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Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Review - Stylish Under PHP 10K Contender

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Huawei announced the Y7 Pro 2019 along with the Y6 Pro 2019 just a week ago. It is the bigger and beefier phone compared with the latter. 
Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Review - Stylish Under PHP 10K Contender
Meet the Huawei Y7 Pro 2019

Few months before 2018 ended, Huawei launched the Y9 2019 and we are not sure why the Y7 Pro 2019 is not named after it. This smartphone sports a bigger, bezel-less screen packed with overall nice specs.

For just PHP 9,990 you get yours hands with the following: a 6.26-inch HD+ screen, Snapdragon 450 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4,000mAh battery, 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 dual-camera setup with AI, 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera, and 700MHz 4G LTE. It runs with the slightly lower Android 8.1 Oreo OS with EMUI 8.2 skin.

On paper, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 can be a bang-for-buck under PHP 10K smartphone.

Let's all find out how Y7 Pro 2019 does its job in our full review!


Unboxing/Accessories

What's inside?
What's inside?

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 arrives in the usual Y series box with Instagram-like font on front. Inside you'll find a 5V/2A USB wall charger, USB-A to micro USB data/charging cable, SIM ejector tool, clear protective case, and a pre-installed plastic screen protector.

It does not have earphones included in the box.

Build Quality/Design

Glass-like rear design
Glass-like rear design

The Y7 Pro 2019 is made out of polycarbonate plastic that has glass-like reflection with a glossy feel. It has a 2.5D curved glass design with a pre-installed screen protector. There is no word if it has built-in glass protection.

The aurora blue gradient color of the smartphone lent to us reminds us of the Huawei Nova 3i's design. Overall, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019's design looks minimalist and very similar with the Y6 Pro 2019's design.
Top
Top
Bottom
Bottom
Left
Left
Right
Right

You'll easily notice its protruding AI rear cameras with the LED flash placed just below them.

Classy and minimalist design for a sub-PHP 10K smartphone!

On front, it features a dewdrop notch and very minimal side bezels that made its 6.26-inch display on of the biggest at its price point. Its chin bezel might be thick for some but it's just enough to house the "HUAWEI" logo.

Just like the Y6 Pro 2019, it has a hidden earpiece and LED notification above the dewdrop notch. It also has a hidden softlight LED flash the top right bezel.

It features a 6.26-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi. 

You will find the 3.5mm headphone slot and the first microphone on the top.The mic along with the micro USB port, and speaker grills are placed at the bottom. On the left, there are three slots for your two nano SIM cards, and one microSD card. And of course, the volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the right side.

It has a nice grip and you can even use it while texting using only one hand. Its rear design are prone to fingerprints and some scratches so make sure to immediately put on the provided protective clear case.

Display Quality

6.26-inch display
6.26-inch display

As mentioned above, the Y7 Pro 2019 sports a big 6.26-inch screen display. It has not that crisp and sharp display as those with 1080p quality but its display looks nice sharp enough on the eyes.

It has punchy colors, decent contrast and blacks. It also has a balanced IPS display but do not expect it to have a better contrast and displays to those with AMOLED screens.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 has nice viewing angles. It can also go very bright and has decent sunlight legibility. 

Just like other Huawei phones, it has an eye comfort mode to lessen the blue light when you are using the screen in the dark.

As expected, it has 10 points of multitouch.

Audio Quality

The Y7 Pro 2019 is equipped with one grill speaker at the bottom. At first look you'll mistaken it has two, but there's only one. 

It can go loud to fill up a whole medium to large-sized room. Of course there is a sound distortion on max loudness. But it can still deliver great, clean mids and vocals.

Loud enough to fill a medium to large-sized room!

It also has the Party Mode which now becoming a common feature across Huawei smartphones. This feature allows you to sync music playback across phones on the same WiFi network. It is designed to provide surround sound effect.

For the headphones, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019's output is above average. It delivers clean sound that'll make you listen to more songs as you wish. 

This smartphone is equipped with two mics, one on top and one at the bottom. Voice call quality is decent and voice recordings quality are above average.

Battery

Stellar battery life!
Stellar battery life!

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 is equipped with 4,000mAh of battery. We are totally surprised that it recorded a long 17 hours and 30 minutes in our PC Mark Battery Test! It way longer than Samsung Note 9's 11 hours and 21 minutes record which has the same battery capacity.

Stellar battery life!

For real life usage, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 can last up to almost 2 days under moderate to heavy usage. It includes WiFi and data surfing, texting, calling, playing music, and games. 
Battery usage on Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 settings
Battery usage on Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 settings

Charging time using its provided 5V/2A wall charger can last at up to almost 4 hours long.

