Huawei Honor 7A review
Inexpensive yet high-quality
Our Huawei Honor 7A review reveals a smartphone that is inexpensive yet high-quality. Priced from £129.99 (handset only), the Honor 7A is a great buy, although other Huawei phones, such as the Huawei P20 Lite (from £14.99 per month), make a better buy if you are looking for a contract deal.
The Huawei Honor 7A follows the current trend with a large 5.7” FullView Display. Configured to a 18:9 screen aspect ration and with HD+ resolution (720 x 1440), the body of the phone remains thin, while you enjoy extra rows of pixels that minimise scrolling.
Comparison: HD resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels.
If you use your mobile phone heavily or use it late into the evening, then you will appreciate the eye comfort mode, which reduces eyestrain.
Turbo charged speakers
From listening to music, to watching movies or playing games, the turbo charged speakers work to deliver amazingly loud and immersive sounds. The speakers are paired up with a high power SMART PA amplifier that generates sounds of up to 88dB.
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There is also a group music mode where you can connect up to eight Honor 7A phones together for surround sound. It’s probably unlikely that you will have seven friends with the same phone but if you and your partner both purchase a Honor 7A, then you may just make use of this feature.
Design and processor
The Huawei Honor 7A has a premium aluminium body with nice curves and detailing. This Huawei phone is nice and light at 150g and is pretty slim at 8mm thick.
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The octa-core 1.4GHz processor with 2GB RAM performs well. This is partly due to the iAware2.0 smart management that intelligently detects user behaviours to give 20% improved system efficiency and freed up internal memory.
Phone Set Up
You can use your preferred method of securing your phone, with both Face Unlock and Fingerprint Unlock being featured. The fingerprint reader is conveniently located on the back and is aligned perfectly for your index finger.
For additional security and privacy, there is an app lock feature. This allows you to secure apps, such as WhatsApp, with a password so that they can’t be accessed by others, even if the phone has been unlocked.
The Huawei Honor 7A has an initial 16GB memory, which will certainly allow you to transfer over any content from your old phone. You might find that you need more memory in the future and this need is catered for by an up to 256GB microSD card slot.
EMUI 8.0 and Android 8.0 Oreo
The Huawei Honor 7A has the Android Oreo operating system pre-loaded. This is enhanced by Huawei with the EMUI user interface. Enhancements include the option to activate a floating navigation dock, use two apps side-by-side with the one-click split feature and the ability to take a screenshot with a three finger gesture.
When you want to open an app, you can save time by opening an app with a shortcut straight to the feature you want to use. You can either pin shortcuts onto your home screen or by pressing and holding an app on the homescreen and by then selecting a feature, such as selfie mode, from the pop-up window.
If you have the voice of an angel, then real-time audio monitoring creates a recording studio experience where you can record you singing and hear your voice through a pair of earbuds. There is also dual bluetooth, so you can listen to music on bluetooth speakers while making a call on a bluetooth headset.
Camera & Video
Selfie toning light
The Huawei Honor 7A advances selfie photography with an adjustable selfie toning light. This allows you to get great results under any lighting condition. The 8MP selfie camera has a wide aperture that lets in more light when it is dark.
The capture smiles feature can be used to activate the shutter when you smile. You can allow beauty mode to apply your beautification settings automatically. Alternatively, you can edit your selfies after they have been taken and enhance your eyes, slim your face and smooth out any skin blemishes.
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The main camera has a 13MP resolution, capturing every detail in scenic photographs.
Energy saving technology
The 3,000mAh battery is paired up with 5th generation smart battery software and energy saving technology. This lets even heavy users get a full days use without the fear of running out of power.
The battery retains 80% of its capacity, even once it passes the 800 recharge mark, which is great for today’s two year contracts. You can fully charge the Huawei Honor 7A in three hours and enjoy up to 35 days of standby or up to 31 hours of talk time.
Written by: Michael Brown