Welcome to the Huawei Y Max Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Huawei Y Max smartphone that you need to know.
Phablets of Huawei Y Max are pretty much old news considering that most smartphones nowadays feature 6-inch screens. But what if you’re someone who likes to watch videos on Netflix or YouTube, game a lot, in need of ample storage and battery, Well, Huawei has designed a phone specifically for those needs. Check out our review of the Huawei Y Max.
Huawei Y Max Review: Specification
- 7.12 inch 18.7:9 FHD+ (2244 x 1080) display, 350ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core
- Adreno 512 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- MicroSD up to 256GB
- 16MP F2.0 + 2MP F2.4 rear cameras
- 8MP F2.0 front camera
- 4G LTE
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Fingerprint scanner
- EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
- 5,000mAh battery
- 177.57 x 86.24 x 8.48 mm
- 210 g
- Midnight Black, Amber Brown
Huawei Y Max Review: Design and Construction
Huawei Y Max is not an ordinary phablet thanks to the faux leather back panel similar to what we saw on the LG G4 four years ago. Huawei Y Max has a premium and professional look, given that we’re all used to seeing glossy or matte back covers. There are two colors, namely Midnight Black and Amber Brown. The sides of this smartphone are made up of aluminum alloy which looks pleasing and blends well with the phone’s color.
At the front of Huawei Y Max, you’ll see a massive 7.12-inch screen with an FHD+ resolution and a dewdrop notch design that has the 8MP camera. On the left of the phone, There is a lone tray that contain the triple card slots which is good news to those who need to use a microSD card while keeping the dual-SIM functionality. In my view you won’t need it, Because Huawei Y Max has a 128GB of storage which is quite large.
You’ll see usual volume rocker and power button pairing on the right side of the phone. The buttons are clicky and tactile which is good. However, they’re a bit high, so I have to readjust my hands most of the time so that I can press them comfortably. You’ll see the 3.5mm audio port, micro USB port, main microphone, and loudspeaker at the bottom of the phone. It’s quite a bummer that the phone doesn’t use a USB Type-C given that it’s already 2019.
You’ll find the dual 16MP + 2MP cameras and LED flash at the back of the phone while as the fingerprint scanner is placed right beside them. Just like with the side buttons, the sensor is way up to a point where I have to adjust to the phone’s size to reach and unlock my phone. I’d prefer it if they could bring it down just a bit further to accommodate people with small hands.
Huawei Y Max is slightly heavy given its size and battery capacity, but it feels solid and premium when you hold it to your hand. The leathery texture provides extra grip which is nice given its size. Of course, you will need both hands to navigate the phone as big as this comfortably. And I wouldn’t recommend putting inside your jeans pocket as it is too large and you might risk bending it while sitting.
Huawei Y Max Review: Display and Multimedia
This is the part where the Y Max shines as it has a 7.12-inch screen, something that we would consider as tablet territory. It has a Full HD+ resolution which equates to a decent 350ppi and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Although the screen is massive, it’s immersive and still looks good thanks to the small notch (which can be hidden, by the way) and thin bezels.
The screen is sharp, has accurate colors, and bright enough to be viewed under direct sunlight. Given the size, split-screening also looks and feels better. And if you’re like me who’s fond of playing games and watching movies, you will be delighted by the Y Max’s screen.
Another reason why I like using the Y Max for apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify is that it has a dual speaker setup. In addition to the loudspeaker at the bottom, the earpiece also doubles as a secondary speaker. Quality-wise, the bass is weak, but it’s loud, crispy, and immersive which matches the experience the screen gives.
Huawei Y Max Review: Camera
Huawei Y Max has a dual-rear camera setup consisting of a 16MP main and a 2MP for depth. The cameras are accommodated with AI and come with features like Aperture mode, Beauty, Pro, Slow-mo, AR Lens, HDR, and Time-lapse. The picture quality has failed to impress us, as the colors and contrast are not as powerful as we want them to be, and prone to noise. The details are good though and look clean when zoomed in.
