|Launch Date||May 29, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Gold|
|Screen Size||5.7 inches (14.48 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||282 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||75.36 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 MSM8937|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 24.3 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Sensor||CMOS image sensor|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
The Honor 7A is a complete package for the price tag of Rs. 8,999. The build quality is superior compared to most phones in this segment, the display is excellent with bright colors and impressive brightness, performance is very good for the price, and the dual rear cameras are acceptable. The only thing that the Redmi phones over shine the Honor 7A is the battery department this segment could have been better compared to the Redmi Note 5. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment, you can consider the Honor 7A as an option.
Huawei’s Honor online brand is doing an impressive job in the recent past. From being just another smartphone brand to one of the top sellers in the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment, the brand has come a long way. Apart from Xiaomi, it is Huawei that is currently enjoying being on top in the sub 10,000 price range. The Honor 7A and 7C are the company’s recent launches, the striking difference with the new model from previous Honor phones is that these come with Qualcomm chipset instead of home-grown Kirin SoC. This change of chipset opens up to new possibilities and also shows the performance difference. So, in our today’s review, we shall be taking a closer at the Honor 7A and see how well it fares in the competition.
The Honor 7A sports a 5.7-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core 64-bit Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM and 32GB storage that is expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0. In terms of camera, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, and secondary 2MP rear camera. There is an 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. It also features a Fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS. A 3000mAh (typical) / 2900mAh (minimum) built-in battery.
Of late, the adoption rate of 18:9 aspect ratio displays in the sub Rs. 10,000 price segment is slowly growing. Now, Huawei’s Honor brand is embracing the new look. Thus the Honor 7A has to be one of the gorgeous phones in the segment. The build quality is top notch, thankfully no notch. It packs all-metal body design and fits perfectly in hands, and one-handed usage is also comfortable even with extended usage. We don’t have anything to complain about the design or build except for the fact that if you have tiny hands, then you might have little hard time to use the device since it sports a 5.7-inches size.
Moving to placements, up front we have the 8MP front-facing camera, the usual set of sensors, and the capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The volume rockers and the power button is placed on the right side. The SIM tray tool is present on the right. The speaker grill, microUSB port are present on the bottom. The 3.5mm headphone jack in the present on the top. The rear is where you find the 13MP+2MP rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, Honor branding. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, the build quality and design of the Honor 7A is impressive.
The Honor 7A sports a 5.7-inches (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display. With 18:9 aspect ratio, there is more screen real-estate for games, movies and other activities. Since it is just a 720p panel, colors don’t look very sharp. However, there is no pixelation even when zooming in images or text. The brightness levels are impressive; we never had issues accessing the content on the phone outdoors or under the bright sun. Touch response is good; we didn’t notice any delay in response or blur effects.
The viewing angles are decent; we didn’t notice any color shift while tilting the phone. The device was able to play 720p and 1080p videos without any heating or freezing issues. It does Come with an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient lighting. We would have liked if the company had bundled a 1080p panel. Overall, the display of the Honor 7A is very impressive.
The Honor 7A is powered by the Qualcomm 430 clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core 64-bit Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU. Leaving behind the numbers, the performance of the Honor 7A is decent enough. Apps open up fast, and they are quick to load as well. The loading times and the smoothness while switching between apps is also impressive. Though the chipset is not the best of all in the market, the performance can easily suffice a usual smartphone user. Yes, there are hiccups here and there, but that is what that comes along with a budget offering. Unlike most Honor phones, the inclusion of Qualcomm chip is an impressive choice giving users the options to chose from.
In terms of gaming, we played games like Asphalt 8, Leo’s Fortune, PUBG, Need for Speed No Limits and more. While the gaming is not the best aspects of the phone, it can handle most titles when graphics are set to medium or low. It comes with a Fingerprint sensor; it is present on the rear side. The performance of the sensor is fast, and it can unlock the phone real quick. Overall, the performance of the Honor 7A is impressive and lives up to the name.
There is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, and secondary 2MP rear camera and on the front, it has an 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. The camera interface is simple with toggles for video, front camera, flash, HDR, portrait is present right on the home screen. The daylight shots turned out pretty well with good details and sharpness. Turning on HDR mode brightens the images, and the dynamic range is also very much usable. The output pictures are colorful and punchy, which makes them usable on social media. The 2MP depth sensor captures decent portraits, but the edge detection is not the best we have seen in this budget. Moving to low-light, although there is little noise in the images, the result is pretty much usable. Flash helps at times in brightening the photos. It can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is decent.
The front 8MP sensor though being not a wide-angle lens shoots decent images that are social shareable. It captures light and balances the colors very well. Overall, the camera of the Honor 7A is decent enough.
The Honor 7A packs a 3000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. No matter how massive the battery capacities are, the optimization of software and battery makes all the difference and thankfully, the 3000mAh battery on the 7A is not very bad. With average to casual usage, it can easily last an entire day without stressing much. Our usage usually includes calls, messages, listening to songs, stream a bunch of videos, GPS navigation. This kind of usage leaves us with 5-10% battery at the end of the day. There is no way you can push the battery to next day regardless of the usage.
Thankfully there is no severe battery drain even on heavy use or while running high-end applications. On the other hand, if you are heavy user or continuous usage, you might have to charge back it again to pull through the day end. Since there is no fast charging support, with the bundled charger, the device took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to fully charge. Overall, the battery department is simply brilliant for casual and regular users.
The company doesn't include a pair of earphones within the box, so you will have to spend some more bucks for use. The audio quality when tested with the earphones we had with us is good, it is loud, clear, and with no distortion. The loudspeaker is present on the bottom, so unless you are holding the phone in landscape while gaming, the speaker volume is loud and can cover an entire room. The default music player was able to play a wide range of audio formats.
Moving to video department, the Honor 7A is capable of playing 1080p videos even with 4G turned on. There were no heating issues, especially while streaming as well. Overall, the audio and video department of the Honor 7A is impressive.
The Honor 7A runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0 on top. EMUI is fully customized, there is no app drawer, all the icons and widgets are present right on the home screen. But if you wish to have an app drawer, you can enable it from settings. The icon pack and quick toggles shade are also tweaked to fit the theme. The interface comes with a theme store, so you can quickly change the interface to your liking. Apart from Google apps, there are tons of Huawei’s Honor native apps. Few of which can be uninstalled, but rest can only be done if you are rooted. If you are a stock Android person, then you might want to stay away from the themed skin of Honor 7A.
It comes with 3GB of RAM out of which around 1.8GB storage is free on first boot. The RAM management is smooth, and apps stay in memory. It can handle multitasking smoothly with more than 3-4 apps at a time. There is no lag or stutters in the interface even on slight heavy multitasking. Overall, the software department of the Honor 7A is decent enough, and the main advantage here is that it runs on latest OS.