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Honor 7S Review: Can Be Your First Smartphone The made in India, entry-level device, is priced at Rs 6,999

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HONOR, a sub-brand of Huawei, is known for making affordable smartphones with great build quality.

After launching a flurry of products this year catering to mid and premium smartphone buyers, it has now launched a budget smartphone, the Honor 7S priced at Rs 6,999.

It has been a while since we tested a smartphone in this price segment. We’ve been using it for some time now, trying to decide whether it’s worthy of being your first smartphone.

Design

For its price, the 7S has a sturdy build quality. It has a flat-back design and the matte finish makes the device easy to maintain and clean while giving it a premium look. Honor has replaced the fingerprint sensor with a face unlock mechanism similar to the new iPhones.

Honor 7S Matte

It is easy to hold despite its large display and 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm dimension. The design allows for easy single hand usage as well. Moreover, the Honor 7S weighs just 142 grams making it much lighter than its competitors.

Overall, in terms of the design and build quality, the Honor 7S is a modern looking smartphone that checks all the right boxes. And to add to the charm, the phone is available in a bunch of colours—matte black, gold and blue. Blue as a colour has been a speciality of Honor and on the 7S its the colour to go for.

Display

The Honor 7S sports a 5.45-inch HD+ 720p display that offers 16 Million Colours with its LCD capacitive touchscreen. The 18:9 display has a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and has an accurate touch when operating apps or playing games.

Its 295 ppi density and 73.8% screen-to-body ratio provides for good viewing–whether you’re streaming content or playing games.

Despite having a bezel, the display is wide and has ample real-estate for you to tap your fingers on.

Honor 7S Display

Performance

Performance is one of the biggest factors to consider when buying your first smartphone. You definitely don’t want to compromise on this.

The Honor 7S comes loaded with a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 processor. The device is also backed by 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR GE8100 graphics processor.

You might think that 2GB of RAM is a bit less but the processor, RAM and graphics processor working in tandem optimises the performance of the Honor 7S.

These systems make sure that the device runs the most memory intensive applications with no signs of lag. Playing graphic-heavy games is a breeze.

Though the phone does tend to crash when multi-tasking or if it’s overloaded with apps. It also heats up if it’s used for a long time.

The phone has a dedicated microSD slot which can be used to increase the phone’s memory or to add a second SIM.

Main Camera

The 7S has a 13-megapixel rear camera with fast autofocus which is enabled by Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). This technology is usually seen in high-end smartphones with a price tag of over Rs 30,000.

The images have good detailing whether shooting in daylight or in lowlight conditions aided by the LED flash.

Honor 7S Rear Camera

For its price, the camera on the 7S is packed with features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Panorama mode. It can also shoot HD videos in 1080p @ 30fps (frames per second) making it a good starter phone for creating online content.

Selfie Camera

The Honor 7S comes with a 5-megapixel front camera that feels more like an 8-megapixel sensor. There is also a front LED flash allowing for selfies in lowlight environments. It also comes with Face Beauty features that can enhance your selfies.

The front camera’s Face Unlock feature offers additional data security on while using the Paytm mobile wallet.

Battery

The Honor 7S sports a 3020 mAh Li-Po battery that takes very little time to charge fully. You’ll get at least a day-and-a-half between charges.

The phone has a fantastic battery management system supported by the EMUI 8.0. You can optimise the battery when you’re running low to give you an additional 30 minutes of charge.

If you want a budget device with a long-lasting battery then the Honor 7S might be for you.

Verdict

The Honor 7S is a good first smartphone. The lack of a dual-camera might pinch a few as there are companies offering it in the same price range. But the camera on offer is a pretty good one.

The device also gets brownie points for being made in India.

So, if you’re looking to upgrade from a feature phone to a smartphone, do consider the Honor 7S.

~ENDS~

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