Huawei are partnering with Jumia to bring one of their mid-range budget phones, G Power, to Nigeria. It is the kind of deal that saw Konga and mi-Fone introduce the mid-range budget mi-Tribe A500. With the way the situation is panning out, it is possible that in the not too distant future, online stores would grab all the distribution rights of most smartphones in Nigeria.
What makes the Huawei G Power, different from other mid-range budget phones? Is it the price? The specs? Or the awesomeness of the battery? Or hopefully a combination of all three? Why is the phone described as ‘The Hero with extraordinary powers’ by the exclusive vendors, Konga? Let’s take a look at the specs and you can make an informed judgement
Display and Design
Spotting what Huawei is calling ‘water ripple’ back cover, the Huawei is beautifully built and really slim at just 8.5mm. Though you’d expect a major OEM like Huawei to go full HD, it’s absence on the G Power display is a bit of a puzzle. But the 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels is adequate enough to give crisp clear pictures.
Operating system, Memory and Storage
The use of Android 5.1, Lollipop, by Huawei shows that the Android 6.1 is not really in fashion yet. It seems to appear only in flagship devices. However, an upgrade for the G Power to the Marshmallow is possible later in the year.
Powered by a quad core MediaTek MT6735P Cortex A53 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz, the G Power packs an impressive RAM of 2GB to smoothly take all apps through their motions, and a Mali T720 GPU to handle all the graphics.
For storing files, apps, videos, and photos, there is an internal storage of 8 GB. Not too impressive though. But it can be expanded by the use of microSD by an extra 32GB if you need to go to the maximum capacity of the card slot.
Huawei is really hyping the camera features of the G Power. The smartphone has a primary camera of 13MP capable of panoramic shooting with auto focus and the regular LED flash. On the other side is a secondary camera of 5MP. This would be good news for selfie lovers.
The battery of the G Power is what really stands out for me. At 4000 mAh, you can do a lot of things on a single charge with this phone. The phone can go for 48 hours on normal usage without the need to charge it. And you can get over 15 hours of Internet surfing on the phone. Quite impressive.
And like the Gionee M5, reverse charging is also possible with the Huawei G power. In simple terms this means the phone has being tweaked to charge other devices.
And the quick charging feature ensures you don’t have to waste too much time waiting for the phone to get a full charge.
As at the time of writing this review, the price of the phone is yet to be released by Jumia. Instead, Jumia is asking prospective users to pre-order the device. I wonder how one can pre-order something with no idea how much it would cost.
For a mid-range smartphone, the Huawei G Power specs is just ok. The battery is awesome though. Here is hoping Jumia and Huawei won’t slam a prohibitive price on the phone.
UPDATE: The phone is now on sale on Jumia at N46,500
- Platform: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Processor
- GPU: –
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- Colours: Black, White
- Dimension: XX x XX x 8.5 mm
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: –
- SIM Count: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Display: 5.0-inch Touch Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (293 ppi)
- Display Protection: –
- Rear Camera: 13 MP Camera, HD Video
- Rear Camera Features: LED Flash, Autofocus, Panorama
- Front Camera: 5MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 32GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: No
- Light Sensor: No
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: No
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
- Voice Control: No
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: No
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No (download at store)
- Battery: 4000 mAh Li-Po Battery, doubles as a Powerbank (Reverse Charging)
- Standby Time: –
- Talktime: up to 39 hours
- Quick Charging: Yes, 10 minutes charge gives 3 hours talktime