Huawei is known for making great smartphones. The Huawei GR5 is another great smartphone from the Chinese phone maker. This phone is also referred to as Huawei Honor 5X. This phone is no doubt one of the best mid-range phones that you can get in the Kenyan market.
The Huawei GR5 has a 5.5-inch screen. It can be described as a phablet. Above the screen, there is an LED notification light, earpiece, sensors and a 5MP selfie camera. The Huawei branding is below the screen. Slot for a microSD card and two SIM card slots are on the left had side of the phone. The volume and power button are on the right hand side.
At the top, there is the headset jack and a microphone. The micro USB port and holes for the loudspeaker and microphones are at the bottom. When you turn to the back side, you will instantly notice its 13MP camera, LED flash and the fingerprint sensor.
The back side is made from metal. The top and bottom parts are made from plastic that has a dotted finish. The Huawei GR5 feels premium. The frame around the display is also made from plastic. It is easy to hold it in one hand. It is an attractive phone to look at.
As earlier stated, the Huawei GR5 is has a 5.5-inch screen. This screen provides full HD resolution. The colours are good. This screen displays images with sufficient vibrance. You will always have a joyful experience every time you are using this this screen to watch videos and view photos especially in Full-HD.
Like many other Huawei phones, the GR5 13MP back camera does not disappoint. It captures images with great detail and impressive colours especially when used in bright conditions. The 5MP selfie shooter has a wide angle and a flash that helps to make it possible to capture impressive photos and videos in low light conditions.
The Huawei GR5 runs on Android v5.1(Lollipop). This OS is skinned with Huawei EMUI v3.1. There are on screen navigation buttons. All apps are accessible from the home screen.
This phone powered by an octacore Qualcommm Snapdragon 616 processor that clocks at 1.5GHz. This CPU is backed by 2GB of RAM. You can use this phone for basic task without a problem. Multitasking is smooth, application launch is fast and the fingerprint scanner is quick and responsive. Internal storage space is 16GB. However, about 6GB of this space is taken up by the OS and pre-installed applications.
This phone gets it power from a 3000mAh battery. The battery life is good. It can easily go through a day of heavy use. There are three power saving modes (normal, smart & Ultra) that you can use to improve battery life.
Huawei GR5 technical specifications
- November 2015
- Dimensions: 151.3mmx 76.3mmx 8.2mm
- Weight: 158g
- SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM), Dual stand by.
- Type: IPS-LCD capacitive screen, 16M colours
- Size: 5.5 inches
- Resolution: 1080×1920 pixels
- Pixel density: 401PPI
- Operating System: Android v5.1.1(Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0(Marshmallow)
- Chipset: Qualcomm-MSM8939v2 Snapdragon-616
- CPU: Quadcore 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 & Quadcore 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno-405
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal: 16GB
- MicroSD slot: Yes, up to 256GB
- Back: 13MP, f/2.0, 28mm, LED flash, autofocus
- Features: Geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus, panorama, HDR
- Front: 5 MP, f/2.4, 22mm
- WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
- Bluetooth: v4.1
- GPS: Yes, with GLONASS, A-GPS
- USB: MIcroUSB v2.0
- Fingerprint sensor
- proximity sensor
- 3000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery