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Huawei Y7p Unboxing and First Impressions

Huawei's 3rd smartphone of 2020 in the Philippines is another affordable phone, the Y7p.
Huawei Y7p Unboxing and First Impressions
Huawei Y7p box

The main highlight of the phone is its display with a punch-hole to house a selfie camera while eliminating the notch. At PHP 9,990, it is one of the most affordable with such type of display.

Also, this handset is the cheapest with the 12nm Kirin 710F and 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX582 primary camera. Based on its specs, easily, the Huawei Y7p is one of the top phones for the price.

Let's have a look!


Everything inside the box
Everything inside the box

Inside the box are the phone itself with a pre-installed screen protector, SIM ejector tool, clear TPU case, USB wall charger (5V/2A or 10W), and a USB-A to micro USB data/charging cable.

Note: The retail box will also come with paper documents such as manual and warranty card.

Overall, we like that the packaging is near complete. There is no need to buy a case and screen protector anymore. However, it lacks the earphones with mic, unlike the pricier Y9s.

Build Quality/Design

Back design
Back design

Like most phones with the same price point, the Y7p boasts a glass-like material at the back, plastic curved frame, and a glass display.

There is no mention of glass protection in the front and since the back is glasstic (glass-like plastic), expect it to have unwanted scratches if you won't put any protection.

Fortunately, Huawei added a pre-installed screen protector in front. There's a FREE TPU case in the package as well.

Like most entry-level phones, there's no mention of water splash resistance.

Beautiful build, punch-hole screen for less!

On first look, the 2.5D curved back looks like other budget phones. But, upon closer inspection, we saw that it has a 2.5D effect with light refraction on the back. It is a rectangular light streak with many colors.

The unit that I unboxed is the Midnight Black version. There's another variant with a catchier Aurora Blue colorway.
Punch-hole on a budget
Punch-hole on a budget

In front, this is where this unit will stand out. As mentioned, at PHP 9,990, it is one of the cheapest with a punch-hole display designed to eliminate the notch while still having a selfie camera without the need for a pop-up camera module.

The display is 6.39-inch big and it resulted in more screen real estate than notch screen phones. It has a total of 90.15 percent of screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience.

The phone measures at 159.8 x 76.1 mm which is far from big for a phone with an over 6-inch screen. It isn't that thick for a device with a large 4,000mAh battery.

On top, it has a microphone. Below, you'll see 3.5mm headphone jack slot, another mic, micro USB charging/data port, and the speaker grill.

Overall, the phone is perfect for two-handed operation. But, it would be the wiser to use it with the case for a better grip as it is a bit slippery at times. The device has enough heft at 176 grams.

Initial findings

1. It has a rare type of screen for the price. But, I would have liked it better if the resolution is sharper than just HD. Fortunately, it has good enough colors and pretty strong sunlight legibility. It has okay viewing angles and 10 points of touch as well.
Nice AnTuTu score
Nice AnTuTu score

2. Inside, the phone is powered by the 12nm Kirin 710F octa-core processor. To date, it is the most affordable with such type of capable SoC. That is fast enough to run most of the apps with ease and even play some games.

It has Huawei's Full Scenarios Accelerating Engine that improves application startup speed bu up to 19 percent and system operation fluency bu 27 percent.
Quite fast for the price!

Huawei paired it with 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage, and 4,000mAh battery. 4GB and 64GB are large enough for the price. The battery at 4,000mAh is big. However, it does not have USB-C for reversible charging. The charging speed is rated at 10W via micro USB.
Enter HMS

3. Software-side, it goes with Android 9 Pie OS with EMUI 9.1.1 skin. It reminds us of most Huawei phones with EMUI 9.1 that is easy to operate and feature-rich at the same time.

This is the first mid-range phone of Huawei after the flagship Mate 30 series without Google Mobile Services out of the box. Instead, you will be treated by the ever-growing HMS with AppGallery to download apps.

Some may think that this is a downside, but if you know how to tinker your phone and use other means to download apps, no problem.

We will also try to sideload Google here. To know more about HMS, read here.

4. For cameras, this is the most affordable with a Sony 48MP primary camera. It is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. It has most of the well-known Huawei camera modes such as AI scene detection. AIS Super Night Mode, robust Pro mode (up to ISO 3200 and 30s), and the Light painting modes. In front, it has an 8MP selfie cam.

Note: Stay tuned for our first camera samples.

5. It has a fingerprint scanner at the back, WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, and dual SIM slots. Most of the basic sensors are found on the phone as well.

See also: Top 5 highlights of the Huawei Y7p

Huawei Y7p Specs

Display: 6.39-inch 2.5D curved TFT LCD (LTPS) screen w/ HD+ 1560 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 12nm Kirin 710F octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G51 MP4 w/ GPU Turbo 3.0
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX582 w/ PDAF + 8MP f/2.4 120-degree ultra-wide-angle lens + 2MP f/2.4 + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Battery: 4,000mAh w/ 10W fast charging
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ EMUI 9.1.1
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, Colors: midnight black, aurora blue
Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.1 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 176 g
Price: PHP 9,990

As of the moment

It's a satisfying experience so far. This phone has one of the best overall specs, cameras, and features under 10K which should attract a lot of budget-conscious smartphone buyers. 

The use of the punch-hole screen under PHP 10K is impressive as this is a feature that's only found on higher-end phones before. The overall design of the phone looks neat as well.

The only possible con (if you will call it a con), is the lack of Google out of the box. But since it has HMS and other workarounds, most will probably enjoy using this phone.

Related: Samsung Galaxy A30s vs Huawei Y7p - Battle of affordable mid-rangers!
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