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Huawei recently launched its newest dual camera smartphone, the GR5 2017, and it looks to be one heck of a contender especially when it comes to imaging capabilities. We were able to play around with it, and here’s what we think:

Design

The GR5 2017 looks a little more expensive than its PhP13,990 price tag. The simple approach to the design works very well here. Soft round corners and metal back. The build quality is also excellent for a mid-range device. There’s no hint that it’ll easily break, nor are there any strange sounds coming from the back when holding it.

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Display

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The 5.5-inch Full HD display in the GR5 2017 isn’t the best display out there, but is certainly among the better ones that i’ve seen. It’s bright, vibrant, and sharp.

Performance

Huawei GR5 2017 Specs:

  • HUAWEI Kirin 655 Octa-Core Processor + i5 co-processor
  • 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of Internal Storage Expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD Card
  • 5-inch Full HD Display
  • Rear: Dual Camera (12MP + 2MP)
  • Front: 8MP
  • LTE
  • Emotion UI 4.1 on top of Android Marshmallow
  • 3340mAh Battery with Intelligent Power Saving Technology

Playing around with it, there was no hint of lag or stutter in the UI, even when continuously taking photos, which is a sign of good optimization. But we’ll have to see how it performs with heavy multi-tasking and gaming.

Camera

Being the key selling point of this device, I took some stills to see what the dual camera setup is capable of , and it really did impress. Pictures came out sharp, detailed, and accurate.

The camera interface is also very easy to use, and offers a ton of shooting modes for you to play with. There’s also Pro mode, which allows you to tweak in-depth settings for your shots.

The GR5 2017 comes in Gold, Silver, and Gray and is available at all Huawei Experience Stores nationwide for PhP13,990. We’ll be doing more tests on our full review, so stay tuned.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.