Huawei Y6p smartphone review – long runtimes without Google
The screen is convincing. Positioning yourself in the cheap smartphone market without Google services could be difficult. The Huawei Y6p tries out of necessity. With three cameras on the back and a large battery, it also has a few arguments on its side. We take a closer look at the affordable smartphone in the test.
Huawei Y6p (Y6 Series):
processor:Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
graphic card:PowerVR GE8320
Main memory:3072 MB
screen:6.3 inch 20: 9, 1600 x 720 pixel 278 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mass storage:64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB, 55 GB available
Weight:185 g, power supply: 59 g
Note: The manufacturer can use different components such as monitors, drives and memory modules with similar specifications under the same model name.
Case, equipment and operation – colorful and fast with WLAN:
The smartphone is available in three color variants: Phantom Purple, Emerald Green and Midnight Black. The back is high-gloss, the frame is matt. There is a small water drop notch on the front that contains the front camera. The case is stable and can hardly be twisted, but pressure on the screen is visible in the liquid crystal.
You have to be content with a micro USB port, and there is no NFC, so that mobile payment services cannot be used. But the smartphone brings some LET frequencies with it, so that there is a higher chance of being able to use mobile internet when traveling abroad.
Android 10 is installed, but the security patches are already 5 months old at the time of testing. There is no Google Services on the Huawei Y6p, so you have to do without the Play Store and other Google apps. Instead, you can download apps from Huawei’s App-gallery, which is filling up with popular apps, but Netflix, for example, is not yet available.
In terms of WLAN, a maximum of WiFi 4 can be used, but at a decent speed, as our tests with the reference router Net-gear AX12 Nighthawk show.
Cameras – Blurred images on all sides:
The Y6p shows 3 camera lenses on the back, the main camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels. There is also a wide-angle camera with 5 megapixels and a depth of field camera. Zooming in several steps between wide-angle and main camera is not possible, only a direct switch.
The images from the main camera are not too badly exposed, but somewhat poor in detail and not particularly sharp when you look closer. Sharpness and details are also lacking in weak lighting, but the brightness is OK. The wide-angle lens also takes pictures with little detail overall. The cameras are okay for snapshots, but if you want more flexibility and a really good camera system, you have to dig deeper into your pocket.
Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps, the auto-focus is quite slow here, but otherwise the image quality is OK. The wide-angle lens can also be used for videos, but you have to decide on one of the two lenses before starting the recording.
The selfie camera of the Huawei Y6p has a resolution of 8 megapixels. In low light, it can only be used with a lighted screen that illuminates the subject. In normal lighting, the image is not particularly sharp in detail, but it is enough for snapshots here too.
Comparison of images:
Select a scene and navigate in the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. Clicking on the enlarged images opens the original in a new window. The first picture shows the scaled photo that was taken with the test device.
Display – good color accuracy:
The Huawei Y6p has an IPS screen with a resolution of 1,600 x 720 pixels. The Honor 9X Lite is a tip for everyone who is looking for more resolution here, but even so, individual pixels are hardly recognizable and the display looks relatively sharp. CD
The brightness of the screen is more convincing: with an average of 538 Cd / m², the smartphone is much brighter than the comparison devices and can therefore still be used in slightly brighter surroundings. Despite the higher brightness, the black value is convincing at 0.39 Cd / m², so that the contrast of 1,444: 1 is also quite good.We did not notice any PWM flickering and the response times of the screen are acceptable.
We found a slight blue cast in the display in our tests with the spectra-photometer and the Cal-man software. Apart from a few shades of blue, colors and gray-scale are reproduced quite naturally.
Performance, emissions and battery life – little power, but long runtime:
A MediaTek Hello P22 is responsible for the performance of the Huawei Y6p, but it works a little slower in the Huawei Y6p than, for example, in the Alcatel 3L 2020, possibly due to the lower RAM. In general, the performance is sufficient for everyday use, but the volume control, for example, comes to a standstill in more complex apps.
In terms of storage speed, the Huawei Y6p with its eMMC flash does not win any prizes either, but is overall on the same level as this. The memory card reader also achieves decent transfer rates with our Toshiba Excoriate Pro M501 reference micro-SD.
The temperature increase is quite low and should hardly be noticeable in everyday use, even under high load.
The small mono speaker on the lower edge sounds very treble-heavy and pleasant in the ear at the highest volume. If you lower the volume, the sound becomes a bit dull. The sound reproduction via Bluetooth or 3.5mm cable works without any problems.
The 5,000 mAh battery achieved a great runtime of almost 16 hours in our WLAN test. With normal use, this should be enough for several days without charging. In fact, the Huawei Y6p also seems to be quite energy-efficient here; the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite with the same size battery does not come close to these run times. But it is also good that you don’t have to charge so often, because the lack of fast charging technology means that charging the high-capacity battery takes a long time.
Verdict – standard food with a good screen:
The Huawei Y6p is a reasonably equipped entry-level smartphone with a good battery life. The fact that it is still not suitable for everyone is due to the lack of Google services, which make access to many popular apps difficult.
If you can live with it, you get three cameras for very little money, but only two of them take effective photos and that with very blurry details. The processor performance of the smartphone is OK for the price range, but by no means outstanding. We like the screen, which displays colors quite well, offers decent contrast and does not flicker even in low brightness.
The Huawei Y6p is an affordable smartphone with a long battery life, a good screen and restrictions on the availability of apps.
Anyone who knows what they are getting into when Google services are missing, for whom the camera is not so important and who does not need a lot of power, can take a look at the inexpensive Y6p.