- Analysis by KJ David
A sequel to the Huawei Y6 updated to fit 2018 standards (mid-range standards, that is), the Huawei Y6 2018's cons consist of a 1.4GHz quad-core-only Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that likely gets bullied by the octa-core chips used by some of the best-eight-core phones out there. Its 2GB RAM comes off as moderate as well, at least compared to the 3GB RAM counts offered by several comparable models from competing brands.
We also feel a tad disappointed by the Y6 2018's display, seeing that its wide 5.7-inch 18:9 facade (An 18:9 aspect ratio was all the rage among the best phablets as of this specs-based review) opts for an HD+ (1440 x 720) resolution , instead of shooting for at least FHD+ (2160 x 1080), like some of its competitors.
As for storage, its 16GB expandable memory is nothing to call home about -- a 32GB native storage cap on a phone with its kind of hardware would have ended up as a pro in our book. On the flip side, we found its 3000mAh battery power favorable , particularly since it powers an undemanding four-core processor. If you're looking for a truly-heavy-duty smartphone, however, you might want to check out the top-raking models in our list of the best big-battery phones here.
Although the Y6 2018 lacks a fingerprint scanner , it tries to make up for it by coming with Face Unlock , aiming to make accessing the phone faster and feel more natural. It comes with a soft matte backing met by a 2.5D glass covering its relatively large display, an exterior facet that could appeal to entry-level shoppers who don't want to deal with cheap, glossy surfaces.
When it comes to imaging, the Y6 2018 offers nothing special, sporting a 13-megapixel rear-facing main camera that was rather typical in this Android category as we were looking into its pros and cons. Up front, it touts a humble 5-megapixel selfie camera -- Huawei indicates that it's an 8-megapixel cam on another part of their website, but that would still end up as a slight con, since some models with comparable screen real estates shoot for 13-megapixel selfie cams. That being said, it does feature a selfie-toning LED flash that we don't see to often among phones in this class.
Rounding out its pros and cons are the Android 8.0 Oreo ecosystem coupled with Huawei's self-branded EMUI 8.0 and a color finish of either Black, Gold, or Blue. So, while the Huawei Y6 2018 may not pack a strong punch in terms of processing power, it does sound like a viable option for entry-level shoppers who want a wide-screen smartphone with a respectable battery pack.
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