It looks like our yesterday’s prediction regarding the Honor 7’s launch date were spot-on. As expected, earlier today at an official press event, Huawei debuted the Honor 7 featuring some impressive specs such as a 20-megapixel rear camera and fingerprint sensor. What we didn’t expect was the multitude of variants. It turns out that instead of the rumored two models, the Honor 7 will actually come in three versions: low priced, dual-SIM and the one offering massive storage for your apps, games and photos.
Huawei Honor 7 variants include low priced plastic version, dual-SIM and massive storage
Earlier rumors suggested that the Honor 7 will be available in two variants – entry-level plastic and more premium all metal. The Chinese manufacturer, however, decided to add one more player to the team and opted to use metal alloy chassis for all the models. Compared to the predecessor, the next generation Honor is redesigned and now sports sleek and refined body in stylish silver, gold and grey color options measuring 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm and weighing in at 157 g.
When it comes to specs, they are almost in line with what earlier rumors, including a couple of pleasant surprises such as a massive 20-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor with Phase Detection Auto Focus which will help the camera focus to focus on a subject in just 0.1 seconds. The camera also offers an F2.0 aperture, 6-lens module and sapphire glass for extra protection. The selfie shooter is also nothing to be ashamed of, snapping photos at 8 megapixels.
As a mid-2015 flagship phone, the Honor 7 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor that is located below the rear camera. It means that you will be able to unlock the device with just one tap. It can also be used for security measures in some banking and payments applications. The handset is powered by Huawei’s own 64-bit Kirin 935 chipset, clocked at 2.2 GHz maximums for a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores, and 1.5 GHz for the other A53 set of four, arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration. ARM’s Mali-T628 GPU takes care of graphic, while 3GB of RAM will be responsible for multitasking.
The Honor 7 will be available with either 16GB or 64GB of built-in storage, both expandable via microSD slot. The former will come in single and dual-SIM version, while the latter will support only one SIM card. Huawei made sure that the Honor 7 won’t die on you when you least expect it and equipped the phone with a large 3,100 mAh battery. The unit offers 9V2A fast charge technology which allows it to charge to full in no more than 1 hour and 25 minutes or to 50% in just 30 minutes. If you are in big hurry, you can get up to 1 hour of talk time with just 5 minutes of charge time.
Other key features include a 5.2-inch 1080p displays with 423ppi, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4-5Ghz), Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GSM, WCDMA and LTE radios. The Honor 7 will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, covered with Huawei’s newest EMUI version 3.1 interface.
Wondering how much the new Honor will cost? Not that much actually, with prices starting at just $322 for the 16GB single-SIM model. The dual-SIM variant will sell for $355, while the most premium variant with 64GB of memory will be priced at about $400. The phone is currently available for pre-order in China and will start shipping on July 7th. Global variant should be released in a few months.
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