Huawei Y5 (2017): Full, in depth review

Huawei Y5 (2017)
  • Huawei Y5 (2017)
  • Huawei Y5 (2017)
  • Expert Rating

    2.00 / 5

Pros

  • Easy Key
  • Camera is feature rich and decent for the price

Cons

  • Performance often drags
  • Mediocre battery life

Bottom Line

The Y5 is Huawei’s cheapest smartphone of the year, and it’s got the look, feel and performance to match that mantle.

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Specs

The Huawei Y5 is an Android smartphone with a 5-inch IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels) powered by a 1.4Ghz quad-core Mediatek MT6737T processor. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, but is able to be expanded via MicroSD. It’s powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) coated in Huawei’s own EMUI 4.1.

The Y5 features a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top-most edge of the device and a single MicroUSB port on the bottom. All told, it weighs about 150 grams and comes in five colors: Gold, Pink, Blue, White and Gray.

When it comes to the cameras, it’s got an 8-megapixel shooter (f/2.0) with autofocus and dual-LED flash on the back - matched by a 5-megapixel camera on the front, which boasts only a single LED flash and drops the autofocus.

Credit: Huawei

Design

Design-wise, there aren’t too many surprises to be found in the Huawei Y5. It looks and feels like a dated but otherwise pretty conventional smartphone - with two exceptions. Firstly, it’s got a detachable textured plastic shell attached to the back. This design gives the Y5 with a pretty cheap feel-factor. Unfortunately, it makes the Y5 look right out of the mid-to-late 2000s when it comes to aesthetics.

Then, you’ve got the “Easy Key”. This extra button,  located on the upper-left side of the device, can be customized as a shortcut to pull up an app of your choice. It’s a neat feature, even it's not entirely unique to the Y5, and doesn’t infringe on the device’s form-factor too much. However, it should be said that the potential of the Easy Key is kind-of going to rely on your ability to make use of it. You get out what you put in.

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