Huawei Unveils New Honor 7 Smartphone

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Huawei’s Honor brand may not be as popular as the Samsung Galaxy brand but it has taken the Chinese smartphone maker places. According to Huawei, it has sold 20 million Honors so far in 2015 alone. The company expects total sales for the Honor brand to hit the 40 million mark by the time the year ends. Huawei positions the Honor brand as its direct response to the onslaught by compatriot Xiaomi which has shot up in recent months and is not joking at all as numbers for both smartphones and wearables show. To drive that agenda, it has announced a new Honor device, the Honor 7.

The Honor 7 has several defining features. It is an all-metal unibody phone and has a 20 megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus and sapphire glass for added protection (like the iPhones) and dual-LED dual-tone flash. On the front is a wide-angle 8 megapixel camera. Like every phone worth its salt coming out in recent days, the Huawei Honor 7 supports fast charging. It takes just an hour and 25 minutes to go from 0 to 100%. If you happen to be in a hurry or just don’t have too much time to wait for it to juice up, you’ll get to 50% within just half an hour. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back, below the camera just like in the Ascend Mate 7.

Full specifications of the phone are as follows:

  • Size and weight: 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm, 157g
  • Display: 5.2 inch 1080p display (423 ppi)
  • Camera: 20 MP main; 8 MP selfie
  • Memory:16 GB or 64 GB internal storage // 3 GB RAM
  • Processor: 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop with Emotion 3.1
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • Network: GSM, WCDMA, LTE Cat 6 supported,
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4-5Ghz)

The Honor 7 will be available from July 7th in China in silver, gold and dark gray flavors. It will come in three variants. One with support for just one SIM card and 16 GB internal storage, another with support for dual SIMs and the same amount of storage and a 64 GB dual SIM variant. The three will cost an equivalent of $320, $335 and $400 respectively. There is no word on availability in other markets but that should be expected in the next few months.

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