[Tech & Gadgets]
Following the launch of the Honor 7 (which you can read about here – https://timchew.net/2016/01/06/honor-7-smartphone-latest-flagship-by-honor/), established MC and entrepreneur Choo Mei Sze and I both got our hands on the latest flagship from Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei and put it to the test, bringing it with us during our daily lives.
I’ve always preferred using flagship smartphones due to their superior hardware specs. The Honor 7 certainly excels in that department and is on par with most of the other flagship phones out there. In fact, in the camera department, the Honor 7’s 20MP rear camera exceeds that of most other phones!
The phone’s processor keeps apps running smoothly and I didn’t notice any lag. The on-board 16GB memory though fills up rather fast especially if you take lots of pics however you can always add a SD card to keep your photos and videos, and save the on-board memory for apps. Game apps run smoothly while the fingerprint scanner is very useful for unlocking the phone.
The fingerprint sensor can also be used answer calls simply by touching and holding the sensor, or to take selfies with one hand by tapping your finger on the sensor. Swiping down on the sensor brings down the notification panel, and then double-tapping it clears all the notifications.
Here are some photos of Mei Sze with the Honor 7 shot by MHB’s official photographer Andy Kho (www.andykho.com).
Click on the individual photos to view a larger version.
And here are some photos that I shot of her with the Honor 7 at her company’s new year dinner recently.
Here are some photos taken with the Honor 7’s cameras.
The Honor 7 actually has a front flash for selfies. However as I (and most of the girls I know) don’t like using flash when take selfies, I didn’t use it. Probably useful for the most hardcore of selfie takers who want to take selfies even in really low light conditions! The front camera has a wide angle lens though so it’s good for taking selfies with multiple people (ie. groufie – a word I hate using) or yourself against a nice backdrop if there’s no one around to help you to take a photo.
The rear camera has a “Good Food” mode which assists to automatically warmify food pics to make them look more appetising (saving you the trouble of editing later). For the more creative types, there’s also the Light Painting function (a feature that is also present in Huawei’s flagship phones) with four preset modes – Car Light Trails, Light Graffiti, Silky Water and Star Track.
There are also some nifty smart gestures like the ability to quickly snap a screenshot by tapping twice on the device’s screen with your knuckle, or access your favorite applications in locked-mode by drawing a pre-designated letter on the screen.
A new smart key on the left-hand-side of the device, allows you quickly conduct Google searches. An interesting feature is the voice wakeup feature where you can call out your wakeup keyword then asking the phone to call one of your contacts. If you’re the forgetful sort and frequently forget where you placed your phone, you can go to the room where it’s in, call out your keyword and ask: “Where are you?” then listen as the device calls out to you.
WEIGHT (WITH BATTERY): About 157g
COLOUR: Fantasy Silver / Mystery Grey
SIM CARD: Dual SIM (supports Nano SIM card)
DISPLAY:5.2 inches Screen Color:16 million colors Type:TFT Resolution:1920 x 1080 pixels Pixel Density: 424ppi
PROCESSOR: Hisilicon Kirin 9354 * A53 2.2GHz + 4 * A53 1.5GHz with big.LITTLE technology
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 5.0 + EMUI 3.1
INTERNAL MEMORY: 16GB
EXTERNAL MEMORY SUPPORT: Micro SD Card (up to 128GB)
NETWORK: FDD LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20WCDMA: B1/B2/B8 GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900 Second card:850/900/1800/1900MHz
WIFI_CONNECTION: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac2.4GHz / 5GHz
SENSORS: AccelerometerProximity sensorAmbient light sensorGyroscopeHall-sensor
FRONT: 8 MP FF camera
REAR: 20 MP FF camera
AUDIO ENCODING: AAC, MP3, AMR-NB, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI
AUDIO FILE FORMAT: MP3, WAV, MID, AMR, MP4, 3GP, OGG, AAC, FLAC, M4A, MKV
VIDEO ENCODING: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4
VIDEO FILE FORMAT: MP4, 3GP, MKV, WEBM
EMOTION UI: EMUI 3.1
CLOUD SERVICE: No
IN THE BOX
DEVICE: 1 pcs
BATTERY: 1 pcs (built-in with handset)
CHARGER: 1 pcs
USB CABLE: 1 pcs
QUICK START GUIDE: 1 pcs
WARRANTY PERIOD: 1 year
The honor 7 is currently available in (2) two colours, Mystery Gray and Fantasy Silver for RM1,399.00 at Vmall.my (*quick-charging charger sold separately).