Huawei Honor 7 Hands-On Review
The Honor 7, from China-based Huawei, is the latest project in their Honor series and the successor to the mid-2014 Honor 6. Released in July 2015, the sizeable 5.64×2.83-inch Honor 7 is just compact enough to allow for comfortable one-handed use. The 5.2-inch screen is a minor jump from the 5.0-inch Honor 6 display.
Its silky, metallic construction also sets this version apart from past Huawei smartphones and their generally dull, plastic feel. Three color options are available; black, as displayed below, along with gold and white.
The Honor 7’s specifications include an octa-core Kirin 935 processor, 2.2 GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage that’s expandable up to 128GB for aggressive users. The Full-HD LCD offers a crisp 1080×1920 resolution.
The pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop is paired with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.0, which may take some warming up to for new users.
A 3100mAh battery with roughly 8.3 hours talk time has generally satisfied customers, while the 20-megapixel main camera is another bright spot, although its quality does take a noticeable dip in dimmer environments. A convenient feature allows users to instantly draw their cameras with successive taps of the bottom volume button, setting them up for those impromptu shots.
Seen below, a fingerprint scanner under the camera allows for securely unlocking the device. The scanner also doubles as a navigation panel reminiscent of a miniature laptop trackpad. Directional swipes cue different tabs while a single tap carries you back to the previous screen. The pad lies within direct reach of your index or middle finger, allowing for comfortable access. This also leaves the door open for accidental contact, but the pad can be disabled for those who prefer more traditional navigation.
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BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The Huawei Honor 7 offers seamless performance and an attractive exterior that combine for a remarkably well-rounded smartphone. For its sub-$400 price range, instinct would lead most to search for a major flaw. As there doesn’t appear to be one, customers should think twice before committing to a pricier rival.