- Analysis by KJ David
The epitome of a low-caliber smartphone as of this review of its pros and cons, the Huawei Y3 2018 offers a mediocre 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display that sounds like a dinosaur when compared to the HD-720p screens touted by a lot of competing 2018 entry-level smartphones, mostly the ones tailored to aging users and pragmatists -- discover some popular senior-friendly phones here.
Adding to its cons are a sub-par MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor modestly running at 1.1GHz (Most rudimentary mobile engines run at 1.3GHz) and a paltry 1GB-only RAM . One of this Huawei Y model's redeeming qualities is its Go Edition Android operating system , which is specifically designed for phones with the aforementioned kind of hardware components, seeing that it's watered-down version of the Android 8.0 Oreo platform. It features stripped-down editions of typical preloaded apps as a method of using less data and eating up less phone storage. Also, its OS is infused with what Huawei calls an enhanced F2FS file system , promising a smoother user experience and an increased phone life span.
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As for storage, this 4G-enabled starter-class Android (Don't miss this Phonerated gallery of the newest 4G phones) is loaded with 8GB of expandable memory. Additionally, it comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera , which we consider a slight pro, if only because some of its low-end contemporaries stick to 5-megapixel-only main cams. It also comes with a standard autofocus function and an LED flash, both of which are essential camera specs, even by entry-level standards. That being said, the Y3 2018 totally drops the ball when it comes to selfies, sporting a prehistoric 2-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera right above its display.
This basic smartphone's pros and cons are appropriately powered by a 2280mAh battery that may shy of the roughly-2500mAh cells offered by several of its stamina-focused rivals, but is not as disappointing as the sub-2000mAh batteries offered by a good number of other low-enders.
Donning a finish of either Gold, Grey, or White, the Huawei Y3 2018 makes for a passable choice for shoppers with practicality in mind or those who are looking for a simple Android with just the basics.
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