The Huawei brand has a reputation for releasing nice gadgets and this time round I got to give it to them. Huawei GR5- also known as the Honor 5X -is among the latest mid-range phones launched in the Kenyan market by the Chinese telecom giant. The phone packs some serious features for a gadget in that price range, and the design itself is just high-end.
Huawei GR5 body design is the first thing that makes you fall in love with the gadget. It has a metallic unibody that is cut from a single piece of aluminum, measuring 151.3×76.3×8.2 mm and weighs 158 g. Its body gives it a unique design and a feel that outshines gadgets in the same price bracket.
The GR5 features a 5.5 inches IPS capacitive display, an advantage to big screen lovers. For those who prefer gadgets that fit comfortably in their pockets, it can be a bit of a problem there though. The display, however, boasts of 1080×1920 pixels resolution.
Huawei GR5 features android 5.1 (Lollipop) with EMUI 3.1. Supporting this Operating System is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor (1.5 GHz quad core and 1.2 GHz quad core) and a fairly impressive 2 GB RAM.
Its 16 GB internal memory is a bonus considering the small number of mid-range phones with that kind of memory. The memory can be expanded to 256 GB through a microSD.
The GR5 battery is fair but not off the chain. In my own experience spending a considerable amount of time browsing and playing games, I feel Huawei could have done better than the non-removable 3000mAh battery. Considering they are both mid-range gadgets the Huawei Y6 Pro came with a more impressive 4000mAh battery. Also being a non-removable battery, changing or replacing it will be a problem.
It’s camera I got to say is one of the key highlights of this device considering its mid-range price. The 13-Megapixel camera it comes with is well positioned at the phone’s brushed metal finish back for the user to shoot quality pictures and videos. And yes, the camera does have an LED flash. It also has a 5 megapixels front camera, which is sufficient for video calls and “selfies”.
Even though it has accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light, G-sensor and compass, its fingerprint sensor, which is located at the back, is a highlight feature. It’s a new technology which is mainly featured in recently released high-end gadgets. However, the fingerprint scanner only allows the owner to safely unlock the phone, unlike the one in Huawei Mate 8 which works in other applications as well.
Huawei GR5 Price in Kenya & Verdict
Huawei ought to address the rather sluggish performance in the device. Otherwise, the Huawei GR5 is a good phone going by its impressive design and its features. With an average price tag of Ksh 28,000 it is worth a try and impressive competition to a couple of other gadgets in this price range.