Metal Huawei Honor 7 outed with 20 MP phase-detection camera and finger sensor

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?

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Hopefully, Huawei Nexus 5 will be based on this awesome affordable Honor 7.

14. waddup121 unregistered

That's a lot of stuff going on there.

23. Simona unregistered

Guys don't worry there will be honor 7 plus soon and it will be 6'' btw guys what's that 4th button on the left side of phone?

2. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

The RBGW sensor is gone. It's now using IMX230 . So, it's definitely going to give them disadvantage against big players . As sony uses it and sony smartphones don't have good camera like the others . And more , I was expecting Kirin 940 ......

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Sony uses IMX220.

13. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

AS vuyonc said sony uses imx220 and this one has imx230 which is sony's top of the line sensor. I was expecting kirin 940 too.

17. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Everybody (well, except HTC) uses Sony sensors. The only differences are in the software.

21. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

True. Samsung and Apple are two good examples on good software + Sony sensor = great looking pictures, while Sony + their own sensor = worse than competitors which is unacceptable. :)

22. Simona unregistered

the main is software how it processing the image best in s6 /edge

3. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

Hmm, I believe this will be my first try at a Huawei phone. They have piqued my interest far too much to ignore at this point. And that is a great price point.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Front has a confusing mix of Honor 6 and Mate 7, while rear is mate 7. Its the 5.2inch version of Mate 7 that many were asking for. Doesn't meet the looks of Huawei P8, but for the price im sold.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Looks like a mini Mate 7. For that specs, that price is just great. Looks like this will be my first Huawei phone.

8. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It does, but looking closely, the mate 7 front bezels are far more sleeker, but Honor 7 have similar size bezels to the Honor 6/plus (and P8 top and bottom).

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

PDAF camera for under $350? Hmm not bad

9. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So the 4gb ram for the 64gb is not true. Quite disappointed with that but the metal design and large battery is already good for $400. That battery should last long on reviews and huawei got my money.

10. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

GOD I hope they will use a good software implementation for the camera because the Huawei P8 took good daylight pictures but the video and low light performance were subpar. :/ But damn I'm kind of disappointed because of no OIS. :(

11. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Why i don't like the black strip around the screen ? I want HONOR 7 right now !!!

12. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Specwise it sounds even better than the P8 at a lower price point, so what's the point of the P8?

15. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

It's sad how Sony sold IMX230 sensor to Huawei first than their Xperia line. But still, here's hoping for Sony's flagship using the same sensor plus revamped camera app and software image processing.

16. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

I'm very disappointed. Very generic and bland design with wasted space in the bottom bezel. Combined with rubbish GPU no wonder this thing is so cheap.

18. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

The Huawei iPhone 4

19. fyah_king unregistered

Make that 64gb have lte band,please!

20. Virage

Posts: 88; Member since: May 25, 2015

Ill give it to huawei. The p8 series,honor 6, mate . All in less than a year. And all very good phones. Their Nexus version will be killer.

24. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

huawei is really peaking my interest from the other day, keep it up guys. These chinese phone manufaturers are getting better everyday

25. aislami

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

guys i had a question does honor 7 have infrared

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