While Realme 5i is selling like hotcakes for P6,990 only, Huawei Y6s is gaining traction since its release. Coincidentally, both phones cost the same. When you’re looking for a budget phone, every feature will matter. That said, which of the two should you get?
Realme 5i and Huawei Y6s Differences
Advantages of Realme 5i
- splash resistance
- larger screen at 6.52″
- scheduled Android 10
- Snapdragon 655
- quad cameras
- 4K @ 30fps video
- electronic image stabilization
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
- Wi-Fi ac
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 5000mAh battery
Advantages of Huawei Y6s
- smaller build
Realme 5i and Huawei Y6s Similarities
- 8MP f2.0 selfie camera
- IPS LCD
- 720p+ resolution
- Android 9 Pie
- dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
- 3GB RAM/64GB internal storage
- octa-core CPU
- micro USB
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 10W charging
Which is a better buy between the Realme 5i and Huawei Y6s?
Design and Display
While there’s a stark difference in design between the two budget phones, it only has one aim — to resist fingerprint smudges. Realme 5i features an all-grainy shell while Huawei Y6s uses a matte-like finish for the significant portion of the back. Build-wise, Realme has the advantage thanks to splash resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 3+. If you want a one-hand friendly phone, the latter is the way to go at 6.09″ diagonal screen size. But if you want taller and immersive screen, the former offers 6.52″. Regardless, both are using IPS LCD with 720p+ resolution.
Even with the higher boost clock speed, Snapdragon 655 is still more efficient and more powerful than Helio P35. This is based on synthetic benchmarks online, with Qualcomm chipset being at least 20 percent faster. While both running on Android 9 Pie with complete Google services, only Realme 5i has scheduled Android 10 support. Rarely we see budget phones to support major software updates, so this is a major advantage over the competition.
Realme 5i | Huawei Y6s
- 12MP f1.8 vs 13MP f1.8 – main
- 8MP f2.3 vs n/a – ultrawide
- 2MP f2.4 vs n/a – macro
- 2MP f2.4 vs n/a – depth
- 8MP f/2.0 vs 8MP f/2.0 – selfie camera
It seems like nothing can beat the quad-camera setup of Realme 5i under this price range. Aside from the main sensor, you have ultrawide, macro, and depth at your arsenal. Additionally, you can record up to 4K @ 30fps video and with the option to use electronic image stabilization. Where Huawei Y6s ties the comparison is the selfie camera, however, video recording is capped at 1080p @ 30fps only.
Both devices are using a south-firing speaker. There’s also an audio jack should you wish for better audio quality. While we can’t vouch for Huawei Y6s, we did review Realme 5i and it provided sound quality that’s not tinny with a bit of depth.
Battery and Charging
Realme 5i destroys Huawei Y6s in the battery department. With the hefty 5000mAh battery, it can last up to two days whether it’s casual or heavy use. Don’t expect much from Huawei’s device since it only comes with 3020mAh. Both, however, use micro USB for 10W charging.
At P6,990, Realme 5i is the clear winner. It just offers more features that are up to today’s standards. Huawei Y6s is only vouching for its unique design, while the rest is something not writing home about.
|Specs||Realme 5i||Huawei Y6s|
|Display||6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3+||6.09-inch HD+, IPS LCD, teardrop notch|
|Dimensions||164.4 x 75 x 9.3 mm, 195g||156.3 x 73.5 x 8 mm, 150g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)||Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 610||PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory||3GB + 64GB with dedicated microSD up to 256GB||3GB + 32GB expandable storage of up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor (dedicated macro camera)
|13MP f1.8 | up to 1080p @ 30fps video|
|Front Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||8MP f2.0|
|Security||face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner||face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, MicroUSB, audio jack||4G LTE-A Wi-Fi b/g/n, BT 4.2, GPS, audio jack, micro USB|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 5000mAh battery (10W charging)||non-removable 3020mAh (10W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6||Android 9.1 Pie with EMUI 9.1|