Huawei held an official press event today and finally announced its all new, much anticipated Honor 7 smartphone. The device will come in three different versions differing in connectivity and storage. There will be a basic version with 16gb of storage and LTE connectivity, a dual-SIM LTE version, and the third version with 64gb of storage.
All of the three versions have the exact same stylish and premium looking aluminum alloy body, a 5.2″ 1080p display that adds up to 423 pixels-per-inch. All versions will also sport Huawei’s own octa-core 64-bit Kirin 935 chipset. The chipset has 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 more clocked at 1.5GHz arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration which basically allows reduce power consumption by having the right cores work for the right tasks. For the graphics, the Honor 7 uses ARM’s Mali-T628 GPU. Other specs include 3GB RAM and a micro SD card slot for storage expansion up to 128gb. The Honor 7 will come with Android Lollipop 5.0 pre-installed on top of Huawei’s newest EMUI user interface (version 3.1).
Another point of focus for the Honor 7 is its 20-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus for lighting-fast focus times (0.1sec). The camera features the latest Sony IMX230 sensor with F2.0 aperture a 6-lens module and for extra protection, a sapphire glass. The front facing camera has an 8-megapixel resolution with a wide-angle lens. The fingerprint sensor is placed beneath the camera and has the capability to unlock the phone with a single tap only, instead of the less convenient swipe type of previous mobile fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor can also be used for added security when making payments through the Play Store for example. Finally the phone has a quick charging capability that can charge its 3100mAh battery from o% to 100% in just an hour and 25 minutes, or to 50% in just half an hour.
The Honor 7 base model with 16gb of storage will be priced at a very affordable $322. The dual-SIM LTE version will sell for $355, and the flagship version with 64gb of storage at $400. The different prices for the phone are very reasonable considering the device has high-end specs and a beautiful design with a premium aluminum look.