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Huawei Y7 Unboxing and First Impressions

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We take a look at the Huawei Y7, a budget smartphone priced at PHP 6,990 packed with a premium design, octa-core chip, large storage and battery, and multiple cameras.
Huawei Y7 Unboxing and First Impressions
Meet Huawei Y7

It is a handset that highlights a curved rear back cover, 6.26-inch HD+ notch screen, 14nm Snapdragon 450 octa-core chip, 4,000mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP dual-cam, 8MP selfie cam with flash, fingerprint scanner behind, 4G LTE, Google Mobile Services, and the ever-improving Huawei Mobile Services with AppGallery.

The main highlight of this device is its large 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage that is rare at this price point.

Could it be the one for you. Let's take a deeper look!

Unboxing/Accessories

Inside the box

Huawei Y7 comes in the familiar white packaging with a render of the phone in front along with branding. Inside the box is the phone, 5V/2A Charging brick, SIM ejector tool, jelly case, earphones, USB Type-A to micro USB cable, and documentation. There is a pre-installed screen protector on its screen too.

Build Quality/Design

Back side
Backside

The Huawei Y7 is made of a combination of premium polycarbonate, glass, and glasstic. In between the glass and glasstic back is a premium polycarbonate frame that is solid yet lightweight.

The glass panel in front and the glasstic panel on the back curves on the side to make the phone easier to hold but both are fingerprint magnets.

There is no mention of glass protection and water resistance. Putting the included case in the package should prevent your phone from getting damaged from accidental drops. The pre-installed screen protector is a welcome plus as well.
Front side
Front side

At the back of the Y7 are the dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, Huawei branding, and regulatory information. While in front is the large 6.26-inch HD+ IPS display with a notch on top.

Budget phone with premium look

On the upper-right side of the bezel, you'll also see a neatly hidden soft light LED flash. On top of the notch, you can find the earspeaker.

The phone measures at just 158.92 x 76.91 mm despite the 6.26-inch display due to its slim bezels and notch design. At 8.1 mm, the handset is also considered as slim.
Topside
Topside
Bottom side
Bottom side

At the top of the device are a single microphone port and the 3.5mm audio jack while at the bottom are the two speaker grills and the micro USB port. 
Left side
Left side
Right side
Right side


On the left side of the phone is the SIM card tray while on the right side is the volume rocker and the power button.



The design is consistent with Huawei's line of affordable smartphones. It weighs 168 grams.

Initial findings

1. The display is a 6.26-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with a 1520 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi. 720p is still acceptable but it would have been great if it had a 1080p panel. The panel supports up to 10 points of multi-touch but it is not mentioned if it is Gorilla Glass protected.
AnTuTu and Geekbench scores
AnTuTu and Geekbench scores

2. Under the hood is the 14nm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a large 4,000mAh battery.

The internals were able to produce a score of over 90K in AnTuTu, 148 in Geekbench's single-core score and 860 in multi-core tests. 

It isn't the highest chip at this price point, but it offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage which is seldom at its price range.

The 4,000mAh battery with the chipset and 720p display is expected to last all day. The included charger is a 5V/2A charges through a micro USB port.
EMUI 8.1 based on Android Oreo
EMUI 8.1 based on Android Oreo

3. Running the show is EMUI 8.1 based on Android Oreo with Google services. This means that it is one of the few newly released Huawei phones that has access to Google's ecosystem. BUT, it also has HMS and the Huawei AppGallery.


There is no word yet if it'll be updated to at least EMUI 9.0 or 10.0 yet. Let's hope.
Camera app
Camera app

4. For cameras, it has a total of 3 cameras. The rear dual camera set-up is made up of a 13MP f/1.8 main camera, a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor camera, and an LED flash.

Included camera modes include Aperture, Beauty, Photo, 

There is no ultra-wide camera, telephoto camera, macro camera nor is their Night mode. This is acceptable given the price point, but there are some devices like the realme 5i has a better camera set-up for the price.


For the selfie camera, it has an 8MP f/2.0 shooter on the notched display. It supports Aperture, Photo, video and Beauty modes. It is also impressive that it has a selfie toning flash.

5. At the back of the phone is a fingerprint sensor. The Y7 also supports GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM, and Face Unlock.


Huawei Y7 2019 Specs

Display: 6.26-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU: 1.8GHz 14nm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 506
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Main Camera: 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0 w/ selfie toning flash
Battery: 4,000mAh
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Face unlock, Colors: midnight black, aurora purple
Dimensions: 158.92 x 76.91 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 168 g
Price: PHP 6,990

As of the moment


So far, Huawei Y7 seems to be a good offering for PHP 6,990 because of its beautiful design, notch screen, large 4,000mah battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage, dual cam, and selfie with flash.

Users may find the slightly dated chipset and Android Oreo a concern though.

Otherwise, if you are on a tight budget and you want a phone with the above-mentioned highlights of the phone, the Y7 may be for you.
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