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Huawei Ascend G750 first impressions: a commendable mid-range phablet to fuel your groupie obsession

|May 14 2014 |Android Phones, Product Launch, Huawei

"Our first look at the Huawei Ascend G750"

Huawei has been quietly launching a steady stream of smartphones in the country, and the latest entrant to hit our shores is the Ascend G750, also known as the Huawei Honor 3X in some markets. Priced at Rs 25,999, the phablet is bang in the mid-range segment. While it doesn’t offer anything too exciting in terms of specifications, Huawei has added tons of extras to make it more palatable to the finicky Indian buyer. At the Indian launch event in Bangalore today, we got a chance to get up close and personal with a demo unit of the Ascend G750. Here’s what we think.

The Ascend G750 doesn’t do much to stand out in the design department. It feels solid to hold, but is quite bulky, with an 8.9mm profile. The front is taken up by the large 5.5-inch display, which sports 720p resolution. The display looked sharp with decent viewing angles, although we didn’t get a chance to play videos and use apps on the demo unit.

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There are slim bezels on the side, and at the bottom, Huawei has chosen to stick with the three Android hardware buttons on the fascia. At the top, there’s a 5-meg front camera, proximity sensor and metallic speaker grill.

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The back panel is made of glossy plastic, and  the 13MP primary snapper with LED flash is on top, with a small loudspeaker at the bottom. The rear cover is removable, and conceals a 3,000mAh battery, microSD card and dual-SIM slots. 

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A uniform chrome trim runs around the sides, with a volume rocker and power button on the right, a 3.5mm audio jack on top and a microUSB port at the bottom.

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The rear camera comes with a BSI sensor and a Blue Glass Infrared Filter for enhanced low-light photography, and the few sample shots we took with it produced commendable results, without much noise. The front 5MP camera has a wide-angle lens, to help you take ‘groupies’ with ease. It also comes with a handy selfie preview pane.

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The phablet is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 chipset, paired with 2GB of RAM and a Mali 450MP4 GPU. The device seemed quite zippy at first glance, although we'll reserve our thoughts on performance for the full review. There’s an ample 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB. The connectivity features include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and GPS.

The Ascend G750 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is quite outdated for a mid-ranger. Not that you'll be able to tell the difference, thanks to Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI, which completely masks the Android flavour. The UI replaces the standard app drawer with icons on the homescreen, similar to iOS. It also offers a bunch of extras, such as a Do Not Disturb feature, Harassment Filter to block unwanted numbers, an app manager and storage cleaner.

While the Ascend G750 looks like a solid all-rounder from the outset, Huawei has a tough job ahead, with big contenders like the Moto X, Nexus 5, Gionee Elife E7 and Nokia Lumia 925 falling into a similar price bracket. 

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