Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Huawei Ascend Y530's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8210 dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1750mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 25.4 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G), 630 minutes (3G).



Huawei has bundled a rounded overall package for a very affordable price.

- Patrick Afschar Kaboli , Notebookcheck 

A typical player in the budget smartphone game, but unfortunately for this newcomer, the game has changed.

- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint 



Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)


Wired

Good-sized screen and quality casing

from Wired

The Huawei Y530 is a solid budget performer that has at least gained a few style points on its low-end predecessors and offers reasonable value for money within its limited specifications. However, it doesn't cost much more for increased power and considerably better screens these days, so its appeal could be limited.

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The Huawei Y530 is a solid budget performer that has at least gained a few style points on its low-end predecessors and offers reasonable value for money within its limited specifications. However, it doesn't cost much more for increased power and considerably better screens these days, so its appeal could be limited.

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Notebookcheck

Overall well-conceived entry-level smartphones for a fair price

from Notebookcheck

A bigger screen than in Apple's iPhone 5S for a fifth of the price - Huawei's Ascend Y530 lures customers with this. Although many other manufacturers from the low-budget sector use this strategy, the fewest have managed to implement it as well as Huawei has. Many budget smartphones "stand out" with an inferior build, poor screens, and anything but a smooth operation. Not the Ascend Y530.

The choice of materials and build quality would also look good in a mid-range smartphone. Huawei's Ascend Y530 is surely not a design highlight, but it is not exactly boring either. It would be nice if the battery cover did not produce annoying creaking noises so easily though.

The configuration is typical for the entry-level sector, but nothing really important has been left out. The SoC comes from Qualcomm - a good choice - and though it is not particularly speedy it copes well with daily requirements. However, 512 MB of working memory is sometimes the bottleneck, especially in demanding applications and games. That was certainly the reason why some of our benchmarks refused to run.

The screen deserves the label "Good." Even if it cannot be described with any positive superlatives, negative ones cannot be used either. In a nutshell, more cannot be expected in this price range - considerably less is the rule.

The cameras are usually austerity victims in the budget sector. The Y530 is not a big exception here. Although the front-facing camera is virtually unusable, the primary camera shoots pictures in a relatively high resolution and acceptable quality. It should suffice for social networking. 

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A bigger screen than in Apple's iPhone 5S for a fifth of the price - Huawei's Ascend Y530 lures customers with this. Although many other manufacturers from the low-budget sector use this strategy, the fewest have managed to implement it as well as Huawei has. Many budget smartphones "stand out" with an inferior build, poor screens, and anything but a smooth operation. Not the Ascend Y530.

The choice of materials and build quality would also look good in a mid-range smartphone. Huawei's Ascend Y530 is surely not a design highlight, but it is not exactly boring either. It would be nice if the battery cover did not produce annoying creaking noises so easily though.

The configuration is typical for the entry-level sector, but nothing really important has been left out. The SoC comes from Qualcomm - a good choice - and though it is not particularly speedy it copes well with daily requirements. However, 512 MB of working memory is sometimes the bottleneck, especially in demanding applications and games. That was certainly the reason why some of our benchmarks refused to run.

The screen deserves the label "Good." Even if it cannot be described with any positive superlatives, negative ones cannot be used either. In a nutshell, more cannot be expected in this price range - considerably less is the rule.

The cameras are usually austerity victims in the budget sector. The Y530 is not a big exception here. Although the front-facing camera is virtually unusable, the primary camera shoots pictures in a relatively high resolution and acceptable quality. It should suffice for social networking. 

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TechRadar

Does everything you'd expect from a budget smartphone

from TechRadar

The Huawei Ascend Y530 is a solid budget smartphone which is capable of performing all the basics you'd expect without providing any thrills along the way.

It's an affordable offering, but if your budget can stretch just a little further there are better options out there. 

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The Huawei Ascend Y530 is a solid budget smartphone which is capable of performing all the basics you'd expect without providing any thrills along the way.

It's an affordable offering, but if your budget can stretch just a little further there are better options out there. 

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Expert Reviews

Poor battery life and sub-par camera

from Expert Reviews

The Huawei Ascend Y530 is a competent Android handset for £120 SIM free, but with its poor battery life and mediocre camera, it's not quite cheap enough to make it a better buy than the £130 Alcatel One Touch Idol S, which is a more competent and desirable phone all round.

