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The Huawei may not a famous name but it certainly is making an effort to push its way through into the entry level smartphone range. It's an updated version of the previously existing Huawei Y6 and the Y6 Pro. In terms of specs, we can observe some minute upgrades in places such as the display and the processor. However, in the long run, it seems quite odd as to how it would be able to compete with the competition. For starters, the device only has an HD display while its contemporaries sport a Full HD one. Little things like these add up and there are many places where the Y6 II is lacking. Although the tech experts are stating it as a device that is value for money, I believe that there are better alternatives out there.
After the unboxing, we found out that although made of plastic, the device felt quite a handful and had a premium feel to it. The Y6 II has a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The screen is and IPS LCD display and has 63.1% screen to body ratio. One more thing to point out is that the device has no gorilla glass. So we can see that the Y6 II has already started falling short of specifications. Other devices at the entry level have at least a Full HD display and gorilla glass 3 or better. The screen on the Huawei may be scratch resistant but it is not gorilla glass and not having a FullHD display severely handicaps the device in terms of the competition. The device appears to be a bit fat and could have been made a lot slimmer. It’s clearly not an accomplishment in terms of design.
Under the hood, the Y6 II packs some good hardware. A MediaTek MT6735P chipset to go with a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. There were times when the entry level segment had quad-core processors, however that period is going to fade away any day now. Most devices in the entry level now have an octa-core processor; yet another field the device falls back to its competition. The graphics processor is a Mali-T720 and the device is powered by 2 GB RAM, which although decent could have done better since once again the contemporaries sport at least a 3 GB. Internal memory is 16GB which is decent but not the best, and there is also an external memory which can be expanded to 128 GB. This device was launched in last year in the month of July. It seems scary that how in less than a year a device which was value for money suddenly dropped to nothing. The Y6 II Compact doesn't have a fingerprint sensor both because, at that time, these sensors weren’t even in this price range, and nowadays the fingerprint sensor has become a necessity. In order to stay updated you need to change your mobiles almost every year.
The Huawei Sports a 13 Megapixel rear shooter with dual LED flash and a 5 MP front camera. Videos can be recorded at full HD resolutions @30fps. The camera has all the other basic functionalities such as autofocus, digital image stabilization, which is not as good as optical image stabilization, but we are talking about an entry level device which is almost a year old. The front camera also has a flash so shooting selfies will be quite fun. With an aperture of 2.0 and a dedicated macro mode, close-ups aren’t that clear and have a decent amount of noise in poorly lit conditions.
The device is powered by a 2,200 mAh Li-Ion battery which is surprisingly low even compared to its time. Although the device has Android 5.1 Lollipop which has better battery optimization, the battery is still isn’t enough, and it will barely get you through the day. The battery is removable and has a standby time of ~160 hours. The Y6 II has 4G LTE but doesn’t support VOTE which is also quite surprising.
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