Huawei Y5 review
|Review: June 2016|
In a nutshell: The Huawei Y5 meets all the requirements of a budget Android smartphone - a good-sized screen, a compact body, front & back cameras, a quad-core processor, and 8GB of expandable memory. Battery life is good for a cheap phone - everything else is as you'd expect for the price.
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Design & looks
The Huawei Y5 is a good size for an entry-level smartphone - a little larger and heavier than the popular Huawei Y3, but slimmer and very easy to handle, thanks to its comfortable, rounded edges. With a 4.5 inch screen, it's not exactly small, but it's certainly not bulky. Its strong polycarbonate build feels tough, and its the kind of phone that could handle some abuse without anyone complaining.
The 4.5 inch screen is longer than many entry-level phones (the Samsung J1, for example), and it's a good size. It's a fairly low-end screen however, with a low 218ppi pixel density, and doesn't fair well in bright sunlight.
The phone comes in a choice of colours - Black, White, Pink, and Blue.
Snapdragon 210 processor
A phone this cheap is bound to use entry-level components, so it's no surprise to find that it's powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor, which is a quad-core processor, but running at a low 1.1GHz. This is right at the bottom end of smartphone specs for 2016, although the 1GB of RAM helps to avoid bottlenecks and keeps the user interface moving along. But you'll have to be patient with apps and avoid over-loading the phone.
On a positive side, the 8GB of built-in memory is a good amount for an entry-level phone, and can be expanded with a memory card for storing music, photos and videos.
Android - Huawei style
The Y5 runs Android 5.1 KitKat, with Huawei's Emotion UI 3.1 Lite user interface modifications. This is quite a nice skin, with some useful functionality added..
The Y5 is kitted out with fairly basic front and back cameras. The front camera has a 2 megapixel resolution and is suitable for snapping selfies, while the rear camera has 5 megapixels and a flash.
The Y5 can connect to 2G, 3G or 4G networks and has Wi-Fi support, so data should never be a problem. It also has GPS, Bluetooth, USB and a headphone jack.
Now this is one area where the Y5 does better than many of its rivals. With a 2000mAh battery and low power demands from the processor and screen, you can expect this phone to give you a couple of days between charges - even longer on standby.
Conclusion - a good, cheap option
If you're hunting for a bargain, the Y5 could be it. You probably won't find it in the shops, but it's available online for under £100, and for that money it does the job. It's a nice phone to handle, with enough memory and battery life to avoid tears. The processor is sluggish, so you'll need to learn to be patient, but if you think you can handle that, this phone is a real bargain.
Huawei Y5 features include:
- Operating system: Android KitKat 5.1+EMUI 3.1 Lite
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera
- Display: 4.5 inch LCD touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels
- Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 1.1GHz
- Memory: 8GB, microSD memory card slot, 1GB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack
- Sensors: G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor
- Networks: 4G LTE (B1/B3/B7/B8/B20), 3G HSPA (1900/2100 MHz) plus quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Size: 136 x 68 x 10 mm
- Weight: 141.5g
- Battery: 2000 mAh
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