Even though Chinese smartphone manufacturers are oftentimes overshadowed by their international rivals, the Huawei Honor 7 seeks to bring at least some of the “honor” into the product line (excuse the pun). But is it a worthy buy? Furthermore, does it pack the right kind of stuff to beat international competitors?
The Huawei Honor 7 is an Affordable Device, Yet Falls Short on Power
In this day and age wherein smartphones are sporting the “thin is in” feature, the Huawei Honor 7 is happily placed in a “normal” thickness category. It has a thickness of 8.5-millimeter, and has a weight of 157-grams. While not the lightest nor the thinnest handset that you can get in today’s market, it does sit perfectly in your hand. You can even cradle a smooth and a cool-feeling aluminum back panel.
The edges of the device are neatly chamfered, and the sleep/wake key is nicely recessed. Furthermore, the screen does seem to sit away from the body itself. This gives the phone an unusual appearance of being highly modern, almost space-age, rather than sporting a luxurious design. However, it does not mean that t he phone is in any way ugly as it is still a stunner. The exteriors are packed with detail and there are clear tactile design decision placed into its design.
The Honor 7 is packed with a 5.2-inch LCD (IPS NEO) touch capacitive display that is able to deliver 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. This is most likely the same panel used for the company’s own P8 smartphone. It is able to deliver bright colors and a punchy contrast. However, all would have been lost if it weren’t for the auto-brightness feature, in which thankfully can be turned off. It is because the feature is a bit finicky and does appear to set brightness levels a bit too low.
While the smartphone will be able to turn heads, another story lies underneath the device. For what it has in looks, it doesn’t have in terms of power and performance. Looking at the specs on paper, the handset is powered by an octa-core, 1.5GHz Kirin 935 which is mated to 3GB of RAM. It is advertised that it should have a very smooth behavior. However, it is different in real-world tests and performance views, especially when you try to play some games with it.
The Huawei Honor 7 will perform pretty well when playing games such as Crossy Road or the ever popular Candy Crush, but when you play HD games on it such as Danmaku Unlimited 2, you will be forced to just close and uninstall the game from the device because of laggy behavior. Overall, you wouldn’t mind using this phone for everyday situations, just don’t expect anything of the high-end sort from its performance.
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