Huawei Ascend XT Review – Does It Ascend to The Occasion? [2020 Update]

The Huawei Ascend XT released a few years ago, but many still love snagging it as a backup device. The manufacturer did a good job with it, even releasing the Huawei Ascend XT2 a year later. Let’s talk about it.

Huawei Ascend XT Specs

Device Specifications:

 Launch date



 5.8 ounces (165 grams)


 3.29 x 6.44 x 0.35 inches (83.8 x 163.8 x 8.9 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Qualcomm Adreno 405

 Display Screen

 6.0” (152.4 mm) IPS LCD 720 x 1280 p

 Operating System

 Android Marshmellow


 Snapdragon 616


 Octa-Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53


 2 GB

 Internal Space

 16 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

 2 MP

 Supported Sim types

 Single (Nano)

 Network Coverage


 Battery Coverage

 3000 mAh


If you’re looking for a small phone, the Ascend XT is not for you. It stretches 6 inches (152.4 mm) across. It isn’t the easiest to hold. You might guess why when looking at its sides; they’re pointed. Considering that it was released when handsets were commonly made like this, we aren’t too mad.

It’s got a bit of heft to it. It weighs 5.8 ounces (165 grams). Being thick as well as hefty is not a good combination. It’ll feel like you’re holding a brick. Unfortunately for the Ascend XT, its dimensions are 3.29 x 6.44 x 0.35 inches (83.8 x 163.8 x 8.9 mm).

Its buttons are easy-to-reach. The power button and volume rockers are on the right side. Its speaker is on the bottom. You will find a MicroSD slot on it. The manufacturer says that you can expand it up to 32 GB. Of course, a headphone jack is also present.

The device rocks a plastic unibody. Its rear panel is curved well, feeling smooth in your hands. Many would agree when we say that it has one of the better feeling plastic bodies around. It only comes in black, though.

Huawei Ascend XT

The thing is:

Having a 6-inch display, you’d think you wouldn’t have to squint to view its screen. But the phone doesn’t come with the best screen-to-body ratio. It’s 73%, so there is some serious bezel action. Its screen resolution is exactly what you’d expect from a phone its price; it is 720 x 1280 pixels. It isn’t pin-sharp, but it’s not too bad.

The panel on its screen is IPS LCD. Huawei still uses it in its more affordable phones. It doesn’t produce the most vibrant colours, especially when compared to Super AMOLEDs.

Something you should know about its screen is that it has a blue tint. This is something we’ve seen from the brand’s affordable devices countless times, even to this day. You can play with its temperature settings and try to sort it. It won’t be that much of a fix, though.

You will be met with a 3000 mAh battery. With extensive use, the phone will last around half a day. If you’re wondering how to remove battery from Huawei Ascend Xt, know that it’s nonremovable. Its successor, the Ascend XT2, comes with a 1000 mAh larger unit.

When charging it, you’ll be utilizing a regular 10W charger. If you’re not aware, this means that it’ll take a while to go from 0-100%. It’s usually over 2 hours.

The processor inside of it is the Snapdragon 616. It’s decent, but you’ll experience lag when undergoing extensive tasks. This is why the Ascend XT is a great back-up phone, not a primary driver. Along with the chipset, you’re getting 2 GB of RAM. If you run a lot of apps in the background, you’ll experience some force-closing.

We mentioned that you can expand its storage to 32 GB, but we didn’t mention how much memory it comes with. Well, you’re getting 16 GB.

Out of the box, Android 6.0.1 is available. We don’t know if it can be upgraded to newer versions. Considering that the Android 11 Beta is here, the 6.0.1 won’t cut it. You’ll be running Android through Huawei’s EMUI skin. It’s super customizable, you don’t get an app drawer, though.

If you’re wondering about its connectivity:

It utilizes Bluetooth 4.0. It can also handle 2G, 3G, and 4G.

Let’s talk about its cameras. There is a single shooter on its rear. It is an 8 MP lens. Its front camera is a single shooter too. It is 2 MP.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know everything about it, what do you think? It’s not the snappiest device or the best looking. However, it’ll get the job done. If you need a back-up device, it’s right up your alley.

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