הואַוועי כבוד 7 פּאַראַד: האַרט מיטן קייט מיט בליץ-שנעל פינגערפּרינט סקאַנער

Huawei Honor 7 review: solid mid-range with lightning-fast fingerprint scanner
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  • The Honor 7 is a solid mid-range smartphone with some great features. The fingerprint sensor is the fastest in the business – all fingerprint sensors should be that easy and quick to use.


Powered דורך Guardian.co.ukדאס אַרטיקל טייטאַלד “הואַוועי כבוד 7 פּאַראַד: האַרט מיטן קייט מיט בליץ-שנעל פינגערפּרינט סקאַנער” איז געשריבן דורך שמואל גיבבס, for theguardian.com on Thursday 27th August 2015 16.15 UTC

The brief for Huawei’s Honor 7 is straightforward: make a solid smartphone that don’t break the bank.

It doesn’t pretend to be a “flagship killer”, and isn’t, but in a market that is full of good offerings for under £250, including the new אָנעפּלוס 2 און third-generation Moto G, can the, arguably, fastest fingerprint scanner in the business make it stand out?

פּראָסט, understated design

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A very fast and effective fingerprint sensor is positioned under the camera on the back, right in line with where your index finger sits. פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן

The Honor 7 has a simple, relatively attractive design. The body is metal, although it has a coating on it that gives it a premium plastic-like feel. The front is all glass with a selfie cam and front-facing flash. The rear has a camera that sticks out and a fingerprint scanner below – it’s all quite understated.

Build quality is just above average: the body flexes when twisted and the plastic top and bottom corners feel like they will be marked quite easily if dropped.

The 5.2in full HD screen looks remarkably crisp and good, but side-by-side with the quad HD screens with higher pixel densities such as the 5.1in screen of the Galaxy S6 it is noticeably less dense.

The Honor 7 compares favourably to the אָנעפּלוס 2, which has a similar 1080p screen.

At 8.5mm the phone is relatively thin and light for the mid-range price. Compared to the OnePlus 2 לעמאָשל, it is 1.35mm thinner and 18g lighter.

Beyond the standard power and volume buttons, the Honor 7 also has an extra customisable button. A short press, long press and double press can all be tied to custom actions such as launching the camera or used to launch an app such as Twitter or Facebook. עס אַרבעט געזונט, but gets pressed quite a lot by accident as it is opposite the power and volume buttons.


  • פאַרשטעלן: 5.2in full HD LCD (424פּפּי)
  • פּראָסעססאָר: Octa-core Huawei Kirin 935
  • באַראַן: 3גיגאבייט פון באַראַן
  • סטאָרידזש: 16גיגאבייט + מיקראָסד קאָרט
  • אַפּערייטינג סיסטעם: אַנדרויד 5.0 “Lollipop” with Emotion UI
  • אַפּאַראַט: 20מפּ דערציען אַפּאַראַט, 8מפּ פראָנט-פייסינג אַפּאַראַט
  • קאַנעקטיוויטי: Dual-sim, לטע, ווי-פי, נפק, בלועטאָאָטה 4.1 און גפּס
  • דימענסיאָנס: 143.2 רענטגענ 71.9 x 8.5mm
  • וואָג: 157ג

Home-grown hardware

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The Honor 7 isn’t the fastest smartphone on the block, but its own-brand processor is capable of performing most tasks without issue. פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן

The Honor 7 contains Huawei’s Kirin 935 אָקטאַ-האַרץ פּראַסעסער. Perfomance is solid, if not astounding, only stuttering slightly with some graphically rich gaming, while 3GB of RAM is plenty for multitasking according to the built-in RAM monitor.

The phone handled everything I threw at it without issue, and didn’t suffer from any heat issues, unlike Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810.

The battery lasted around one day on the phone’s “Smart” power profile, which claims to best balance performance with battery life, returning to the charger at night with 20% battery left. That was with hundreds of push notifications, email, טוויטטער, Facebook, music streaming and an hour of browsing.

