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7.6/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 7 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Price
  • Bright, clear display
  • Multi-function fingerprint scanner
  • Fast camera with loads of options

What's bad

  • So-so performance
  • EMUI is a personal preference
  • No NFC
  • Easily blocked bottom-firing speaker

As a spin-off of Huawei focused on affordable yet upscale phones, the Honor series of phones have had decent success. The Honor 7 is billed as a flagship contender at a fraction of the price. While the specifications are impressive, how does it work in real world usage?

Let’s see what reviewers across the Internet are saying!

The phone looks like a mash-up of the Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S series. Rounded corners, beveled edges and a seamless front glass create an upscale appearance while the aluminum shell on the rear adds further refinement and comfort.

PC Advisor UK spend time with the phone and said, “The metal body looks like phones which cost twice the price.” More worried about comfort than looks? Digital Trends noted, “It has proper feel to it, and sits perfectly in your hand, where you cradle a smooth and cool-to-the-touch aluminum back panel.”

Flipping around to the front, you’ll find a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. Reviews on the screen were positive--though some noted issues with the phone’s automatic brightness control. PC Advisor UK said, “The IPS screen looks nice and crisp with popping colours and decent brightness available should you need it.”

To help you make the most of the screen, the phone is powered by an eight-core Kirin 935 Processor and 3GB of RAM. Reviews on phone performance are hit or miss. For daily tasks, reviewers had no problem. PC Advisor UK described the phone as “delightfully smooth.” However, when pushing the phone with complex games or heavy multi-tasking, things weren’t so good. Digital Trends noted, “Delving into some games revealed the Honor 7 struggles for raw power. Using the phone for everyday situations, this lack of guts was never an issue.”

While the Kirin chipset might have issues with high performance use, reviews found that it was great on battery life. Reviewers applauded the life from the 3,100mAh battery in the Honor 7. Coolsmartphone used it as their daily driver for a week and found, “[it] lasted the entire day with change to spare.”

The phone is available with either 16 or 64GB of internal storage. Regardless of your choice, you’ll find a microSD card slot with support for capacities up to 128GB to let you download apps, movies and music without worrying about space.

The phone ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Huawei is rolling out over-the-air updates to Marshmallow 6.0 in select regions. Huawei’s iOS-esque EMUI always divides reviewers. While this new version--EMUI 3.1--was no different, Digital Trends noted, “Huawei’s EMUI has come a long way from the disasters of old, and is getting closer to Samsung and LG’s approach to an Android skin: more Android, less nonsense.”

If you’re looking for a competent camera phone, reviews indicate that the 20MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens are up to the task. You’ll find a few goodies, including phase detection autofocus on the rear lens and a front-facing flash to help you capture images. Digital trends tested the camera and said, “It takes pictures you’ll want to keep and look at again.” TechRadar was similarly impressed, saying, “During the process of taking photos with the Honor 7, and when viewing the results, I was very pleasantly surprised.”

Lastly, there’s the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. Reviews indicate that is offers snappy, accurate performance. The scanner also doubles as a multi-feature button and reviewers loved the added control.

Overall, if you’re not looking for a powerhouse, reviews were great. Android Pit declared, “With a spectacularly low price, this phone delivers in all the key areas: looks, camera, battery and performance.” Digital Trends was more conservative, saying, “While it’s actually damn good in some areas, it’s not the perfect budget phone but we were hoping for in others.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
20+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


AndroidPIT

The Honor 7 could have been the star of the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In many excellent ways it's a smaller Ascend Mate 7. It's also a great upgrade from the Honor 6, thanks to the addition of the finger scanner, metal chassis and Quick Start button, not to mention its all-new specs sheet.

- Shu On Kwok, AndroidPIT
Tech Advisor

Honor has once again impressed us with a flagship smartphone at an outrageous price. For under £250 you get a lot of phone for your money. Performance is good with the main camera and fingerprint sensors being the highlights on the hardware side. Emotion UI isn't our favourite Android skin but...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

The Honor 7 is affordable, but too weak to play many mobile games.

- Andy Boxall, Digital Trends
The Indian Express

For starters, the Honor 7 comes with a brilliant display. It has the exact combination of brightness, contrast and colours to make things look original. Also, the viewing angles are good and adaptive brightness works well. Visibility is also not a problem in sunlight. Honor 7’s 20MP rear camer...

- Debashis Sarkar, The Indian Express
NDTV

Huawei has used its Honor range to successfully market quality products at competitive prices for a while now, and the online-exclusive strategy has resulted in some success. The Honor 7 is a beautiful device that embodies everything that a flagship smartphone should be. It has the right specificati...

- Ali Pardiwala, NDTV


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Screen Size
5.2"

The Huawei Honor 7's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 935 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 873 minutes, 638 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 7 Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2015
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/1800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 935 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.13 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 583 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 638 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 873 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 157 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Additional Sensor
- Finger Scanner
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