Huawei GR5 2017
Huawei has launched the Huawei GR5 2017 in Australia. The company says the handset was developed for “technology trendsetters shopping on a budget.” Huawei

Huawei has launched the Huawei GR5 2017 in Australia. The new mobile device will be available on the second week of April from Vodafone, with other carriers and open market retailers following suit in the second quarter. The company says that its new handset was developed for “technology trendsetters shopping on a budget.”

The Huawei GR5 2017 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 71.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, 1,080 x 1,920 pixel resolution and 403 PPI pixel density. It has a smooth metal unibody that packs a HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core chipset (4 x 2.1GHz Cortex-A53 and 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with 16-nanometre process technology, a Mali-T830MP2 GPU, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. An external microSD slot that is expandable to 128GB is also included.

The Huawei smartphone furnishes a dual 12MP + 2MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. It’s capable of producing excellent 3,968 x 2,976 resolution photos and 1,920 x 1,080 videos. The 8MP secondary camera is able to snap 3,264 x 2,448 photos and record 720p and 1080p videos.

According to its maker, the Huawei GR5 2017’s rear camera can autofocus in just 0.3 seconds and provide a dynamic depth of field. The phone also includes 1.25µm large pixels to deliver clarity in low-light conditions.

It also has a plethora of manual and automatic modes, including wide aperture, professional, food, perfect selfie, beauty, make up (for the front-facing shooter), panorama, HDR, watermark, audio note, ultra snapshot and time lapse. With the GR5 2017, Huawei says it’s giving its users “all the power of a professional SLR camera in a device that fits [the] pocket.”

The GR5 2017 runs on EMUI 4.1 and retains the now-considered classic 3.5mm headphone jack along with its loudspeaker. It’s powered by a non-removable 3,340mAh battery that should provide up to 19 hours of talk time and up to 538 hours of standby time. The cell takes two hours and 30 minutes to be fully charged and comes with the Chinese tech giant’s own “intelligent power-saving technology.”

The Huawei GR5 2017 is going to be made available at Vodafone starting April 12. It’s set to hit select retail stores in the second quarter. The new handset comes with a retail price of $399, which should make it the first smartphone with a dual lens camera that’s available for less than $400.