Huawei is on a roll these days. They entered the high-end league this year with phones such as Huawei Ascend D Quad, but that doesn’t mean they won’t compete in the low-end market. On the contrary, their latest phone is just that – a low-end smartphone. The Ascend Q is a rather small performer. It packs a 3,2 inch touchscreen of HVGA resolution, 800MHz processor, 3MP camera, all running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But, that are not the most important things this low-ender has to offer. One feature that sets it aside from its competitors is its portrait QWERTY keyboard.
The keyboard is similar to what you can found on Blackberry phones. It shares the same style, save for the size. It’s of the small kind, but big enough to provide good typing experience. All in all, it’s a good keyboard for an entry-level phone.
Hardware-aside, let’s talk a bit about the software on this phone. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a letdown, if you consider the fact some other low-ends run on ICS, but to be honest, if you are looking forward to buying this phone, the fact that it runs an old Android version won’t be a real dealbreaker to you. Considering its 800MHz processor, the phone runs smooth, with occasional lags that aren’t really a big problem. It has the typical Huawei skin on it, so it’s a bit different from the other phones software-side.
The guys at Engadget were kind to share their hands-on video with us. Here it is: