Huawei Honor 7S 

price₹ 5,999 onwards

launchSep, 2018

21.3

excellence score

74.6

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 7 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Clean, simple, no-fuss design
  • Easy to use and live with - one-handed use wasn't much of a problem - the slightly rounded sides make this phone comfortable to hold - at 142g, it won't weigh down your pockets either
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Slow, unreliable Face unlock - unlocking the phone with your faces takes a good 2-3 seconds each time

Display

  • Nice, modern, 18:9 screen on the front - it's good for watching videos on, thanks to its vibrant colour reproduction - and it is bright enough to be usable outdoors without trouble

Software

  • Huawei's custom EMUI skin is a decent Android skin overall, and has plenty of customization options including a switchable app drawer and your choice of icon density
  • The software implementation to deal with native 16:9 apps on the 18:9 screen is less than ideal - usually most phones just leave black bands on this space - with this phone though, Honor for some reason decided it would be a good idea to always show a message in the blank space, directing you to go to the Settings to force an app to fill the screen - most people will find this invasive and distracting, especially when gaming - there might be apps that cannot scale gracefully, and they should usually be allowed to run letterboxed in peace
  • There's some bloatware that comes packed with EMUI - including a Themes app, a Phone Manager with the usual RAM cleanup and permissions management tools, and a formulaic freemium game, and it's own own gallery, calendar, email, music, and video apps

Performance

  • Laggy performance - you will encounter odd momentary freezes and lags throughout the interface - loading times of apps is pretty significant - switching between apps isn't very smooth - and gaming except the most simple games is a frustrating experience - overall benchmark scores are also just about passable for this price bracket

Camera

  • Honor's camera app takes a little getting used to - it's not the most intuitive, and you have to dig through it sometimes to get to what you want
  • Quality wise too, both the rear and front cameras are ordinary - you will see grain and artificial-looking textures even in close-up shots - pictures are sometimes unfocused or have overexposed patches - photos look ok on the phone's own screen, but you can't really do much with them beyond that - night photography is pretty average too
  • Video recording quality is not bad but the clips are saved in the ancient 3GP format

Audio

  • The speaker is just about okay for watching videos and playing games - though don't expect music to sound great

Battery

  • Pretty good battery life - you will be able to get through a full day of use with around 40 percent battery left, with moderate use

More

  • The 16GB of storage will get limiting soon, if you install any big apps/games on the phone - which will require you to then extend the internal memory by using an external card - and that will then degrade performance further
  • On the whole, while the Honor 7S does look good, the actual usage is frustrating on multiple levels - even some of last year's phones at this price level deliver better features and performance - it will find is tough to compete against the likes of Redmi 6A or Redmi 6, which offer better performance, and much better value for money

Expert Reviews

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  1. While it does look quite good, we found actual usage to be frustrating on multiple levels
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Just another budget smartphone with nothing really special about it
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The software paired with low-end hardware kills the performance and might leave you asking for more capability
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Keeping the phone's low pricing in mind, Honor 7S turned out to be a good handset
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »

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Huawei Honor 7S Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.45 inches
Screen Resolution720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • LCD
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
Processor/RAM
Processor1.5 GHz, Quad Core, Mediatek MT6739Ranked #75 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8100
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3020 mAh
Dimensions
Weight142 gm
Thickness8.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • PDAF
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • LED flash
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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