King of Budget Phones: $49 6" Huawei Ascend XT (H1611)

mi7chy

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Couldn't get my hands on a Black Friday Verizon pre-paid Moto G4 Play to use on WIFI but managed to pick up a Huawei Ascend XT last night that's way better. Was $49 on BF but still a great buy at $99.

+ Solid metal frame and carbon fiber-like build quality
+ Excellent Japan Display Inc (JDI) 720p display with great viewing angles, pixel dense and vibrant colors
+ Carrier unlock from AT&T even for non-customers
+ Bootloader unlockable via Huawei
+ TWRP custom recovery
+ Systemless root
+ 3000 mAh battery with amazing 10 hour screen-on-time with peak 11
+ Stable Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
+ Qualcomm 616 (4x A53 1.5GHz + 4x A53 1.2GHz, all eight cores can be active at the same time)
+ Runs cool under load with Epic Citadel pulling ~50 fps on ultra high quality, Droidfish/Stockfish chess engine ~1900 nps on computer vs computer with 8 threads utilizing all cores
+ 2GB DRAM (about 1.1GB free on boot up with nothing running)
+ 16GB storage with micro SD slot (currently using Samsung EVO+ 64GB card)
+ Dual band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11bgn WIFI
+ Notification light
+ Most of carrier and Huawei bloat can be disabled or uninstalled
+ Plays 1080p 8-bit h264, h265 and vp8 content with MX Player Pro

= Switch from default smart to performance power plan to get the most performance
= Only 8GB of 16GB storage free out of box

- Forced encryption on micro SD card so slower I/O
- EMUI menu hierarchy is like iOS, what normally takes 3 to 4 steps with stock Android, Moto or Touchwiz takes about 8 steps on EMUI like getting to SOT

https://www.walmart.com/ip/AT-T-Huawei-Ascend-XT-Prepaid-Smartphone/54306979#about-item

Carrier Unlock
https://slickdeals.net/f/9438199-at-t-huawei-ascend-xt-prepaid-smartphone-back-in-stock-in-walmart-49-99-plus-tax

Bootloader Unlock
http://rootmygalaxy.net/unlock-bootloader-on-huawei-devices/

TWRP custom recovery and systemless root
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/huawei-ascend-xt-h1611-t3507933

Debloating
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/development/debloating-huawei-ascend-xt-t3536345

Specs, info, supported bands, etc.
https://www.att.com/devicehowto/tutorial.html#!/interactive/id/interactive_1500009343?make=Huawei&model=HuaweiH1611
 
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mi7chy

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Running after first charge so too soon to tell. I did switch it from default smart power mode (middle of three) to performance mode.
 

mi7chy

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Seems like a steal for the price but how is it holding up and how much have you used it?
It was a no brainer at $49 and still a great buy at current $99. Pretty much the same solid build quality of original Moto G1 but bigger, better spec'd, even longer battery life, carrier and bootloader unlockable. Display is top notch Japan Display Inc IPS LCD (one of the display suppliers for iPhones) and averaging an amazing 10 hour SOT on WIFI.
 
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