Camera

Dual rear AI cameras
Dual rear AI cameras

Unlike the Y6 Pro 2019, the Y7 Pro 2019 sports a dual rear camera design. It has 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 with Master AI and LED flash. It has the usual Beauty Mode, Panorama, HDR, and this time a Pro Mode.

The Pro Mode lets you adjust the ISO (100 to 3200), S (1/4000 to 8s), EV (-12 to +12), AF (AF-S, AFC, MF), and AWB (presets and 2000K to 8000K).

The dual rear cameras can shoot nice, detailed photos under daylight setting. The photos taken have punchy colors and are not oversaturated. The HDR feature bring more details to the photos most especially those that are against the light.

Indoor shots are great just make sure you have a nice lighting. Low light shots are decent but do not expect that much since it will have less colors and will be grainy. 

The LED flash or using the Pro Mode can help in taking better low light shots.

Rear Camera Samples

Daylight
Daylight
Daylight 2
Daylight 2
Portrait
Portrait
Bokeh 1
Bokeh 1
Bokeh 2
Bokeh 2
Indoor
Indoor
HDR
HDR
Indoor 2
Indoor 2 
Dim shot
Dim shot
Lowlight
Lowlight

For selfies, Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 is equipped with 16MP f/2.0 front camera.
16MP selfie camera placed on the dewdrop notch
16MP selfie camera placed on the dewdrop notch

The daylight selfie photos look great with sharp details and natural-looking colors. The Beauty Mode makes selfies over-beautified though.

Low light selfies don't look that pretty nice though, but make sure to use the cleverly hidden LED softlight flash to make the quality better.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie
Indoor selfie
Indoor selfie
Indoor beautified level 6
Indoor beautified level 6
Sentimental filter
Sentimental filter
Indoor face beauty level 8
Indoor face beauty level 8
Indoor low light selfie without flash
Indoor low light selfie without flash
Selfie flash
Selfie flash

For videos, the Y7 Pro 2019 can shoot videos of up to 1080p for both rear and front cameras. The 13MP AI back camera can shoot videos with nice colors and details. But expect the videos to be a bit shaky when shooting while walking. Videos taken on place are decent and has better stabilization.

The selfie camera's videos are way better than the main camera. We liked its stabilization performance better.

Performance

AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks
AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 runs on the 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It is coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable memory via dedicated microSD card slot up to 512GB.

Pretty good performance!

Browsing with this smartphone is a breeze. Multitasking is great as well, there are occasional hiccups but the overall speed is great, thanks to its 3GB RAM.

For gaming, we have played various 3D Games like: PUBG Mobile, Rules of Survival, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

Thermal management is great. You can feel it heating when playing heavy 3D Games and when using LTE Data but does not get to the point of an alarming hot.

Sadly the Y7 Pro 2019 still runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo along with the EMUI 8.2 skin. It could have been a lot better if Huawei ran it with the latest Android 9.0 Pie and EMUI 9.0 just like the more affordable Huawei Y6 Pro 2019.
The UI
The UI

There are a few bloats but those can be uninstalled to free up space. 

It has a Phone Manager to help the user manually optimize the phone's performance. 

We also love the "Hi Care" app that has various tips for the user to have a full grasp of the Y7 Pro 2019's capacity. It has also the customizable Huawei designed themes.

It has a a FM Radio but you need to plug in your headset to be able to use it.

Other features

The Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 has solid connectivity options. The GSM signal is stable, WiFi signal is strong, GPS just works, and it has 700MHz 4G LTE connectivity.

It has no fingerprint scanner but the face unlock is fast. It can unlock your phone even under low light settings. 

It has gyroscope for your AR and VR apps.

Pros - Dewdrop notch design, big display, big RAM and internal storage, stellar battery performance, loud audio, AI cameras and portrait mode, sub-PHP 10K price
Cons - No fingerprint scanner, slow charging time

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 Specs

Display: 6.26-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU: 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 506
RAM: 3GB
ROM: 32GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Main Camera: 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 w/ Master AI and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0
Battery: 4,000mAh
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Face unlock, Colors: aurora blue, black
Dimensions: 158.92 x 76.91 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 168 g
Price: PHP 9,990 (PHP 8,990 new SRP)

Verdict

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 is an affordable sub-PHP 10K smartphone with great performance, big battery, loud audio, and large display.

Overall, we are happy with its performance although we wish it has fingerprint scanner for added security, and it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie than its Android 8.1 Oreo. 

You can get it for only PHP 9,990 and is now available for pre-order.

Build/Design - 4.25
Display - 4
Audio - 4.5
Battery - 4.75
Camera - 4.25
Performance - 4
Average - 4.29/5
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