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

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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?

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posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:07 5

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1149; Member since: 27 May 2012)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 09:39

14. waddup121 (unregistered)

That's a lot of stuff going on there.

posted on 01 Jul 2015, 02:13

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?

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:09 1

2. Ghost04 (Posts: 350; Member since: 03 May 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 ......

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:24 7

6. vuyonc (Posts: 1063; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Sony uses IMX220.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 08:03

13. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 12:05 2

17. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 16:02

21. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; Member since: 20 Feb 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. :)

posted on 01 Jul 2015, 02:11

22. Simona (unregistered)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:11 4

3. JetMK (Posts: 95; Member since: 31 Jan 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:17 1

4. Bondurant (Posts: 584; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:22

5. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:51

8. Bondurant (Posts: 584; Member since: 04 Jun 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).

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:27

7. vuyonc (Posts: 1063; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

PDAF camera for under $350? Hmm not bad

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 05:57

9. dimas (Posts: 2540; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 06:38 1

10. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; Member since: 20 Feb 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. :(

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 06:54

11. plasteek (Posts: 147; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)

Why i don't like the black strip around the screen ?

I want HONOR 7 right now !!!

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 07:15 1

12. Hatshipuh (Posts: 143; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 10:58

15. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 11:23

16. may_czos (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Nov 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 12:37

18. gehrig (Posts: 383; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

The Huawei iPhone 4

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 13:37

19. fyah_king (Posts: 1147; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

Make that 64gb have lte band,please!

posted on 30 Jun 2015, 15:29 2

20. Virage (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 May 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.

posted on 01 Jul 2015, 05:10

24. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 580; Member since: 07 May 2012)

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

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 10:36

25. aislami (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2015)

i had a question does honor 7 have infrared

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