Huawei Ascend Y221

Huawei Ascend Y221 Phone
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December, 2014
Mini SIM, Dual SIM Optional
116.5 x 60.6 x 12.3 mm (4.59 x 2.39 x 0.48 in)
130 g
Display Size:
3.5 inches
320 x 480 pixels
2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels
Network Support:
2G, 3G
Operating System:
Android OS, v4.4.x (KitKat)

Chipset - Mediatek MT6572M

CPU - Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A7

GPU - Mali-400


Li-Ion 1350 mAh battery

Stand by - Up to 225 h

Talk time - Up to 4 h

Everyone gets excited by the launch of high-end smartphones that have become the newest addition to modern culture. However, since not everyone can afford these high performance and highly-priced devices, manufacturers have also turned to the massive but under-served low-end market segment. Huawei is a Chinese smartphone maker well known for designing functional but low-end smartphones. The Huawei Ascend is one of their flagships. As a low-end, smartphone comes with some impressive features even with its low processing power and cheaper chipset. Let’s look at what this smartphone offers the low-end smartphone users.

The Huawei Ascend Y221 was launched in December 2014 and is therefore relatively new for those who prefer having only the latest phones. This low-end smartphone comes in a small package, weighing in at 130g, and is 12.3 mm thick. It comes with dual SIM capability which accommodates the mini-SIM variety; the dual SIM is on standby and can be accessed on demand.

The phone comes with a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that supports up to 265K colours. The screen covers around 51% of the entire phone face. Other details about the screen include a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels which translates to about 165 pixels per inch. For a low-end smartphone, it performs quite impressively and offers users the necessary performance for quality but average graphics.


It comes rocking Android 4.4 KitKat. This gives users access to a wide selection of Apps and games on the Android platform. All this is powered by a Meditek chipset, a 1 GHz Cortex-A7 dual-core processor and a Mail-400 graphics processor. Although these are insignificant compared to the more capable high-end smartphones, they get the job done and importantly so on a significantly asking price.

The phone comes with 4GB of internal memory expandable to 32GB via a micro SD. The 512 RAM is limited in terms of capability as it is virtually impossible to run multiple apps without shutting down or freezing up from time to time. This is among the let-down features in most low-end phones. However, it is true that you get what you pay for.

Other features include a 2MP primary camera, radio, Bluetooth, and micro USB connectivity. The 1350mAh battery can get through up to 225 hours on standby mode or 4 hours of heavy use. This is according to manufacturer specifications.

The Huawei Ascend Y221 Review

This is a low-end smartphone that comes with basic functionality. It can be used for basic operations such as calling, texting and light browsing. Since it has a low-performance processor, it is not able to run as many apps as high-end smartphones can, simultaneously. In simple terms, this is a basic smartphone that is highly functional but not suited to demanding users.