Huawei under its Honor consumer brand today launched its flagship Honor 7 smartphone in India along with its Honor Band wearable. Huawei, of late has launched several wearable devices for the global market, however for India, the Honor Band is its first wearable. The Honor 7 smartphone is priced at Rs 22,999 for the 16GB ROM version and will be available at Flipkart starting October 15.
The company also confirmed that its flagship P8 series of smartphones along with its TalkBand B2 smartwatch will not be launched in the country.
The flagship Honor 7 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD IPS LCD display. The device comes in a aluminium alloy finishing and boasts of a fingerprint scanner at the back which also offers touch controls like scroll or click. Huawei claims that the 360-degree fingerprint sensor can read fingerprints at almost every possible angle and also be used by developers to enable fingerprint security for their apps, especially for payments.
Honor 7 runs a 64-bit octa-core 2.2Ghz HiSilicon Kirin 935 CPU with 3GB RAM and is available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage options. The device includes a microSD card slot and supports up to 128GB cards. Only the 16GB version will be available in India as of now.
On the camera front, the Honor 7 comes with 20MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus along with a Sapphire glass protection for the lens. There is an 8MP 26mm wide angle camera at the front for selfies.
The devices runs Android 5.0.2 operating system but Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 custom UI take over the interface. The interface offers several tweaks on the camera front along with new features like knuckle screenshot and more. The Emotion UI comes with voice command too. Like ‘Hey Siri’, ‘Ok Google’, ‘Hi Cortana’, for activating the voice command in Honor 7, users will have to say ‘Honey Bear’.
The Honor 7 comes with a dedicated button at the side called Honor Smart Key which can be used as a panic button. The SOS feature has been developed by the Huawei R&D team in Bengaluru to cater to needs local needs. The hardware integrated SOS feature can trigger an SMS to preferred contacts, can sound a loud siren to alert nearby people for help and claims to provide accurate location by considering GPS as well as cell tower location.
The device is armed with an IR remote and can be used to control over 26,000 products like ACs, TVs and more from over 700 brands.
The smartphone is a single SIM device and support Indian 4G connectivity. It is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery with support for fast charging and reverse charging. Huawei claims five minutes of charging can offer up to an hour of battery life. The Honor 7 comes with 15 months warranty along with 1 month LCD replacement.
On the other hand, the Honor Band is a IP68 water resistant smart band which offer steps and calorie count and tracks sleeping pattern. Huawei claims three days battery life on one full charge. The device also reminds of calls but users cannot take them with it. Honor Band Z1 costs Rs 5,499.