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Huawei Y7: 5.5-inch metal smartphone with Snapdragon 435, 12MP-8MP camera and 4000 mAh battery to boot for $245 USD

The Y-series may have been forgotten, but Huawei decided to launch the latest Y7 to reboot the series in an attempt for a revival. Will it be enough to reignite the passion for it?

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The last Y-series was in October 2015 with the release of Y6 Pro. All of us must have forgotten about it, so here’s a recap on what it was all about back then:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Metal frame that is modern and elegant featuring 5176 water ripple elements that will surely get people’s attention
  • Mediatek MT6735P chipset, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP2 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage + 128GB expansion
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.0, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with 84-degrees angle so you can capture more in your selfies
  • Huge non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery that ensures long-lasting performance. Equipped with Smart Power Saving technology using eight separate power-optimization approaches, the device can work in idle mode for 24 hours, with only 10% battery charge. Able to act as a charger for other electronics, providing 15 hours of data use, 39 hours of talk time, 48 hours of heavy use time, and 90 hours of light use time
  • Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • 4G LTE and dual sim feature
  • October 2015 release date
  • $169 USD price tag

As you can clearly see, the battery department is Y6 Pro’s strongest part and main appeal back in 2015. The metal body, decent hardware, good primary and secondary camera, 4G LTE connection and dual Sim capability ensures that it has other components to back it up.

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Now then, let’s scrutinize the Y7:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • July 2017 release date
  • $245 USD price tag

First of all, the target audience must have changed seeing that the price tag had increased by almost 50%.

With that in mind, Y7 now comes in a much larger 5.5-inch HD IPS screen that gives you much more screen estate to deal with. Although the screen resolution leaves a lot to be desired, we still love the larger display which lets us view more things on it. Then there’s the metal body which gives a good look and feels to it, as well as 2.5D curved glass which adds some points on its aesthetics.

Under the hood of Y7 hasn’t improved much with the available Snapdragon 435 chipset, decently fast octa-core, decent graphics but with just 2GB of RAM. It might struggle to keep up, especially when you are doing multi-tasking. Even running heavy apps and games are not advisable.

Camera-wise, the 12MP-8MP camera combination hits the right spot as it belongs in the mid-range category. The 12MP camera carries a larger 1.25 μm pixel sensor, which adds more light-sensing surface area; that lets you take great quality photos even under low light conditions. Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) allows you to focus on your subject in just 0.3 seconds, making sure you capture all of life’s spontaneous moments with clear and sharp details. The 8MP selfie camera comes with face recognition technology and beauty mode, which helps remove blemishes and improves brightness.

Regarding storage, 16GB of internal storage is not enough these days. Luckily, there’s the expansion slot that can easily take in up to a maximum of 256GB of extra space.

The built-in 4000 mAh battery should be more than capable of lasting the Y7 for a full day at least. As the capacity retention rate is greater than 80% even after 500 times of recharge cycles, you don’t have to worry about replacing the battery over the smartphone lifetime. Huawei’s own power saving technology offers you smooth user experience when watching videos (20 hours) or browsing (15 hours).

Last but not least, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system is available right out of the box which is good news.

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Conclusion:
Huawei Y7 is long overdue, although it won’t be sorely missed. Yes, there’s a couple of nice changes and additions; but with the price tag that it carries – it is hard to justify all those things.

Huawei Y7 has just been released for approximately $245 USD and is available in Grey/Prestige and Gold/Silver colour.

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