Huawei Honor 7S Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Huawei Honor 7S, by Huawei

- Analysis by KJ David

A rather inauspicious member of Huawei's Honor 7 family, the Honor 7S keeps it mellow in terms of hardware, running on a low-caliber 1.5GHz quad-core-only Mediatek MT6739 processor accompanied by no more than 2GB of RAM . In comparison, its Honor 7X cousin looks to join our list of the best eight-core smartphones, packing a Kirin 659 chip in the engine room, while the Honor 7A, which is a much more similar model, packs 3GB of RAM under the hood.

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The Huawei Honor 7S features a FullView 5.5-inch display -- Huawei's way of saying that it has a wide 18:9 aspect ratio , which, as of this Phonerated analysis of its pros and cons, was more common among high-tier phablets than among entry- or mid-level contenders. Despite the forenamed pro, however, the 7S's display settles for an HD+ (1440 x 720) resolution and scores a low-end 295ppi pixel density . Its apparent lack of a typical fingerprint sensor is an obvious drawback as well, at least as of its 2018 unveiling.

As for power, this Honor model feeds off a 3020mAh battery pack that's highly-reassuring, considering its low-key hardware components and not-so-demanding display. Its battery cell is infused with Huawei's Smart Battery Management 6.0 technology , which the brand pitches as a combination of front-end power-saving and background power management. Over on the storage front, it comes with a respectable 16GB internal storage memory coupled with a microSD card slot that supports up to 256GB's worth of top-up storage.

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Its imaging specs include a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that would have been an enormous con in our book, if not for its front-facing LED selfie light , which is obviously tailored to snapping selfies under low-light conditions. At the back, it touts an appreciable 13-megapixel primary camera equipped with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) maximum video-recording resolution.

The Honor 7S comes with support for Near Field Communication or NFC, which is mainly for authenticating mobile micro-transactions. It has two nano SIM card slots and it runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo ecosystem out of the box. Its color options include Blue, Black, and Gold.

As revealed by this technical pros and cons review, the Huawei Honor 7S's weaknesses on the hardware front are counteracted by a hearty battery, possibly making it a good fit for stamina-cautious shoppers eyeing a relatively budget-friendly smartphone.

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