The company Huawei has been known for a long time for its lower range devices, but the Chinese began to aim higher than the models ranges Ascend P, Ascend D or Ascend Mate. Since the buyers are turning to cheaper products, the company cannot forget those looking for a phone with a more affordable price but also good enough and the new Ascend G630 is a model designed to meet this demand.
Construction and design
If you ever need a picture with a generic Android phone to illustrate a graphical installation, Huawei Ascend G630 can assume this role without any problem. Adopted by the manufacturer, its design is simple and banal, it doesn't have any special element that could be considered typical.
The front is fully covered by a protective layer of glass and hosts only the screen, capacitive buttons without illumination, front camera and small LED indicator. The glass surface is surrounded by a thin plastic frame glossy screen protecting the slight protrusion of its direct contact with surfaces.
Internal components are protected by a hard plastic casing, external removable cover is just a wrapper designed to shape the phone and host three control buttons. Inside we can find a Micro SD slot and SIM card slot. As shown, the SIM card slot is accompanied by an identical component, blocked in case. This suggests that the Ascend G630 has or will have a Dual SIM version, but we have no information about it at this time.
The level of detail exterior is minimized. Lower housing offers a Micro USB connector and main microphone perforation, right edge offers three buttons for volume and power/lock and the top only hosts the audio connector.
Screen, hardware specifications, autonomy
The screen is a pleasant surprise for a device in this price range. It has a diagonal of 5" and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 293 ppi density is high enough to provide a clear picture without disturbing aliasing. IPS panel used by Huawei has unexpectedly good quality: Maximum brightness is too high, but the colors are beautiful and have a high enough accuracy, black level is good and the contrast is high.
Huawei Ascend G630 uses a Snapdragon 200 processor series, MSM8212 chip provides four core ARM Cortex-A7 with a frequency of 1.2 GHz, like the smaller models in the range immediately above to Snapdragon 400, and the behavior is similar to that noted in this case. Comes with well optimized software and HD resolution which allow to provide a performance good enough phone to use for common applications.
Adreno 302 GPU is still not as strong as Adreno 305 model, which is used for the entire range Snapdragon 400. Bearing in mind the price segment but targeted, 3D performance is good enough. Games like Temple Run 2 functioned smoothly and Real Racing 3 (~ 450 MB version for low power device) had a number of frames per second high enough to provide a competitive experience. The only visible shortcoming is the low power of video processor graphics core related to this, allows for video capture or playback at only 720p resolution.
Users will notice pretty quickly that the storage of 1 GB is enough to install all the applications they want, while still install software used on all mobile phones test. The software provides the possibility of installing applications directly on the card, but this solution is primitive and unworthy of a 2014 device, be it low cost.
- Display: 5", 1280 x 720 pixel IPS
- OS: Android 4.3
- Processor: ARM Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz, quad-core
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM 8212)
- Graphics Processor: Adreno 302
- Memory: 4 GB (1.9 GB available)
- RAM: 1 GB
- Camera: 8 MP, autofocus
- Video shooting 720p
- Front camera: 1 PM
Autonomy provided by the battery capacity of 2000 mAh is not impressive. Although its capacity is quite high and one low power processor is manufactured in a 28 nanometer process, Huawei Ascend G630 rarely passed 24 hours of battery life, while the 3G and Wi-Fi connections were used 8 hours per day, the average use was one about 3 hours of Screen Time, and have been active services like push email, calendar, contacts, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.
Camera and video
The camera on the Ascend G630 uses a resolution of 8 MP sensor, optical parameters of the lens is unknown but because the manufacturer does not specify nor past the EXIF. Although not promise much, the camera is pretty good considering its class range.
Photo capture is characterized by the good level of detail, bright colors (sometimes a little too saturated) and high contrast. As expected, the dynamic sensor is not too great. Noise is annoying, but its filtering leads to loss of fine detail. An annoying drawback is the poor exposure metering as the phone has a tendency to underexpose or overexpose certain situations to without a valid reason, this behavior requires careful checking and adjusting pictures manually later.
Video capture is however disappointing. Made at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it has a stable number of frames per second and a good sound, but the level of detail is mediocre, the colors are overly saturated, the contrast is too strong.
All mobile phones in this market segment compromises to reach the lowest possible price, but Huawei has managed to do well enough. Offered at a price of about $250, Ascend G630 provides a trivial housing but well built with a screen of 5" HD resolution and good IPS panel, a camera with a satisfactory performance and satisfactory hardware platform. Biggest problems of this model are ridiculously small amount of internal memory, even at this price.