Metal Huawei Honor 7 outed with 20 MP phase-detection camera and finger sensor
Huawei is holding an official press event today, and, as widely expected, announced the new Honor 7 smartphone, with three versions to choose from, all clad in a metal alloy chassis. The Honor 7 variations differ in connectivity and storage only, with a basic 16 GB model with LTE radio, then one with a dual SIM dual-standby LTE abilities, and the flagship of the trio with 64 GB of internal memory.
Other than those differences, they all sport the same stylish aluminum alloy exterior, and 5.2" 1080p displays with 423ppi. The trio is run by the company's own 64-bit Kirin 935 chipset, clocked at 2.2 GHz maximums for a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores, and 1.5 GHz for the other A53 set of four, arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, with ARM's Mali-T628 GPU doing the graphical heavy lifting. The phones come with 3 GB RAM and 16-64 GB internal memory, plus a microSD slot for expansion. Honor 7 is housed in a 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm chassis, and weighs 157g.
Here we come to the impressive parts about the affordable Honor 7 - it will ship with a 20 MP rear camera, just as speculated, which will sport Phase Detection Auto Focus to boot. This likely means that the newest Sony sensor is onboard, with an F2.0 aperture, 6-lens module, and sapphire glass for added protection. The front-facing camera is no slouch either, featuring an 8 MP resolution and wide-angle lens. Beneath the rear camera one would find a touch fingerprint sensor, just like on the Mate7, that can unlock the phone with one tap only.
When it comes to connectivity, the phone is loaded - with NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4-5Ghz), Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GSM, WCDMA and LTE radios, with bands depending on the region. All that jazz is backed up by a 3100mAh battery pack that offers a quick charging option to juice it up from zero to hero for 1 hour and 25 minutes only, or you can get to 50% of charge for just half an hour. Last, but not least, Huawei Honot 7 will arrive with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, covered with Huawei’s newest EMUI version 3.1 interface.
How much? Well, we are glad you asked, because these metal warriors with 20 MP shooters are coming in at the very affordable $322 for the base 16 GB model, then $355 for the dual SIM LTE version, and, finally, the 64 GB Honor 7 will cost you about $400 - a pretty good bang for the buck, don't you think?