The Huawei Ascend Y550 was launched a couple of months ago during IFA 2014 in Berlin and is one of the first Android smartphones currently commercially available that comes equipped with a 64-bit processor. Available in Europe for a very competitive price of only 129 Euros (probably around $130 in the US) the Ascend Y550 arrives with plenty to offer including 4G LTE support. Let Mobile Geeks show you what you can expect in the full retail package with an unboxing video that includes our first impressions of the device.
The Ascend Y550 was presented at IFA as an affordable yet well endowed entry-level smartphone that could actually boast plenty of performance despite its low price point of 129 Euros. Huawei are evidently hoping to make a strong impression on Europeans, offering more bang for the buck than you would expect of an entry-level Android device. The Y550 has a 4.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 854 × 480 pixels (ie WVGA resolution with good viewing angles. Under the hood we find the new Snapdragon 410 Quad Core 64-bit system-on-chip that packs four ARM Cortex-A53 cores operating at 1.2 GHz supported by an Adreno 306 graphics unit and 1GB of RAM.
Don’t forget to check out this unboxing and first impressions video from our buddy Roland:
In terms of internal storage users may be disappointed with a paltry 4GB, but the good news is that the Y550 does support storage expansion via microSD card. It has a 5MP camera on the rear that features an LED flash, brightness sensor and auto-focus while your selfies will actually be reasonably decent thanks to a 2MP camera on the front. This camera array is one area where the Ascend Y550 punches above its weight as most smartphones with this level of camera cost a bit more, particularly when it comes to flash and auto-focus, two features that are rarely found at the low end. The photos are not as high-resolution or impressive as high-end smartphone offerings, but it is still great to see a thoroughly usable camera on a device this price.
The Ascend Y550 has a 2000mAh battery which is on par with similarly priced offerings such as the Moto G and should ensure solid all day usage. The build of the device might not be so impressive when it comes to innovation but it feels good in the hand an attracts relatively few finger prints even though we detect no special coating. The front face sports capacitive touch buttons which makes sense due the limited real-estate on the display.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 should perform a little better than its predecessor the Snapdragon 400, benefiting from its native 64-bit architecture, although right now we don’t have a 64-but Android OS – Android Lollipop 5 is just around the corner of course. We will get back to you with more performance details in the coming weeks when we get around to doing a full and detailed review, but our first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Y550 are pretty positive.