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The honor 7 makes its international debut

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Following its Chinese launch, the honor 7 is finally announced for the international market. Almost a year after the release of its honor 6 in Malaysia, the new successor steps up with a premium build and enhanced features to close the gap with its flagship rivals. For those who are unfamiliar, Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand that’s digitally driven through its Vmall online stores. In China, the honor 7 did tremendously well with 200,000 sold online in just 2 minutes.

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To recap, the honor 7 is slightly larger at 5.2 inches and the IPS-Neo display pushes a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. Under the hood is an updated 64-bit Octa-Core (4X 1.5GHz + 4X 2.2GHz) Kirin 935 processor that’s mated with 3GB of RAM. For the international market, it gets 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.

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The overall build of the honor 7 is pretty solid with its unibody metal back that comes with a slight curve for a more comfortable grip. On the right, it gets a power button in the middle and a volume rocker right next to it. On the left side, you’ll find a Smart Key button which can be customised to your reference and a SIM tray slot that supports dual-SIMs.

The main speaker and microphones are placed at the bottom alongside its microUSB port, while the top comes with the standard headphone jack and an infrared blaster.

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For photography, the honor 7 gets a much larger 20MP IMX230 sensor from Sony and a f/2.0 aperture lens. The new sensor comes with Phase Detection Auto Focus which provides an ultra-quick focusing time of 0.1 seconds. While the camera lens has a protruding bump, it uses sapphire glass to protect it from scratches. In terms of features, it supports a wide range of filters, slow-mo, time lapse and even light painting, a key feature that was introduced with the Huawei P8 flagship.

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At the front, it gets an 8MP f/2.4 shooter with soft flash. Over at the back, the honor 7 also gets a fingerprint scanner which unlocks instantly on a single touch. Like the Huawei P8, it also supports knuckle sense, allowing you to double tap using your knuckle to take a screenshot but at the same time, it still supports the standard double tap to wake while the screen is switched off.

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Keeping the lights on is an embedded 3,100mAh battery and it also support quick charge which does 0-50% in 30 minutes. Overall the honor 7 weighs 157 grams and has a thickness of 8.5mm. Out of the box, it runs on EMUI 3.1 that’s based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The honor 7 is expected to come to Malaysia officially in September. In China, the dual-SIM 4G LTE variant with 16GB is priced at 2,199CNY which is about RM1,436. Meanwhile in the UK where the device is being launched, the honor 7 is priced at £249.99 (about RM1,611). We should be getting some price indication closer to local launch. In the mean time, do check out our first impressions with the honor 7.

Honor 7 Hands-on Photos

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Alexander Wong