The Ascend Y201 Pro is Huawei’s next-generation contender on the budget android cell-phone market. Released at the 2012 IFA show, with availability starting in October, the Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro will offer not heavily customized Android 4.0 on a 3.5-inch 320×480 display with help of an 800MHz ARM processor and 512MB of RAM for $129/129EUR. Internals with the same specs are also used in the already available 3.2″ Sony Tipo ST26i (about 140EUR), but the Ascend Y201 Pro delivers IPS screen technology for better viewing angles and picture quality in general. When it comes to performance, OS on the Y201 runs flawlessly and apps start almost instantly, so there will be no speed problems in completing day-to-day routine tasks.
Other than IPS, the affordable Huawei doesn’t stand out from the crowd with either specs or design. The back-facing camera has a 3.2MP sensor, while the phone’s profile isn’t a thin one and measures slightly more than 10mm according to my impression. The body is completely plastic, but the back plate has a pleasant soft-touch, split by a piece of curved metallic-looking plastic.
Overall, the Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro will be a very competitive budget-class Android phone when it hits the market because of its nice appearance, a decent screen size for the affordable smartphone category, and IPS technology which comes as a surprise at the $129/129EUR price point. In addition to this, Huawei says that Android will be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean version in the future, making the Y201 an even better choice.