Huawei G7 Plus ups the midrange ante with '90% metal' chassis, OIS and finger scanner
Huawei recently outed one of its best midrangers yet on the hush-hush. The new G7 Plus takes the torch from last year's G7, and features a 5.5" display, just as its predecessor. The screen resolution has jumped from HD 720p to 1080p Full HD, though, and there are plenty of other improvements to talk about, besides the pixel density boost.
The G7 Plus comes powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, and comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot for memory expansion. These memory specs alone are a tad above and beyond today's midrange standards, but Huwaei didn't stop here, paying special attention to the camera on the back of the G7 Plus. The shooter keeps the 13 MP resolution of the G7, but adds optical image stabilization, sapphire lens, RGBW sensor, and wider aperture, so low-light performance should be greatly improved in comparison.
The internals are all fine and dandy, but what about the first impression that a phone makes, its design? Well, Huawei jumped on the premium build trend that marked the year 2015, and made a "90% metal" handset, clad in aviation-grade aluminum in several uniform color versions, like Silver, Gray, and Gold. To keep up with the times, Huawei also included a fingerprint scanner on the back of the G7 Plus, as well as an improved speaker chamber. Android 5.1 is running the show, with a Marshmallow update promised for February next year.
The only ho-hum fields in the specs sheet are the dimensions, as the 5.5-incher comes at 152.5 mm tall and 76.5mm wide, which can't hold any bezel-less claims, though the size is about average for the screen diagonal. The weight of 167g is also average for a metal-clad midranger of this size, while the 7.5mm thin frame will make you appreciate the fact that Huawei still managed to retrofit a sealed 3000 mAh juicer in there. The Huawei G7 Plus will be available first in Asia, it seems, for a price tag of about $330 equivalent off-contract, which is not bad for what the metal-clad phablet offers. Any takers?