y5 huawei phone

Suppose you want to know about the Y5 Huawei Phone, then this article is what you need. It contains huawei y5 2019 specs. Also, it includes the huawei y5 2019 guide.

The Y5 Huawei Phone is the latest entry level smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to launch in Kenya. The phone is available in retail stores for Ksh 11,499 and is the successor to the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 that we saw last year. As you may have noticed, Huawei has dropped the word ‘Prime’ from its Y series, maybe the Y has finally reached its prime ?.

If you have been keen on what’s happening around the world, then you know Huawei is not in a comfortable place as the trade war between China and the US have forced some American companies to stop working with it. Some of these companies include Google and this has raised serious concerns about Huawei’s mobile business. Huawei has assured its customers that its business is solid but some people are still worried.

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Y5 Huawei Phone

The business issues aside, the Huawei Y5 2019 is quite an interesting device. It may be the ideal upgrade for those who bought the Y5 Prime 2018 or for anyone looking for a new entry level smartphone that can do what they want it to without breaking the bank. The Huawei Y5 2019 is competing with devices such as the Tecno Spark 3, Infinix S4 just to name a few. All these are great smartphones and the question you may be asking is, should you consider getting the Huawei Y5 2019? This is what we will find out in this review.

Design and Build

It is 2019 and how the phone you are using looks and feels is important. The Huawei Y5 2019 has a good build and this is thanks to the faux-leather back cover. It just looks different compared to the other smartphones around the same price range. Everyone I have shown this phone to was impressed and some people even thought this was a phone case. It looks like real leather from a distance and is the same style we saw on the Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 from earlier this year.

Huawei Y5 2019 back

This type of back cover provides a comfortable grip when using the phone. It is not slippery at all and combine this with the phone’s small size, there is no way the phone could slip from my hands. At the back sits a 13MP camera with LED flash but there is no fingerprint scanner. I am not sure why the company thought this is not important as I prefer having it in addition to face unlock.

The usual ports and buttons are available including the power and volume buttons on the right and SIM/Micro SD slot on the left. The SIM tray can accommodate two 4G SIM cards at the same time as the phone supports dual 4G VoLTE. The headphone jack is at the top and the Micro USB port is at the bottom.

SIM slot

With the phone’s small size, those who are not fans of the latest gigantic phones will feel at home. You will have no problems using this phone with one hand. It feels compact without feeling tiny and I love that.

The Display

With a 5.71-inch display, the Huawei Y5 2019 is not a huge smartphone. As I have mentioned above, this display is easy to use with one hand. I can easily reach all corners of the phone with ease. The display itself is on the cooler side and is brighter than some of the other smartphones it is competing with including the Tecno Spark 3 and the Infinix S4. I compared these phones and the Y5 2019 has very bright whites and may be the perfect one to use in different lighting conditions.

Huawei Y5 2019 review

Speaking of different lighting conditions, the Huawei Y5 2019 can automatically adjust the displays brightness depending on the lighting around you. It does a good job at this compared to some of its competitors that I have mentioned above. I feel like this is something I have to mention as most entry level smartphones struggle with auto brightness but this has not been the case with the Y5 2019.

The colours are not the most vibrant with this display but that will not a big deal for most people. I got the Huawei Y5 2019 right after using the more expensive Huawei P30 Lite so it was easier for me to notice the difference between the two. Either way, the display on the Y5 2019 is still good and you will still have a good experience overall.

Huawei Y5 2019 notch

If you are into media consumption, this display is not that bad for that. For its price, it provides aa good experience with accurate colour reproduction and decent viewing angles. It is not a fingerprint magnet and my experience so far has been good. All I would want Huawei is to bump up the resolution a bit for an even better experience.

There is a waterdrop notch on this display but those who do not want it there a free to hide it under settings. The notch chops off videos on platforms like YouTube but not to an extent that annoyed me.

Software and Performance

Compared to the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018, the Y5 2019 offers a big improvement in performance. The Huawei Y5 2019 is powered by a 2GHz MediaTek Helio A22 Processor that is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. This is a big improvement compared to what we saw on the Huawei Y5 Prime 2018.

Performance has been improved and I noticed that when I compared this phone to the Y5 Prime 2018. Apps open very fast and day to day tasks do not present any issues at all. I even managed to play a few games and the phone did not struggle in any way.

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My only issue with this phone and its predecessor has to do with RAM management. The phone is very aggressive at this and this may be an issue when multitasking. You may be chatting on WhatsApp with someone and you hop on to a different app for a minute or so. When you come back to WhatsApp, you will find it has to restart and does not pick up from your chat. This can be frustrating to those who are always switching between different apps all the time. I do get that Huawei does this for improved performance but if the overall experience takes a beating, is it really worth it?

