15 Aug The Honor 7 by Huawei
Did you know that Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications manufacturer founded in 1987, is actually the largest such equipment maker in the world? They do manufacture plenty of stuff, including cars, but their smartphones have recently started to push through in the smartphone marketplace and currently are serious contenders. The release of the new Huawei P8 flagship, with all the versions, did make a serious impact, but there are already plenty of flagships around that cost a bundle. If there is a niche in this marketplace that has not been explored enough, then it is the upper mid-range.
It was the OnePlus One that established the fact that a great mobile phone does not have to cost an arm and a leg and plenty of competitors have tried to gain footing in there as well. The new Mediatek octa-core processor allowed plenty of people to provide excellent quality at half the price the very same device would cost if it housed a Qualcomm or a Samsung ARM architecture based processor. Huawei does not have to go elsewhere for processors, they own HiSilicon Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Their Kirin 936, found in the Honor 7, is also based on ARM version 8-A and features 4+4 cores in 64-bit, clocked at 2.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz respectively.
Besides the aforementioned chipset, the Huawei Honor 7 comes with either 16 GB or 64 GB storage and furthermore features a microSD card slot, for storage expansion. For plenty of internal memory purposes there are 3 GB of RAM, more than enough for a mid-range phone, some top of the line phones do not have as much. The main camera is the Sony IMX230 20 MP autofocus with dual-tone LED flash. The front camera, also called “selfie” camera, generally used for video conferencing is still 8 MP, a resolution that seems to be considered enough for competitors to put in as the main camera, but Huawei thinks otherwise.
The 5.2 inches IPS LCD touchscreen has a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, which amounts to approximately 424 ppi pixel density, which are specs that are flagship numbers. The unfortunately non-removable Li-Po battery is a powerful one, 3100 mAh. The Honor 7 comes factory equipped with the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, there is the trademark Huawei EMUI 3.1, which you will have to get used to. In benchmarks the Honor 7 performs much better than it should, clearly entering the top range in some instances.
In comparison to the flagship P8, the Huawei Honor 7 is not inferior by much, in some instances it performs even better than the more expensive P8. If you are thinking about purchasing a Huawei, then most definitely consider Honor 7 first, because it costs less and is probably just as good as the more expensive P8. If you only want to purchase a great phone, but cannot spend that much of a bundle, then this is not a bad phone for such an endeavour, although you should preferably purchase the HTC One M8, which is right now available for approximately the same price and is truly stellar.