Huawei has been producing smartphones for quite some time now. They have been able to produce some pretty hit flagship smartphones too. Just like many other smartphone manufacturers, they have been producing budget segment smartphones too. They launched their smartphone, Huawei Ascend G525 in the year 2013 and targeted the budget segment smartphone users. The phone offers a decent Android experience that too at an affordable price tag. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life and how it fares with the immense competition in the smartphone market.
The phone features a basic design, and there is nothing much to talk about it. Three soft-touch capacitive buttons are provided on the bottom part of the front panel, which are not backlit. The external dimensions of the phone are 5.28 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches, which makes the phone rather handy. Weighing 155 grams, the phone is not too heavy. The phone is available in two color variants i.e.Black and White. Talking about the display of the phone, the phone features a 4.5 inches IPS LCD display that provides a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and corresponds to the pixel density of roughly 245-ppi. The display seems to be okay for a budget segment of smartphone and provides a decent viewing experience. The display provides amazing viewing angles and sunlight legibility seems to be okay too.
The phone comes with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 processor that is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8225Q Snapdragon S4 Play chipset. The processor serves its purpose and provides a decent Android experience, however, we did find that navigating from one app to other took a little amount of time. The Adreno 203 GPU can play normal games easily, but, one cannot expect to play heavy apps or games on this phone, as the phone will lag. The phone works on Android version 4.1 i.e. Jelly Bean, which is now too old even for an entry level smartphone. A 1GB of RAM is provided in the phone, which is kind of okay for a budget segment smartphone. The internal memory provided in the phone is 4GB and could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone offers dual SIM support, however, does not support 4G networks.
The phone features a 5MP primary camera that is supported by a LED flashlight and digital zoom. A 0.3MP VGA camera has been provided in the front. The images captured by the camera are okay for its price tag. The camera serves its purpose and captures share-worthy pics. One thing we did observe was that the low light camera performance was not good, as the images had a lot of noise. The front shooter is good enough for video calling only, as the images captured by it are not good at all. The phone features a loudspeaker which gets substantially loud to serve its purpose, and a 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. Talking about multimedia, the phone has FM Radio, and Video player has also been provided in the phone that can play video formats like 3GP and MP4. The music player can play MP3, AMR, MiDi, WAVE songs and ringtones include polyphonic.
Talking about one of the most important parts of the phone, the battery. The battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1700mAh Li-Ion battery and is user replaceable. The battery promises talk time up to 5 hours and 50 minutes on 2G networks and standby time up to 340 hours on 2G networks. When the battery was tested in real time, we found that the battery lasted for a complete day with light to moderate usage. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth Version 2.0, A2DP, EDR, FM Radio and microUSB 2.0. The warranty of this phone is 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty & 6 months warranty on accessories.