Honor 7 official with 20MP camera and fingerprint sensor

by: NiraveJune 30, 2015
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Huawei may sell handsets under its own name but the company also offers devices under the Honor brand in both China and Western developed markets. Honor was initially launched as Huawei’s answer to low-cost competition from the likes of Gionee and Xiaomi but the Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus from last year represented some of the best mid-range devices on the market.

Today, Huawei has just finished unveiling its next Honor smartphone – the Huawei Honor 7, which comes in three different variants and has a lower price tag that rumors previously suggested.

The price tag is simply phenomenal given the incredible specs included in the handset, which is a mini version of the popular Ascend Mate 7 phablet from last year. The lowest variant of the Honor 7 costs 1999 Yuan ($322) and offers 16GB storage with LTE while the middle option offers the same storage and dual SIM 4G LTE for 2199 Yuan ($354). The top end model offers 64GB internal storage and dual 4G LTE SIM support for 2499 Yuan ($402).

Other than these differences in storage and SIM support, all three models have the same specs. The all-metal device has a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display offering a respectable pixel density of 423 pixels per inch and above the display is an 8MP front facing camera with fixed focus and F2.4 aperture.

Switch to the back and the Honor 7 uses a Sony IMX230 camera with 21 megapixels and Phase Detection Auto Focus allowing it to focus on a subject in just 0.1 seconds. Beneath the camera is the fingerprint sensor which initially debuted on the Ascend Mate 7 and can be used to unlock the phone with one tap. The fingerprint sensor can also be used for security measures in some banking and payments applications for additional security.

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Under the hood, the Honor 7 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 930 processor, which has 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 more clocked at 1.5GHz. There’s also a Mali T628 GPU, 3GB RAM and a microSD card expansion slot allowing you to increase the storage by up to 128GB. The Honor 7 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s Emotion UI v3.1 on top and is powered by a 3100mAh battery with fast charging allowing you to charge the phone to full in 1 hour and 25 minutes or charge to 50% in just 30 minutes.

Like most Huawei phones, the Honor 7 is rich in connectivity, including NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz – 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and LTE Cat 6. The Honor 7 is currently only available in China and the LTE bands supported are FDD-LTE B1/B3 but a global variant should be available in a few months supporting all major LTE frequencies (dependent upon market).

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The Honor 7 will go on sale in China on July 7th and is available to pre-order now. I personally hope that Honor bring this handset to every market in the world as, on paper at least, it’s a really exciting phone. Having used both the Honor 6 and the Honor 6 Plus, I have high hopes for the Honor 7 but what do you think? Is the feature-rich and stylish Honor 7 smartphone, the one for you? Let us know your views in the comments guys!

  • Val

    The Huawei Honor 7 or in layman terms, if the iPhone 5 and the HTC One M9 had a child

  • Jehan Kateli

    That looks awesome.

  • Jay

    Very impressive.

  • Karis Abas

    make this into the Nexus 5 2015 edition!

    • Tom Moran

      I agree it would be amazing for the price

  • Rithi Pathak

    Huawei Honor 7’s Result is very impressive.

  • Ruturaj

    Only if it had Kirin 940/950 I would have even paid extra.

    • May Czos

      Kirin 940 i not ready yet.

      • Ruturaj

        I think it should have been, as mediatek will be out with A72 based 2 SOCs.

        • May Czos

          Mediatek’s Helio X20 isn’t ready as well. They both will be ready around Q4 015 because that’s when ARM is going to start the production of Mali-T860 and T880 GPUs.

          • Ruturaj

            That’s after roughly 3 months, won’t it make 3 old flagship (this) feel like outdated (because of not having latest tech). Also I thought ARM just provides design and SOC manufactures produce GPU.

          • May Czos

            3 months or more, manufacturers also have to test it and implement in their products. Overall that’ quite a lot of time and maybe they ust couldn’t afford to change schedule. On the mobile market there’s always something better coming out soon. GPU design has to be ready as well. Mali T860 is about to be ready to launch in Q4 2015, Mali-T880 in Q2 2016.
            PS. X20 doesn’t have to be better. It’s probably bigger and more expensive than X10.

          • Ruturaj

            Elephone P9000 which is releasing on 20th Oct has X20 and T880. I just have high hope for upcoming note 5, that it will have A72 and T880. I know there’s always something good around the corner, but I do care by how much, I skipped devices with SD801/805 because I knew 64bit SOC were around the corner, and exynos 7420 performed very well. I guess A72 and T880 will be a big jump in performance then for next few years no groundbreaking improvements are possible.

          • May Czos

            They’re going to show P9000 in October but mass production will start later. Meizu couldn’t wait for so long since they’re releasing their flagship around June-July. It also doesn’t mean X20 is going to be very popular – it’s probably more expensive and bigger with still pretty rubbish GPU. Mali-T880 has some potential but Mediatek is going to use slow variant with 4 cores.

            Note 5 i going to have Exynos 7422, I don’t think there will be some major changes. T880 GPU? Definitely not, not in September.

          • Ruturaj

            Looks like 7422 will just have ePop SOC manufactured on 14 nm LPP and may be T860 GPU, everything same as 7420. I had too high hopes I guess, will buy 7420 device for cheap price or would skip one more generation of phones. Do you think at least A72 will come out this year? I was really hoping for better single core performance than Apples SOC.

