Lately Huawei has been in the news for its partnership with Google regarding the next Nexus handset. However, this has not stopped the Chinese smartphone maker from launching its new smartphones in the market. Huawei on Tuesday launched its metal-clad Honor 7 smartphone in China in three variants. They are priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,500) for the 16GB variant, CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 22,600) for the 16GB dual-SIM variant, and CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,600) for the 64GB version. The handset's availability outside China is not yet known.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Honor 7 features an aluminium alloy design and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) display with a pixel density of 423ppi. It comes powered by the company's own 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 processor (four Cortex-A53 cores at 2.2GHz + four Cortex-A53 at 1.5GHz) clubbed with 3GB of RAM and ARM's Mali-T628 GPU. The smartphone runs EMUI 3.1 skinned on top of Android. The smartphone also comes with a microSD card slot, with expandability up to 128GB.
The Honor 7 ships with 20-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus which the company claims can deliver autofocus speeds of 0.1 seconds. The rear camera features a Sony IMX230 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 6-lens module, and sapphire glass protection on top. An 8-megapixel front-facing wide-angle fixed focus camera with a f/2.4 aperture is also on board the handset. Like the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, the Honor 7 also features a fingerprint sensor right below the rear camera that enables users to unlock the smartphone by just tapping once.
The smartphone's connectivity features include NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, and 4G LTE. Measuring 143.2x71.9x8.5mm and weighing 157 grams, the Honor 7 is backed by a 3100mAh battery with a quick charging feature that charges the smartphone from zero to full within 1 hour 25 minutes, and zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The China launch was first reported by GizChina, and for now, there is no information about global availability.