I got to hand out with the Huawei Y6 Pro that Huawei launched in Zambia last month and here’s what I found out about it, hands-on. It feels a little heavy at 160g but easily fits into your palm with its dimensions of 143.1mm x 71.8mm x 9.7mm. It has a 5″ 720p HD IPS screen which is decent for a smartphone its range, and you won’t have too many problems reading your screen content in the sun.
The charging port is at the bottom of the phone, with its speaker grills and it has its power and volume rockers on the right side of the phone which can easily be reached with your thumb, although I found myself locking my screen a lot of times with the power button whilst trying to adjust my volume.
Behind you find its 13 MP autofocus rear camera (4160 x 3120 pixels) and a 5 MP front camera (2592 x 1952 pixels) which are really not that bad quality for the price of this phone (approx K2200 in most retail stores).
Here are some pictures I took with its back camera (Apologies for none taken with the front camera):
The dual-SIM and microSD slots are under the back cover, right above the non-removable battery:
If there’s one reason you should buy this phone is for its 4000mAH battery that lasted me a whole day’s worth of work as my primary phone, as I browsed the net, checked emails, and ‘hang out’ on social media, as well as used social messaging. Huawei knows longer battery life is a need, as seen in the Huawei Mate 8 phablet too.
Huawei Y6 Pro runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and on Huawei’s user interface EMUI, with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I used the 16GB model but you can get expand that up to 128GB with a memory card. Performance-wise, the Huawei Y6 Pro did not give me any lag switching between apps, though the annoying pop-ups that enable you close apps running in the background appeared ever so often. It also runs on 4G/LTE so make sure to get the best of this phone, you use a network that runs on 4G too!
The Huawei Y6 Pro also comes with tools you may find useful such as a weather app, calculator and FM radio:
You can optimize your phone’s performance by using the inbuilt optimisation tool that clears your junk files:
It’s a great first smartphone, if you run it on a 4G network, the camera isn’t too shabby, the performance is fast and it’s worth its price.