Besides my issue with RAM overall performance has been good. For day to day tasks, this phone runs smoothly and this is key considering its price. Most phones within this price tend to be frustrating but the Huawei Y5 2019 is not. If you are not a heavy user, you will not have any issues with this phone, it will do what you want it to without any problems. You are also getting 32GB of internal storage space as standard. You can use this to store all your photos and music in addition to installing all your favourite apps.

For the software, the Huawei Y5 2019 comes with EMUI 9 which is based on Android 9 Pie. The one thing I have always loved about EMUI is it comes with a ton of extra features we do not get on stock Android or other Custom UIs. These extra features improve overall performance and make the phone worth having compared to the others on the market.


EMUI 9 has support for gesture navigations over on-screen navigation. Huawei has done a good job implementing this compared to what Google has done with Android Q. I have activated gesture navigation on this phone and it feel more natural than what any other Android manufacturer has done. I am planning to do a complete review of EMUI 9 to highlight some of its unique features as including them here will make this post long. To make sure you do not miss that, make sure you visit our Telegram channel here.

The software experience is good since it is finetuned by Huawei for its smartphones.  


I was really surprised with the performance of the cameras we have on the Huawei Y5 2019. This is not a camera-centric device but it does a good job. The back camera has a 13MP sensor that does a good job when outdoors. This is where the camera shines as it struggles a lot when indoors and I did not even bother trying to get more photos of that. When outdoors, it does pump up the saturation a bit but does it does not get out of hand. You still get realistic shots that are worth sharing online.

Huawei Y5 2019 camera

The camera has a Professional (pro) mode which is something we do not get to see on most phones within this price. With this option, you can adjust some of the camera settings before taking a photo. This is perfect for those who want more control when taking their photos. In addition to the pro mode, there is also a panorama and HDR option. For videos, you can record up to 1080p videos, an added advantage missing from some of the other phones it is competing with.

The selfie camera is a 5MP one that is also perfect for outdoor shots. It does a decent job at that and comes with a really good beauty mode that is not as aggressive as what we see on smartphones such as OPPO. When the lighting is not so good, the front facing flash is automatically switched on even before you press the shutter button to make sure the selfies you get are worth sharing. The front facing camera can also record Full HD videos, another option differentiating this phone from some of its competitors.


The one area where entry level smartphones shine is in battery consumption. Most of them will last an entire day, two or three depending on your usage. The Huawei Y5 2019 has a 3020 mAh battery, not that big, but could last me for an entire day with heavy usage. This phone is not power hungry so battery consumption is not out of control.

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EMUI has two extra battery optimization settings that can get the battery to last longer. These are just some of the features that make EMUI stand out and I find the ultra-power saving mode to be useful when you are running low on battery and are not near a charging port. Switching it on gives you access to a few apps that you choose and limits background processes to ensure the battery life is extended. By activating this, you can extend the battery life by up to 80 hours depending on the amount left.

Since this phone does not support quick charging, I use the ultra-power saving mode when charging to get it to charge faster and surprisingly it works.

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Huawei y5 2019 conclusion

The Huawei Y5 2019 comes to the market at time when Huawei is on the hot seat with the issues it has with the US government. That may overshadow what this phone has to offer but I do not think it should. This is a good entry level smartphone that does what it promises. It is priced well and the only issue I have is with RAM management. It is a well-built phone that I would recommend for anyone who wants a reliable phone at this price. It does not do a good job in the camera department as the likes of the Infinix S4 and even the Tecno Spark 3 but holds its ground to some extent.

What I Like

  • Design and Build quality
  • Good performance
  • Very good battery
  • EMUI has so many useful features

What I didn’t like

  • Cameras could have been better
  • RAM management is very aggressive

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Smartphone buying guide

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Whether you’re thinking about purchasing your first smartphone or just upgrading from an older model, you might feel overwhelmed shopping for a new smartphone. With so many options to choose from, it’s difficult to know if you’re getting the right phone at the right price.

That’s why we’ve created this page: to guide you through the process of buying a new smartphone with as little stress as possible.

What is a smartphone?

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A smartphone is a more powerful version of a regular cell phone. In addition to the same basic features, including phone calls, voicemail, and text messaging, smartphones can connect to the Internet over a cellular network. This means you can use a smartphone for the same things you would normally do on a computer, such as checking your email, browsing online, or shopping.

Wireless providers will require you to pay a monthly fee, usually called a data plan, to access the Internet with a smartphone over their cellular network.

