Out of the many refreshes by Huawei this year, one of the devices that went mostly unnoticed and unspoken about is the Huawei Y5p. Announced early this year, the device is finally available in the Kenyan market. Huawei Mobile Kenya says the device will be available through Safaricom shops starting at KES. 10,199. The device will also be a under Safaricom’s ongoing campaign- JiSort na Bonga – where customers can pick it up for KES. 8,999 and top up 4000 bonga points.

Huawei hasn’t stated whether or not the device is a Safaricom exclusive. However, it is good to remember that devices bought from Safaricom shops are single-SIMs.

Other Huawei devices one can currently get under the Bonga Points campaign are:

  • Huawei Y9s – for KES. 22,999 and 7000 Bonga Points.
  • Huawei Y5 Lite – for KES. 5,499 and 2,000 Bonga Points.

The Y5p comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Huawei says the panel provides an optimal experience that is especially suited for consuming multimedia content, while allowing it to remain highly compact. Huawei also explains that the used “Arc design” complements the device’s form factor to ensure a comfortable grip even over long periods of one-handed use. Remember a 5.45 inch display is very small by today’s standards. So if you’ve been looking for a small device at a budget, maybe consider this.

Huawei explains that optimisations have been made to the antenna for better signal reception regardless of how the device is held. This however shouldn’t be an issue since the device is made of plastic.

Huawei Y5p Kenya Safaricom

On the square module where the single rear camera is housed, Huawei explains that the decision to go with that square design despite there being only one camera is because it resembles classic car headlights. Though I cannot seem to see that while looking at the phone. The phone is available in three colours: Midnight Black, Phantom Blue and Mint Green.


Powered by an octa-core processor, Huawei says the Y5p is equipped to adequately handle everyday tasks with extreme efficiency. The 32GB internal storage, Huawei says is enough to suit all the needs of average users. However, the microSD slot allows up to 512GB expansion.

There’s a 3020mAh battery which Huawei argues can support up to 17 hours of continuous video playback or 13 hours of continuous internet use. The charging speed hasn’t been mentioned. We expect a 10W charger at least included in the box.

The 8MP single rear camera has a f/2.0 aperture for improved light intake. The device supports HDR Mode, which superimposes multiple frames into a composite image that features better dynamic range. On the front, there’s a 5MP Selfie Camera that also supports Face Unlock.

No Google:

Running EMUI 10.1, the latest version of Huawei’s Android-based custom operating system, the Y5p comes with a range of system optimisations and intuitive features that enhance the user experience. Huawei says the EROFS on EMUI 10.1 improves random read speed and response rate.

To get your apps, you’ll use Huawei’s App Gallery – which now enjoys over 490 million monthly active users. Most of the local apps are already on the platform, and Huawei has been doing a good job to try and bring as many apps as possible to their store.

Huawei Y5P Specifications and Price in Kenya:

KES. 8,999 + 4,000 Bonga Points
Display5.45 inches 720 x 1440 pixels
Rear CameraSingle Setup:
8MP f/2.0, (wide), AF
Front CameraSingle:
5 MP, f/2.2
ChipsetMediatek Helio P22 processor
GPUPowerVR GE8320
RAM and Storage2GB RAM
32GB Storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Operating SystemAndroid 10, EMUI 10.1, no Google Play Services
BatteryLi-Po 3020 mAh, non-removable
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Colour optionsMint Green, Midnight Black, Phantom Blue


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