In what could possibly be the last time for Huawei, the company has introduced their entry-level 2017 Y Series into the market. The devices were announced earlier this year at different timelines but they all shared the same platform when Huawei dropped the curtains on them. The devices which are the Y7 Prime, Y5 and Y3 are possibly the closing chapters in Huawei’s attempt at offering low-cost devices.
Towards the end of July, Huawei’s consumer business group CEO, Richard Yu, announced that the company would no longer be producing entry-level devices because “the margin in this is extremely low.” Since the Y series is “not making enough profit” for Huawei, this could be your last chance to grab yourself one.
The crème de la crème of the series is the Y7 Prime which comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Snapdragon 435, a beefy 4000mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top and a 12MP main shooter complimented by an 8MP selfie shooter.
The Y5 comes with a smaller 5-inch HD display, a MediaTek MT6737T processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top, a 3000mAh battery, 8MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera.
The Y3 is at the bottom of the pyramid offering a 5-inch 480P display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top, either a MediaTek MT6737M or MT6580M processor running the show, 1 gig of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2200mAh battery and a combination of 8MP and 2MP cameras.
All devices support 4G, which is a net improvement. They, however, do feel slightly overpriced, compared to what the competition has to offer at a similar price point. Speaking of price, the Y7 Prime will retail at Ksh.23,000, the Y5 at Ksh.13,000 and the Y3 at Ksh.8,700.