We have the same observation with the 8MP front camera, but it’s a bit worse in low-light as images tend to be softer and muddy. It’s also slow so there will be times that your selfies would come out blurred. We recommend taking selfies in bright light, and with a little bit of tweaking, you can still upload good images on social media.
When it comes to video recording, Huawei Y Max can only shoot at a maximum of 1080p at 30fps. The quality is similar to still images and could use some boost in color and contrast. There’s no video stabilization, so the video is prone to shakes.
Huawei Y Max Review: OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software side is EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s not bad, but it would have been nicer if it had Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. The left home screen features the Smart Screen which provides you with phone usage and news. You can customize the information shown according to your preference. Other features of Huawei Y Max is Phone Manager, AppGallery, HiCare, Party Mode for syncing music playback across other phones via WiFi, and Game Suite for a performance boost and uninterrupted gaming.
As for apps, Huawei Y Max has the usual Google apps pre-installed, but there are others like Facebook, Messenger, Netflix, Camera 360, Booking.com and Lazada. You can uninstall these though, and you don’t have to worry about storage as it has a 128GB capacity with 111.34GB as usable.
Huawei Y Max Review: Performance and Benchmarks
Powering Huawei Y Max is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which is pretty unusual given that Huawei usually uses Kirin chips. It also has a 4GB RAM which is plenty enough for tasks such as browsing, social media posting, streaming videos, file transferring, and even multi-tasking. Its overall performance is snappy and responsive given its mid-range processor and GPU.
• AnTuTu v7 – 129,965
• Geekbench 4 – 1,468 (Single-Core), 5,533 (Multi-Core), 4,624 (RenderScript)
• PCMark – 5,977 (Work 2.0)
• 3D Mark – 1,231 (SSE – OpenGL ES 3.1), 1,179 (SSE – Vulkan)
• AndroBench – 280.35 MB/s (Read), 204.33 MB/s (Write)
I can play Asphalt 9: Legends easily on this smartphone using the default settings but you can boost its frame rate by setting the graphics to the middle. Games such as PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends perform very smoothly and thanks to the large display, I can appreciate the game better.
Huawei Y Max Review: Connectivity and Battery Life
We have the usual connectivity features on Huawei Y Max like dual-SIM with 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Calls on Huawei Y Max is loud and clear and connect to mobile data quickly. Location-based apps like Google Maps or Waze work properly as well.
Being on this stature Huawei Y Max should also have an equivalent battery capacity. Huawei Y Max is equipped with a massive 5,000mAh battery. Mixed usage consisting of social media and light to moderate gaming, gave us almost two days of battery life. Our video loop test we played 1080p video on loop in Airplane mode at 50% brightness and volume with headset plugged in, it was played almost 28 hours of playback.
Note: PC Mark crashes during testing.
Huawei Y Max Review: Conclusion
Huawei Y Max is something that we would consider a next-gen “phablet”. Even though smartphones are going for 6-inch screens, Huawei Y Max’s 7.12-inch is still quite a handful. Some may not like it, and that’s okay, but those who are looking for something great for binge-watching on Netflix or YouTube or for playing games, will find this device perfect.
Huawei Y Max has a large screen, good performance, abundant storage, and a massive battery. So if you have these needs and fits your budget, we recommend this phone.
What I liked:
• Large screen
• Good performance
• Large storage
• Large battery
What I didn’t:
• A bit difficult to handle
• Underwhelming cameras
The Price of Huawei Y Max in Nepal (Updated Huawei Y Max Price in Nepal) ?
The authorized seller of Huawei phone for Nepal has set the price of Huawei Y Max is Nrs 35,000 in Nepal– and its price may slightly vary.
Where to buy Huawei Y Max in Nepal? (Online/Offline Huawei Y Max Purchasing Guide)
There are plenty of offline stores to buy Huawei Y Max in Nepal. You can find this phone all over Nepal. If you prefer to buy this Huawei Y Max online in Nepal, there are so many online shopping in Nepal. You can choose either daraz or sastodeals, choicemandu or many others.