- Analysis by KJ David
A 2018 reiteration of a middle-class Huawei model of the same name, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 caters to the same mid-end target buyers as its predecessor when it comes to technical pros and cons. As a consequence of keeping the Y7 Prime's mid-range profile, though, it runs on a modest eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor running at only 1.4GHz that obviously flounders compared to the 2GHz-and-up CPUs used by the top-ranking eight-core smartphones on the market. At the very least, it brings back the 2017 edition's 3GB RAM, which, as of this specs-based review, was still the norm for middle-tier smartphones.
Another questionable con is this 2018 edition's drop from the original model's 4000mAh battery to only 3000mAh . We are willing to let that slide, though, knowing that its self-attributed battery scores, which include a 58-hour music playback time and a 480-hour standby time (20 days) were above the average marks when we were writing this.
Jumping over to its key selling points, the Y7 Prime 2018 banks on a dual camera system made up of 13- and 2-megapixel cams, mainly for depth-of-field analysis -- sure, this relatively low-tier dual-lens system does not pose a threat to those rocked by the best imaging smartphones, but from a mid-range standpoint, it's a dual-lens camera nevertheless.
We also found its large 6-inch (The actual diagonal measurement is 5.99 inches) FullView screen appreciable , if only because it reminds us of some popular wide-screen smartphones. Frankly, though, it could have done better than an HD+ 1440 x 720 resolution -- several of its mid-end phablet rivals tout FHD+ (1080p) displays. Its 7.8mm body depth ends up as a pro in our book as well, knowing that that average smartphone depth was roughly 8.6mm when it came out.
For selfies, this Y7 Prime model keeps it rather low-key, touting a middling 8-megapixel front-facing camera right above its display . It also fails to impress us in terms of storage, seeing that it comes with only 32GB of native memory , whereas some tantamount models offer twice that amount. It does come with a microSD card slot for storage expansion, however.
Its security suite consists of a standard fingerprint reader and a not-so-standard (at least as of its release) user facial recognition system . It also comes with a split-screen function for multitaskers.
With those pros and cons in mind, the Y7 Prime (2018) seems to be an eight-core, dual-camera-equipped large-screen smartphone for the budget-cautious mid-range shopper.
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