The Huawei Ascend Y550 4G is a new budget smartphone from Vodafone that packs in an impressive array of features for just $99. It boasts a roomy 4.5-inch screen, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and 4G LTE support. Handily, it also runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box.
Can a $99 Android 4.4.2 smartphone possibly be any good? While we haven't tested it ourselves, the specifications do seem impressive for the asking price. You can check out the primary features in the below table (click to enlarge):
The Huawei Ascend Y550 4G comes bundled with a $40 Vodafone Starter Pack including a SIM, 2GB of data for use in Australia and $750 Cap credit and Infinite TXT. Purchasers of the phone will also receive a two-year handset warranty and a complimentary three-month subscription to Spotify Premium valued at $35.70. (Vodafone recently announced a marketing partnership with Spotify including a free subscription for Red customers.)
If you think flagship smartphones are a waste of money or just need an affordable handset for your kids, the Huawei Ascend Y550 4G is an intriguing proposition. As with any entry-level smartphone, its suitability will mainly come down to the user interface; particularly the speed and reliability of its touch screen. Our advice is to head into a Vodafone store for a bit of a play before you buy it.