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.
Huawei first released the Huawei P8 with its lower cost sibling, the Huawei P8 Lite in 2015. However, the Chinese firm decided to revive the P8 Lite by releasing an upgraded and more powerful 2017 version of the smartphone. What does the 2017 edition of the P8 Lite offer to its users? Over the years, Huawei has proven that they are able to produce good-quality smartphones and the P8 Lite 2017 is no exception.
|Release Date in Malaysia|
|Processor frequency||1.3 GHz|
|Display diagonal||10.2 cm (4")|
|Display resolution||854 x 480 pixels|
|Display number of colours||16.78 million colours|
|Ports & interfaces|
|USB connector type||Micro-USB|
|Headphone connectivity||3.5 mm|
|Weight & dimensions|
|SIM card capability||Dual SIM|
|SIM card type||MiniSIM + MicroSIM|
|RAM capacity||0.5 GB|
|Internal storage capacity||4 GB|
|Compatible memory cards||MicroSD (TransFlash)|
|Maximum memory card size||32 GB|
|USB mass storage||Yes|
|Assisted GPS (A-GPS)||Yes|
|Operating system installed||Android 4.4|
|Rear camera type||Single camera|
|Rear camera flash||Yes|
|Rear camera resolution (numeric)||5 MP|
|Front camera type||Single camera|
|Front camera resolution (numeric)||2 MP|
|Video recording modes||720p|
|Battery capacity||1730 mAh|
|Colour of product||Black|
|Subscription type||No subscription|
The Huawei Y3 is an entry level device that has a very decent and straightforward offering. It’s probably the cheapest smartphone that you’ll find the market today, however, it doesn’t mean that it will fall short in living up to its full potential. As an entry level phone, the main selling point of this device is to provide the basic phone functions seamlessly, by basic that means the following:
For starters, a 5MP for an entry-level device that comes in a shoestring price tag, the Huawei Y3 sure does give out a good impression. Its 5MP shooter comes with a dual LED flash for decent shots in low light environment. The shots taken with its camera in good lighting is actually pretty impressive, something that will surely come as a surprise for an entry level smartphone such as the Huawei Y3. Overall, the camera performance of this device is a big win for its users.
Even though tagged as a budget phone, it doesn’t fall short in providing a fast enough chipset to perform the basics smoothly. Its onboard 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor is fast enough to run the basic applications, productivity and communication tools seamlessly. Plus, it's helmed with 512RAM to facilitate mild to moderate multitasking needs, and 4GB internal memory which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD slot to accommodate more files and applications.
The Huawei Y31 comes with a 1730 mAh battery; this may seem like a small capacity for a smartphone, but considering this device’s battery consumption, this amount of juice can keep it running all throughout the day with just a single charge.
Its 4-inch screen is packed with enough pixels that make it look sharp and vivid; the screen resolution of the Huawei Y3 is 400x800.
Its user interface sports Huawei’s app drawer free desktop, basically, everything that you need is in a single layer just like the iOS user interface. It’s design and style blends fairly well with Android Kitkat 4.4 which is a few generations behind, however, its mostly suited for an entry level device such as the Y3 for a more seamless user experience.