“Clearing all your doubts about Honor’s latest flagship, the 7”
With the smartphone world going the online-only way and changing the traditional paradigm of price-vs-specs available on devices, Huawei was quick to ensure that it stays ahead of the curve with the introduction of a new-age brand called Honor. While the spun-off brand is still a toddler, it has managed to take the market by storm with its aggressive pricing strategy and top-of-the-line specs. The latest smartphone from the brand, the 7 is no different, and if there are any doubts lurking in your mind about this device, then you’re at the right place.
Read on find answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about the Honor 7.
Can you give a run-through of the specs of the Honor 7?
Sure. The Honor 7 is built around a display measuring 5.2-inches diagonally. The screen bears a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 423ppi. The device is powered by Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor, which offers two quad-core clusters running at 2.2GHz and 1.5GHz respectively. In the memory department, it features 3 gigs of RAM and 16GB storage. The phone is fuelled by a 3,100mAh battery.
For photography, the Honor 7 flaunts a 20-megapixel shooter at the rear, which is supplemented by a dual-colour LED flash. The device has an 8MP camera at the front for selfies, which also comes with an LED flash for illuminating low-light conditions.
What does the retail packaging of the Honor 7 include?
The Honor 7 comes hidden in a compact rectangular box, and as detailed in our unboxing, it’s bundled with usual set of goodies – a wall charger, a micro-USB cable, a pair of earphones, a SIM-ejection tool and a couple of manuals.
Can you comment upon the design language of the Honor 7?
While the Honor 7 is mid-budget smartphone, its design language is anything but. Unlike plasticky phones or even the devices which have metallic frames, the Honor 7 is built completely from aluminium. The unibody mobile looks quite good, and its building material also provides it robustness. While it’s slightly bulkier and thicker than the other devices, thanks to the compact display, it can be easily operated with a single hand. The device is available in grey or silver hues.
Is the display panel on the smartphone protected by a protective layer?
For protection against scratches and minor knocks, the display panel on the Honor 7 is layered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
How much storage does the Honor 7 offers out of the box? Is the storage expandable and can we use flash drives with the device?
The 16GB flash memory on the Honor 7 leaves around 9.7GB for your use. But if that doesn’t serve your needs, then you can extend it further with the use of a microSD card – with supported capacities up to 128GB. There’s also support for USB On-the-Go, allowing you to plug in your flash drives.
Is the Honor 7 a dual-SIM smartphone?
While the international variant of the Honor 7 features hybrid slot, which means the secondary slot can either be used for inserting a SIM card or a microSD card, sadly that’s not the case with the device that’s selling in India. The secondary slot can only be used for expanding storage, and hence the Honor 7 only supports single SIM card of nano variety.
What’s the SAR value of the Honor 7?
SAR value has become an important consideration these days as it assesses the maximum amount of frequency emitted by the device. Honor has kept that in check with its offering as the SAR values of the 7 below the permissible limit. Its head SAR rating is 1.13 W/kg, while its body SAR is 0.52 W/kg.
Does the Honor 7 support NFC? What about other connectivity features on offer?
No, the Honor 7 doesn’t support NFC, but it does feature all other options, including 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The device also has an IR emitter at the top.
What’s the use of the IR blaster on the Honor 7?
The Infrared port on the Honor’s offering can be used to control home appliances, in conjunction with the preloaded app dubbed as Smart Controller. Although, the app uses trial-and-error method to find the appliance like TV and hence it isn’t very seamless process to set it up.
The Honor 7 has an additional key on the side. What’s that for?
Honor’s latest smartphone is packed with innovations, and one of them is Smart Key – a special key on the left spine of the phone. The key can be configured for various actions depending upon how you interact with it. With a single press, double press and a long press, you can initiate various shortcuts such as toggling flash, taking screenshot, etc. along with the option of opening apps.
Does the Honor 7 have a fingerprint scanner?
Yes, the Honor 7 boasts a biometric authentication mechanism in the form of a fingerprint reader. Placed at the back of the device, just below the primary camera, the scanner works very fast and unlocks the phone in a jiffy.
But that’s not all, the scanner also doubles up as a touchpad , which can allow for interesting functionality. Swiping on it upwards or downwards brings up the recently-opened apps or notification panel. Similarly, long-pressing it would let you jump to the homescreen.
What about the software powering the Honor 7? Are there any special features that I should know about?
The 7 is the first offering in the Honor’s portfolio that ships with the Android v5.0 Lollipop. The platform is customised with Emotion UI, which stands at v3.1. The custom skin comes with a unified homescreen offering all the widgets and apps at one place. There’s support for themese, along with an all-in-one app to optimise phone’s storage, RAM, data usage, etc. The phone also comes preloaded with apps like AppsGallery, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
The phone also supports gestures that can work even when the display is asleep. You can double-tap-to-wake it, along with accessing apps directly by tracing certain characters.
Does the Honor 7 feature quick charging?
Yes, the phone can be charged quickly thanks to the support for the quick charging technology. However, the bundled adapter doesn’t support this feature.
I’m interested in buying the Honor 7. What’s its price tag and from where can I purchase it?
Just like Honor’s previous devices, the 7 is available exclusively on Flipkart. The device is priced competitively at Rs 22,999.