Huawei Y6p Review: A Viable Choice among Entry-Level Smartphones

I want to review entry-level smartphones again so I’ll know what to recommend for those who have a budget for less than P6,000. Huawei has just launched a bunch of entry-level devices under 6k last month which includes the Huawei Y5p, Y6p and the MatePad T 8. We have received the Y5p recently and have posted our first impressions. Today, we’ll be posting our Huawei Y6p Review.

HUAWEI Y6P REVIEW SPECS:

OS:Android 10 with EMUI 10.1
Processor:2.0 GHz MediaTek MTK6762R Helio P22 Octa-Core processor | PowerVR GE8320
Display: 720 x 1600 6.3" HD+ 20.9
Wireless Connections:LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, GLONASS
Memory:64GB Internal Storage expandable with a MicroSD Card, 4GB RAM
Connectors:Micro USB 2.0, OTG
Cameras:13 Megapixels f/1.8 wide + 5 Megapixels f/2.2 ultra-wide (Main) 8 Megapixels f/2.0 (Front)
SIM Card Slots:2x Nano SIM Card
Battery:5,000 mAh
SRP:P5,990

THE UNBOXING

Inside the package are the Huawei Y6p, Micro USB cable, USB Charger, a pair of earphones, Silicon Case, SIM Card ejector and User Manuals. Normally, phones in this price range don’t include a pair of earphones so it’s good to know Huawei still included theirs with the Y6p.

THE LOOKS AND FEEL

I showed the Huawei Y6p review unit to my friends and they all thought that it is priced at P10,000. The phone has a premium look that could pass as a mid-range smartphone.

Found on the right side of the Y6p are the power button and volume controls. On its left side is the SIM Card tray which can accommodate two Nano SIM cards and a MicroSD Card.

Underneath the phone are the 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB port and speaker grilles.

At the back are the triple cameras and fingerprint scanner. I initially thought that the back cover of the Y6p is made of glass. I was able to confirm with fellow tech bloggers that it is actually made of polycarbonate. I really like how it shines whenever it hits the light.

Phone feels solid unlike most of the entry-level phones I’ve reviewed before. There are not sharp edges in the Y6p so it’s comfortable to hold.

THE DISPLAY

The Huawei Y6p’s screen size is 6.3″ with 720 x 1600 resolution. While newer Huawei phones like the Nova 7i sport a punch hole camera display, the Y6p still sports a Dewdrop display.

IPS display screens are normally fine and in my two weeks of use I didn’t find any issues with it. Colors look natural and have some sharp details. I’m used to watching videos with bigger 6.5″-6.9″ displays but the Y6p’s 6.3″ display can still be considered big as well.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Huawei Y6p is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. I am familiar with the Helio P22 since I have reviewed other smartphones with the same chipset. Let me share the benchmark scores here:

The Y6p got really high marks in Antutu, higher than the realme C2 and Cherry Mobile Flare S8 Pro which also has the same chipset. Navigating the phone is snappy and I am able to have multiple apps running in the background thanks to its 4GB of memory, a rarity in this segment. It can run non-intensive apps without any issues.

It’s possible to play some of the latest games in the Y6p. From the Huawei AppGallery, I played FreeFire several times and framerates were stable. The same can be said with Call of Duty Mobile as long as the video settings are set to low. Unfortunately it cannot play games like Fortnite or NBA2K20 due to high device requirements and compatibility.

The Y6p already has Android 10 with EMUI 10.1 pre-installed and as we all should know by now, it doesn’t support Google Mobile Services, meaning no Google Play to download the apps. The Huawei AppGallery will fulfill your app needs and if your desired app is not there then you can go for APK sites like APKPure or APK Mirror.

Also Read: Huawei Y6p as a Pure Entertainment Device for the Youth

THE CAMERAS

So far, entry-level phones have triple cameras at most and the Y6p has those on check. The cameras are 13 Megapixels, 5 Megapixels and 2 Megapixels. I normally cringe at photos taken by entry-level phones but that is not the case with the Y6p. Photos taken under good lighting look sharp and colors are quite accurate. It doesn’t have night mode but it can still take photos in low light conditions, just don’t expect too much from it. Selfies taken with the 8 Megapixel front camera are also decent as long as there is enough lighting.

Here are some sample photos:

THE BATTERY LIFE

Entry-level phones have also increased their battery capacities as an important feature and selling point. I’d like to think that Huawei is aware of this so they equipped the Y6p with a 5,000 mAh high capacity battery. I am always left with 52% of juice at the end of the day and can last up to at least another 12 hours.

I did a battery test using PCMark and it lasted for 21 hours and 30 mins. That’s the longest I’ve logged so far in a smartphone.

DR’S CONCLUSION

I enjoyed reviewing the Huawei Y6p and it further erased my perception that entry-level phones are not worth buying. These phones are leveling up because they know the competition in this segment is getting tight like in the mid-range market. Given that there are no Google apps available, if you are willing to do some workarounds like use the mobile browser for YouTube and Search and the native email client for your Gmail, then you should be fine. Like what I said earlier, apps can be sideloaded via APK sites. If you’re looking for a smartphone under P6,000, consider the Huawei Y6p in your shortlist.

PROS:

  • Solid Feel
  • Glass-covered plastic adds some premium look
  • 4GB memory
  • Decent Cameras
  • Large Battery Capacity

CONS:

  • Camera has no night mode

Visit the Huawei website to find out more information on the Huawei Y6p.

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