mobile: £79.95 inc £10 top-up
Virgin: £79.95 inc £10 top-up
Vodafone: £99.95 inc £10 top-up
SIM FREE - £119.95

Pay as you go UPGRADE -
Orange: £59.95.
T-Mobile: £59.95.
O2: £69.95.
Vodafone: £59.95.
Virgin: £59.95.

*Apparently CPW phones are UNLOCKED; confirmed numerous times.
**The Y300 DOESN'T have a digital compass, nor Adobe Flash (there are ways round it, eg, you can use Flash as an add-on on Mozilla Firefox or Dolphin browser).
***"Google Maps/Navigation only require GPS which this has. Compass is only needed for augmented reality apps." - lhassall (thanks ).
****30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee for this phone (See Post 605)
*****"It has a notification LED although it's not as bright as the one on the G300" - thanks, dewey2.

GSM Arena specifications: gsmarena.com/hua…php

Comprehensive review:
- thanks, whw.

"If you purchase through CPW on Quidco, they seem to be doing £6 cash back on PAYG Upgrade Sales, so if that comes off, the cost will be £53.95."
- thanks, liamo.

ROOTING: "This root worked perfect for me, the only part they failed to advise of is that you need to disable "Fast Boot" before you do anything. (Settings>All>Disable Fast Boot).
forum.xda-developers.com/sho…610 " - thanks, ProPiers.

root, unlock bootloader and flash twrp recovery:

Custom roms (android-hilfe translated through google):
translate.google.co.uk/tra…%2F - thanks, ShootomanUK.

"When rooted you can use this play.google.com/sto…ult. it changes androids LMK (low memory killer) and makes it so you don't get a snarl up due to low free ram being available." - thanks, stonebear.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 - Y300-0100 model
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - Y300-0151 model
Announced 2013, March
Status Available. Released 2013, March
BODY Dimensions 124.5 x 63.8 x 11.2 mm (4.90 x 2.51 x 0.44 in)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 5 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
GPU Adreno 203
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
(The battery stats pasted here were for the European model with the lesser capacity battery. The UK Y300 sold through CPW is 1950mAh)

Prices may rise annually - full details here

Mobile contract providers tend to increase your monthly tariff by inflation - and exactly which measure depends on the network:

Three: a Fixed Annual Price Change, 4.5% this year.
O2: RPI plus 3.9%.
EE, Vodafone: Consumer Price Index plus 3.9%.

The date of the adjustment also varies by provider:

Three: April
O2: Announced in Feb, effective from April
EE: Announced in Jan, effective from March
Vodafone: Announced in Jan, effective from April
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