With the Nexus 4, Google provided incredulous faces. For less than 300 euros you get with the Nexus 4 a smart phone with quad-core CPU and the latest Android version. Now, Huawei is launching the Ascend G 615, a competing device on the market. The Chinese have set themselves great and want to attack this year the established manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple . Whether this can succeed with the Ascend G615, our test shows.
The First Impression
The first impression after the liberation from the pack: quite positive. The G 615 is well in the hand, unlike Samsung with the Galaxy Nexus and LG with the Nexus 4 uses Huawei no software buttons.
Even if Huawei only sits on plastic on the case, the smart phone feels very high-quality and lies through the arched back well in the hand. Because the back is slightly roughened, the Ascend G 615 does not slip out of the hand as fast as an iPhone likes to do.
A little irritated I was when opening the smart phone, since no real opening is present. The fingernails are always used when pulling the back. This includes the SIM and microSD card slots next to the battery pack.
Ascend G 615 In Detail
Huawei gave the Ascend G 615 a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.
The Ascend G 615 is powered by a quad-core processor developed by Huawei, which is called K3V2. The cores are clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, which makes for a liquid use. 1 GB RAM is also available.
However, Huawei has to cut back on the internal memory: only 8 GB is available to the user.These can however be upgraded via microSD card. The G 615 swallows copies up to 32 GB.
The Huawei Ascend G 615 with Android 4.0, an update on Jelly Bean is already announced for March 2013.
Huawei leaves it under Android at smaller optical adjustments. In addition to a customized launcher and quick access to the camera, call list, SMS and camera via the lock screen, the G 615 brings a handful of useful apps such as a DLNA client/server, an application for data backup and a security suite including a password-Tresor.
Ordinary Photos With 8 Megapixels
In addition to a 1.3 MP front camera, which allows video recording at 720p, the Ascend G 615 brings an 8 MP camera on the back. Supported by an LED flash and autofocus.
Under Android, you can set various settings before selecting the photos and apply filters or effects to the photo. The camera turns out fast, the photos are quite acceptable depending on the light. In the case of poor light incidence, however, slight picture noise can occur.
Battery And Benchmark
For the battery, Huawei relies on a model with 2.150 mAh, which can be replaced after detachment of the rear cover. As usual, it is noted that the battery life varies from user to user. For normal use one should get one and a half to two days with a battery charge.
Benchmarking is partly the Nexus 4, partly the Ascend G 615 at the front. The Ascend G 615 reaches almost 1.800 points during the BrowserMark test, while the Nexus 4 is just underneath. With SunSpider, it is also at the top with almost 300 points. In addition, the Ascend G 615 achieves a very good 5.054 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.
Short And Sweet
Before we come to the conclusion, I summarize all the specifications:
Display: 4.5-IPS display with 1.280 x 720 pixels (326 ppi)
CPU: Huawei K3V2 (quad-core ARM Cortex A9, up to 1.4 GHz)
RAM: 1 GB
Int. Memory: 8 GB (expandable to 32GB per microSD)
networks: GSM, EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA (+)
connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB
Camera: Front: 1.3 MP (720p capable), main camera: 8 MP (1.080p capable), LED flash, autofocus
Battery: Lithium polymer battery (2150 mAh)
Dimensions: 134 x 67.5 x 10.5 mm, Weight: 145 g Scope of
delivery: microUSB cable, charger, short manual
Small Price, Decent Facilities
For about 300 euros you get a well-equipped device, which, apart from the internal memory, do not have to hide from the competition.
The device is well in the hand and is only a few grams too heavy. The whole system reacts quickly and fluently and should react with an upgrade to Android 4.1+again much brighter, since Google is known as Android 4.1 has made adjustments to the speed.
The sound is relatively tinny, but it is sufficient for a simple playback.