Review: Huawei Ascend G700

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Editor’s Note: Review adapted from T3 Malaysia

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For a dollar under RM900, you get quite a phone for your money in the Huawei Ascend G700. It comes with a 5-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quadcore processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. Unlike some mid-range phones that compromise on the essentials, the G700 actually sports dual-SIM card slots, a removable 2150mAh battery and expandable storage in the form of a microSD card slot – a highly desirable combination. Rounding things off is a rear 8-MP camera that can take 1080P video and a front videocall camera. The only downside to its otherwise solid stat sheet is the lack of LTE.

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Build quality is sound, with a removable backplate and a well made chassis with the right amount of heft. Under the hood, the phone overlays Huawei’s own Emotion UI over Android 4.2. There’s fortunately little bloatware built-in, and it even has Kingsoft Office out of the box; one of the better productivity apps on the Play Store.

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In use, the G700 performed well overall. It managed Shadowgun and several other games without a hitch and the HD screen was bright and crisp in all but direct sunlight, allowing for YouTube viewing and casual movie watching duties. Responsiveness for the display was excellent and the G700’s virtual keyboard was responsive enough to otherwise answer e-mails and Whatsapp without undue discomfort. With modest web surfing, gaming and e-mails, the phone lasted the better part of the day though you can easily swap the battery in the field if needed. All in, there’s a lot to love with the value-packed G700 and it’s an easy recommendation if you’re in need of a solid workhorse.