- Huawei quietly listed the Y5 Prime (2018) on its website.
- The Y5 Prime (2018) is the latest mid-range smartphone to feature an 18:9 display and facial recognition.
- Huawei did not say when the Y5 Prime (2018) will launch or for how much it will cost.
Mid-range smartphones rarely get the press event treatment, and that continues to be the case with the quietly-announced Huawei Y5 Prime (2018).
Around front, the phone sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (1,440 x 720) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 5MP selfie camera. Around back is the single 13MP primary camera, but no fingerprint sensor in sight.
Instead, the Y5 Prime (2018) really wants you to use its facial recognition technology to get into your phone. The tech is there mainly for convenience rather than being able to make mobile payments, though Huawei said it will be available after an OTA update.
Under the hood, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM power the Y5 Prime (2018). The microSD card slot can augment the 16GB of built-in storage by up to an additional 256GB, though a second model features a second SIM card and microSD card slots.
According to Huawei, the 3,020mAh battery and the Y5 Prime (2018)’s power saving software help deliver 62 hours of continuous music playback and 13 hours of continuous video playback. General use longevity should fall somewhere in between, thanks to the lower-end processor and display.
Huawei did not say how much the Y5 Prime (2018) will go for, when the phone will be available, or where it will launch. Whenever it launches, the Y5 Prime (2018) will be available in gold, black, and blue.