• Display: 5.2-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 935
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.0
  • Camera: 20MP (rear), 8MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 143.2mm x 71.9mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • Battery
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 8,795 points
  • PC Mark Work: 4,579 points
  • Antutu: 48,296 points

An Unfair Advantage

Huawei is at it again, but this time boasting that they have an unfair advantage to get themselves ahead of the pack. It was not long after when we received the honor 7 did we realise why. Sneaking its way into our hands we could tell that we wouldn’t be disappointed by it.

Powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa-core processor, it boasts a clock speeds of 2.2GHz on four cores and 1.5GHz on another four. Along with 3GBs of RAM, the honor 7 proves to be a phone with powerful hardware under its hood. With 16GBs of internal memory there might come a time when you need to increase your storage but fret not, the microSD slot allows you to expand your memory up to 128GB. The honor 7 runs on Android 5.0 out of the box but uses its very own Emotion UI 3.1, and sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display.

Not wanting to be left behind in the camera department, the honor 7 sports a 20MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The 20MP rear camera is capable of taking sharp and clear shots even in dim conditions. Whereas the front camera takes stunningly great selfies and the built-in camera app comes with a ‘‘Beauty” function which skilfully edits your selfies ever so slightly. Another thing we liked about the built-in camera app was, it lets you know where to look when taking a selfie so that your features are more pronounced.

Huawei has done a great job on the honor 7, it looks and feels great in hand, and doesn’t weigh much. Navigating the phone with a single hand is comfortable and easy but would have preferred the front edges to be curved a little more. With that said, the honor 7 runs smoothly with little to no lag when it comes to navigating menus, apps and swiping through screens.

The honor 7 gets its juice from a 3,100mAh battery that really keeps the phone alive the entire day when usage is at a minimum. Battery life can easily last a full day even with Wi-Fi on and charging is quick so keeping your battery full and ready for use is easy.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for a phone that looks and feels great, the honor 7 is such an amazing phone to get. From the way it is designed to the way it runs, it’s hard to say that at its price it truly is an unfair advantage.

(previously published in issue November 2015)


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