I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Huawei Y220 two days ago. At only N8,900, it is perhaps the cheapest smartphone I have seen.
The plastic build is surprisingly very good – better than what I have seen of some devices that cost N15,000. It has a nice 3.5-inch display too. However, it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which isn’t quite up to date. However, at this price point, it is no issue.
The sales pack includes the Y220, charger, USB cable, and battery. There is no audio headset. This model has a casing that is white at the rear and black in front, giving a very pleasant look.
Setting the Y220 up was a breeze and I had email up and running with no fuss. The camera is a 1.3 MP unit with no flash.
The Ascend Y220 is available from Airtel. I have no idea whether or not it is available from any other network. However we look at the Y220, a smartphone at this price point will sell like hotcake if marketed well. I am looking forward to seeing more sub-N10,000 smartphones.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.