A $99 smartphone really should be a whole lot worse than this. Huawei’s Ascend Y550 doesn’t look or feel ‘cheap’, unless it’s sitting next to one of the aluminium premium devices. It sports a quad-core Cortex A53 1.2GHz CPU, with a 480 x 854 screen, upon which things are ever so slightly blurry, but only compared to the very highest standards set by new 1080 screens. In operation it’s perfectly responsive with no lag or delay. The 5MP camera is good enough, and is a lot better than some 8MP models. Panning around, it’s as smooth as the best.
The bad news is that there’s only 4GB of storage onboard, with a mere 1.38GB available in our test unit out of the box. There’s a microSD slot so you can improve that situation. Or not, if you’re the type who never loads up a phone with media or apps then this is a proper little wonder for the price.