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2020 Budget Phone Triple Comparo: Huawei Y6p vs. Samsung Galaxy A10s vs. Vivo Y11

Which offers the best value for money?

While the big chunk of the smartphone market is focusing on the mid-range segment, brands are also duking it out in the budget part of the market as well. The budget space is incredibly competitive nowadays, and there are plenty of phones available right now that have a great mix of decent battery, cameras, storage, and processing power for not a lot of money.

For cash-strapped shoppers, the Php 5k to Php 7k price segment is the current sweet-spot, and Huawei is looking to make a dent in the market with their new Y6p. They’re not alone though, and their biggest competition in the highly competitive price bracket is Samsung’s Galaxy A10s and vivo’s Y11.

How does the Y6p stack up against these two compelling budget phones?

Huawei Y6p Specs

  • MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor
  • IMG PowerVR GE 8320 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6.3-inch HD+ IPS display; 1600 x 720 resolution
  • 64GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB via NM card)
  • Triple rear cameras: 13-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel depth sensor; with PDAF, LED Flash
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G, LTE (Dual SIM, Hybrid Tray)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Fingerprint scanner, Facial Recognition
  • Android 10 with EMUI 10.1
  • 5000mAh Battery with 10w wired charging and reverse wired charging

vivo Y11 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 6.35-inch HD+ IPS Halo FullView display
  • 32GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)
  • Dual rear cameras: 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor; PDAF, LED flash, AI Scene Recognition
  • 8-megapixel f/1.8 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G, LTE, VoLTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Face Unlock, Fingerprint scanner, Ultra Game Mode
  • 5000mAh battery with 10w wired charging
  • Android 9, FunTouch OS 9

Samsung Galaxy A10s specs

  • MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor
  • IMG PowerVR GE 8320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V IPS display
  • 32GB expandable storage (up to 512GB)
  • Dual rear cameras: 13-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor; with LED flash
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 10 with OneUI 2.0

Design

All three phones come with an all-polycarbonate build with glossy back panels. We prefer the Y6p’s matte finish for the frame, as it makes the phone easier to grip compared to the glossy frames of the Galaxy A10s and Y11. While the Galaxy A10s is thinner than the Y6p and Y11, it achieves this at the expense of a smaller battery.

All three phones come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, though it is a matter of preference if you like them in a round (Y6p), oval (Galaxy A10s), or square (Y11).

Internals

While the Y11 uses a Snapdragon 439 processor, the Y6p and Galaxy A10s settle for an Helio P22 processor. With 3DMark, both the Y6p and Galaxy A10s does better in Slingshot Extreme-Vulkan while the Y11 performed better with Slingshot Extreme-OpenGL.

As for RAM and internal storage, the Y6p trumps the Galaxy A10s and Y11 as it comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. With more RAM onboard, the Y6p performed better than the Galaxy A10s and Y11 when it came to multitasking.

When it comes to software, both the Y6p and Galaxy A10s have the latest version of Android as of this writing, while the Y11 is still on Android 9. While the Galaxy A10s and Y11 have Google Play, the Y6p comes with Huawei’s App Gallery, which has a number of popular apps:

Entertainment – Viu, iQIYI, VidMate, TikTok, Dreame, WeSing, iFlix, iWant, VLive, Kumu, WattPad

Gaming – Asphalt 9, Plants vs. Zombies, Garena Free Fire, Lords Mobile, Guns of Glory, Cut the Rope 2, Adorable Home, Fortnite (via Epic Games), Uno

Social – Facebook, Viber, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat, Zoom, WeChat, Tinder, LINE

Shopping – Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, BeautyMNL, Watsons, Alibaba, Booky, LalaFood, FoodPanda, MetroMart, Zomato

Finance – PayMaya, BDO, MetroBank, Union Bank, Grab (GrabPay), Security Bank, PesoLoan, EastWest, Home Credit, CIMB, RCBC

Content creation – Filmora Go, Canva, Camera360, PicsArt

 

Display

While all three employ a waterdrop notch, the Y6p has a smaller notch and thinner chin compared to the Y11 and Galaxy A10s. All three use IPS panels and have roughly the same size, though the Y6p has the brightest display out of the three.

 

Cameras

While all three have roughly the same selfie snapper and rear camera setups, the Y6p has the advantage here with its ultra-wide-angle rear camera. The additional rear snapper gives you have added shooting options for both photo and video—yes, you can shoot Full HD video with the Y6p using the ultra-wide-angle lens.

Both the Galaxy A10s and Y6p have a brighter f/1.8 aperture on the main rear camera, making them perform better in low light. When it comes to image processing, photos taken using the Y11 appear more saturated, while the Y6p has better white balance accuracy compared to the Y11 and Galaxy A10s.

For selfies, the Y11 has a slight advantage with its brighter f/1.8 opening on its 8-megapixel snapper. The Y6p fared much better than the Galaxy A10s and Y11 when taking selfies against the light. In low-light, the Y11 produced better detail at the expense of underexposing the image, while the Y6p manages to balance both highlights and shadows.

Battery

On paper, the Y11 and Y6p trump the Galaxy A10s as both come with a sizeable 5000mAh cell (vs the Galaxy A10s’ 4000mAh battery). When it comes to our video loop test, the Y11 is the runaway winner, as it lasted for 26.5 hours before the battery hit the 5% mark. The Y6p and Galaxy A10s did well, as both phones lasted for around 20.5 hours before hitting 5%.

When it comes to charging speeds, both the Y11 and Y6p have the upper edge with support for 10w wired charging. In addition, the Y6p also supports reverse charging, so you can use the phone to juice up other devices.

 

Price

Currently, the Y11 retails for Php 6,499, while both the Galaxy A10s and Y6p sell for Php 5,990. When it comes to value for money, Huawei’s budget offering is better compared to vivo and Samsung’s budget phones, as you get more RAM and internal storage, an ultra-wide-angle snapper, and support for reverse wired charging.

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2 Comments

  1. I bought the Vivo Y11 for my son since there is no Mi Store in batangas yet, it has terrible cameras when used inside the house, outside no problem as long as there is ample lighting, I bought the Y6p when it was announced, its a very good and capable phone for its asking price. I even got a free headphone which is great, not cheap free stuff I got from the Vivo Y11.

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