It’s worth noting that the screen’s 50% brightness was far too dim to see anything, and the automatic brightness setting often made the screen quite bright, which will eat into the battery life.

Emotion UI not up to scratch

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הואַוועי פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן

The Honor 7 runs Huawei’s modified version of Android 5.0 called “Emotion UI”. It is the same version as running on the Huawei P8 and has the same benefits and pitfalls.

Briefly, there is no app drawer making it like an iPhone with every app on the home screen; the notification tray looks and behaves differently with some apps spitting out multiple notifications; most app icons have a coloured background, which looks a mess, and other apps have custom icons, which look a bit warped, such as Instagram.

The standard Android Lollipop experience is much more attractive and slick.

For more details about Emotion UI please see the software section of the Huawei P8 review.


הואַוועי כבוד 7 פּאַראַד
The camera app is similar to the iPhone’s camera application in look and feel. פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן

The Honor 7 comes with a 20-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam which, unusually, has its own flash placed on the other side of the handset’s ear speaker.

Images from the rear camera are rich in detail and relatively accurate in colour. The f/2.4 lens isn’t quite up to par with the best in the industry, from LG and Samsung with their 1.9 און 2.0 lenses, which means a shallow depth of field and pleasing bokeh effect is difficult to obtain.

קוילעלדיק, it’s a decent camera with good low-light performance, on par with the likes of the אָנעפּלוס 2.

The front-facing camera can take good images but lacks range and, being fixed focus, is a curious choice for an 8-megapixel camera. It means that everything ends up in focus – or, if you get too close, nothing is in focus. The LED flash is also not very bright.

The camera app is very iPhone-like. A simple photo selector on the left, with options to enable HDR and a load of other features buried behind a menu. It can sometimes be a bit sluggish to take photos. The camera’s beauty modes can also produce some scary pale, bug-eyed photos.

Lightning fast fingerprint scanner

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The fingerprint on the back lines up with an index finger when holding it facing the screen, but can also be used to silence alarms or other functions from the rear. פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן

Arguably the best fingerprint scanner on the market, and the best thing about the Honor 7, the sensor just below the camera on the back is so quick and accurate you think it’s broken.

It’s easy to hit with your index finger and unlocks the phone in under 0.5 סעקונדעס. A simple tap is enough – no long pressing and hoping. It’s even faster and more accurate than Apple’s much vaunted Touch ID on the iPhone.

צומ באַדויערן, like the אָנעפּלוס 2, the Honor 7’s fingerprint sensor can’t be used in third-party apps such as Evernote or LastPass. אַנדרויד 6 Marshmallow will introduce native fingerprint support into Android and hopefully expand support for the Honor 7 and other smartphones’ fingerprint sensors, beyond Samsung’s.


The Honor 7 will be available via Huawei’s online store for £250, which makes it £10 more expensive than the 16GB OnePlus 2. For comparison a 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 costs £415 and an LG G4 costs £340. Huawei’s P8 costs £360.

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The Honor 7 is relatively manageable for a smartphone with a 5.2in screen. פאָטאָגראַפיע: שמואל גיבבס פֿאַר די גאַרדיאַן


The Honor 7 is a solid mid-range smartphone with some great features. The fingerprint sensor is the fastest in the business – all fingerprint sensors should be that easy and quick to use.

The camera is solid, it has dual-sim or microSD card support, and the extra customisable button is a nice touch.

Its biggest problem is its software. Emotion UI is just not as attractive, user friendly or well designed as the standard Android 5 Lollipop experience.

קוילעלדיק, the Honor 7 is good value from a more mainstream Chinese smartphone brand, that you actually buy from a store, but may not be enough to justify spending £100 more than a solid budget offering.

פּראָס: fantastic fingerprint scanner, solid camera, לייַטיש פאַרשטעלן, מיקראָסד קאָרט שפּעלטל, quick charge, decent performance, no thermal issues

קאָנס: קיין וויירליס טשאַרדזשינג, Emotion UI isn’t good, selfie cam is fixed focus, build quality isn’t as good as some rivals, second sim only 2G

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