- Analysis by KJ David
This 2019 edition of Huawei's Y5 closely follows its predecessors' budget-class pros-and-cons profiles, with its not-so-appealing specs being led by a meager 2GB RAM count and a quad-core-only 2GHz MediaTek MT6761 processor , the latter of which is easily overshadowed by the engines powering the market's prominent eight-core smartphones.
The Y5 2019 also only comes with 32GB of on-board memory (Huawei also ships a 16GB-only version), which is at least accompanied by a reassuring 512GB external memory card slot . The rest of its hardware pros and cons include a passable 3020mAh battery promising a couple of above-average stress test scores, particularly, a 74-hour music playback time and a 16-hour video playback time.
Probably the big difference-maker for the budget-class Huawei Y5 2019 is its faux leather finish option , which the brand claims as water-resistant (like genuine leather) and fingerprint-free. Take note that the aforementioned finish was not that common of a facet among similarly-specked smartphones as of this on-paper Phonerated review.
On the opposite end is a 5.7-inch 19:9 dewdrop notch screen whose architecture brings to mind some of the best phablets and large-screen models around, although its modest 1520 x 720 HD+ resolution makes sure that it stays within entry-level Android boundaries.
Perched on its screen notch is run-of-the-mill 5-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera that's likely bullied by the front-facing cams offered by the best selfie-first smartphones in town. That said, this Y5 edition sports a tolerable 13-megapixel f/1.8-aperture rear-facing main camera.
With the Android 9.0 Pie platform overlaid with Huawei's self-branded EMUI v9.0 topping off its list of pros and cons, the Y5 2019 caters to shoppers eying a wide-screen Android with a bit of flair on the design front.
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