UPDATE: The honor 7 goes on sale on 28th Sept at 10:08AM.
A quick flashback to early September saw the honor Malaysia’s Facebook page announce that they had finally set the date for their most premium honor yet. Prior to the post, we flew off to London to take a first-hand look at the honor 7 that we felt delivered on its part, quite well – considering its beefy specs and its price-point.
Locally, it’s sad to note that we’ll be receiving only the 16GB version, while back home (China) the brand packs an additional 64GB option giving users more storage space. Not such a huge issue, if you make use of the microSD slot that lets you expand that memory by an additional 128GB.
We’ve mentioned that the device is sleak and it brings a whole new premium feel to the honor lineup, as it is fashioned out of a single unibody of metal (for the most part). To reintroduce you to the honor 7, it has a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) plastered up front, utilising an IPS-Neo technology display. That plus, a beastly 64-bit Octa-core Kirin 935 processor, mated with 3GB of RAM – surely to give you ample amounts of processing power for day to day usage.
Its images will be taken care of by a 20-megapixel lens with an aperture of f/2.0 on the back, while your front facing photos are captured by an 8-megapixel shutter equip with soft flash. We did a camera comparison here, so check it out to see how the honor 7 stacked up to other flagships.
The smartphone is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery that will take you from 0-50% in only 30 minutes with its optional fast charger. On the back together with its rear camera, you’ll notice a squarish finger-print sensor, which will enable you to simplify the device’s security through biometric recognition.
Adding to its extensive features, users can also call out their new honor 7’s with its voice recognition software ready to assist you through commands like:
“Dear honor” – to wake the device
“where are you?” – to make the device sound to alert you of where it is
A great package that scales at 157 grams, 8.5mm thick and runs a home-grown OS in the form of EMUI 3.1 on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It even has dual-SIM (nano) LTE capabilities, for its affordable price range but as always, you’ll sacrifice one SIM slot for the microSD card.
In the past, all honor devices have been exclusively sold online, so this time should be no different. If you want to pick up one yourself, you can register your interest at the vmall website (1pm onwards), to entitle you for the pre-order – actual sales begin on the 28th of September, in conjunction with Mycybersale.
Priced at RM 1,399 (w/ GST), you’ll get to choose from two colour options, Mystery Grey or Fantasy Silver. Taking into account of the pricing, we still feel it’s decent, albeit not having NFC. Huawei has even thrown in some freebies like a free RM 50 voucher and 6 months of screen replacement; best of all for the first 1000 to register for the pre-order will receive a free 32GB microSD card to slot into their devices.
If you’ve yet to take a look at our first-impressions video, take a look at it below