Huawei grabbed my attention last year with its Honor 6 launch. Since then, under its Honor bran, Huawei has continued to impress with some good offerings at competitive pricing. Now, with its new flagship Honor 7, the brand is aiming to take on the likes of OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi and of course the Nexus 5X head on.
Huawei has big ambitions in the Indian smartphone market under its Honor brand. Apart from providing quality hardware, Honor is focusing more on software features to make its smartphones stand apart from the crowd
At a price of Rs 22,999, Huawei has delivered whatever best it could in its Honor 7. But is it good enough? Here is the review.
The new Honor stands apart for its simplicity. It is something you definitely want to flaunt. The aluminium alloy finishing makes the smartphone feel really premium. For the first time, you might get confused with the smart key on left and wonder why did Huawei put two power/wake buttons, but soon you will realise that it comes really very handy. It has a 5.2-inch display but the device is compact. It fits perfectly in the palm, though a bit slippery.
Honor 7 uses its own HiSilicon Kirin 935 CPU. And if you doubt its capabilities, then be informed that it should not concern you at all. There are no heating issues as such, also, it is delightfully smooth.
Huawei has tried to incorporate a D-SLR like camera in its Honor 7. Those of you who like to go beyond the Auto mode will get a lot of features to experiment with. The Honor 7, undoubtedly, has one of the most superior cameras. For selfie lovers, the new Honor has enough features and of course a LED Flash to please you.
Specs: 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD IPS LCD display | EMUI 3.1 based on Android 5.0.2 OS | 64-bit octa-core 2.2Ghz HiSilicon Kirin 935 CPU | 3GB RAM | 16GB ROM (expandable up to 128GB) | 20MP rear camera with Flash | 8MP front camera with Flash | 3,100 mAh battery | 4G support | Hybrid SIM/microSD card slot (SIM 1+ microSD or SIM 1 + SIM 2) | Fingerprint sensor
Price: Rs 22,999
What is good?
For starters, the Honor 7 comes with a brilliant display. It has the exact combination of brightness, contrast and colours to make things look original. Also, the viewing angles are good and adaptive brightness works well. Visibility is also not a problem in sunlight.
Honor 7’s 20MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus will impress you. It is one of the fastest that I have seen. Huawei has included a lot of tweaks on the camera software to give a D-SLR like feel. You should definitely experiment with the professional mode. Coming to the front camera, Honor 7 has a lot of software features, the best part is that pictures, especially selfies, retains the originality. You look the way you are supposed to look. Also, the front flash comes really handy.
On the performance front, the device will not disappoint you at all. Be it gaming or multitasking, the device has got you covered. The battery lasts easily a day on 3G and WiFi.
What is not that good?
The audio quality of the external speaker is not that loud. Also, while there are two speaker vents, there is only one speaker.
On the design front, I feel the camera bump is unnecessary given it’s not a slim device. But don’t worry about scratches on the lens as Sapphire glass has got you covered.
In a market of mainly dual SIM phones, the Honor 7 comes with a hybrid SIM/microSD card slot. So, you can either use the second slot to put a SIM card or a microSD card. I feel Huawei could have made it a dual SIM device altogether.
If you are looking to spend somewhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 for your next smartphone, then you should definitely consider the Honor 7. It will not disappoint you.