Huawei Y6 (2017) review
Better camera, more memory and a bigger battery
Our Huawei Y6 (2017) review finds a complete overhaul that brings this latest edition from the Y6 range right up to date. Even though there are major improvements, this Huawei phone still remains one of the cheapest on the market.
In the UK you can pick up the Huawei Y6 (2017) from £10.99 per month on a contract or for £109.99 as handset only.
HD display & quad core performance
The Huawei Y6 (2017) delivers all that we would expect from a phone in this price range. There is a 5” HD display that delivers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This equates to 294 pixels per inch, which is perfectly adequate for browsing the web, playing games and viewing video.
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The quad-core 1.4GHz processor with 2GB RAM also gives a performance that we would expect to see. There is a small delay when opening apps or the photo gallery, but we didn’t find this annoying and it doesn’t detract from the overall experience.
The Huawei Y6 (2017) is available in black or gold. The gold in our opinion looks the best, with its patterned back cover. The phone is light at 150g and pretty slim at 8.4mm thick.
Phone Set Up
Security & memory
The Huawei Y6 (2017) can be protected with the standard range of lock screen options. These include Pattern, PIN or password and you can of course have no security at all, if you wish.
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If you do set up security, then you can also activate the Safe feature. Here you can store private files and photos, which are only accessible when your PIN, pattern or password is entered again.
The internal memory is 16GB and this is plenty enough to get you going. There is a microSD card slot for memory cards with a value of up to 128GB. Thankfully, memory cards are pretty cheap these days, so if you need to expand the memory in the future, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Android & EMUI
The Huawei Y6 (2017) runs on two pieces of software. The first is Google’s operating system called Android Marshmallow and the second is Huawei’s user interface called EMUI 4.1.
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The OS brings with it lots of popular apps from Google. These include Maps, a web browser (Chrome) Gmail and YouTube, along with a few others. You also get notification badges that show the number of new notificiations on any app icon on your home screen.
Huawei adds a really good range of features with their user interface and these include:
- Magazine Unlock - Enjoy a new HD wallpaper every time you see the lock screen
- Shortcut switches - Customise the notification panel by adding or removing shortcut switches
- Hide apps - Hide apps you don’t use, which makes it easier to find those you do
- Easy Key - Customise the Easy Key to carry out different functions
- Screen Recorder - Record your gameplay in either HD or Mini mode and share it
- Contact ringtones - Set different ringtones or music for individual contacts
- Gestures - Flip the phone to mute or draw the letter of an app on the screen to open it
In addition to these features you also get apps such as Weather, Music, Calendar, Notepad, Sound Recorder and Mirror. Finally, if you want to use the phone at its most simple, then you can turn on the Simple Home Screen layout.
Camera & Video
Feature-rich camera app
The Huawei Y6 (2017) has a 13MP camera with a dual LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera with a LED flash. The camera app has loads of features and these include:
- Panorama (landscape and selfie)
- Audio Note
- Burst Shooting
- Voice Activated Shooting
- Object Tracking
- Time-lapse Mode
If you need to take a photo quickly, then Ultra Snapshot lets you press the volume button down twice to instantly open the camera app and take a photo. There is also a Perfect Selfie Mode and this detects your face in a group shot and then adds preset facial enhancements, so that you stand out against the crowd.
The battery has a good capacity at 3,000mAh and this is nearly 30% up on the original Y6. When you charge the phone, the notification LED changes colour as the battery fills up, making it really easy to see when the phone is charged.
If you end up in a dire low battery situation, then you can activate the Ultra Power Plan, which saves battery by only offering calls and text messages.
Written by: Michael Brown