Huawei Y6II: Sleek, Compact Design, Power & Performance rolled into One
The brand has made giant strides globally. On the Interbrand global ranking, the brand has made steady progress since it debuts at 98th position in 2014, moved to 88th in 2015 and it’s 72nd in 2016.
In Nigeria for instance, the brand has become a major supplier to all leading network operators (carriers) controlling as much as 60%, 50%, 80% and 65% of MTN, Globacom, Etisalat and Airtel respectively of equipment supplies. These have affected the brand’s popularity hence its consumer end of the business is on the ascent in Nigeria.
One of the latest introductions of the brand in its mid-range smartphone segment is the fast rising Huawei Y 6 II. The Huawei Y series denotes the affordable phones sequence on the Huawei platform. The Y6II, the subject if this review was introduced mid 2016 but officially arrived the Nigerian market in the last quarter of the year.
A review piece made available to Brandcrunch was put to the test of rigour and swift , performance during the last month of the year.
On the surface the phone is beautifully crafted and stylishly presented in gold finishing although other five colour variants are available. The commonest are gold, black and white. It’s curved edges further amplifies the smoothness just as it provides for soft landing as against sharp impact and breakage that might occur in sharp edges phone when it falls and lands on any of the edges. The back cover has some fine-rough finishing that ensures firm hold to prevent slipping out of the user’s hand.
The smartphone is equipped with a 5.5 inches HD display screen with enviable screen resolution.
Although, the Y Series is the low end phone on the Huawei range, yet in the belly of the Y6 II are componets meant for the high end range. For instance, it is equipped with two cameras 13mp rear camera and 8Mp from camera. The front enjoys a professional mode that regulates the amount of light that enters and a panorama setting which ensures wide angle images while the rear camera, a 77 degree wide angle capability though limited, it is ahead of the pack in similar phone range.
Embedded in the phone for speed and ultimate performance is the Huawei Kirin 620, 64bit. This phone is the first Y series device fitted with the Huawei Kirin processor. This ensures faster performance and battery efficiency. It also provides opportunity to multi-task on the phone without slowing or shutting down. The 5.5” screen can be parted into two halves with different operations going on simultaneously with no negative effect on the processor.
Also in line with the enhanced processor, the Y6 II comes with 2gig ram and 16GB ROM. This shows bigger RAM and ROM compared to its predecessor and smartphones in its range. The manufacture deploys Android 6.0 and Emotion interface 6.1, these make the smartphone a powerful and user friendly device while the relatively slim Highpolymer battery also ensures smart power management. It is also equipped with a power saving mode which shuts down other Apps when the battery level gets to below 10% ensuring that only calls and messages access is guaranteed for a longer time.
The outstanding qualities of the Y6 II smartphone stem from Huawei’s rich background as the only phone manufacturer with seamless operation covering Carrier business, Chipset manufacturing, Terminal suppliers and Consumer business. Its seamless operation provides insights to impact on design and powerful internal components to deliver powerful pieces for its consumer business end users.
Although, a price around N70,000 for a Y series may seem obnoxious. The new Huawei Y 6 II looks a good buy considering the devalued Naira occasioned by the fallen prices of Nigeria’s crude oil which has negatively affected all imports. Apart from this, the multitasking capability and the powerful processor, sharp camera among others make up for the seemingly high price. It’s Huawei Kirin processor inside and the large memory size compares to the latest Huawei Mate 9 which sells at over N200,000!
Another, low side is that while other lower end phones has common Apps like WhatsApp pre-installed, it’s a no with the Huawei Y 6 II. However, the EMU 4.1 interface makes the phone user friendly and fun. Similarly, accessories like the tailor-made firm and plain plastic back cover and the film quality face cover further heighten the beautiful curves making the phablet attractive and a beauty to hold.
In all, this is a good buy considering the powerful capabilities, large memory and multitasking prowess.