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Huawei has a new budget phone in the market, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 and I got a chance to preview it before the full review.

The company considers this their hero device since they have a focus on the mid-range space and this sits right in the middle where the demand is huge.

They said since launch three weeks ago, the devices have been selling quite well, without revealing the numbers.

The unit that I got was in a white box with only the phone and the charger included, however, your retail unit might be different.

The first impression of the Huawei Y7 Prime is how light it is for a phone this size. I thought it would be as heavy as an iPhone 8 Plus and the weight is a plus. My review unit is a striking blue colour and looks rather special under sunlight.

On first glance, I thought this phone had a glass back and metal rails, but in reality, Huawei moulded the plastic quite well here to mimic these traits well. Although the rear and the sides are made of plastic, it does not feel cheap at all and feels reassuringly sturdy.

One of the key highlights of this phone is following the trend of the 18:9 displays that were introduced last year. It has a 6 inch 1440 x 720p display and thanks to the 18:9 ratio, multi-window is a breeze where it shows content with the square 720 x 720 resolution per window.

The Y7 Prime 2018 also features a dual camera setup which it borrows from its more expensive brothers. We have a 13MP main camera and a 2MP sidekick which allows you to do portrait photos. There is also an 8MP selfie camera which I later ‘discovered’ it had a flash when I switched to selfie mode.

The Y7 Prime 2018 also runs Android 8.0 Oreo which is great with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 running on top of it. It has a 3000 mAh battery which I’m still testing to see how it performs with the Snapdragon 430 processor and the 720p display.

The full review will come later, however here is a rundown of its specs:

  • 5.99″ 1440 x 720 pixel LCD screen with the 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP + 2MP rear camera combo
  • 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Snapdragon 430 system on a chip
  • Single Dual SIM and MicroSD tray
  • 3000mAH battery
  • Runs Android 8.0 Oreo

The device retails at around Kes.18,000 and you can pick one up online.

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