For P11,990, Huawei brought a midrange smartphone with a premium build, the Huawei GR5. While the user interface (UI) reminds us of the Honor series, the GR5 now carries the branding of Huawei. Stay with us as we bring you our Huawei GR5 Review.
Unboxing Huawei GR5
In the package of a red box comes a pack of familiar accessories, mostly in color white — microUSB cable, earphone, wall charger, SIM ejector, an extra transparent casing and the usual reading materials such us user guide and warranty card.
Huawei GR5 Review: Design and built
The Huawei GR5 is a unibody 5.5-inch smartphone which was launched in March is a midrange device. But it has the looks of a premium device, thanks to the rose gold metal body and the well-engineered design of Huawei.
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You’ll find the buttons ergonomically located on the right side for easy access with your fingers. Both the power button and the volume rocker is on the upper right side and on the opposite location is the dual SIM tray and the microSD slot.
In front, you will see the 5 Megapixel (MP) camera the sensor and the loudspeaker. Down below is the Huawei logo. Huawei decided to implement an on-screen button on GR5.
Flip it and it will reveal the 13 Megapixel (MP) camera with dual LED flash and autofocus feature of the camera. Right at the bottom of the camera is the fingerprint scanner. Up top are the 3.5mm audio port and a noise canceling mic.
Once you hold the GR5 in your hands, you would not think that this device is being sold by Huawei for P11,990 only.
Display and UI
You get a full HD display on the GR5, the screen is bright and you get crisp images and icons on it. No viewing angle issues, therefore, it is nice to use it in any manner you wish.
Like we mentioned earlier, the GR5 has the UI of the Honor series, so there is no app drawer, so you are bound to group your favorite apps into groups.
The pre-installed magazine covers change every time you press the power button to turn on the device. This feature is very refreshing to the eyes.
Here’s what I am trying to describe:
The rightmost image changes every time you wake up the phone.
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is behind the show, but on top is the familiar EMUI version 3.1.
Huawei has pre-installed the necessary apps that you would love to use. Other are essentials apps like audio recorder, calculator, backup, FM radio and HiCare, an app that connects you to the customer service of Huawei.
Huawei has pre-organized the apps like Google and the essential apps into a folder called Tools.
You are given the freedom to install your favorite apps. But you have to take note that GR5 has only 16Gb of storage and you only have 9.7Gb left for your other stuff.
The microSD slot solves this problem. You can attach up to 256G in the dedicated slot provided for.
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Our favorite part of the review is always the camera. We really like good quality images, fast shutter, and focus. The 13Mp rear camera of the GR5 did not disappoint us.
Here are the samples which were re-sized only but not edited at all.
When “Good food” feature is enabled
Subject behind the mirror shot
Here’s a special episode of T4 Gadget Show about the Huawei GR5.
The Huawei GR5 is powered by 1.7 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 616 octa-core CPU paired with Adreno 405 and a 2Gb of RAM. I don’t know what’s keeping the GR5 perform fast. But we experience some lags. Noticeable that you have to clear some running apps in the background for it work smooth again.
It would have been better if they had a 3Gb of RAM and add a few hundred in the SRP rather than experience a slow performance overall.
I still like it. The Huawei GR5 is something you can flaunt. It can perform and delivers beautiful, clear and crisp images. While the lags we experience concerns us, a price reduction from the SRP might solve that minor issue.
The battery of GR5 having 3,000mAH non-removable is kind enough to last an 8hour usage with mobile data turned on but used on-demand only. If you keep the WiFi on and use it minimally, it will last you until the next day.
If it is Huawei device, you can’t go wrong. The GR5 is the most good-looking midrange Android device in this generation.