Updated on 2018-05-29 by Shivam Setia
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Huawei has launched Honor 7A and Honor 7C which become the latest in line to Huawei’s budget offerings. Honor 7A features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels making a PPI of ~282. The smartphone is quite comfortable and feels a lot better in hand while usage. Huawei has put an 18:9 display in Its bid to get more people get this smartphone. There are some bezels on the sides and some bigger ones on the top and bottom. The display is 720p but is good enough for most of the tasks. The viewing angles are decent. Sunlight readability is not the best on Honor 7A.
Above the display are the front camera sensor, earpiece, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. On the rear, there’s much anticipated dual camera setup which is not vertically stacked like every other smartphone, right now. The LED flash is included in the camera cutout which is kind of different from the rest. The circular fingerprint sensor sits at horizontal center just a few centimeters from the camera housing. On the bottom, we find a Micro-USB and a 3.5mm audio jack, accompanied by speaker grill, nothing fancy.
Honor 7A features Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 at Its core which has an octa-core CPU with 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4x1.1 GHz Cortex A53. To handle the graphics workload, Adreno 505 is on-chip as well, coupled with plush 3GB of RAM. In real life usage, the smartphone will be keeping up the pace quite easily but don’t expect serious multitasking and a lot of stuff going around together without some hiccups. Otherwise, the performance is super smooth for everyday usage. Adreno 505 does pretty good at most games but gets the system warm on heavy titles on the Play Store, so If you want to play lots of games, Honor 7A might not be the best choice. The 3GB of RAM does a good job in keeping the software experience fluid and responsive at all times. The device comes with 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD cards.
Like other Snapdragon 430 phones, the Honor 7A scores around 45000 on Antutu Benchmarks which is a decent score for phone in this price range.
Since no one is letting go of the dual camera craze, Honor 7A hits right on spot with dual camera setup sporting 13 MP + 2 MP, f/2.2 sensors with LED flash. For the love of selfies, we have an 8.0 MP, f/2.0 sensor up top of the display. The rear camera performance is good in outdoor well-lit conditions. Images look sharp with a good amount of details. Portrait/Bokeh effect also seems to work well. The camera performance indoors under low light conditions is average though which is expected from phones in this price range. There is no image stabilization so videos will be shaky.
The front camera also performs well in outdoor conditions. We weren’t expecting much from a budget camera like this one and clearly, Huawei is no mood of breaking the stereotypes. The camera performance is more or less equal to the competitors in the range where we see the likes of Xiaomi with some pretty average cameras, Nokia and Motorola are doing relatively better but not by a big difference.
Out of the box, Huawei Honor 7A will run on Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 on top. EMUI 8.0 has evolved a lot from being a gimmicky loaded skin to a refined, responsive and unobtrusive Android experience, there are still a lot of features you won’t ever use, hidden inside some UI clunks, thanks to past legacy but In all Its a stutter-free experience and RAM management is good as well, so we rate the software experience as good if not great. Since It is still EMUI, there are still unnecessary pre-installed apps which you can’t remove and It still doesn’t believe in minimalism and material design.
Honor 7A comes with a 3000mAH battery which should last a day in all scenarios but there is no sight of fast charging so we are kind of bummed here. Huawei’s SuperCharging tech would have been appreciated highly here but since these are budget grounds, we can’t blame them hard. The battery backup will be 1 day on medium usage and 1.5 days on light usage. There is a Micro-USB port for charging at the bottom of the phone. There are no stereo speakers, just a single one firing downwards which is loud enough. There is no special force with the 3.5mm jack so we don’t expect some out of line audio performance on Honor 7A. Moreover, the smartphone hasn’t been handed any IP rating so It would be safe to keep it away from liquids and dust.
Since we’ve used ‘budget’ all over the writing, Huawei Honor 7A is priced at ₹ 8,999 in India and is available exclusively on Flipkart. In terms of pricing, we don’t find It to be that aggressive but It is not bad either. There are a lot of good things in this smartphone and the price is justified.
Huawei has not been a giant in India despite their presence for quite some time in India, most of their revenue comes from the budget segment and they are not wrong to reinforce their biggest gainer with the top of the line features and trends in 2018. Huawei’s is certainly getting good at making complete smartphones and providing value for money. Honor 7A just exemplifies that.
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Honor 7A is a decent option in the under 10000 segment. It is a light weight phone with good performance and decent dual camera which takes decent portrait mode pictures. You won't notice any lags during day to day usage.