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Budget Phone Triple Comparo: Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 vs OPPO A3s vs Samsung Galaxy J6+

Which has the better sub-Php 10k offering?

The budget 10k price point is a highly competitive segment in countries like the Philippines. Brands try to cram in as many features as possible into these budget phones to gain an edge over their competitors. Large display, generous battery, decent cameras, and capable internals are just some features that companies like Huawei stuff in their smartphones to make their offerings stand out to consumers.

Three smartphones stand out in this highly competitive price segment: Huawei’s Y7 Pro 2019, Samsung’s Galaxy J6+ and OPPO’s A3s.

Both Samsung and OPPO’s offerings have been in the market for longer than Huawei’s contender, which means it’s an uphill battle for the Y7 Pro 2019 from here on out.

How do they stack up against one another? Let’s take a look at their spec sheets:

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 6.26-inch HD+ display with dewdrop notch
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 and 2-megapixel dual rear cameras with LED flash and PDAF
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1, EMUI 8.2

 

OPPO A3s Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel f/2.2 and 2-megapixel f/2.4 dual rear cameras with LED flash and PDAF
  • 8-megapixel f/2.2 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 4230mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2.1 UI

 

Samsung Galaxy J6+ specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 6-inch HD+ IPS LCD display
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel f/1.9 and 5-megapixel f/2.2 dual rear cameras with LED flash and PDAF
  • 8-megapixel f/1.9 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie with OneUI

 

Design and build

Given their price points, it is not surprising to see all three phones use polycarbonate builds to cut costs. However, they differ in terms of design: the A3s and Galaxy J6+ have a flat back, while the Y7 Pro 2019 has a curved back, making Huawei’s offering the most ergonomic among the three.

All three phones have a glossy finish, though the Y7 Pro 2019 is the shiniest. The Y7 Pro 2019 and Galaxy J6+ comes bundled with a jelly case, while you don’t get any case with the A3s.

Despite having an all-polycarbonate body, all three phones have a solid build and don’t exhibit any form of flexing typically associated with budget smartphones.

 

Display

The Galaxy J6+ has the most dated design among the three with its thick top and bottom bezels and 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Y7 Pro 2019 has the biggest display (at 6.26 inches), along with a trendier waterdrop notch. Should you dislike the tiny notch, you have the option of masking it with a black bar—a feature that is noticeably absent on the A3s.

All three phones come with an HD+ resolution. While the A3s has the brightest display,  the Y7 Pro 2019 has the best viewing angles.

 

Hardware and software

While all three phones come with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage (the A3s has a 2GB/16GB option), the Galaxy J6+ lags behind the A3s and Y7 Pro 2019 with its dated Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. The performance difference is noticeable when it comes to multi-tasking, and is more evident when it comes to games like PUBG Mobile. Having the same settings across all three phones (balanced graphics, medium frame rates, realistic color), the Galaxy J6+ struggled through, garnering a low median FPS of 9 on 68% stability.

The A3s performed slightly better than the Y7 Pro 2019, especially when it comes to FPS stability.

OPPO A3s
Huawei Y7 Pro 2019
Samsung Galaxy J6+

Gaming performance aside, the Y7 Pro 2019 and A3s is still on Android Oreo, while the Galaxy J6+ is currently running Android Pie—along with Samsung’s sleek OneUI overlay. All three phones have a headphone jack and MicroUSB porst, though the Galaxy J6+ is better than the Y7 Pro 2019 and A3s because it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner—you are limited to face unlock and pattern/PIN unlock with the latter two.

Cameras

While all three phones come with 13-megapixel main rear cameras, the Y7 Pro 2019 has a slight edge with its bigger f/1.8 aperture. As for the secondary rear camera, the Galaxy J6+ has the advantage with its higher resolution 5-megapixel depth sensor.

On daylight conditions, the Galaxy J6+ has the best dynamic range and detail preservation while the Y7 Pro 2019 has better color accuracy. In mixed lighting, the Y7 Pro 2019 catches up with the Galaxy J6+ in terms of preserving details. In low light, the Y7 Pro 2019 trumps over the Galaxy J6+ and A3s, producing decently-exposed photos with minimal image blur.

As for the front camera, the Y7 Pro 2019 sacrifices exposure for better detail preservation compared to those taken with the Galaxy J6+ and A3s. In addition, selfies look more natural on the Y7 Pro 2019 compared to the Galaxy J6+ and A3s.

 

Battery

The A3s has the biggest battery out of the three. Paired with a power-efficient Snapdragon 450 processor, the A3s has the best PCMark battery score with 18 and a half hours. The Y7 Pro 2019 is no slouch either, as its 4000mAh battery and Snapdragon 450 processor combo helped it score a little over 12 and a half hours.

Being budget phones, you don’t get fast charging on all three phones, so juicing up their batteries will take a while.

 

Price and wrap up

All three phones are priced at Php 9,990 and have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

The Galaxy J6+ excels in daylight photography and has the most up-to-date software, but is hampered by its aging processor and overall design. The A3s has a better processor and bigger battery, but its performance in low light photography is less than stellar.

The Y7 Pro 2019 is the best option among the three, as it has better ergonomics, a bigger and trendier display, and cameras that produce flattering selfies and do a good job in low-light photography.

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