The top-notch fingerprint reader is honor 7's killer feature

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That koalas are cute and cuddly is a well-known fact. Few people know, however, that the furry little rascals have fingerprints much like ours. It's a bit of trivia that has little to do with the honor 7 – the honor brand's flagship smartphone – but it is cool to know nonetheless. 

Speaking of fingerprints and the honor 7, one of the smartphone's key features is its fingerprint reader. Located below the camera, its primary purpose is to serve as a safe and convenient alternative to a lock screen PIN – to protect the device from prying eyes. It also happens to be the phone's most liked feature, as chosen by PhoneArena's readers. PhoneArena recently hosted a contest where several honor 7 smartphones were given away. To participate, the readers had to vote for their favorite honor 7 feature, and the phone's fingerprint reader was voted first.

It easy to see why one would be excited about the honor 7's fingerprint reader. After all, many of today's top smartphones rely on fingerprint readers to ensure the user's peace of mind; cracking or stealing a four-digit passcode is relatively easy, but bypassing a fingerprint-based security system could be extremely difficult. 

Now, any phone with a fingerprint reader can use it as a lock screen PIN replacement. The honor 7, however, takes matters a step further. For instance, using the honor 7's Safe feature, you can move selected photos, videos, audio files, and other documents to a folder that's only accessible with a password or, you guessed it, a fingerprint scan. That's a great way of making sure others can't access your private files while borrowing your handset. 

But these are just some of the many uses for the honor 7's fingerprint reader. You see, gestures are also implemented into the phone's software to make interaction more convenient to the user. To give a few great examples, swiping down on the fingerprint reader pulls down the notification tray, and a swipe up displays the most recently used application. And to make snapping selfies easier, just point the camera and place your finger on the reader. 

This, in a nutshell, is the impressive set of features made possible by the honor 7's fingerprint reader – features that make sense and serve a practical purpose, adding more bang to an already great value-for-money smartphone. 

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1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

good looking phone

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That privacy statement wants my money.

5. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

I wish sites would stop praising "fingerprint scanner speed" so much - at least in isolation. They could lower the False Acceptance rate to 1 in 1000 and then you'd have a blindingly fast fingerprint scanner.....and also a lot more people would be able to get in your phone with their own fingerprints. The question is whether they can achieve that speed with high enough FAR, too, like at least 1 in 100,000, but hopefully that can be pushed to at least 1 in 1,000,000 soon.

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

ad by honor

4. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Whenever there is a feature copied from iPhone, PA will jump & show it to world stating "Same like Apple iPhone implementation". But when Huawei copied "Secure your Photos & Videos via Fingerprint scanner" which is a direct copy from Samsung's "Private Mode" (1st company to use Private mode in S5 20 Months ago from now) and PA is not mentioning that. Why there is so much support for Apple & not Samsung or other companies?? Whyy??.

6. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

isn't safe mode exactly the same as private mode on samsung devices?

7. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Sorry PA, as a Japanese phone user, your article makes me laugh. Japanese phone, namely Fujitsu phones, have this function a few years back. An example would be F-06E, where you can have this inbuilt privacy mode, to hide all sorts of kinds of stuff from contacts, calls, media, passwords. This is why Fujitsu phones in Japan are the choice for people to fool around because the privacy prowess is so impeccable.

8. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

This is just an ad, it has nothing to do with phonearena

9. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

My bad. I take back my criticism at PA.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Why is the manufacturer not named once? I know who it is, but this is weird. I realize it's an Ad, but it's more like a copypasta from Huawei's site.

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