Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Huawei Y5 Prime (2018), by Huawei

- Analysis by KJ David


A member of Huawei's 2018 Y-series lineup that hovers somewhere between the entry-level and mid-range smartphone categories, the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018's cons include a low-tier hardware setup consisting of a MediaTek MT6739 1.5GHz quad-core processor and no more than 2GB of RAM . In comparison, some of its higher-specked Y-series cousins, such as the Y9 (2018) and the Y7 Pro (2018), run on eight-core processors and pack heftier RAMs -- get to know the best octa-core smartphones here.

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Despite its expansive (as of this review) 18:9 display aspect ratio , which is what several of the best phablets offer, the Y5 Prime 2018's 5.45-inch screen still winds up as a slight drawback in our book, seeing that it settles for a middling 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution , instead of matching its wide aspect ratio with something like an FHD+ (1080p) definition.

As for the positive side of its mix of pros and cons, this Y-series model does not hold back as much as many of its low-end rivals do in terms of battery power, lugging a 3020mAh battery with Huawei's Power Saving 6.0 technology . In contrast, budget-class smartphones with its kind of hardware and screen typically have only roughly 2500mAh of power in the tank.

The Y5 Prime 2018's specs also include a so-so 16GB internal memory that's accompanied by a 256GB maximum external storage support , which is an outright pro for any budget-class Android, at least around the time we here at Phonerated were examining its feature set. Also, while its selfie camera opts for an old-fashioned 5-megapixel-only resolution , it tries to appeal to its pragmatic target clientele by arming it with a selfie-toning flash as well as an AI-powered facial recognition algorithm for security , the latter being the Y5 Prime 2018's means of making up for its lack of a standard fingerprint scanner . Having said that, this phone's front-facing camera poses a minuscule threat to those of the best selfie smartphones on the market.

At the back, this Huawei model sports a tolerable 13-megapixel main camera with HDR and a standard LED flash. Also joining its pros and cons are the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and dual SIM card trays (DRA-L22 model only). It is coated in either Gold, Black, or Blue.

In review, Huawei's Y5 Prime (2018) makes for a feasible choice for budget-cautious shoppers who don't want to deal with a mediocre battery cap.


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