As Unwired View has noted, Huawei unveiled a pair of 5-inch smartphones, Ascend G610 and Ascend G700, both of which target the mid-end of the market.
The G610 has a qHD screen with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, whereas the G700 has a 720p HD (720 x 1280 pixels) screen. The G700 also has 2GB of RAM (versus G610′s 1GB), 8GB of internal storage (vs. 4GB found in the G610) and a better camera with an 8-megapixel sensor (vs 5MP one the g600 has). In addition, both devices sports MediaTek’s quad-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz and a microSD memory card slot.
While announcing new phones, Huawei mentioned Samsung’s Galaxy Mega series devices, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. These two have bigger screens and in that sense we don’t see them directly competing with Huawei’s new offering. On the other hand, Sammy’s phablets are aiming for the same part of the market, folks who don’t want to pay a premium for the flagship products (Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in Samsung’s case).
HTC also has competing products in its Desire range and so do Sony and LG. But Huawei is competing on price as it is able to sell its products at a lower cost and still earn some money.
Huawei’s current flagship is the super-thin Ascend P6 and there’s also a (specs-wise) comparable Honor 3. However, these two don’t come close to top-end offerings of LG, HTC and Samsung. Rather, they are going for the mass market of users who don’t necessarily understand how Snapdragon 800 is faster than Huawei’s own chips.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Chinese company has lower end phones many of which are not available in the West.
Both the Huawei Ascend G610 and G700 are already available through Amazon: the former is selling for $249.99, while the latter could be yours for $282.99. These are the prices of unlocked, SIM-free devices that don’t require signing up for any contracts.
The G700 is also available in Germany with local arm of Amazon asking 300 EUR for the phone, and there aren’t too many units in stock at the moment…