Huawei wants to stamp its authority in the dual camera zone by adding a dual camera phone to their mid-range phones;the GR5 2017.This year’s GR5 2017 is a big improvement over last year’s model,it has improved camera, battery life and processor.

Huawei GR5 2017

  • 2.1GHz Kirin 655 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with 2-megapixel secondary camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner
  • 3,340mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, EMUI 4.1

With specifications like this that makes the GR5 2017 irresistible and must have device.

Here are Three reasons why the GR52017 should be your next phone;

The Hardware

Being a successor to the GR5, the GR5 2017 packs a Full HD 1920*1080 5.5” IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. IPS is clearly the way to go for those clear and vibrant displays and the GR 5 2017 certainly does not disappoint.

With dual NanoSIM support and full LTE (4G) support, the GR5 2017 will attend to all your networking needs. In terms of storage, the GR5 2017 comes either with 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage with expandability upto an additional 128GB via the second SIM tray.

The third generation fingerprint sensor located just below the camera towards the middle of the phone does a quick job of unlocking the phone. Rather than press buttons to wake up the phone and then unlock it, all I need to do is simply place the top of your finger over the sensor and the phone is unlocked. Total time: a little over a second.

Under the hood, we have a HiSilicon Kirin 655 Octa Core Processor clocking in at 2.1 GHz Quad Core + 1.4 GHz Quad Core to keep everything smooth and snappy and a Mali T830 MP2 GPU to handle all your graphical wants and needs. Run lots of apps? No biggie. The 3GB of RAM will handle most if not all of your multitasking needs. In addition, the phone will switch to the higher clocked cores during heavy loads and switch back to the lower clocked cores at idle to keep everything cool and calm thus saving your battery.Huawei’s choice of IPS displays is pretty much a no brainer as it allows you to see pretty much everything even at low brightness.

The Software

Huawei’s EmotionUI or EMUI is pretty much a skin for Android. You get a collection of apps, some that you need, and some that you’ll never use at all. Nonetheless, you also get standard Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and Google Play Store. The Mirror app seems to be a staple on any and all Huawei phones. You also get a compass that uses the device’s accelerometer and gyroscope to give pinpoint your direction.

vid music fan? Then you can take your pick from an FM Radio or a media player capable of handling almost all audio formats. Dolby DTS, another staple seen in mid to high end Huawei devices is present again, adding that extra bit of clarity to your music to dream it possible. The dual speakers are also quite clear and loud but as with any phone speaker, you can’t expect much bass out of it.


The GR 5 2017 ships with Android Marshmallow 6.0 skinned with EMUI 4.1 running on top of that,To ensure that your device is optimized, Huawei also ships a Phone Manager, that scans and intelligently optimizes your device so that it’s always at peak performance. The built in Phone Manager also has a few other tricks such as a Call Harassment filter, data traffic manager and a trash file cleaner. All in all, a decent approach seen in many Huawei devices both flagship and budget and also one that gets the job done.


The GR5 2017 has two lenses on the back. The dual camera setup includes a 12MP and a 2MP rear camera. This is supposedly for depth of field. The 1.25um large pixel option helps the user to achieve a cleaner shot with more clarity for photos that would be captured in the night.Images are quite clear thanks to the IPS display and the photo quality itself is quite detailed. Object tracking and a live ISO meter are also present so that you can see the amount of noise in an image and adjust lighting accordingly. If your selfie game is strong, then you can make use of the 8MP front mounted camera as well. This too has a plethora of features for you to tweak to your liking.With regard to video, as we stated earlier, you can record Full HD 1080p video at 30fps with stereo sound. You can also record in slow motion for that extra kick. Video playback is quite clear but is dependent on the lighting condition so you may want to adjust the lighting of the scene before you shoot any videos. Worst case scenario; you can use the inbuilt flash.

Got a long day ahead of you? Don’t make it a hassle. With a 3,340 mAh capacity battery, you have all the juice you need for pretty much a full day of use. If you spend most of your time online and on LTE, then you will experience a bit of a battery drain. For best use, switch to WiFi when possible and you’re good to go.


Packed with a decent set of specs along with a killer camera, the device competes with any device in it’s price range. If you’re on the lookout for a sleek, powerful phone that won’t leave a hole in your wallet, then have a look at the Huawei GR5 2017.The GR5 2017 is going for GHS 1200 at any Huawei Experience centre,Franko trading,or any accredited phone dealership near you.



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