Huawei Y Max Review; Power and Class

Ciara Alarcon

If someone mentions Huawei, the first thing that will surely come to your mind is its photography department. However, the Chinese mobile maker launched a smartphone that’s banked with different selling points – the Huawei Y Max.

Huawei Y Max Review; Power and Class
Huawei Y Max Review; Power and Class

The Huawei Y Max is a perfect device for users who enjoy watching films and playing games on their smartphones. Flaunting a huge display, the handset is also juiced with a whopping battery capacity that can surely accompany you on your daily mobile activities.

Now, let’s dig deeper to find out if it can offer more things than its rivals!


Huawei Y Max Amber Brown Faux Leather Back Design
Amber Brown Faux Leather Back Design

The Huawei Y Max is a phablet device that is dressed with a sophisticated faux leather back design, which delivers a refreshing look. At first glance, its jaw-dropping physique can easily attract consumers who like to stand out, most especially now that almost all smartphones are packed with a flashy glass-like back cover. Also, since it comes with a faux leather back panel, the handset can easily give off a simple yet striking design that will help its users build a professional look.

The phone comes in two color options – the Midnight Black variant, and Amber Brown model. Our team received the latter, which we prefer because it really complements its sides that are made up of aluminum alloy.

Huawei Y Max Is Quite Big For One Hands Use
Quite Big For One Hands Use

Meanwhile, with its huge dimensions of 177.57 x 86.24 x 8.48mm, one-hand usage isn’t possible. The device is also too heavy at 210 grams that it requires a solid grip. Most of the time, we advise consumers to use its protective case, however, its plastic case doesn’t look good with its faux leather back. In short, you must choose between protecting your device or having a classy phone.

Huawei Y Max 3.5mm Audio Jack, MicroUSB Port, Microphone, and Loudspeaker Grill
3.5mm Audio Jack, MicroUSB Port, Microphone, and Loudspeaker Grill

Moving on, its front is dominated by an immersive 7.12-inch panel with a dewdrop notch to house its selfie camera. On its left cheek, you’d see its triple card tray, while its right side accommodates its volume rocker and power button.

At the bottom, it sports a 3.5mm audio port, MicroUSB port, microphone, and speaker grilles.

Flip the device on its back to reveal its dual rear shooters along with its LED flash. You will also see its fingerprint scanner, which was placed somewhere we can’t easily tap. While we can say that its keys were able to function well, we also have to note that these buttons were hard to reach even if you have long fingers.


As mentioned a while ago, the device flaunts a massive 7.12-inch screen with FHD+ 2244 x 1080 resolution. And although it is mounted with a notch, users can easily hide it on its display settings if they want to. Nevertheless, we can say that you only need a short time to get used to its dewdrop notch.

Huawei Y Max Huge 7.12-inch Display with Small Notch
Huge 7.12-inch Display with Small Notch

Of course, having this large display allows the device to become the perfect companion for watching videos and playing games. Good thing, the phone offers sharp and accurate colors to elevate your multimedia experience. It comes with good viewing angles, too.

Another thing we like about the device is its brightness level, as our team never had a problem using it outdoors.


Out of the box, the Y Max runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS with EMUI 8.2 skin on top. Its interface looks clean and is easy to navigate. Just like other Huawei smartphones, the device has no app drawer, and as a result, users have to create folders to organize its apps on its multiple home screens.

Huawei Y Max Y Runs On EMUI 8.2 Based On Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2 Based On Android 8.1 Oreo

The phone is loaded with numbers of pre-installed apps, including Google native apps, Facebook, Camera360,, Lazada, and more. Fortunately, these apps can be uninstalled if you feel like it will eat too much space on your device.

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Unlike other Huawei smartphones that are packed with Kirin chipset, the Y Max is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU. It is also complemented by 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.

Knowing that it can deliver a solid performance, we still ran it on our preferred benchmark apps to give us an overlook. Here are the results:

  • PCMark Work 2.0 Performance - 6,000
  • AnTuTu - 129,553
  • 3DMark - 23,297 (Ice Storm Unlimited)
  • 3DMark - Max (Ice Storm Extreme)
  • 3DMark - 1,856 (Sling Shot)
  • 3DMark - 1,230 (OpenGL ES 3.1)
  • 3DMark - 1,169 (Vulkan)
  • Geekbench - 1,457 (Single Core)
  • Geekbench - 5,518 (Multi-Core)

Huawei Y Max Benchmark Scores
Benchmark Scores

As a mid-range device, the Y Max offers a decent performance which put it in between of being just good and a jam-packed smartphone. Either way, we can assure consumers that the device still has impressive capabilities.

