Huawei in May 2017 presented new budget smartphones, among which the younger was Huawei Y3 2017. The device, with an average price of about $ 90, is positioned as a solution for young people who do not pursue advanced technologies. The device turned out to be a typical representative of the ultra budgetary price category, with the appropriate appearance and filling.
Thanks to the modest hardware, the manufacturer was able to keep the cost of the smartphone low, allowing it to compete with the products of small Chinese companies like Oukitel. But whether he can provide worthy resistance to such devices in reality – will help determine our review of the Huawei Y3 2017.
Specifications Huawei Y3 2017 from the date of acquaintance cause ambiguous impressions. On the one hand – an ordinary Chinese, the same as rivals. But if you look closely, you will see that no, not like that. And it is not only different for the better.
The smartphone looks exactly like a bunch of other inexpensive devices. Nothing special he has, except for the feature of the inscription Huawei under the screen, instead of the touch buttons. It is assembled qualitatively, the details are adjusted well. In size and thickness, it can be considered a brick.
The length of the Huawei Y3 2017 reaches 145 mm, which is normal for 5 inches. But here is the width and thickness, 74 and 9.5 mm, respectively, this is already too much. In fact, the width of the device is closer to devices by 5.2-5.3 “, and in thickness – as long-livers with a battery for 4000+ mAh (which is not here.) The mass is also impressive, because 175 grams – this is the indicators of the phabetes at 5, 5+ inches.
At the front of the smartphone is a screen, which on the white version is surrounded by a black frame. And in general the side frames are very wide, a millimeter by 3-4. There are no touch buttons (they are screen ones), there is a speaker, sensors and a camera above the display.
The back panel is removable, monolithic, made of plastic, pleasant to the touch. At the top there is a camera in the center, and on the sides of it there is a flash and a speaker. A little lower is the manufacturer’s logo, but it would be better if there was a fingerprint scanner.
The left side is empty, the volume and power / lock buttons are placed on the right side.
At the top there is a 3.5 mm jack for the headset.
At the bottom there is a microphone and a MicroUSB port.
There are several variations of the smartphone, which differ in hardware. Model based on MT6737 should be sold, and it is already possible to buy a version with MT6580. Both chips are equipped with four cores, but differ significantly. The MT6737 contains A53 cores with a frequency of 1.1 GHz, supporting 64-bit instructions, and in the MT6580 it’s A7 1.3 GHz, 32-bit cores. Graphics also differs: in 6737 the accelerator is Mali T720 MP2, and in 6580 – Mali 400 MP2. Both decisions are modest, and not playful.
There is not much difference in performance. Both chips demonstrate the minimum acceptable level of performance, the difference between them reaches 10-15 percent, in favor of MT6737. Points AnTuTu, depending on the chip, are 25-30 thousand. This is enough for the Internet, video viewing, correspondence, but for heavy toys is already not enough. That is, the same tanks will go, but at the minimum settings.
The memory capacity of the Huawei Y3 2017 is 1 GB. This is the minimum for a smartphone in 2017, which allows to work with the device normally. Multitasking is arbitrary, but you should not expect instant switching of a dozen open browser tabs. Appetites software grow, and the fact that three years ago on 1 GB flew, now it goes somehow. Built-in memory is only 8 GB, it’s not enough, because half of the OS is. But there is a flash drive slot, which is separate, and it’s good.
The non-removable battery of the smartphone has a capacity of 2200 mAh, which in general is not much, but for such iron it is tolerable.For charging, the kit includes a power supply with an output current of up to 1A. On average, the device will withstand a day of mixed loads, while watching video or surfing the web, you can count on 6 hours of activity. Indicators typical for ultrabudgetary, praise or scold his autonomy is no reason.
The main camera Huawei Y3 2017 has a resolution of 8 MP. It is equipped with a flash, supports autofocus, can record video in HD 720p with 30 FPS. Nothing outstanding, an ordinary camera, so you should not count on masterpieces. A year ago it was possible to say that it is better than competitors without a loud name, but now Chinese like UMI have begun to put matrices of tolerable quality into cheap tubes.
