Huawei Y5 Prime 2018
REVIEW SUMMARY
Design
8
Display
7
Performance
7
Battery
7
Camera
6

What sets Huawei apart from other smartphone brands in the market? The third largest smartphone maker loves to bring innovative new products for the masses but at the same time, it understands that majority of the people cannot afford to buy a luxurious device and instead people belonging from different price segments have different preferences and needs.

We can see this understanding displayed perfectly in the new Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 which is the company’s new budget device, available in the Pakistani market for Rs. 15,4999. We had the opportunity to spend some time with the smartphone and test it out in the real-world circumstances. Let’s see how much value does Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 adds in the lives of the users:

Design

For years, budget users were stuck with the same old design of smartphones but thanks to companies like Huawei, many people can enjoy a good-looking device in an affordable price tag. Same is the case with Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 which comes with a FullView display and looks quite stunning in the first look.

As expected from a budget device, the smartphone comes in a plastic body which in no way feels cheap when you feel it with your hands. The smartphone offers just the perfect size for the user which can sit comfortably in just one hand i.e. the device is neither too short nor too tall.

There are power and volume rocker buttons on the right side of the smartphone, which are quite easy to approach and the user will not have to actively reach them in order to use them. On the left side, we get SIM slot which can house two Nano SIM cards and a MicroSD card at the same time. At the bottom, we get the Micro USB charging port while the headphone jack is present at the top.

Y5 Prime 2018 right side
Power and Volume Rocker buttons of Huawei Y5 Prime 2018
Y5 Prime 2018 SIM tray
SIM tray of Huawei Y5 Prime 2018
Y5 Prime 2018 bottom
Micro USB charging port of Huawei Y5 Prime 2018
Y5 Prime 2018 top
Headphone Jack of Huawei Y5 Prime 2018

On the front, we get minimum bezels from the company which is quite an impressive work from Huawei. The smartphone doesn’t come with a dedicated speaker so we have to make do with the earpiece which will not offer the same audio experience to the user.

Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 back
Back of Huawei Y5 Prime 2018

The back of the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 sports a Matte finish which gives it a far more superior look than a mere budget device. A camera is placed horizontally with a flashlight at the top left side of the smartphone’s back which adds to the elegance of the smartphone’s design.

With 142g weight, Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 is not a heavy smartphone and the user will not have to worry about tiring their hands while using the device.

Display

As we have explained above, Huawei has offered a beautiful FullView display in its budget device which put many other smartphones in the same price segment to shame.

Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 comes with 5.45 inches of display with 720 x 1440 pixels of screen resolution and 295 ppi. It comes with 18:9 screen aspect ratio which again is quite impressive for a budget device and 73.8% screen to body ratio gives enough display for the users to enjoy using the smartphone.

The images seen on the smartphone are clear and crisp and you do not have to compromise on the picture quality while buying this device. The smartphone offers excellent viewing angles and if you love watching movies/videos on your smartphone, Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 will not disappoint you.

Performance

Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 being a budget device comes with pretty standard budget features. The device is powered by MediaTek MT6739 chipset and is accompanied by 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage where users will only get 10GB of free space so you really need to keep the MicroSD card handy.

It would be foolish to expect this device to be a multitasking beast; in our testing we have seen that the smartphone can perform all the general tasks like making calls, sending texts, using WhatsApp, internet and watching videos/movies quite effortlessly.

The smartphone’s speaker is not disappointing except for when you want to play something in a room with too many distractions like a working fan, etc. We get amicable call quality from the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 where you do not have to struggle to understand or hear what the person on the other line is talking.

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1, the latest OS by Google, and comes with EMUI 8.0 which presents the interface we have come to expect from Huawei’s flagship devices.

One of the features that really stood out in Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 is the battery of the device. The smartphone packs a 3020mAh battery that can easily last all day for you. It takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes to charge the smartphone from 0 to 100% so it is best to plug it in before going to bed.

While using the smartphone for two hours straight downloading media, streaming videos, making calls, sending texts, browsing different websites on a running 4G LTE connection, the smartphone’s battery fell from 100% to 72% which is quite impressive as many mid-range devices discharge battery more quickly than Huawei Y5 Prime 2018.

Camera

Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 comes with a 13MP camera at the back which can take adequate pictures. Once again, we have to remember that it is a budget smartphone and thus we won’t be getting a DSLR worthy photos anytime soon.

The smartphone’s interface is quite user-friendly where you need to swipe left to open settings and swipe right to access different camera modes. During testing, we noticed that the HDR mode sharpens and sometimes overexposes the original picture.

Standard Mode on Huawei Y5 Prime 2018
Auto Mode
HDR Mode on Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 b
HDR Mode
Standard Mode on Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 a
Auto Mode
HDR Mode on Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 a
HDR Mode

The smartphone also comes with a 5MP camera with beauty mode that can take alright selfies without compromising the overall looks of the person.

Final Verdict

Budget devices are not made for power users so it is madness to expect that Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 can take any load that we throw at it. What we can say is that this budget device is a dream come true for any person who wants to own a smartphone that resonates with the latest trend in the smartphone industry without compromising on the basic functionality of the device.

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