To much fanfare, Huawei has launched the Honor 7. It’s a monster of a phone, but it comes at a very good price, continuing the trend we’re becoming used to from Huawei and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Here’s everything we know about the new phone.
Updated on 08-28-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of the Honor 7’s launch in the UK.
Honor 7 launched in the UK
Initially, the Honor 7 was only set to launch in China, but a UK launch was rumored by Android Authority. In late August, Huawei put the Honor 7 up for sale in the UK through its own Vmall online store. The phone will normally cost £250 (about $380), but between August 27 and August 31, anyone who pre-orders the device will get £40 off, making it a very tempting buy.
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It’s the 16GB model on sale, and you can choose between grey and silver color schemes. There’s no indication when the device will ship at the moment. If you happen to be in China, the Honor 7 will cost you just $322 for the 16GB model, $355 for the dual SIM LTE model, or $400 for the the 64 GB Honor 7.
20-megapixel camera leads the spec sheet
Just like the rumors predicted, the Honor 7 comes in a premium aluminum alloy casing and a variety of colors, including silver, dark gray, and gold. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back of the sleek phone, which can be used to unlock the device, or with select banking and payment apps in China.
A 5.2-inch screen with a 1080p resolution and pixel density of 423ppi graces the front of the phone. While it’s not Quad HD like the screens you’d find on many flagship phones these days, it’s more than sufficient. The entire device is powered by an octa-core 64-bit Kirin 935 processor with a Mali-T628 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Huawei’s offering 16GB and 64GB storage options, and there’s even a MicroSD card slot, so you can expand the memory.
The Honor 7’s other big feature is its 20-megapixel camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus, an f/2.0 aperture, and a 6-lens setup. In addition to the powerful camera on the back of the device, Huawei’s added an 8-megapixel selfie camera with wide-angle lens on the front of the Honor 7. Although many manufacturers are adding even higher-resolution selfie cams to their devices, the Honor 7’s 8-megapixel shooter is still more powerful than most.
A 3100mAh battery with fast charging capabilities that allow it to juice up to 50 percent in an hour powers the phone. Naturally, Android 5.0 Lollipop is running on the device, but with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 UI on top, you’d hardly know it.
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