Huawei Honor 7 Review, A Touch of Style in the Mid-Range

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Freshly launched in July, the Huawei Honor 7 is the company’s latest release on the smartphone market and the successor of the Honor 6, a mid-ranger meant for appealing to those of you who want impressive specs inside a package that goes easier on your pockets than a flagship would. The Honor 7 offers exactly that, so its offerings have been adapted to the current standards and consist in a 5.2 inches screen, an octa-core processor, a fingerprint scanner, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 megapixels primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one which features its own LED flash, optional dual-SIM support, a 3,100 mAh battery and more. Having this tempting list of features, the handset easily places itself inside the upper mid-range area and its price, which is reasonable, makes it even more alluring. Follow the next review and find out what I’m talking about.

As you can see in the pictures, one of the most important features of the Honor 7 is its design, which is a definite eye-catcher. The handset is a great looking fella that measures 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm and has a weight of 157 grams. Besides being elegant and pleasant to the eye,its aluminum unibody is very well put together and features a solid build quality. The rear features a matte brushed finish that will keep away fingerprints or smudges and ensure a good hand grip. The metallic frame that surrounds the body adds a final touch of class to the overall appearance, which is nothing less than premium.

On its frontal side, the Huawei Honor 7 features a 5.2 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 424 ppi. The image quality is very good, with pleasant colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles. The handset is also perfectly usable on the outside, as the sunlight legibility is also satisfying.

At the software department, the Honor 7 comes packed with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been heavily customized with the company’s proprietary EMUI 3.1 user interface. The lockscreen holds the date, time, a camera shortcut and can display a small menu with a few launchers (for example, the recorder, calculator, flashlight etc). After unlocking the device, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen, which has support for widgets, folders, themes or wallpapers. You can have a maximum number of nine homescreen panes. The UI doesn’t feature an App drawer, so your applications are kept here, where they are also be uninstalled from.
The notification area is split in two menus, the first holding your notifications and the second, the quick toggles and a brightness slider.
The handset features motion gestures which enable you to mute sounds by flipping the device, reduce ringing by picking up the phone and more. The Honor 7 also has a Smart Key, which is a button on its left side which can be configured to perform various tasks when pressed.

The Huawei Honor 7 comes packed with a HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset, having a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 63 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The device is a capable performer and will provide you with a great user experience, but not if you’re going to use it for playing graphics intensive games, as its GPU isn’t the best out there and will feel underpowered. For everything else, the handset is excellent.

One of the handset’s main features is its camera. The Honor 7 comes equipped with a 20 MP snapper which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3888 pixels, features phase detection autofocus and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light situations. The image quality delivered by the pictures is nothing short of great and will please your eyes with accurate colors, very good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is equally capable and will produce some neat 1080p videos @30 fps.
For making video calls or taking some mean selfies, the Honor 7 has you covered by an 8 MP front-facing camera which features its own LED flash. The camera application holds some effects for “beautifying” you, which basically means that it will improve your ugly mug. I’m kidding, I know you’re pretty.

Some other applications and features inside the Honor 7’s basket full of goodies are Google Chrome and the stock browser for surfing the web, a stereo FM Radio, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS or Beidou support, Google Maps and Navigation for finding your way in unknown areas, a Phone Manager application, a file explorer, Magnifier and Mirror apps for the camera and more.

As far as connectivity goes, the Huawei Honor 7 features support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE Cat. 6, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR and A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

The Huawei Honor 7 is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery and will endure two days under a moderate usage.

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