Huawei Y7 Pro

About a week back we spoke about the brand new Huawei Y9. Today, we take a closer look at its younger brother, the Huawei Y7 Pro. In case you didn’t know already, the Y7 comes as a part of Huawei’s all new Y series, which they announced recently. So what does the Huawei Y7 Pro have to offer? Here’s what you need to know.

On the outside

The look and feel resembles the Y9 along with a couple of differences, some noticeable. Specifically, the fingerprint sensor, or rather the lack of it. But then again, the Y7 Pro does come equipped with Face ID. I’ve gotten so used to unlocking the Huawei Y9 with Face ID I hardly used fingerprint sensor anyway. So no complaints there.

By now, all of us have pretty much grown to the idea of bigger screens on our smartphones. Its nice to see that come through to budget range phones like the Y7 Pro as well. The 6-inch HD+ display feels just about right for me.

Unlike its older brother, this edition comes only with one front camera lens at 8MP resolution. But the Y7 Pro has what they call a “selfie toning flash”. What it essentially means is that you can take great selfies on this phone. More on that later.

Performance? My games work fine

Whether you’re hunting for a flagship or a budget phone, performance is very important. For me, I will be happy as long as I can seamlessly do my daily tasks on the phone. This mostly involves mostly listening to music while surfing the web, sending out emails and a bit of gaming. Of course the usual list of activities works pretty smoothly on the Y7 Pro. I was curious how well the phone would perform when it comes to resource intensive tasks like gaming.

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I’ve been gaming on the Huawei Y7 Pro for a few weeks now. So far, it works like a charm. Although, I wouldn’t recommend gaming for long periods of time. The phone might tend to get heated up.

Compared to the Y9, the Y7 Pro has a lower pixel density, despite screen size being almost the same. But you wouldn’t really notice the difference here. Unless you’re someone whose OCD gets triggered easily. Conversely, the Huawei Y7 Pro has a lower battery as well. Thereby, a lower resolution would ideally mean less battery consumption (relatively).

Speaking of battery

Personally, I prefer big batteries on smartphones. The idea of having to carry a power bank to always keep the phone charged, is just annoying. Unfortunately, most manufacturers hardly care about bigger batteries now.

The Huawei Y7 Pro packs a 3000mAh battery. By no means this is bad in any sense. In fact, I managed to sneak in 4-5 hours easily. On most light days, it gets through 24 hours comfortably.  But a bigger battery would have been nice though. Then again, this is a budget phone. There’s only so much you can pack in a 27,000 smartphone.

Lights, camera, selfie

Now I’m not someone big on selfies. My usual attempts at selfies often make me look like an egg gone out of shape. But the Y7 Pro’s 8MP front camera produce gorgeous selfie shots. So, for those of you who enjoy your fair share of selfies you’ll definitely like this.

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Our very own Pradeep tries out the selfie camera on the Y7 Pro

But what about the rear camera? Well, for the most part the primary camera is kept simple. The camera app retains features like wide aperture, portrait mode, filters, and panorama. However, you’re not going to find too many gimmicks here. But the 13MP lens still offers decent photography under normal lighting conditions. Thus far, the camera has turned out fairly reliable in most circumstances. Unless its a low light situation.

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The camera does more than a decent job in daylight.

As I said before, you’re not going to get all the fancy features you get on the Y9. But effects like the wide aperture mode tends to add a lot of interesting detail to otherwise normal shots. So unless you’re a serious photographer, the camera department should suffice the average user like you and me.

Would I recommend Huawei Y7 Pro to a friend?

Are you on a budget? Do you like big screen phones? Wish you could have mid-range features on an entry level phone? If you’re thinking yes to all 3 of those questions, then the Huawei Y7 Pro should definitely on your list.

Pros

  • 6-inch screen
  • Face ID
  • Ships with Android 8.0
  • Fullview display
  • 8 MP camera with selfie toning flash
  • 3GB RAM
  • Dual-sim
  • Cheap (Rs. 27,900)

Cons

  • Less camera features
  • Low pixel density
  • Switching between camera mode to video mode not smooth
  • No fingerprint scanner

What’s interesting see is how companies like Huawei are trying to bump up the features in their line up. You don’t usually see many phone manufacturers give a lot of priority to the low end of the smartphone spectrum. Its certainly a good sign that Huawei is looking to introduce cheaper smartphones with more features, particularly with their new Y Series.

So if you’re someone looking for something with killer specs, this isn’t the phone for you. But if you’re somebody who can’t afford to leave your bank account dry for a smartphone, the Huawei Y7 Pro just might be the one for you.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The Y7 looks good but I think there are better phones out there if you’re on a budget.

    Right now I think the P Smart is the best bang for your buck.

  2. Would you say the Y9 was worth the extra ( I’m in thailand where the prices are 5000 baht and 7000 baht respectively) or £47 difference. I’m particularly thinking about the bigger battery capacity/ build quality etc. differences rather than a lot of camera special effects

    • Depends. Personally, I prefer a phone with a bigger battery since I travel a lot and don’t often carry a power bank. The 4000mAh battery on the Y9 is definitely not a disappointment.

  3. I feel you may have missed the mark on its price point. You’ve categorized it as ‘low-range’ and ‘cheap’. Considering that Huawei themselves and other brands have smartphones for cheaper (eg. Y3 Y5, Samsung J2, etc.) a more suitable categorization maybe ‘mid-range’. This matters when you review a consumer product. That being said, it does feel cheap when you consider iPhone and the like.

    • Well to be fair, if you compare the iPhone everything else falls into the “low range” category 😀 But yes, I get your point. There are quite a few cheaper options around, true. But considering all the features and the price point, I would still argue it would fall in the low range category.

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