Huawei is one of the biggest and most valuable brands in the world, a resilient and formidable one for that matter, even in the midst of trade restrictions in the United States. It’s still going strong in the smartphone department and as a manufacturer screwed to budget friendly devices, they’ve build us another entry-level smartphone here in Kenya. Huawei Y6s, a successor of the Huawei Y6 released last year, will see improvements in RAM, ROM and processor, but maintaining most of the specs from its predecessor. I had a chance to use the phone for a couple of days now, and I must confess, this phone beats some of the high-end smartphones in the market.
When you open the box, you will be met with; Huawei Y6s, charger, USB cable, a quick start guide, eject tool, battery cover protective film, TP protective film, and warranty card. The one I have is not for retail (sale), so it only comes with a charger, USB cable and eject tool only.
Without further ado, I will decipher the core features and give the Huawei Y6s a star rating.
Huawei Y6s does have a really good display for an entry-level smartphone. I’m not saying it’s the best one in the entry-level market but for its price Ksh 13,999 we’re getting good vivid colours. The viewing angles are just fine and it’s quite bright actually. The display is probably one of the best things about the smartphone is its display. The screen is wide enough for viewing photos, watching videos, reading or playing games. And I must add, the clarity is impressive.
The device stocks a 3 GB RAM and a 64 GB internal memory. That’s pretty standard now on most entry level smartphones. And yes, it comes with preinstalled apps taking up to 7.57 GB. So, you still got 56.43 GB for other apps, photos, videos and anything else you want to store on your phone. The storage is enough for most people, but if not, the you have an option of a microSD Card, up to 512 GB. In addition, you have an Optimizer app, as the name suggests, to optimize your phone.
c. Operating system
Huawei Y6s is runs on EMUI 9.1 not on the latest EMUI 10 on android 10. The device also comes with Android 9. But it works fine with me, I mean OS is just OS. I can still download most applications without any issues. There is room for updates, so that shouldn’t worry you too much.
The phone is fast, with a very smooth interface. The responsiveness is better when compared to phones in the same price range. It does not overheat or hang, even when pushed to the limit. For a person who has used some horrible phones before, that for me is a big thumbs up.
The phone comes a single lens 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and camera UI. Well, the camera isn’t its best feature but it will do its job just fine. It’s a hit and miss, kind of wash out as it locks some finer details on the picture. The same goes for the selfie-mode, but the details are actually better than I expected for an entry-level smartphone. Some of the pictures I took with the phone are posted below.
This phone will ultimately be your portable speaker. I mean you can literally feel the texture of the sound when listening to audio or watching a video. It intelligently delivers deeper bass and brighter treble even in loud music. One might be forgiven to assume that its a mini sub-woofer. For music lovers in particular, this is what you have been looking for. I promise you, with this phone you won’t miss even a single beat.
I’m that kind of person who spends most of my time on my phone. From listening to music, to streaming videos on YouTube, playing games, internet stuff and more. Hell, my phone is like a shareholder in my life. For a battery of 3020 mAh, that is very low for me. The phone also does not come with fast charging, so that is a big minus. For the time have used the phone, I can say that battery consumption isn’t that bad as long as you stick away from those heavy stuffs, like games and videos.
Talking about the build quality and design. The device is built in plastic, very noticeable by the looks and feel of it. But it does look better to me compared to the fall leather off for the Huawei Y6. The back cover is split into two; the upper part features a glossy finish while the lower part has a matte finish. The fingerprint scanner is embedded at the back, an addition from the Huawei Y6 that did not feature a fingerprint scanner. I found the phone to be imposingly sleek and a bit light compared to other budget friendly phones in the market today.
Width: 73.5 mm
Height: 156.28 mm
Depth: 8 mm
Weight: Approx 150 g (including the battery)
Size: 6.09 inches
Colour: 16.7 million colours
Type: TFT LCD (IPS)
Resolution: 1560 x 720, 283 PPI
Rear camera: 13 MP, F/1.8 AF, Rear LED flash
Front camera: 8 MP, F/2.0 FF
CPU: MTK MT6765
4 x Cortex-A53 Based 2.3 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 Based 1.8 GHz
EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9)
3 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM (JAT-LX3 / JAT-L29 / JAT-LX1)
External Memory Support: MicroSD Card, up to 512 GB
Typical Value: 3020 mAh
Battery Rated Capacity: 2920 mAh
Input: 100 – 240 V, 0.2 A
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
4G TDD LTE: Bands 38 / 40 / 41 (110 MHz)
3G WCDMA: Bands 1 / 2 / 5 / 8
2G GSM: Bands 2 / 3 / 5 / 8
WLAN: 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, support Wi-Fi direct
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
USB: micro USB
Earjack: 3.5 mm earjack
Location: GPS / AGPS, Glonass
Ambient light sensor
Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
FM radio: Yes, built-in antenna
Audio: *.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.awb, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav, *.ogg, *.flac, *.mkv
Video: 3gp, mp4, webm, mkv
Huawei Y6s will be launched on Friday, 6 March 2020. Afterwards the phone will be available for purchase at popular stores across the country.
Huawei Y6s will be retailing at Ksh 13,999. A relatively affordable price when compared with other similar entry level smarthphones in the market. Alternatively, you can pay in installments with Lipa Later.