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The Huawei Ascend Y530 is a competent Android handset for £120 SIM free, but with its poor battery life and mediocre camera, it's not quite cheap enough to make it a better buy than the £130 Alcatel One Touch Idol S, which is a more competent and desirable phone all round.

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ITProPortal

Solid build quality but average processor

from ITProPortal

There are some plus points here. I am coming round to liking Huawei's idea of putting apps on a home screen and not bothering with the app drawer. The general user interface is appealing and I can see how the "lite" version will have appeal, too. Build quality is also good, but the screen resolution is low, battery life disappointing, and processor middling. Compare the last three features to the similarly priced Motorola Moto G and despite the G's lack of external memory support, it looks the better budget bet.

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There are some plus points here. I am coming round to liking Huawei's idea of putting apps on a home screen and not bothering with the app drawer. The general user interface is appealing and I can see how the "lite" version will have appeal, too. Build quality is also good, but the screen resolution is low, battery life disappointing, and processor middling. Compare the last three features to the similarly priced Motorola Moto G and despite the G's lack of external memory support, it looks the better budget bet.

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Pocket-lint

Slow performance, seems overpriced

from Pocket-lint

The biggest problem the Huawei Ascend Y530 faces is that the competition at this price point has changed fairly dramatically in recent times. While there are a number of devices in the sub-£150 category, it’s the Motorola Moto G that has shifted expectations up a gear. That makes it difficult to see why you'd pick the Huawei or similar rivals over the Motorola, which has the edge on performance, a better display, lovely design and is only £10 more expensive than this model.

That said, Huawei's device works well enough if you're after something to keep you connected. The camera isn't great and the software runs pretty slow, but it has coped with our hectic mobile lifestyle while we've been testing it, even if that takes a toll on the battery life.

Overall the Huawei Ascend Y530 is a typical player in the budget smartphone game, but unfortunately for this newcomer, the game has changed. 

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The biggest problem the Huawei Ascend Y530 faces is that the competition at this price point has changed fairly dramatically in recent times. While there are a number of devices in the sub-£150 category, it’s the Motorola Moto G that has shifted expectations up a gear. That makes it difficult to see why you'd pick the Huawei or similar rivals over the Motorola, which has the edge on performance, a better display, lovely design and is only £10 more expensive than this model.

That said, Huawei's device works well enough if you're after something to keep you connected. The camera isn't great and the software runs pretty slow, but it has coped with our hectic mobile lifestyle while we've been testing it, even if that takes a toll on the battery life.

Overall the Huawei Ascend Y530 is a typical player in the budget smartphone game, but unfortunately for this newcomer, the game has changed. 

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Pure, Unadultarated Garbage

This is not only the worst phone I've ever used, it's the worst electronic device of any sort I've ever used. Some things it likes to do: - The screen turns on and off randomly, even when left sitting on a table. Which means a dead battery unless you leave it plugged in at all times. - The screen and...More
This is not only the worst phone I've ever used, it's the worst electronic device of any sort I've ever used. Some things it likes to do: - The screen turns on and off randomly, even when left sitting on a table. Which means a dead battery unless you leave it plugged in at all times. - The screen and touch screen sometimes activates during a call, so your ear is pressing buttons and there's nothing you can do about it. - The touch screen is active even when the screen is off, so if you have to, say, "Press 1 for English" and you tap the screen to turn it on you are likely to hit a button and hangup, begin a text message, or go to the home screen. - Sometimes random apps like to open and slow down or hang the phone. I was typing a text the other day and looked away for a second, when I looked back I was calling my text's recipient and I couldn't hang up before it connected as chrome was searching for god knows what and wouldn't close. - After trying, and failing, to complete a call with "Press 3 for..." options multiple times I got so frustrated with this phone that I threw it at the ground. I highly recommend this. The cracked and spider-webbed screen is much more usable that it was out of the box, as it's less prone to "ear dial" or randomly open apps. Trust me, if you get one of these the first thing you should do is throw it on the floor. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 17, 2014
Regions available United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Mini-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8210 dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.649 W/kg
Body: 0.604 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 450 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 360 minutes
3G Surfing Time 300 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 480 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 630 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Red, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Burst mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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