          • May Czos

            Yes, with 7422 they’ll probably focus on implementing RAM and flash memory on the SoC.
            We’re probably going to see Snapdragon 620 (4xA53 + 4xA72) somewhere this year, Mediatek X20 should be out before Christmas. Snapdragon 820 could be out near the end of this year and if Kyro cores are based on A72, it’s going to be a record breaker.

          • Ruturaj

            But by looking at leaked SD820 score it doesn’t look that good, I guess Kyro is based on A57 and A53 (as kyro will be bigLITTLE) as they started working on them before A72 was announced. Samsung might come up with A72 SOC (with very thin possibility) as it was first in android to go for A57/A53 , 20nm, 14nm, I guess they like to suprise everyone.

          • May Czos

            Recently leaked score comes from a testing sample, with limited clock etc. they were testing something else, not raw performance. First benchmarks for SD620 showed similar results: ~700 single core, 3000 milticore score, now it’s much better: 1500 single core and 4000 multi core. Other leak says that SD820 prototype does 1740 in single core test. I don’t think that Qualcomm would release something that’s slower than its predecessor.

          • Ruturaj

            I am guessing SD620 is on 28nm, on 14nm clock speed can be increased and it will score around 2000 for single score, with big little it will score around 7000, SD820 does scored 1740 in single core but as we saw with SD810 the reference device by qualcomm and actual implemented in device scored much different (lower in actual device). So it might happen that SD820 single core score increase or decreases in near future.

          • May Czos

            SD810’s scores decreased in actual phones because of thermal throttling. SD810 with lowered clocks in OnePlus Two (down to 1,8GHz) has quite decent 4700 multicore score. SD820 doesn’t have big.LITTLE architecture, Qualcomm is ditching ARM’s design. It’s going to have 4 Kyro cores and that’s it. Good old custom Qualcomm.

          • Ruturaj

            Yes, but I heard that SD820 kyro cores are not all same, they are in cluster of two as bigLITTLE. But by looking at 4700 multicore score they seem equal.

          • May Czos

            Well, not exactly big.LITTLE but I think I know what you mean (two cores working as one). But I haven’t heard that rumor.

  • SamG

    like a taller iphone5/5s without home button

  • Whin77

    Will google services be on phone for the global variant I wonder?

  • Clarence Alvarado

    How the fvck Huawei used Sony’s IMX230 sensor first than their Xperia?

    • noel kait

      They bought the sensor and put it in their phone early??? uhh??

      Their phone division is different from their phone one.

      • PC_Tool

        “Their phone division is different from their phone one.”

        You derped.

        • noel kait

          sorry their camera sensor**

    • Ruturaj

      LeTV Max L has same sensor.

  • Tom Moran

    I want this to be the new nexus it would be the best devi e ever

  • TeeJay1100

    Looks like it will be a battle against the Honor 7 vs One Plus 2

    • Ruturaj

      If One plus 2 overheats, Honor 7 is already victorious.

      • TeeJay1100

        I agree but, Huawei’s emotion UI is hideous to me tho. I’m interested in seeing if One Plus can one up Huawei in price since both will have fingerprint sensors.

        • Ruturaj

          How does oxygen looks like? As cyanogenmod ended their partnership, oxygen will be only option. If honor 7 get officially supported by cyanogenmod then it will well and good. Flash your ROM and use it, but you might loose some camera optimizations though.

          • TeeJay1100

            Oxygen OS was OK but not enough bells/whistles like CM12s. I’m so done flashing Roms, I haven’t in years, I’m tired of it. My One Plus is stock now and I love it.

          • Ruturaj

            But one plus two may not run cyanogenmod then it’s oxygen vs emotion.

          • TeeJay1100

            I can deal with oxygen if I have 2. But I can’t do Emotion UI. LOL

        • paxmos

          I’ll take Huawei’s UI over that crappy oneplus whatever its name is any day…I have a Mate 7 and that is one cool phone. can’t stand oneplus…can’t stand oneplus

          • TeeJay1100

            To each is its own. One Plus One blows Huawei away!

          • paxmos

            NOT

      • May Czos

        Honor 7 has shitty GPU, fingerprint scanner in the wrong place and very generic design. It’s jut ugly.

  • objektiv_one

    Nexus?

  • Saurabh Gaur

    amazing

  • May Czos

    Why there’s always something wrong with those chinese flagships? In thi case: Power hungry CPU, old and slow GPU, fingerprint scanner in the wrong place and very generic design with lots of wasted space in the bottom bezel. Very bland. That could also be some generig budget phone for $100. No Huawei/Honor design clues, no style at all. There are a few other phones with almost identical back.

  • Jude Nguyen

    Huawei is the answer of creating a full featured android phone (large battery, fingerprint sensor, good cpu) with nice premium aesthetics. Its the ideal daily driver having a good feel in the hand, at least I presume as I’ve never been able to use a Huawei phone. I hope they can bring this phone and future phones into the states.

  • Refaat Sofian Abdlhady

    does it have glass protection like gorela glass or antiscratch glass and i see something strange in the photo that looks like a front facing flash ?