What can you get for a hundred quid? If you're a Vodafone customer or intend to switch, you can get a pretty respectable Gingerbread phone. The Huawei Ascend G300 will launch on the UK carrier on April 13th for £100, or starting at £15.50 a month when bought in conjunction with a data contract . While nowhere near as powerful as some of the latest high-end phones, it's got a set of features that puts it squarely in the mid-range for a price that was previously reserved for small and generally weak smartphones.
The Ascend G300 has a 4-inch 480x800 screen, 1Ghz single-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone runs a customized version of Gingerbread (what, you didn't expect something newer, did you?) but given Huawei's recent upgrade history, the G300 has a better chance than most to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Storage hasn't been determined, but the phone does have a MicroSD card slot. A 1500mAh battery should last you all day with these specs.
Interestingly, it looks like Vodafone will be the only ones selling the Ascend G300. This is an unusual method of distribution in the UK, where all the carriers use the same HSPA+ bands and unlocked devices are essentially universal. With a phone this cheap, Vodafone may insist on a SIM lock to keep would-be users from other carriers from buying it in their stores. We've got a fair but of UK readers here on Android Community; any takers?