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Huawei Y Max 2019 Unboxing and First Impressions

Huawei surprised us when it announced the Y Max with a gigantic 7.12-inch display and a large 5,000mAh battery, and it is now available in the Philippines!
Huawei Y Max 2019 Unboxing and First Impressions
The large Huawei Y Max

The Huawei Y Max features a large 7.12 inch display that is powered by a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, Adreno 512 GPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage and a 5000mAh battery.

This is our unboxing and first impressions.


Huawei Y Max box inclusions
Huawei Y Max box inclusions

The Y Max arrived in the familiar white box that Huawei has been using for years.  In front is the Y Max branding and at the back are the regulatory information.

Inside is the smartphone unit, earphones, documentation, jelly case, USB-A to micro USB cable and a 9V/2A charger.

Build Quality/Design

The back is made of a leather like textured polycarbonate plate
The back is made of a leather like textured polycarbonate plate

The Huawei Y Max is huge! It is made of glass, metal and plastic. The front is predominantly made of 2.5D glass. At the back is a polycarbonate plate with a leather like texture with thread seam detail.

Faux leather back design

This reminds us of the Galaxy Note 3 which used the similar back plate design. Back then, the leather like design was a love it or hate design and honestly, it doesn't work for us visually. The texture however adds an extra grippiness that helps keeping the large phone in your hand.

At the back, you will find the Huawei branding, regulatory information, fingerprint sensor and the rear dual cameras.

In front is the large 19:5:9 display with thin side bezels, average top bezel, and a bit thick bottom bezels. The top bezel is a round dewdrop notch that houses the selfie camera while the bottom bezel is just thick enough to house the Huawei logo.
Massive display
Massive display

At the bottom are the antenna lines, speaker grill, microphone, micro USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack while the top has more antenna lines and another microphone.

The left side just has the SIM card tray. At the right side are the volume rocker and the power button. They are placed just right where the buttons are within reach when I hold the phone with my right hand.

Even though the phone is huge, it is light weight and easy to hold because of the curvature of the display and the frame. The leather like texture as mentioned above is visually polarizing but it does make holding the phone easier because of the grippy texture.

We just wish Huawei stuck with their glass or glasstic back design to have consistency across all their products.

Initial findings

Snapdragon 660 performs well
Snapdragon 660 performs well

1. The main draw of the Y Max is the large 7.12-inch display and the large 5,000mAh battery sandwiched in a 2.5D glass, metal frame and a leather like textured polycarbonate back plate. 

The display is just so big that watching YouTube and Netflix on this thing is a great experience out of the box.

Personally, the Y Max materials and design are functional but it isn't the prettiest phone.

We hope that next time, Huawei would make the back plate consistent with the rest of their line that uses either a glass or glasstic back.

2. Inside is the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, Adreno 512 GPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB Internal storage that gave AnTuTu results of over 128,886 which makes it on par with other devices with the same processor.

3. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo based EMUI 8.2 which means that it isn't running on the latest and greatest added but knowing Huawei, it will get updated down the line. Don't get us wrong though, EMUI 8.2 is still one of the faster version of Android. It does suffer from pre-installed apps and lesser integration with Google apps compared to EMUI 9.0. You either like or not like it.

What I do like about EMUI is that it has SwiftKey (my favorite keyboard app) built-in.

4. The rear cameras are made up of a 16MP f/2.0 and a 2MP f/2.4 dual camera set up with hybrid PDAF and contrast detect AF with LED flash that support Master AI while the front facing camera is a 8MP f/2.0 shooter.

Related: Huawei Y Max: First Camera Samples

5. The phone has a fingerprint sensor, face unlock support, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos,  Light sensor and a gyroscope. It also features our favorite Huawei ecosystem feature, Huawei Share which allows quick and convenient file transfers across Huawei devices.

Huawei Y Max Specs

Display: 7.12-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2244 x 1080 resolution at 350 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor

GPU: Adreno 512
ROM: 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 16MP f/2.0 + 2MP f/2.4 w/ PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ fast charging
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2
Connectivity: WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Colors: midnight black, amber brown
Dimensions: 177.57 x 86.24 x 8.48 mm
Weight: 210 g
Price: PHP 16,990

As of the moment

The Y Max is a sign that Huawei is also targeting customers who love a large screen and large battery for productivity, content consumption and gaming!

What we think Huawei could have improved out of the box is the leather like backplate because it is functional but it isn't as pretty and isn't consistent with the design language Huawei has used in their recent phones.

Otherwise, you can't beat that large screen and large battery.

What do you guys think? 
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