A New Handset 

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The Huawei development team has obviously been hard at work of late as can be seen by the release of the company’s Honor 7S model.

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As this handset is a member of the Honor family of products, prospective customers will no doubt expect an attractive price point.  Huawei does not disappoint in this respect.  The Honor 7S will be available from Hihonor, Argos or Three priced at £99.00.

The Honor 7S handset is available in a choice of Gold, Blue or the Black colour of my review sample.  With dimensions of 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm (H x W x D) and weighing 142g, this mobile device is hardly going to inconvenience the user with regards to its size and weight.  I found that the handset felt more comfortable when being held in portrait mode although there was some obvious slippage. It was also possible to rest the handset flat in the hand when watching videos in landscape orientation,

Adopting the fairly standard appearance, the front of the unit is dominated by an LCD capacitive 5.45 inch multi-touch screen with narrower side bezels.  Capable of displaying 16M colours at a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels with an 18:9 aspect ratio, this screen does exhibit one of my pet annoyances as it tends to gather finger smears almost as fast as I can remove them.  The screen has a ~73.8% ratio to body size and delivers a ~295 ppi density.

Those familiar with other Honor handsets, and I dare say the company’s flagship Huawei models will immediately feel at home with the arrangement of the various features and controls dotted around the handset’s body.  Tucked in the top left corner is a 3.5 mm jack socket for attaching your headset or earphones.  Located on the left side of the Honor 7S is a pop-out card holder (a tool is provided for releasing this tray which can house dual Nano SIMs or a single SIM and a microSD card of up to 256GB capacity.  A volume adjustment rocker and power button are on the opposite side.  Nestling on the base of the Honor 7S is a USB port for charging the headset’s internal.  Huawei has opted to stick with a microbus port rather than go with the latest Type C USB connection.

With this handset model, Huawei has paired a rear mounted 13MP camera and LED flash with a secondary 5MP camera also featuring its own flash unit on the front of the handset.  Various settings, including those for GPS, Timer, Touch to Capture, Ultra snapshot, white balance, ISO, resolution and switching between the two cameras, can be implemented or adjusted.  You can also select from five camera modes designated as Photo, Beauty, Video, HDR and Panorama.  Videos can be captured at 1080p @ 30 fps.

The Honor 7S is built around a Mediatech MT6739 chipset with a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Power VR GE8100 GPU.  As standard, the handset comes with memory consisting of 16 GB internal and 2 GB of RAM.  Power is provided from a non-removable Li-Ion 3020 mAh battery pack.  Running my usual continuous playing test via a USB To Go connection, I was able to get 6 hours and 20 minutes of move watching time before the Honor 7S shut itself down due to a depleted battery.

Providing the interface for the user, the Honor 7S comes with Android 7.1 (Oreo) overlaid with Emui 7.0.  Firing up the Honor 7S from a power shutdown takes approximately 41 seconds before arriving at the Home screen that can display either Standard or Drawer mode.  This combination of operating systems offers the user WLAN WiFi 802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct and hotspot communication plus Bluetooth V4.2 and A2DP.  Other features include GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and FM radio.  The handset has built in accelerometer and proximity sensors plus messaging facilities that include SMS, MMS, Email and Push Email.  Player support is provided for MP4 and H.274 for video viewing and MP3, eAAC+, WAV and Flac for audio listening.  Photo, video and document editor are available.

With its slight plastic feel to the unit, I can not help but think that the major selling point of this handset will be its price point of under £100.  Lets leave the last words to Wilkin Lee, Honor UK Sales and Marketing Director who stated “The Honor 7S has been created with out customers in mind”.

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