The front camera is 2 MP, without flash and autofocus. It is quite suitable for video communication, but it’s better not to rely on quality selfi.
The display of Huawei Y3 2017 is “hello from 2013”. While some users are already frowning on the 5-inch HD IPS matrix, Huawei decided to equip the device with a five-inch TN panel with a resolution of 854×480 pixels. But now it’s even use the “Uncle Liao’s cellars” to be embarrassed. For example, a couple of months ago there was Gretel A7, which at a price of about $ 40 (true for the stock) offered the same hardware and HD IPS. The pixel density of Huawei Y3 2017 is about 195 PPI, which means that many will notice single points.
The viewing angles near the screen, of course, are far from ideal. But not everything is so sad: with a natural side view, there is no pronounced fading or inversion. Horrible colors become only when viewed from above. The sensor does not have an oleophobic layer, supports two touches, but works relatively clearly. What’s more distressing is the black frame around the perimeter of the matrix, on the white version of the smartphone.
The smartphone is equipped with two separate slots for cards format MicroSIM. The set of communications depends on the chipset. The version with MT6580 supports only 2G and 3G, and the modification with MT6737 also can work in LTE networks. Wi-Fi supports 802.11N networks, but only at 2.4 GHz, and Bluetooth corresponds to version 4.0. Navigator works with GPS satellites, on the street it catches about 7 satellites.
The smartphone is equipped with one speaker located on the back side, near the camera. The sound is traditionally budgetary, clean and moderately loud, but poor at frequencies. In the headphones from the device, too, wonders should not wait, but for the unpretentious user will come down. A radio receiver is available.
On board the Huawei Y3 2017 is installed EMUI 4.1 Mini, based on Android 6. The Mini prefix means that some functions inherent in the flagships are not there, and the OS itself is optimized for budget devices. But in general it is the same EMUI, with a uniform user interface and an improved curtain containing a “timeline” for notifications. The device works relatively quickly, this is facilitated by a small screen resolution.
There are no unique features in the device. You can highlight only the event LED, located above the screen. It reports notifications or a depleted battery. Also it is worth recalling once again that the device is of different versions. Modification U00 does not support 4G and is built on the MT6580 chip, all the others (L02 / L03 / L22 / L23) – on MT6737.
The 64-bit versions differ by the set of LTE frequencies, but there are no lists of supported ranges in open access. Therefore, if you need 4G – before buying, please specify whether there is support for the required standards.
Alternatives to the Huawei Y3 2017 market is simply overcrowded. Each Chinese company has an almost identical in hardware smartphone, but at the same time equipped with HD IPS screen. The most notable of the competitors are Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Gretel A9, Doogee X5 Max Pro, Oukitel C5. All these smartphones are distinguished by the presence of more attractive 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. Doogee also benefits from a large battery. And he, like Gretel A9, has a fingerprint scanner.
Of the more famous brands, the alternative is better to find more difficult. LG K5 X220 is almost similar to Huawei Y3 2017, and is equipped with the same screen. Samsung has a model Galaxy J3 (2016), which is slightly more expensive, but with an HD AMOLED screen, 1.5 GB of RAM and better autonomy.
Huawei Y3 2017 is a smartphone that will not be easy for us to find our buyer. The only thing that distinguishes it from numerous Chinese is cheaper, is the level of quality that is higher. But from the bugs and jambs in the work even Samsung phones are not insured, so there are doubts: how many people will buy the review hero only because he is a little more reliable than all these Chinese?Moreover, those in the range of up to $ 100 already offer both HD IPS, and 2/16 GB of memory, and fingerprint scanners, and even a better camera among them is really possible.
Therefore, we can state: Huawei Y3 2017 – a smartphone that suits fans of Huawei, looking for a cheap device of sane quality, but not requiring advanced technology. As a dialer he will come down, sit on the Internet or quickly take something that also allows, but no more.