Smartphones have undoubtedly become an indispensable part of our everyday lives, a device that we simply cannot live without. Although some smartphones today can be quite costly, there are also affordable alternatives available that offer great value for your money. Moreover, as new models are constantly being released frequently, previous models have become great steals thanks to their reduced prices. Here are some of the best value for money smartphones to look out for if you are on a limited budget.
Chinese smartphone giants, Huawei first entered the high-end smartphone scene in 2012 and they are unlikely to leave anytime soon with their recent achievement. Huawei has just announced that they have shipped more than 10 million copies of their flagship Huawei P9 and P9 Plus’ worldwide – making them the first models in Huawei’s inventory to achieve this remarkable feat. Despite a slow international market in terms of smartphone sales in 2016, this impressive result has proven that Huawei’s decision to invest in international markets is paying off handsomely. The announcement was made by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) in a press release released at the end of December 2016.
The smartphone industry is ever evolving, with manufacturers constantly introducing new features to impress consumers and gain an upper hand on competitors. One of these features that has successfully gained the attention of consumers is the inclusion of watermarks on pictures taken by the smartphone’s camera.
Picking up the Huawei Y6 will a surprise to most people with its fantastic build quality. The overall quality of the smartphone feels like something that punches above its price point of about RM500. It feels incredibly solid in the hand, unlike smartphones with a rather flimsy feeling – and it is entirely made out of plastic! Its rounded corners nestle gently and comfortably in the palm, meaning that you will not have any sharp corners digging into the palm of your hands during use.
The Huawei Y6 comes with a gorgeous 5-inch High Definition (720p resolution) display that produces rich and brilliant colors to all of your media, be it videos, pictures, or texts. Huawei has put extra effort into the display to ensure that it performs consistently throughout, and also when viewed from different angle thanks to IPS (in-plane switching) technology. Unlike other smartphone displays with extreme contrasts and saturation to produce richer images, the Huawei Y6 retains colors and contrasts as realistically and natural as possible.
The Huawei Y6 features a BOX integrated sound chamber to deliver richer audio output from its two built-in speakers that sit at the bottom of the smartphone, flanking the micro USB charging port. It gets really loud too, letting you enjoy your music and movies without the need of a headphone, as well as allowing you to make loudspeaker calls with superior clarity. It also has up to 150% volume enhancements to make sure you will never miss a single detail.
At the very heart of the Huawei Y6 sits an efficient quad-core MSM8209 processor that runs your phone along with most tasks and applications with nary a hitch. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, bringing all of the great features and flexibility of Android to the smartphone, making it an efficient smartphone. On top of Android Lollipop is of course Huawei's very own user interface, EMUI 3.1.
EMUI 3.1 is an intuitive user interface that many users will learn to appreciate. It comes with a powerful "Pro Camera" that lets you adjust almost every single aspect of the camera, just like a DSLR! The camera application also comes with several different modes for you to truly personalize your memories.
Other intuitive features make handling the smartphone much easier as well, such as using your knuckle to knock on the screen to instantly capture a screenshot, as opposed to the traditional method of pressing the Power and Volume Down button at the same time.