Huawei Y5C Price in the Philippines is Php 3,490 : Full Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Key Features

"Sir, that's the phone that Kathryn Bernardo is promoting," the saleslady at a smartphone shop in SM San Lazaro CyberZone told me last weekend while I was looking - through the glass - at this model on the display cabinet.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

I'm sure many young consumers would be more than happy to get this model based on that fact alone. But I'm a tech blogger who's turning 32 soon so I asked more questions.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

"How much is it and what are the specs? What are the freebies"

She answered, "[It's just Php 3,490. It's a Dual SIM Android KitKat smartphone has a 4.5-inch screen, a Quad Core processor, and an 8 MegaPixel camera. You get two free cases - in Red and Blue - when you buy the handset.]"

I was happy she actually knows that much about the handset. Some sales staff couldn't care less about the features of the gadgets they are selling; They just know the celebrities endorsing the brand.

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Anyway, given its set of technical specifications, I honestly think Huawei Y5C is a good purchase for that amount.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

While our local brands have already got this down pat, it's still quite hard to find a moderately powerful and feature-packed smartphone from a multinational company that sells for this low.

I mean, sure, the 4.5-inch FWVGA TN display panel, Dual SIM capability, and the removable 1,730 mAh battery pack are all pretty standard - these days - for a handset in this price echelon...

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

But the 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Dual LED flash, the 2MP front cam, 3G HSPA+ support, 1.2 GHz Quad Core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage are a real treat to have on such an affordable smartphone.

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I would like to give credit to SuperGrizzlyTV for all images in this post.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

In terms of looks, the handset is a bit of a Plain Jane -- and understandably so. It's one of the compromises that Huawei had to make to keep Y5C's SRP ideal for budget-conscious consumers. Nonetheless, you'll be glad to know that just like all devices from the Chinese company, this phone has a solid build that can certainly take the slight knocks and bumps of regular use. Or at least, that was the impression I got when I held the phone at the shop.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

If you ask me, the real highlight of this model are its internal hardware. In particular, the Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 and Mali 400 MP2 GPU based Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset is what makes it capable of delivering decent gaming performance and stutter-free Emotion UI (Huawei's experience or 'skin' on top of Android OS) touch experience. Yes, you'll be able to play all 2D games (some non-specs-intensive 3D titles) that you can download from the Google Play Store on this device smoothly.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines
Complemented by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM, that chipset gives Y5C an Antutu Benchmark Score in the range of 18,000 to 19,000. Not bad for a Php 3,490 handset.

Huawei Y5C, Huawei Y5C Philippines

Y5C is now available at all Huawei Concept Stores and authorized retail outlets across the Philippines. I recommend that you check it out and give it a test run if you're on the look out for a sub-Php 5,000 Android handset by a multinational brand that gives great value for money.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Huawei Y5C
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions134.3 x 66.7 x 10 mm
Weight 143 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Emotion Lite 3.0 UI
Display 4.5 inches (~62.3% screen-to-body ratio), 480 x 854 pixels (~218 ppi pixel density), TN, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7, Mali 400 MP2 GPU, Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB of ROM, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, LED flash Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture Full HD for main camera, HD for front cam (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 1,730 mAh battery
Uptime 280 Hours of Standby, 7 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Emotion UI
Announcement Philippines: Q2 2015
Availability Philippines: Q2 2015
Price Official: Php 3,490

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