Huawei Honor 7 Lite (5c), Deja Vu

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With the new Huawei Honor 7 Lite, it’s deja vu all over again, to quote a famous guy, because this baby reminds me of the former P9 Lite we all knew and love in its time. And yes, I did a review about it, check out the website folks.

The P9 Lite was borrowing some of its design elements from the current (at the time) flagship P9, especially the straight lines and sharp edges. The Huawei Honor 7 Lite is more on the curvy side design wise, but the rest (I mean under the hood) is basically the same.

Talking about similarities, you may think that the Huawei Honor 7 Lite looks very much alike the Honor 5c, and you’d be spot on. The only difference between them is that the latter doesn’t feature a a fingerprint scanner on the back panel, the rest is basically the same.

I already gave you enough spoilers folks, so let’s move it with the actual review, shall we?

The key features of the Huawei Honor 7 Lite are as it follows: first, I must observe the cool aluminum (aircraft grade) frame, which looks good and it’s tough as nails.

The display is a 5.2 inches wide IPS LCD variety with a pretty impressive resolution of 423 pixels per inch. The whole shebang is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 650 system on chip, which is basically an octa core (as in 8 cores) architecture featuring four Cortex A53 processors clocked at 2 GHz running in tandem with four Cortex A53 CPUs clocked at 1.7 GHz. For video demanding applications, there’s a Mali-T830 MP2 graphic processing unit on board, along with 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 GB of native storage capacity.

These are pretty cool hardware specs for a droid priced like the Huawei Honor 7 Lite is. To make things even better, this baby runs of Android 6.0 out of the box, with Huawei’s in house made EMUI 4.1 launcher.

In the multimedia department, things are taken care of by 2 cameras. The main one is a 13 megapixels variety, whilst the secondary snapper has 8 megapixels, both being able of recording full HD videos/1080p.

Another cool feature of the Huawei Honor 7 Lite is its hybrid dual-SIM/micro SD card slot which can boost the internal memory capacity up to 256 GB. Connectivity wise, the 7 Lite features dual antenna Cat.4 LTE, dual ban Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, WI-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, Glonass, NFC and even a micro USB 2.0 port.

There’s also the aforementioned finger print scanner and a beefy 7000 mAh battery to keep the lights on forever. Ok, maybe not forever, but the battery packs quite a punch sort to speak, featuring a 75 hours endurance rating, which means something like 2 days of intensive use in real life.

The display is one of the strongest selling points of the Huawei Honor 7 Lite, being a 5.2” IPS LCD variety with full HD resolution, which translates into an amazing pixels per inch density and pretty good color accuracy and average contrast.

The design of this little droid really looks and feels premium, as in flagship, despite the fact that it’s not. Measuring 147.1 x 73.8 x 8.3 millimeters and weighing a respectable 156 grams, the Honor 7 Lite is not the lightest around, but it feels sturdy as the weight gives it substance. The chassis is very well put together and the smartphone offers that solidity which is specific  for metal-made devices.

The back panel is made from aircraft grade aluminum featuring a brushed finish and all around it you’ll notice a plastic rim which is aimed at improving grip and handling, according to Huawei. I don’t know about grip, as the plastic frame is pretty slippery, but it definitely improves the smartphone’s durability when dropped, as that plastic frame will prevent the aluminum back panel from scratching/deforming upon impact.

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Performance wise, the Honor 7 Lite performs admirably considering its price bracket due to its state of the art SoC which lies under the hood. The HiSilicon Kirin 650 is almost comparable to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808. Well, almost, but then again, the price is important in this equation.

 

Keep in mind that this baby will handle most mobile games with flying colors and it’s cheaper than the P9 lite, offering the same performance.

The camera has the same basic specs/performance as the P9 Lite, being quite sharp for its price bracket, with a good dynamic range and capable of recording decent 1080p videos at 30 FPS.

Bottom line, the Huawei Honor 7 Lite is a solid smartphone with a strong metal body, a nice screen and above average hardware, being the definition of a droid playing in the “best bang for the buck” category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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