HUAWEI Y6p Review – A battery powerhouse
The HUAWEI Y6p has a monstrous 5,000mAh battery that lasts ages, a head-turning design on the back, a headphone jack and an affordable price tag.
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+ Battery lasts a long time
+ Has NFC
+ Has a very affordable price
+ Is quite the looker
+ Camera quality is good considering the price
+ Comfortable in the hand
+ Has a headphone jack
- Screen colours are subpar
- Helio P22 chipset struggles in gaming
- 720p screen
- Still uses micro USB
- Pictures look muddy in low light environments
The HUAWEI Y6p is HUAWEI’s budget offering that has a battery that dwarfs even some phones in the market that costs FIVE times as much. The phone’s 5,000mAh battery, 4GB RAM and triple camera setup sound good on paper but is it really? We take the HUAWEI Y6p out for a spin and this is what we think of the device.
HUAWEI Y6p Unboxing
The HUAWEI Y6p comes in a simple white box with a picture and name of the device on the front. Our unit came with a sticker stating that this unit has 4GB RAM+64GB. We’re not entirely if the commercial unit will have something similar. Furthermore, the charger on our unit is not a local charger. Meanwhile, inside the box you will find:
- HUAWEI Y6p
- microUSB cable
- Clear TPU case
- SIM ejector tool
Right off the bat, one thing you will notice about the look of the HUAWEI Y6p is the beautiful plastic back design. Our unit is the Phantom Purple variant and it has an interesting wave design that sort of bends depending on where and how the light hits it. It’s a bit hard to properly explain this. You will also find the triple camera setup nestled at the top left corner of the device as well as the fingerprint scanner next to it.
At the front, you will find that the display on the HUAWEI Y6p features a Dewdrop notch that houses its 8MP selfie camera. It features very thin black bezels with a slight chin at the bottom.
Moving on to the sides, the phone is wrapped in a plastic band that isn’t made from the same glossy plastic material as the one at the back. Instead, it is a smooth, matte plastic that’s of the same colour as the back. At the sides, you will also find the volume rocker on the right side, while on the left lies the phone’s SIM tray.
At the bottom of the phone sits the single firing speaker, microUSB port as well as the glorious headphone jack.
HUAWEI Y6p Specifications
|CPU||Helio P22 Octa-core (4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Display||6.3″ IPS (1600 x 720), Dewdrop display|
|Storage||64GB, expandable up to 512GB|
13 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP, F/1.8 +F/2.2+ F/2.4 aperture
8 MP, F/2.0 aperture
|OS||EMUI 10.1 (Based on Android 10.0)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Dimensions||159.07 mm (H) X 74.06 mm (W) X 9.04 mm (D)|
We put the HUAWEI Y6p through our usual battery of tests, using benchmark tools such as 3DMark, PCMark, Geekbench as well as Antutu. Here’s how the test results went.
The HUAWEI Y6p just edges out the realme C2 which also use the same Helio P22 chipset. However, it is still at the bottom half of the graph seeing that the MediaTek Helio P22 isn’t a powerful processor to begin with.
The Y6p didn’t score well on our Geekbench tests. You can see that it is placed well behind some of the other devices on the list.
It’s a similar story with the HUAWEI Y6p’s 3DMark scores. It sits at the bottom of the heap with its Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme and Ice Storm Unlimited scores.
The HUAWEI Y6p scored last again in our PCMark Work 2.0 performance test. I’m beginning to see a trend here.
All is not lost, however, as the HUAWEI Y6p’s battery life seems to be the phone’s saving grace. It managed a decent score and it lasted a respectable 12 hours and 47 minutes. In real-life usage of the Y6p, I managed to squeeze out about a day and a half’s worth of use before I had to charge it. I mainly used the phone to play games like COD Mobile and Pokemon Emerald, watched a little YouTube, a whole lot of Netflix as well as my usual social media fix which includes Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Instagram.
The HUAWEI Y6p feels very good in my hands. It has a tall screen but it’s not a wide as most big phones on the market today and because of the width, the phone is very easy and comfortable to use with just one hand. Not only that, but the button placement of the volume keys and power button are also good and easy to reach. I use the Mi 9T Pro as my daily driver and it is a considerably wide phone and it’s not entirely comfortable to use one-handed. So it’s very refreshing to use a device where I can easily use on one hand and doing something else with the other.
I have to say that the back of the phone, while pretty, is a huge dust and fingerprint magnet seeing that it’s made out of glossy plastic. So it would be a good idea to slap on a case before you use it.
In all honesty, I was not looking forward to watching videos on the HUAWEI Y6p’s 720p screen. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well videos looked on screen. The colours were great for the most part, it’s not the best but it’s certainly not the worst. Colours are vibrant and the blacks are nice and deep. However, it can get a little inconsistent at times, especially after long periods of watching videos, you start to notice how unnatural some of the skin tones are on screen. Usage outdoors is also quite decent. The screen is legible under direct sunlight most of the time though you’ll want to crank the brightness all the way up for best effect.
In terms of the phone’s software, it uses EMUI 10 based on Android 10. While I’m not necessarily a fan of EMUI, I gotta say that I didn’t really have any issues with it while using the HUAWEI Y6p. It’s not the cleanest of smartphone UIs but it is bright, colourful and fairly simple to use. It also felt relatively smooth and snappy and thankfully I didn’t experience any major lags whatsoever while using the device. This could be due to HUAWEI’s signature aggressive memory management as well as the 4GB RAM. It also has native dark mode support which highly appreciated.
As for the camera software, the UI is pretty clean and hassle-free. There’s not a lot of modes found on the camera app though which is somewhat for a phone of this price range. You’ll find a normal photo mode, beauty mode, aperture mode, pro mode as well as panorama mode. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated night mode on this device. Another thing to note is that the camera app doesn’t have the option to add custom watermarks to the photos.
The camera performance on the HUAWEI Y6p meanwhile, is a mixed bag. On one hand, the camera does brilliantly in well-lit areas, it definitely punches above its weight with the quality of its pictures. Pictures taken look very punchy and bright although I had a few people say that some of the photos looked a little overly processed as if I had edited the photos separately. Despite this, however, nine times out of ten the HUAWEI Y6p manages to capture pretty good photos. On the other hand, it doesn’t hold up particularly well with night shots or with places that are dimly lit. Colours are at times muted, dull and muddy.
Selfies are okay. The 8MP front cameras take pretty decent photos with good detail and colours. Should definitely be good enough to use for social media or video calls.
For a full-sized look at the image samples, you can check them out right here.
HUAWEI Y6p Verdict
The HUAWEI Y6p is a very straightforward device. It may not be the most powerful device out there but it does what it set out to do very well. It’s got a massive battery, a decent set of cameras and it’s an overall good looking device. Coupled with a very low price of RM 559, the HUAWEI Y6p is definitely a phone I’d recommend to use as either a secondary device or an entry device for a kid or elderly person.
A big thank you to HUAWEI Malaysia for providing us with this HUAWEI Y6p unit for our review.