Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Huawei Y3C Unboxing and Review

The Huawei Y3c is one of the Chinese company's latest budget phones (after dropping the Ascend line) along with its big brother, the Y5c, which was released earlier in the market. It was one of the phones the company showcased in the Mobile World Conference (MWC) last March in Barcelona. On that note, it's a good thing major brands still compete in the entry-level segment of the market.   



The Y3c sports a 4-inch capacitive screen and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quadcore processor, all for less than 3k! More of the specifications listed below:

Huawei Y3c specs
4" WVGA LCD screen, 480 x 800 pixels, 233 ppi
CPU: 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum 8830 quadcore processor
GPU: Mali-400 MP
RAM: 512MB
ROM: 4GB (1.8GB user available)
5MP fixed-focus camera with dual LED flash
2MP front facing camera
Bluetooth and 3G connectivity
accelerometer
GPS/AGPS
FM Radio
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
EMUI 3.0 Lite
Dual SIM (regular and microSIM)
1730 mAh battery
Height: 122.6mm
Width: 63.8mm
Weight: 120g
Price: PHP2,890

Package Contents

The Huawei Y3c comes with the battery, earphones, a charger, a micro-USB cable, a quick start guide, and a warranty card. It also comes with  two FREE back covers which you can use interchangeably with the original cover depending on your mood. That's a nice bonus!

Goodies inside Huawei Y3c's box
Design

It has been a long time since I've used a 4-inch device and I could truly say such phones always provide me the perfect grip. The Huawei Y3c fits perfectly in my hand, and one-hand operation is so easy you can text without struggling on your grip ( a case I usually have with larger phones).

Design-wise, it's not a major looker but its simple design serves me well and I like it. For the display, you might buy a screen protector as it is not scratch-resistant. Also, buttons (volume rocker and power) were also placed well at the right side as I could easily press it while holding.



At the top of the display is the logo as well as the earpiece. At it's right is the front-facing camera (no proximity, light sensor and LED notification light)


Below the display are the three capacitive touch buttons that aren't backlit.


At the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro USB slot.


At the right side of the device are the volume rocker and the power key


Nothing on the left side.


The only thing in the bottom is the mouthpiece.


At the semi-matte back is the 5MP camera along with a dual LED flash and the logo. At the bottom part is the speaker grill.


Propping the back cover reveals the two SIM slots (a regular and a micro-SIM slot), a microSD card slot, and the 1,730 mAh battery.


Display and UI

As mentioned above, the Y3c sports a 4" WVGA display and I can say Huawei did a great job here. Colors are good and punchy and doesn't look washed out. Viewing angles are also great! Awesome for a budget device!

When using it on direct sunlight, you have to set the brightness to max. (Do note that Y3c doesn't have an ambient light sensor so you have to set the display's brightness in the Settings menu. But this should not be a dealbreaker considering the device is so affordable and Huawei does have to cut on something)

Meanwhile, the Y3c runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and Huawei used their own EMUI Lite for its UI. You can choose two homescreen styles: standard and simple.

Lock screen
Google Apps installed on Y3c


Don't know if it's just me, but the screen doesn't always respond well to my touches. 

Call and Messaging

I haven't encountered any problem on phone calls with Huawei Y3c. I can clearly hear the person on the other line well.


Messaging is also easy breezy on the Y3c. It uses TouchPal as it's default keyboard which is fairly easy to use.

The messaging app using TouchPal keyboard

Messages are arranged through a timeline.

Performance

The Huawei Y3c is a budget smartphone with first time or casual users in mind so don't expect it will perform well in heavy apps/games.

Subway Surfers running on Y3c. Laggy at times but still playable.

It does have lags and slow transitions but it's very manageable. 
It did performed well on some benchmarking I did.

The Huawei Y3c got 18,629 points in AnTuTu. Not bad!


Audio Quality

The Huawei Y3c's sound output rocks as long as you use a decent pair of earphones. The stock earphones are not that bad but I'll save it for calls.

The default music player on Y3c
Meanwhile, the speaker is pretty good and loud enough . 

Camera

The Huawei Y3c 5MP fixed focus camera surprisingly performs well in outdoor shots. Indoor shots are also good as long as it's well lighted. The dual-LED flash does good in low-light situations. Below is the camera app interface:

The camera app interface

Check out the shots made below:






Videos taken suffers a bit of stuttering but still good though:


There's also a 2MP front facing camera you can use for selfies and video calls 

Battery

Battery life has always been a deciding factor for me in choosing Android phones and the Y3c kept up with my expectations. With casual games, music, browsing (through WiFi), brightness set to middle, it can last for two days or less! 

The Huawei Y3c is powered by a 1,730 mAh battery.
Conclusion

If you're opting to buy your first smartphone or you just want a perfect secondary smartphone for texting, calling, music, taking shots, and a bit of gaming and browsing, without spending so much, the Huawei Y3c would certainly not disappoint. It may lag and stutter sometimes but this little guy sure is very capable and long-lasting.

Pros
good screen for a budget phone 
camera with dual-LED flash
long battery life
quad-core processor
very affordable price
extra back covers

Cons
sometimes unresponsive to touch
a bit laggy
512MB RAM only

Score: 8/10