Most smartphones use a touch-sensitive screen, meaning there isn’t a physical keyboard on the device. Instead, you’ll type on a virtual keyboard and use your fingers to interact with the display. Other standard features include a high-quality digital camera and the ability to play digital music and video files. For many users, a smartphone can actually replace things like an old laptop, digital music player, and digital camera in the same device.

Do I even need a smartphone?

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Because of these convenient features, smartphones have become increasingly popular over the past several years. Smartphones can also be very expensive, however; some high-end models cost even more than a new laptop or desktop computer!

If you’re happy using your existing devices separately, you may not need a smartphone. But if you want to use just one device to access the Internet, make phone calls, take photos, and listen to music, a smartphone is probably a good option for you.

What type of smartphone should I buy?

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Even if you know you want a smartphone, it can be challenging to know where to start. There are different smartphones to choose from, including Windows Phone and Blackberry. In this guide, however, we’ll focus on the two most popular options: the iPhone and Android smartphones.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so we’ll try our best to provide the information you’ll need to make the decision that’s right for you.

What is an iPhone?

The iPhone is a smartphone from Apple, which also produces the Mac line of computers. The iPhone is available in a few different models, starting at $450 and going up to $950. It’s powered by the iOS operating system, which is also used by Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch devices.

What is Android?

Unlike the iPhone, which is only available in a few different models, there are hundreds of Android devices to choose from. This is because Android is not one specific smartphone. It’s actually an operating system designed by Google. Many different companies make devices that are powered by the Android operating system, including Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola.

Each of these manufacturers produces different Android smartphones, each with their own custom hardware and features. As a result, Android smartphones are available in a much wider range of prices than the iPhone, starting as low as $100 for an entry-level device.

Android or iPhone?

Should you get iPhone or an Android? If you try searching for advice on this topic, you’ll find no shortage of opinions on both sides; iPhones and Android phones have strong groups of supporters, and most people place themselves firmly on one side or another. There are definite advantages and disadvantages with either option, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest factors you should consider.

Click the buttons in the chart to see our rankings, then read more about each category below.https://e.infogr.am/android_vs_iphone?src=embed


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In terms of cost, the iPhone simply can’t compete with Android models. If you don’t want to spend more than $200 to $300 on a smartphone, you’ll want to choose Android over iPhone.

Unfortunately, the actual cost of a smartphone may not be immediately obvious. For example, your wireless carrier may offer certain smartphones for free if you sign a two-year contract, or allow you to spread the cost across small installments instead of one single payment. Regardless of how you pay, an iPhone will almost always be more expensive than an Android smartphone.

Winner: Android


Because the iPhone is produced by one company instead of several manufacturers, it’s often easier to get answers and help directly from Apple’s customer support. By contrast, most Android phones work a bit differently from one another depending on the manufacturer and wireless provider you choose, which can make it more difficult to know where to look for help.

If you’re worried that you’ll need a lot of extra help once you get started, you might consider choosing an iPhone over an Android (if your budget allows).

Winner: iPhone

Apps and app stores

Both iPhone and Android allow you to download applications, which are commonly known as apps, to add extra functionality to your smartphone. The Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhone provide a huge selection of apps for you to download. Although some apps are available exclusively for one platform, most are available on both. Unless there’s a specific app you want that’s only available on one device, this shouldn’t be a significant factor in your decision.

However, if you already have another device that uses Android or iOS, such as a tablet computer, you might want to consider purchasing a smartphone that runs the same operating system. This way, you’ll be able to install any apps you’ve purchased on both devices.

Winner: Tie


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Android smartphones allow for a lot more customization than iPhones. Whereas the iPhone offers a few customization options (like your phone’s wallpaper and ringtone), Android allows you to change just about everything on your device, including themes, notification widgets, and default applications.

For some users, this might not be a very important distinction. But if you want to have more control over the way you’ll use your device, we’d recommend choosing an Android over an iPhone.

Winner: Android

System updates

Remember how we said before that Android and iPhone use different operating systems? Like desktop and laptop computers, these operating systems are updated just about every year. These updates usually include new and useful features, as well as security upgrades.

But upgrading an Android phone to the latest version can be pretty complicated. In many cases, it actually depends on when your wireless provider decides to push the update to your device. By contrast, the iPhone can be updated as soon as updates are available, regardless of your wireless carrier.

We should note that there’s nothing especially bad or dangerous about using a slightly older version of your phone’s operating system. But if you know that you always like to use the latest software as soon as it’s available, you might consider choosing an iPhone over an Android (if your budget allows).

Winner: iPhone

There are a few Android models, like the Google Nexus, that allow you to upgrade to the latest version of Android more easily; however, they also tend to be more expensive than other Android smartphones.

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