Huawei Y5 2017 or Y6 II?

A reader asks, “Which is better: Huawei Y5 2017 or Y6 II?

In this match, we will see which entry-level Huawei smartphone will come out on top. Let’s go!

The Huawei Y5 2017 is the company’s latest entry-level smartphone. It has a 5″ IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, a MediaTek MT6737T chipset, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 5MP front camera with LED flash, and 3,000mAh battery.

The Huawei Y6 II was released last year and was considered to be a good budget smartphone at the time. It has a 5.5″ HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, Kirin 620 chipset, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8MP front camera, and 3,000mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Huawei Y5 2017 Huawei Y6 II
Display 5.0-inch IPS LCD @ 1280×720 pixels 5.5-inch HD display @ 1280 x 720 pixels
CPU MediaTek MT6737T 1.4GHz quad-core 1.2GHz HiSilicon Kirin 620 octa-core
GPU Mali T720 Mali-450
Memory – 16GB internal storage
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB internal storage
– 2GB RAM
Camera – 8MP AF rear camera, f/2.0, dual-LED flash
– 5MP front-facing camera, LED flash
– 13MP rear camera w/ LED flash
– 8MP front camera
Battery 3,000mAh battery 3,000mAh battery
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ EMUI 4.1

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Huawei Y5 2017

+ Better performing CPU

+ Better performing GPU

+ Dual-LED rear flash

+ Front LED flash

Huawei Y6 II

+ Larger screen size

+ Higher rear camera resolution

+ Higher front camera resolution

In terms of display, they have the same screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, however, the Y6 II has a better viewing experience for users since it has a 5.5″ one. To the majority of users, having a bigger screen size would mean better readability and viewability.

For their CPU and GPU, we have not yet tested out the benchmark scores for the Y6 II but since it has the same chipset as the Huawei Honor 4X that we reviewed before, we will be checking its scores out. The Y5 2017 has an MT6737T chipset with a Mali T720 GPU while the Y6 II and Honor 4X have the Kirin 620 chipset with the Mali 450 GPU. (Take note that both chipsets carry a 28nm architecture and the Kirin 620 chipset is older than the MT 6737T) The Antutu benchmark score for the former reached 38,986 while the latter only received 30,497. This means that the Y5 2017 has the better performing chipset in this comparison.

As for their camera quality, the Y6 II has higher front and rear camera resolutions compared to the Y5 2017. We have not yet taken sample shots from the former but we will do it if ever we get our hands on it. As for the latter, you can check its sample photos here.

As for their battery capacity, both smartphones carry the same 3,000mAh battery but we can assume that the Y6 II will draw more power due to its larger screen size. When we tested out the battery life performance of the Y5 2017, it lasted for 9 hours and 25 minutes. We have not yet tested the battery life of the other smartphone but it shouldn’t be that far from what we got with the Y5 2017.

As for their overall performance, the Y5 2017 has the upper hand since it has a better CPU and GPU. From this comparison, we can also see that it’s not always true that octa-core > quad-core. The Y6 II, however, has better screen specifications for viewing experience.

The Y5 2017 is priced at Php5,890 (see price listing here) while the Y6 II is priced at Php7,990 (see price listing here).

Which budget smartphone would you choose? Let us know in the comments section below.

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