Globally the fight for supremacy is at the top, well, that is understandable since the buying power for most defining markets like the US, Europe and Russia is high, hence the ability to buy from the top. The top being smartphones like Galaxy S III, HTC One X, iPhone 4 and 4s, Lumia 900 and Motorola RAZR Maxx, the Blackberry Bold 9900 tries to fit in there also. In the emerging market, there is another way of exerting authority, and this is in the entry to mid range products. You see, it’s always about the business, and business is units sold. In Kenya the smartphones with the most sales are the Huawei Ideos U8150 and Samsung Galaxy Mini. These were the top sellers of 2011.
More entrants coming in here, with the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Samsung Galaxy Y and Y Duos, Galaxy Y Pro Duos, LG L3, Huawei Gaga among others not more pronounced. Safaricom has been working on a replacement for their hero device Ideos U8150 that made them get so much mileage with the smartphone numbers, you see more smartphones on their network means more data consumption and one cannot complain about that(well, they did at some point). The Huawei Ascend Y U8185 is the new baby.
Here are the product Specifications
- Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
- 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor
- 3.2MP camera(2048 x 536px resolution), fixed focus, no flash
- 2.8″ Capacitive Multitouch screen(QVGA)
- 320 x 240 pixels display(TFT, 256colours)
- 512MB ROM internal storage, 256MB RAM
- 7.2mbps HSDPA, Edge class 10, GPRS class 12(HSUPA,HSPA)
- GPS, A-GPS
- Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, Wi-Fi
- Usb 2.0
- 1050mAh Li-Ion battery
- Available in black white and pink
Judging from the specifications you can easily tell this is the bigger brother to the Huawei Gaga U8180 being sold by Orange. Huawei Ascend Y 100 was previously launched exclusively by O2 in the UK last month for the low end consumer. Let’s see how this puns out as we get to play with it and compare with several others. What do you think? Is that phone worth the Ideos upgrade wait?