Huawei G7 Plus ups the midrange ante with '90% metal' chassis, OIS and finger scanner

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?




source: Huawei


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24 Comments

1. Kumar123 unregistered

These Chinese companies are kinda amazing. Practically zero investment in design and software. Rip off design and software form other companies in these case hardware design stolen from HTC and software form iOS. Give very little money to employee. And boom you have a very cheap device.

3. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

And the design is ripped off from...? Oh that's right. Nothing. Stfu.

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Zero investment? Wipe that dirt off your eyes. Huawei has to be the most innovative company this year.

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

These kind of smartass just can't accept that a Chinese company like Huawei is rising like a dragon.

24. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yup. Exactly like Sasuke's Kirin. :3

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You suck at trolling, find another field.

7. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Clearly you haven't used one, their Hardware designs are the best i have seen way better than Samsung,LG,Apple,HtC,Sony......... . and i have used most of the brands mentioned. I am not a fanboy but credit must be given to them for offering High end spec in a small budget. I am currently using Huawei P8 as my daily driver coming from LG G2 and before that Samsung Note series.

14. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

You must be kidding You gave up the amazing LG G2 for a phone that has a crappy battery , no Fast Charging or Wireless Charging , a barely usable GPU and a SoC that's midrange at best ..

16. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

No i didn't give it up, i had it for 2 years. And the advantages over lg g2 where: 1.The design. 2.The camera is way better than Lg g2 13mp. 3.The front camera 8mp. 4.The HiSilicon Kirin 930 is > than Snapdragon 800 5.You would be suprised that with my phone setup i get 5-6 hours SOT, and the battery is better than lg G2 even though the capacity is lower and with Huawei battey saver mode it helps a lot. 6. With the OS beautiful interface +nova launcher i get what i want. 7.Finally i only paid 440$ for the phone unlocked new, after selling my lg g2 for 170$ so i ended paying 270$. 8.1 year warranty. After all that why wouldn't i get it over the LG G2.

17. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

OOh another points i forgot. 9. The Speaker is amazing if only they were 2. waiting for the Nexus 6p. 10.The GPS on this device is amazing can't compare it to the G2.

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

When a smartass wanna be a smartass, he becomes a smartass.

20. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

lol, you should remove the Smart part

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Gimme 617 not 615 Huawei

2. carlemillward unregistered

This is practically the G8, but on Huawei's Chinese website they are both listed. Confused...

4. carlemillward unregistered

Also, it is actually running SD616, not 615. as the other 4 A53 are clocked at 1.2Ghz

8. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

SD616 is only for chinese version maybe ?

9. carlemillward unregistered

But that's called the Maimang 4, I dunno though, have to wait for a hands-on.

15. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Nope It has been released in Egypt a couple of weeks back as the G8 and it does have the SD616 and it has even been fully reviewed

12. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

13. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

First comes the G8 then this G7 Plus, confusing names.. Still good looking though..

18. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

There was a time majority of consumers convinced metal build makes phones expensive. Thanks to some Chinese brands it's history now. Actually that one hardly count as cheap comparing to Meizu Metal or Letv 1s. Also I have to say that again Huawei put HTC to shame with Mate S' design.

19. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

good value for money

21. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Can some one please tell me what is the difference between this phone and Huawei G-8?? Aren't these 2 the same phones?

25. cma4_

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Where can you buy the model that works on AT&T/T-mobile in the States? I have seen unlocked model but, they do not have all the US LTE bands. I was told there was a model called Rock that does (saw one on ebay).

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