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Huawei Y5 Prime official specs and images now available, includes triple card slot for dual SIM and MicroSD

Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) showing dual SIM plus MicroSD slot. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) showing dual SIM plus MicroSD slot. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) is now listed on Huawei’s website, indicating that it might not be long until it hits store shelves. The older Y5 (2017) released in June of last year, so this timing would match. With 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage, this is undoubtedly a budget phone, but the inclusion of three card slots (2 SIM and 1 MicroSD) will be highly attractive in some markets.

The Y-series contains entry level and mid-range handsets which compete in many of the same markets and price segments as Xiaomi’s Redmi devices. This low-price/low-margin segment is essential to Huawei for maintaining high unit volume sales, and the Y-series has historically been a reliable seller in “growth markets” for the company.

A redesigned body shows the most obvious visual change for the Y5 Prime (2018) when compared to its non-prime 2017 predecessor. The display is now 5.45-inch 2:1 (18:9) with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720, instead of the more traditional 16:9 HD screen. The 8 MP camera has been dropped in favor of dual 13 MP and 5 MP sensors for improved resolution and depth of field effects. Face unlock will come after release via an OTA update.

The SoC isn’t specified, but Huawei tends to use MediaTek chipsets at this lower price point so we wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t a HiSilicon Kirin SoC. The 2 GB of RAM is typical for a cheap phone but does seem anemic compared with the more high-profile releases we’re used to, and the same goes for the 16 GB of storage. Battery capacity is average at 3020 mAh, but Android 8.1 Oreo has additional power saving tweaks that weren't in Android 6.0, so this should help squeeze out a little extra battery time to counteract the larger display.

The Y5 Prime (2018) has a variant (DRA-L22) with dual SIM slot plus an additional MicroSD. It isn’t commonplace to see the ability to add two SIM cards and expandable storage, but this feature is welcome in markets such as India where it is more common to pick one carrier for calls/SMS and another for data, based on who is offering the best rates. It is also useful for frequent travelers who move between countries with unfavorable roaming agreements.

The Y5 Prime measures 147 x 71 x 8.3 mm (5.77 x 2.79 x 0.33 inches) and 142 grams (5.01 ounces). It will come in black, blue, or gold.

Huawei Y5 prime (2018) showing available colours. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei Y5 prime (2018) showing available colours. (Source: Huawei)

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Craig Ward, 2018-05-20 (Update: 2018-05-20)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.