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HUAWEI Y5P UNBOXING AND INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: AT PHP4,490, IS IT A HIT OR MISS?

From flagship smartphones, tablets, laptops and other AIoT devices, Huawei has been very busy for the first half of the year, and not even the lockdowns could slowdown the release of its new devices. Its also been selling quite-well based on the recent Lazada sales, so there’s no question that there still a big demand for smartphones.

Today, we take a look at Huawei’s latest entry-level offering–The Huawei Y5p. Priced at Php4,490 with some pretty decent specs, can the Huawei Y5p satisfy the budget cravings of your inner Technivore?

I’ve been using the phone for the past couple of days and here is our unboxing and first impressions of the Huawei Y5p:

The Huawei Y5p comes in the standard white box of Huawei, with an actual-sized photo on the front and the Experience it on APP Gallery label. This phone like all other new Huawei phones doesn’t come with Google Services or Google Play. 

Lifting the lid reveals the Y5p unit, wrapped in plastic though not sealed so be careful when removing it. We got the Phantom Blue Color which is I think the safest color since the Mint Green is a bit too bright for my taste (but better for the ladies) while the Midnight Black looks quite ordinary. 

You also find  the usual warranty and user guide paperwork as well as the SIM tray ejector tool, microUSB charging cable and the wall charger.

Sadly, it doesn’t include a pair of earphones or protective case, but at least it has a pre-installed with a protective film. 

That’s a lot of paper documents

The phone is built quite solid and has a certain heft to it that is quite assuring that you are holding a quality product.

BUILD AND DESIGN

Exploring the phone, we start on the right side where there’s a volume rocker and power/ screen lock key, while on the other side is the triple-slot card tray. This can accommodate two SIM cards and a microSD card up to 512GB all at the same time. 

3.5mm audio jack port

Up top you have the 3.5mm audio jack port.

You’ll find a microUSB port at the bottom for charging and file transferring purposes, together with the microphone for making and taking calls, as well as for video recording.  You might be wondering where the speakers are since they’re not in the regular spot. 

MicroUSB charging port and mic

For the Huawei Y5p the speakers has been integrated with the earpiece above the screen, which is actually quite better for gamers as it wouldn’t get blocked by their hands, or for those who usually turn on the loudspeaker when taking or making calls.

No Notch, but there’s a forehead and chin

Also on the front is the 5.45-inch LCD screen. It doesn’t have any sort of notch, instead we get the old forehead and a chin– just like all the smartphones from a couple of years ago. I know it’s a budget phone, but the thick bezels all around make it really look dated.

Good thing they more than made up for it with the back design. The Huawei Y5p has a square camera panel on the upper right resembling the Nova 7i and a lot of other phones today and this makes it standout from all the other entry level phones. It is a bit deceiving though as it gives you the impression of a multiple camera setup, when it only has a single rear camera, as the other circular modules house the flash, a mic. I also like the textured back panel that feels good in the hand, its not a fingerprint or smudge magnet and actually gives it a more premium look.

The back design makes it look premium

It doesn’t have a fingerprint reader, but it does have Face Recognition as well as the traditional passcode/PIN/Pattern for security and data privacy. 

DISPLAY

The Huawei Y5p uses a high quality 5.45-inch LCD screen HD+ with a 1,440 x 720 resolution. 

Huawei says the screen has 81% screen-to-body ratio and its 18:9 screen ratio offers about 10% more content in the display than a traditional 16:9 smartphone. For a below Php5K  phone, the Huawei Y5p has a pretty good display and ample brightness and vibrant color reproduction. Its good enough for watching movies on Youtube  playing games, or browsing through your social media feeds and works well indoors– but using it outside under bright sunlight is different story.

CAMERAS 

The Huawei Y5p has a single 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. Its as good as you’d expect from a Huawei phone, and for an entry-level smartphone camera, the initial photos we took turned out okay. Its best suited for taking outdoor photos, and works best under great lighting.

For the front camera, it has a 5MP selfie shooter which can recognize ambient lighting to help the user capture clear selfies and also supports facial recognition. Again, the better the lighting, the better your selfies. 

We’ll talk more about the camera and the different modes in our full review. 

But check out some of the photo samples;

PERFORMANCE:

The Huawei Y5p is powered by a Mediatek octa-coreprocessor and adopts intelligent AI scheduling technology, which helps maintain smoothness when using it for long periods of time. It also comes with a 32GB storage and supports Huawei’s proprietary EROFS file system that can increase available storage space, allowing users to store more music, photos and other files.

I do liked that the Huawei Y56p runs on the latest android 10 out of the box and has EMUI 10.1 just like its other pricier phones. EMUI 10 has been a great improvement from previous versions. 

In terms of battery life, the HUAWEI Y5p uses a 3020mAh (typical value) battery. According to official test data, the smartphone allows users to play videos for 17 hours continuously or surf the internet on 4G for 13 hours uninterruptedly. At the same time, the HUAWEI Y5p supports HUAWEI AI Power Saving, which can optimize your phone battery with a single tap (energy saving modes including Ultra Power Saving Mode). When the user has to be out and about all day, the standby time is prolonged, so battery life is not a problem anymore.

INITIAL THOUGHTS:

As someone who’s been used to reviewing flagship phones, I was a bit hesitant to review the Huawei Y5p because I might be expecting way too much.

But so far, the Huawei Y5p has proven to be a pretty solid entry level phone.  The Y Series manifests Huawei’s democratization of high-quality products, by making its premium experience accessible to all users. Its well-built, the back design is eye-catching and the cameras aren’t as bad as I thought it would be. 

For ordinary smartphone use such as browsing the internet, checking out your social media feeds, or binge-watching your favorite vlogs on YouTube or other streaming platforms, the Y5p performs quite well. EMUI 10 is responsive and most of the time you wont notice much lag. Its not the fastest in its price point, but there’s no frustrating slowdown. 

As with all the Huawei phones however, the one big caveat is its lack of Google Mobile services which means you have to rely on the Huawei AppGallery and third party markets to get your apps. Huawei’s official app distribution platform and the third-largest app store globally. All apps on the AppGallery work with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as a framework, which seamlessly connects all Huawei devices. Every day the AppGallery grows bigger as more developers partner with Huawei, including all the top names like Facebook, Snapchat, and Viber for social apps, while Viu and iFlix offer a wide variety of media streaming titles. Online banking apps like PayMaya and Unionbank, news apps like GMA, ABS-CBN News and CNN and government services like SSS have landed in the AppGallery – with more on the way.

But we’ll discuss more of that in our final review. 

HUAWEI Y5p Specs Sheet:

  • Display Size: 5.45 inches Type: TFT LCD (IPS)
  • Resolution: HD+1,440 x 720 pixels
  • Processor: Mediatek MT6762R
  • Memory and Storage: 2 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM
  • External Memory Support:
  • Micro SD Card, up to 512 GB *sold separately
  • Battery: 3,020 mAh (typical value)
  • Charging 5V/1A
  • Camera Rear: 8MP (f/2.0 aperture), AF
  • Front Camera: 5 MP (f/2.2 aperture), FF
  • Connectivity: WLAN: 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm  Headphone Jack 
  • Dimensions:
  • Height: 146.5mm
  • Width: 70.94mm
  • Depth: 8.35mm
  • Weight: Approx. 144g (Battery included)
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Mint Green, Phantom Blue 

The Huawei Y5p is now available for purchase from Huawei’s official stores on Lazada and Shopee for just Php4,490.

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