Huawei has been doing very well with its smartphones business. In the Philippines, the company is present on all market segments. From the flagship to premium midrange – we have the P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9. For the midrange we have the Huawei GR5 2017 and for the entry level we have the Huawei Y5 II.
For most Filipinos, the lower midrange segment is a major soft spot. Many Chinese brands have already launched their smartphones within this 7k to 10k segment. For Huawei, they have the Huawei GR3 2017. For only P8,990 you’ll get premium metal and glass chassis and a capable 12 megapixel camera. We are eager to unbox this beauty. Lets go!
Huawei GR3 2017:
- Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
- Mali T830 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
- 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0
- Price P8,990
- Status: Available in Huawei stores and retailers
What’s inside the box?
- Huawei GR3 2017 unit
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
- Free Case
- SIM card ejector
The Huawei GR3 2017 is also known in other regions as the following – Huawei P8 Lite 2017, Huawei P9 Lite 2017, Honor 8 Lite and Huawei Nova Lite. Wow! We hope Huawei could consider only one name since this is just one phone. Though in other countries memory configuration vary.
Moving on, the Huawei GR3 2017 is a beautiful phone. This black variant is so pretty though the glass back attracts fingerprints. Good thing, Huawei has included a free case. The glass and metal combo does not affect the weight and it is surprisingly lightweight.
The 5.2-inch display is by far pretty good. We need further testing on that. It now runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. On top of its is Huawei’s new UI called EMUI 5. This enables you to put a dedicated app tray making it more stock Android feel instead of the iOS-like no app tray set up. You can also change the look of your phone with is themes that are pre-installed.
Overall, we are very impressed with its hardware and its feel in the hands. We will do further testing with its hardware and software experience on our two-week review duration.