Huawei is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers globally. They have been very good at crafting different mobiles for different markets. The Huawei brand with its alley Honor is the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after Apple and Samsung. The Y series by Huawei has targeted South Asian markets apart from India. They sell in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other less developed countries. Y series smartphones are entry-level devices marketed to locals for having the basics of a smartphone. They do not carry any fancy features.
Huawei Y3 is the smallest sibling of the Y series of smartphones from Huawei. Y3 was originally released in 2016. There was a 2017 edition of the same with improved specs and design. Now we come across many pieces of evidence to prove the new version, Huawei Y3 (2018) in the making. We are here to see what the leaks and rumors have shown us and the possible specification of the new Y3 is.
Leaks from FCC registration by SlashLeaks
FCC is the regulatory body in the United States which demands every electronic device to be licensed by it. So, the popping up of Y3 registration sheet from FCC confirms the Y3 is making to the US this time and it is coming very soon.
Alongside the FCC document, an alleged image of the smartphone Y3 (2018) also was released by the tipster, SlashLeaks. Though the FCC document did not have much to excite us than the model number – CAG L22, the leaked live image has something worthy to know about the phone itself.
The newer Y3 will be powered by MediaTek MT3767M which is a quad-core chipset from MediaTek. The memory that runs the processor will be 1 Gb, same as the previous year and a minimal 8 Gb of storage. There is no information of display and battery from the FCC document.
Image and few other specs leaked by EVLeaks
Weeks after the Y3 surfaced with the FCC document leak certain images of the Y family smartphones, namely Y3 (2018) and Y5 Prime and Y6 was outed on social media. All the credits to the notorious leaker, Evan Blass, commonly know as EVLeaks.
By far the image confirms the basic features like the processor, RAM and storage. The images show the phone is a modest 5-inch device. Either the bezels or the aspect ratio is not 2018-ish. They are huge and carry a generic low-end device look with them. This time too we are not seeing any upgrade in display resolution. It is the same 480 * 854 pixels.
The phone looks smooth like having a metal back, but it is not likely to have a metal casing at this price. We expect a plastic body with the good paint job. There is no fingerprint scanner though. There is a single camera module on the back to the center. On both, the sides are single LED flash and a speaker cut out. There are no physical keys to be seen on the body of the phone, hence software keys. These are all that the images of the Y3 (2018) could expose.
Speculation of coming under Android Go programme
Android Go is an initiative by Google for entry-level phones with RAM 1 Gb or lesser to run stock OS crafted by Google itself for fluid usability. Google also introduced Go versions of key apps like maps and YouTube to work well in the low resource smartphones. Some rumors and speculators say Huawei’s latest Y3 and Y5 Lite might come under the programme, thereby enabling faster updates, fluid usage and more functionalities added to
the entry-level price tag.
The Y3 (2018) is expected to run Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box under Android Go programme. The phone will be carrying ‘Go’ tag to most of its inbuilt apps. And the third-party apps will have the ‘lite’ tag to meet functionality with the low resources available with the phone.
In most of the markets, the phone is expected to pose competition with Alcatel 1X, Nokia 1 and ZTE Temp Go which aso come under Android Go.
The processor is confirmed to be MediaTek MT3767M which is an entry-level quad-core chipset clocked at 1.1 GHz, the accompanying graphics processor is the Mali T720 GPU which kicks in for graphics-intensive tasks. The memory and storage are also confirmed at 1 Gb and 8 Gb which is okay for an entry-level device. There are no other storage variants expected in Y3 for this year. The phone is capable of connecting to 4G – LTE bandwidth.
The screen is expected to be 5 inches and the resolution is confirmed to be 480p from various sources. There are huge bezels, no fingerprint reader. Speculations see a basic 8 MP rear camera with flash and the front-facing camera will be 2 MP. Battery is expected to be the same from the 2017 version of Y3, 2200 mAH.
|Processor||MediaTek MT3767M, Mali T720 GPU|
|WVGA (450 * 854)|
|Camera||8 MP with flash|
|2 MP front-facing camera|
|Operating system||Android Oreo 8.1 under Android Go Programme|
|Release Date||June 2018|
Release Date of Huawei Y3
Traditionally Y3 is released in second quarter of every year for the past to generations. The same is speculated to happen in 2018 too, the device is most likely to unveiled in June 2018 alongside Y5 Prime.
Price of Huawei Y3
For the price tag, Huawei Y3 being the cheapest oy the entry-level devices must be the cheapest smartphone from Huawei. The pricing is not expected to change from the Huawei Y3 (2017) during the time of release.
The device has no special feature to it than being one of the cheapest smartphones that run Android. The only satisfactory aspect about the Y3 (2018) is the presence of pure android with Go optimizations in the OS and Google apps which offers a fluid interface at least on paper. Get this phone if there is not even a penny more to spare. Because the slight rise in the budget can get you well-improved devices in terms of RAM and storage.