When it comes to the sub-10k price point, we have this price band flooded between international and local brands. All offer their best offerings of even a dual-camera system, 16MP front selfie camera to even a 4,100mAh battery.
But this price range is the “Gem” as you need to offer a smartphone that only isn’t good in looks but also nice in performance, not to mention the great branding for people to entrust their hard earned money.
So meet the new Huawei GR3 2017, the company’s killer entry level smartphone. It’s powered by Huawei’s Kirin 655 Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM and a gorgeous dual 2.5D curved glass at the front and back. To be honest, the back will remind you of the Google Pixel but with better implementation in our opinion.
The unit showed by online store intogadgets looks nice and clean, looks like the GR3 2017 will be a hit for dual-glass lovers.
No 720p resolution here as the GR3 2017 packs a high-quality Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display that is great and vivid. Overall screen size is 5.2″ which is same as the Huawei P9 and it will definitely remind people who know the brand well.
Storage is a bit low of 16GB which leaves you 7.32GB of working storage according to the unit of Intogadgets. So that’s sufficient enough for most apps with free storage of around 3GB for photos, but we highly suggest to get a MicroSD card.
The camera at the back is a 12MP shooter with 1.25μm pixel size, it should have 1.5x more sensitivity than regular cameras. The front camera, on the other hand, is 8MP with panoramic selfie mode.
The battery inside is a 3,000mAh non-removable lithium polymer, more or less this is big enough for a 5.2″ smartphone and should last a day.
So the Huawei GR3 2017 retails for Php8,990 and it’s now available on the market. If you desire for more, then just add 3k for its dual-camera version, the 2017 Huawei GR5 for Php11,990 and enjoy bokeh shots and a bit more powerful processor.
Update: Here is an AnTuTu Benchmark score for the Huawei GR3 2017, thanks to our friends from intogadgets.
Huawei GR3 2017 Specs
- 5.2-inch 2.5D Glass FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 2.1GHz Kirin 655 Octa-Core Processor
- Mali T830 GPU
- 3GB RAM with 16GB Internal Storage
- Micro SD expandable up to 128GB
- Rear Camera – 12MP f/2.0, PDAF, LED Flash
- Front Camera – 8MP f/2.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with aGPS
- 3G, 4G with 700MHz carrier aggregation capabilities
- Hybrid Sim Tray (Nano + Micro Sim/SD)
- Fingerprint Sensor 4.0
- Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei EMUI 5.0
- 147.2 x 72.9 x 7.6 mm