Chinese brand Huawei has rolled its latest offering in the market the Huawei Honor 7. Much like other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, the objective is to bring out the best specs in a budget friendly pricing. Can this phone be Huawei’s answering to all the flagships or is just another fish in the pond? Read on to find out.
In the Box
SIM ejector tool
2 Amp power adapter for quick charging
Solid Metal Design
With a unibody metallic design and ceramic coated finish, the Honor 7 looks and feels premium. With a thickness of 8.5mm and weighing 160g, the phone is definitely not the lightest or slimmest out there, but the device feels very solid & durable, which is always a fair trade. Thanks to the ceramic-metal finish the phone provides a nice grip and doesn’t feel slippery.
On the front, above the screen we have the front camera, speaker grill, and an LED flashlight. On the back, we have the 20MP camera lens, dual LED flash, and a fingerprint scanner just underneath the camera lens, which is a great placement as it is easily accessible by your finger. On the top is the 3.5mm audio jack and an IR blaster. On the bottom rests the micro USB port and the speaker grills.
The power button and volume rocker can be found on the right. And, on the left we have a Smart key button that can be used to trigger various apps and shortcuts. Also, on the left above the Smart key button is an SIM card tray that can be used to house two SIM cards or an SIM card and a Micro SD card.
IPS LCD Full HD Display
The Honor 7 comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 424ppi. The display is really sharp and has accurate color reproduction. You can even adjust the color temperature to your liking from the various presets available. The screen is also fairly bright and viewing angles are good.
The Honor 7 can also be woken up by the double tap on the display.
Finger Print Scanner and Double Tap Feature
The Huawei Honor 7 has a fair amount of hardware shortcuts to enrich the user experience. The fingerprint scanner located on the back is super responsive. Huawei claims that the scanner can read your fingerprints in 0.5 seconds, which is actually true.
The finger print scanner is not only a sensor it also has various built-in swipe feature, for e.g. swiping down will pull down the notification tab swiping up will open the recent apps and a single tap will make it function as a back button. It might take some getting used as in the beginning you will accidently enable these gestures most of the time. But once you get the hang of it, they are super useful. You can always disable these forms of the setting if you do not wish to use them.
Along with the Fingerprint scanner, there is also a Smart Key on the right side of the device. This Smart Key can basically do anything you want it to, such call up an app or perform a command. You can also set multiple actions such as when you long press the button, or double tap it. This makes multi-tasking really easy. Well played Huawei.
3GB RAM Quad + Quad Core Performance
The Huawei Honor 7 comes with Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset, clocked at 2.2 GHz with Mali-T628 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The processors are fast, snappy and get the job done without any lags. Shifting between apps, moving through UI won’t be any problem. However, the Mali-T628 GPU isn’t a powerful GPU and this badly affects the graphic capabilities of the device. While playing most games isn’t an issue, if you decide to play some graphic intensive HD games you will encounter a few frame drops. If you do wish to please the gamer in you, then this might not be the phone for you.
Indian 4G LTE Memory and USB OTG
The Honor 7 is available with two storage options 16 GB & 64 GB both of which can be expanded to up to 128GB by using a micro SD card. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.1, A-GPS, NFC and 4G LTE.
Android Lollipop and Custom User Interface
The Honor 7 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 in top. The UI is pretty smooth and has a lot of features and shortcuts to enhance the user experience. There are various gesture commands available, you can tap your knuckles on the screen to take a screen shot, draw areas to crop, rearrange the on-screen navigation keys as well as add a fourth key for notification.
There also a variety of apps available to change the look and feel of the phone. The UI uses many inspirations from the iOS from the lack of an App drawer, to pull up a sort of control center in the lock screen. The device is also in-line to receive the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update from the company.
Massive 3100 mAh battery with Two Days of Backup
The 3100 mAh battery on the device is non-removable. It is fairly powerful and acts as an important strength for the phone. The battery will give you of more than a day’s use, probably two days with moderate usage.
Sony Lens 20MP 8MP and Dual LED Flash
The Honor 7 packs in a 20 MP Sony IMX230 sensor with F/2.0 aperture along with dual-LED dual tone flash. The camera App is simple to use and heavily influenced by Apple’s iOS App. The camera is able to capture really impressive images. The images have plenty of details, are sharp and have good color output. But once the lighting condition is not favorable, i.e. in low light environments, you will start to see some grains in the images and the colors will be dull. But that is not a deal breaker the overall image quality is pretty good.
The front facing camera is an 8MP fixed-focus sensor with a wide angle lens. The front camera also has an LED flash, which is great for just adding a bit of light to your Selfies. The quality of images are good, they are sharp with moderate details.
Excellent Octa Core Processer
Brilliant Advance Camera
USB OTG Support
Selfie Camera with auto focus
Factory fitting of Screen guard
Fast Charger not included
Earphone is not included in the sales box
The Huawei Honor 7 is an impressive device from the company. It provides more feature than one could have expected and with its ton of incredible gesture and shortcut features it really makes multi-tasking easier and provides a brilliant user experience.
With a price tag of Rs. 22999, the device has certainly got the market buzzing and upped the competition. An impressive design, stellar battery, and good camera definitely provide a lot. But the company’s decision to use a sub-par GPU is definitely a bad gamble. Overall we really like the phone and feel it’s a nice entrant in the market.