For instance, the handset can accommodate heavy mobile activities such as gaming and multitasking. In fact, the phone didn’t lag during our tests wherein our team continuously use it for social media browsing and casual gaming. It can easily switch from one app to another, as well.

However, to enjoy playing games with heavy graphics, we had to put its graphics settings to the middle to enjoy a smooth experience.

Meanwhile, unlike other devices, the Y Max didn’t heat up when we’re intensively using it while its battery is approaching its low percentage.


Huawei Y Max 16MP + 2MP Dual Rear Cameras
16MP + 2MP Dual Rear Cameras

Huawei equipped the Y Max with a dual-rear camera setup composed of a 16-megapixel main shooter and 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it features an 8-megapixel snapper that comes with AI beautification to enhance your photos.

Huawei Y Max Camera Interface
Camera Interface

Other camera features include AI, aperture mode, Beauty, Pro, AR Lens, HDR, slow-mo, and time-lapse.

Sample Photos:

Huawei Y Max Main Camera Sample - Indoor, Good Lighting
Indoor, Good Lighting
Huawei Y Max Main Camera Sample - Indoor, Low-Light
Indoor, Low-Light
Huawei Y Max Main Camera Sample - Outdoor, Low-Light
Outdoor, Low-Light
Huawei Y Max Main Camera Sample - Flowers, Macro
Flowers, Macro
Huawei Y Max Front Camera Sample - Selfies

Here’s the thing, if you’re looking for a camera phone and thinking of getting one from Huawei, then, consider skipping the Y Max. At its price point, Huawei and its rivals can offer numbers of devices with better photography capabilities. However, if you’re not too particular with its camera department, then, we can say that the Y Max can still deliver decent photos, if not impressive.

Although it can perform well in places with good lighting, its dual rear shooters still produce soft images with underwhelming colors. Photos also come with visible noises in low-light settings, hence, its details weren’t that great too.


Dual SIM device that supports LTE connectivity
Dual SIM device that supports LTE connectivity

The Y Max comes with basic connectivity features. As a dual-SIM device, it’s a good thing that users don’t have to compromise one of its SIM card slots to accommodate a microSD card. It has good signal reception, as well.

Meanwhile, we never had a problem dealing with its LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.


Another key selling point of the Y Max is its whopping 5,000mAh battery. As our main driver, the device can impressively accompany us all throughout the day. Our mobile activities include basic communications, continuous social media browsing, casual gaming, and watching videos. We also have to note that we always leave our device connected to the internet through WiFi or LTE.

Huawei Y Max Has A Huge 5000mAh Battery
Huge 5000mAh Battery

On the other hand, its stamina can also last for almost two days when we’re not heavily using it. And so far, the Y Max offers the longest battery life compared to other smartphones that we’ve already played around with.

Meanwhile, we try running it on PC Mark battery life test, but the phone always crashes.


The Huawei Y Max isn’t the best smartphone at its price point, but it will be the perfect go-to device for elevated gaming and multimedia experience. Although it offers an underwhelming camera performance, consumers can still consider scoring the Y Max if a massive display and huge battery capacity are on top of your priorities.

Huawei Y Max
Huawei Y Max

Moreover, its unique faux leather back design is hard to ignore, most especially when it can easily outshine other smartphones available in the market.

The Huawei Y Max is priced at Php16,990.

What can you say? Is it a yay or nay?

Huawei Y Max Specs (Philippines):

  • Dual SIM, supports 4G LTE connectivity
  • 7.2-inch FHD+ IPS (2255 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 177.57mm x 86.24mm x 8.48mm
  • Weight: 210 grams
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
  • 2.2GHz octa-core processor, Snapdragon 660 chipset, Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable up to256GB via microSD card
  • 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras
  • 8MP front camera
  • Dolby Atmos
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • MicroUSB
  • Others: fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • Battery: 5000mAh, non-removable
  • Colors: Amber Brown, Midnight Black
  • Price: Php16,990

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