Huawei is a Chinese telecommunication company manufacturing mobile phones since 1997 and is considered as one of the largest telecommunication manufacturer in the world. Huawei launched their latest handset, Huawei Honor 7 in June 2015 which have attracted lots of eyeballs around the world. The smartphone consists of top specifications hardware that can keep most of the branded devices to shame. The hope is to win the hearts of the high value buyers as the price tag to this handset is just INR 22,999. So without much ado let us go into details about the Honor 7 in our review.
General and look
The handset comes with 5.2 inches full HD IPS LCD touchscreen display with an amazing resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels at a pixel per inch of 424. The front portion is 72.4 percent screen with soft keys available on screen, front camera, narrow borders and flash on the either sides of earpiece.
The USB port and the speakers are available at the bottom, while the volume and power keys are on the right. The top of the handset has an IR blaster and the 3.5 mm socket. SIM card and the microSD slot is present on the left of the device along with a Smart key.
The addition of Smart key is a unique and innovative idea setting a benchmark for other manufacturers. This key is a physical button which can be customized in order to trigger specific functions. This triggering can be done for 3 different functions with a single press or a double press or a long press. Ultra-snapshot, screenshot, voice recording or flashlight are the four quick functions that you can choose from or you can launch your own specific app. This amazing addition makes the phone more user friendly.
Specifications and software
Qualcomm and MediaTek are the specialized developers of SoCs but Huawei is considered as one of those limited smartphone manufacturers developing their own Socs for their handsets rather than using readymade ones. Honor 7 is powered with Octa core Hisilicon Kirin 935 Soc with the primary 4 cores functioning at 2.2 GHz and secondary 4 cores at 1.5 GHz.
The backside of the handset is entirely metal and has a wonderful finish making it comfortable for grip. Primary camera, fingerprint sensor and flash are available at the above of honor logo. The sensor is of metallic color blending it with the device, making the look of sensor adorable. With this fingerprint sensor, you can save up to 5 fingerprints that can be used in order to unlock the phone and access the app lock and files.
The rest of specification list goes like this- it consists of 4G connectivity supporting Indian brands, 3GB RAM, 3100mAh battery capacity, 16 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD card and Bluetooth 4.1.
Huawei Honor 7 runs on Android 5.0.2 with UI 3.1 on top. Alike Xiaomi’s MIUI and Gionee’s Amigo UI, honor 7 consists of single layered UI. The system and the function of the handset is highly customizable including the smart key, navigation bar, one handed operation and motion control. The device is easy to use and smooth. It consists of number of pre-installed app, but you can uninstall majority of those apps as none of them are bothersome.
Amazing Camera quality
The Huawei honor 7 come with dual camera, 20 megapixel primary camera with dual tone flash and 8 megapixel secondary camera with single tone flash. Full HD videos can be recorded with both the cameras. The camera app has been designed in such a way that it looks good and is easy to use without any kind of complications.
There are number of features in the camera, giving its users total control over the photography. There are several amazing modes for audio note, slow motion video, time lapse, all focus, best photo, typical panorama and HDR modes.
Within the settings one can trigger object tracking, smile capture and adjust normal manual settings like white balance and ISO. The amazing feature is the ultra-snapshot mode allowing you to take shots even if your phone is locked by just double tapping the volume down key or you can also assign it to the smart key.
Performance and final verdict
The Soc used in this handset is the improved version of the previous Kirin 930 ensuring the perfect performance of the honor 7. In order to improve the heat dissipation and maintain the device cool the handset has Aluminium alloy cover and L type architecture. Honor 7 is a beautiful device having great features and specifications which will surely question other branded phone manufacturers in the market, and talking about the look- it is adorable and feels great in one’s hand.