Huawei the leader of the Chinese market has a great portfolio of budget devices. They have been releasing various series of smartphones for various markets depending on their local needs and preferences. Holding the place of 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer globally after Apple and Samsung is no joke and requires the company to satisfy every market and every segment of the market.
Y series from Huawei has very basic entry-level smartphones. The smartphones are very basic and up to the point in their specs and functionalities. Even in the Y series, Huawei has put in the effort to shell out 3 different smartphones for the entry-level segment. The mobile we are gonna look at now is the middle one, the second sibling Huawei Y5. The 2018 version of the Huawei Y5 Prime is commonly known as the Huawei Y5 Prime in most markets Y series is selling currently.
Huawei Y5 Prime has seen two generations so far. The original Huawei Y5 in 2016 and the slightly improvised one in 2017. This time we are excited to show you the 2018 version which seems to adapt to the market trends though being basic in functionality and retaining similar price tag as last year’s. Huawei Y5 Prime is to me, the right entry-level phone from Huawei with 2018 specs, rather than the Y3 which looks like came out of the past.
Image and spec release by EVLeaks
Popular leakster, Evan Blass on his social media handle released few pics of the Y series smartphones from Huawei. The images had all the three phones of the series in 2018 version. Y6 the priciest of the three was released in early April. The Huawei Y5 Prime is the one that garners more attention of the two. The leaked image did the most talking than the specs. Below are the details that the leaks showed.
The enhancement of design language is what everyone would say on the first look at the images. For a phone from the entry segment, this one is cool. Huawei has adopted the tall display trend for Huawei Y5 Prime which is very much appreciable. The display is an 18:9 aspect ratio panel slightly bigger than the 5-inch screen of the Y3 2018. The color to the back looks premium and distinct from the white glass front. Though looks premium the back is most likely to be plastic for the price range.
The top and bottom bezels are also shrunk and side bezels exist thin. The are no physical navigation keys, everything goes on-screen. The phone does not have a fingerprint reader on it. For a phone in 2018 with tall display and modern design losing out on the fingerprint reader is a bummer. But that too can be compensated with the face unlock feature though not as secure. On the rear, we can see a horizontal cut out of the camera which looks like the dual camera on the first glance but actually is a single camera and a flashlight.
Recently there seem to be various phones from Huawei heading to the TENAA. All of them being the budget segment phones do not carry a clear name to them. The code names like FLA-AL00 and FLA-TL10 are not common and leave us confused. Looking up at the design and build there is only a very less chance of any of the devices being the Y5 Prime itself. If not Huawei Y5 Prime they must be Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus.
Huawei Y5 Prime Rumors and Specifications
The rumors speculate a MediaTek chipset to run the Huawei Y5 Prime. The chipset is guessed to be 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. The chipset is slightly improvised chipset than that present on the Y3 2018. MediaTek MT6739 has 2 Gb of memory for processing the inbuilt storage is not less than 16 Gb. While 2 Gb + 16 Gb is enough for most daily tasks coupled with an entry-level processor from MediaTek brings dismay when the long life of the phone is taken
The newer generation display as seen from the leaks has a moderate or sufficient resolution to it. HD+ or 720 * 1440 pixels which are definitely not the sharpest but acceptable considering the price of the device. The panel itself is a 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel.
Cameras for this entry level phone are also basic in my view. The rear camera will be an 8 MP camera that is present to do the basic function of a camera, no fancy feature like portrait mode or so. The front-facing camera is the 5 MP shooter without flash.
The battery on Huawei Y5 Prime is 3000 mAH which is one appreciable aspect of all the features of the phone. Though the phone has 28nm chipset the 3000 mAH battery can help last a day without needing to charging the device taking in account the less resourceful internals. EM UI 8, Huawei custom made the skin on top of Android Oreo 8 which will be the software for the device. EM UI is not a heavy skin, but we are not sure how will it fair against 2 Gb of RAM.
Release Date and Price
The Y series of smartphones are released in Q2 of every year. Following the same this year too the devices are expected to launch in Q2 of which Y6 is already released in April. Price of the device is estimated to 129 EUR which is marginally high than the previous year’s pricing of the Y5. There is no word on the US or China pricing of Y5 Prime.
|Model||Y5 (2018)/ Y5 Prime|
|HD+ (720 * 1440)|
|Camera||8 MP with flash|
|5 MP front-facing camera|
|Operating system||Android Oreo 8.0 skinned EM UI 8.0|
|Release Date||June 2018|
For the speculated price there seem to be better alternatives in a market like China with Redmi devices. If you are on a very stiff budget and do not mind the functionalities then choose Y3 which has every basic resource running on Android Go which gives an edge to the device. If you can extend the budget pay a bit more to choose far better phones than this. I really do not find any strong reason to get Huawei Y5 Prime than having the tall display with