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Huawei Ascend G330 - An Affordable Android 4.0 Option

By Wong Casandra - 14 Jan 2013
Launch SRP: S$239

Huawei Ascend G330 - An Affordable Android 4.0 Option

Overview & Design

Huawei has been gaining more traction over the years in the mobile phone sphere, and admittedly, while it hasn't made much headway in the higher-end spectrum, it does have a sturdy stable of affordable handsets. One such device is the Huawei Ascend G330, which happens to be equipped with the bare minimum and comes at a very low price point. Dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory and 4.0-inch WVGA screen aside, the Ascend G330 is also retrofitted with Android 4.0 out-of-the-box. Can this S$239 device outweigh its price tag? Let's find out:-

The Huawei Ascend G330 is one of the many affordable devices under the company.

The Huawei Ascend G330 doesn't quite deviate from the standard design, featuring a black, predominantly plastic body. The edges are rounded, making it easy to hold. The back is smooth and matte to the touch, thankfully, so there are virtually no unsightly fingerprints left. However, the phone feels heftier than its counterparts in the same category, weighing in at 130 grams.

A smooth plastic back makes for a cleaner-looking phone.

The device sports very few physical buttons, brandishing a home button in the center with both back and menu touch buttons flanking its sides.

The power button is located on the top, with the volume rocker relegated to its top left profile. These controls were too thin for our liking but they present good tactile response, so there aren't many complaints here. Overall, the handling experience was largely positive, albeit nothing spectacular.


Like the HTC One V, the Huawei Ascend G330 runs on Android 4.0 out of the box. Huawei devices are generally left intact with the vanilla Android experience so navigation and operation feels pretty smooth here. It is also good to note that the Ascend G330 comes with the biggest screen (4.0-inch, 800 x 480 pixels) out of the contenders here.


Like its similarly-speced competitors, the Huawei Ascend G330 comes with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, alongside 512MB of RAM. As usual, we subject the review unit to the Quadrant benchmark, which can be found on Google Play. To gauge how it performs against the competition, we matched its scores against devices that are priced similarly, such as the HTC One V, Sony Xperia U, and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.

A Quick Comparison
Device Huawei Ascend G330 HTC One V Sony Xperia U Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
CPU Dual-core Cortex-A5 1GHz Single-core Qualcomm MSM8255
Snapdragon 1GHz
Dual-core STE U8500 1GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 800MHz
GPU Adreno 203 Adreno 205 Mali-400MP


RAM 512MB 512MB 512MB 768MB
OS Google Android 4.0 Google Android 4.0 Google Android 2.3 Google Android 2.3

The Huawei Ascend G330 came up second, only losing out slightly to Samsung's Galaxy Ace 2. In fact, all devices scored within the comfortable range of 2000 to 2300 points. Apart from benchmarking, the Ascend G330 ran smoothly and had no problems rendering pages or running graphic-intensive apps. The phone's lag-free performance and generally positive day-to-day experience pretty much did it for us.



The Huawei Ascend G330 does moderately well for a 5-megapixel shooter, with performance just slightly a notch lower than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The device exhibits sufficient levels of clarity and details though we observed that its white balance was off, producing colors with an overtly blue tinge for indoor photos.

Unfortunately, noise levels were on the high side and we spotted prominent "splotches" across the photo. Shutter speed is slightly on the slow side, which made it a tad more difficult to take clear photos without switching on flash.

Image reproduction is average. While clarity and details aren't too bad, colors are off with high noise levels in this indoor test shot. Click on the image to see the full-res photo.


Battery Mileage

Using the same 480 x 800-pixel resolution video that we use across all our mobile device battery tests, we set the same test parameters which includes having the video looped under the following conditions:

  • Brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter
Test Phones Compared
Specifications/Device Huawei Ascend G330 HTC One V Nokia Lumia 610 Sony Xperia U Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • 1GHz dual-core
  • 1GHz single-core
  • 800MHz
  • 1GHz single-core
  • 800MHz dual-core
Display Size
  • 4.0-inch
  • 3.7-inch
  • 3.7-inch
  • 3.5-inch
  • 3.8-inch
Display Type
  • Super LCD2
  • LCD
Display Resolution
  • 480 x 800 pixels
  • 480 x 800 pixels
  • 480 x 800 pixels
  • 480 x 854 pixels
  • 480 x 800 pixels
  • 122.5 x 62.6 x 11.2 mm
  • 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24mm
  • 119.24 x 62.18 x 11.95mm
  • 112 x 54 x 12mm
  • 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm
  • 130g
  • 115g
  • 131.5g
  •  110g
  • 122g

The Huawei Ascend G330 ties in with the HTC One V at 360 minutes of battery life - with Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 taking the top spot. However, because the Huawei Ascend G330 is the second heaviest in the group, it goes down to third place in terms of portability ratio, losing the first place and second place to 115g HTC One V and 122g Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 respectively.

To give you a real-world gauge, we observed that the phone could last almost a whole day on a single charge with emails and Twitter feeds pushed constantly to it. Other activities included occasional web surfing and phone calls. So from a battery performance level, the phone is right up with the best contenders in this category. In terms of overall portability aspects, it's not bad, but it could have been better.



What can we say? The Huawei Ascend G330 is a very good device and given its price point, S$239, we would say it is a good steal. It does pretty well on almost all fronts except, unfortunately, for its imaging performance.

The smartphone might not look extremely fashionable but, thankfully, it also doesn’t look cheap and actually feels hefty and sturdy. Factor in that it comes pre-loaded with a near-vanilla Android 4.0 OS, that itself should please Android purists with its fluid operation. Another good point to note is that the Ascend G330 comes with the biggest screen (4.0 inches) out of the budget contenders here for those who prefer bigger real estate for navigation.

However, if you are willing to shell extra cash for better imaging quality and a fashionable build, the Android 4.0 HTC One V will be a better all-round device to look at. Plus, the latter also comes with Sense 4.0 UI out of the box, one of the better Android UI skins out there.

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  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 9
The Good
Very affordable price
Decent battery life
Decent 4.0-inch LCD screen
Android 4.0 OS
The Bad
Limited internal memory space
Heavy build
Camera performance needs improvement
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