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Huawei GR5 2017 Hands On, First Impressions


Huawei was the first to announce new phones for the local market this year. These are the high end Huawei Mate 9 and the mid range Huawei GR5 2017. Today we will take a closer look at the Huawei GR5 2017 as were able to play with it for a short period of time. Is it worth the look? Let’s find out.

Huawei GR5 2017:

  • Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, expandable via microSD
  • 5.5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 12 + 2 megapixel rear facing cameras
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera with wide angle lens
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
  • Price: P13,990
  • Status: Available at Huawei stores and retailers

We’ve reviewed the first Huawei GR5 last year and left us very impressed. We were actually curious as to why Huawei decided to name the phone GR5 2017 instead of Huawei Mate 9 Lite same as other regions. According to our friends from Huawei, the first GR5 was a big success and sold like hotcakes last year. They intend to continue that winning streak by naming it GR5 2017. Then we asked “Why not GR6?” and they just laughed and said that eventually they will run out of numbers.

Moving on, let’s take a closer look at the Huawei GR5 2017. It is the same metal build we’ve seen from last year with a different design language It seems more refined and more classy. It comes with three colors – gold. silver and gray. The one we have here is the gold variant with a white face. It is lightweight and looks small even with a 5.5-inch display. Trimming down of bezels have been a main factor for its smaller physique.

The Huawei GR5 2017 has a dual camera set up just like its higher end siblings. Actually, Huawei is the first to bring dual cameras on a midrange smartphone. We have a 12 megapixel and a 2 megapixel camera set up here that work together to achieve 0.3 second autofocus plus giving photos a dynamic depth of field and beautiful bokeh effects. Here, take a look at our sample photos.


On the software side, the GR5 2016 still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s custom skin EMUI on top. Unfortunately, the option present on the Huawei Mate 9 to put an app tray is not present here since the GR5 is still on EMUI 4.1. It is unclear if Huawei will upgrade the GR5 2017 to Android 7.0 Nougat or EMUI 5.0.


The Huawei GR5 2017 is the phone to beat when it comes to midrange smartphone photography. Those photos are really good that can be at par with photos taken from high smartphones. It won’t break your wallets for P13,990. There are more to test with the Huawei GR5 2017 like the battery, the overall performance and the 8 megapixel front camera. Stay tuned as we wait for our review unit for the full review 🙂