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Huawei Y7 unboxing and first impressions

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The Huawei Y7 (2019) has been available in other markets for a year now. To beef up Huawei’s entry level portfolio in the Philippines, the company brought the Huawei Y7 to the local market. And now we have it for review. Let’s unbox this!

Huawei Y7 specs

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via microSDXC
  • 6.26-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1520 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 13MP f/1.8 PDAF
    • 2MP depth sensor
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
  • Price: Php 6,990

What’s inside the box?

  • Huawei Y7 unit
  • USB cable
  • wall adapter
  • earphone
  • TPU case

HARDWARE

The Huawei Y7 is actually a 2019 phone. It looks like any other Huawei entry level phone. But the stand out feature here is this Aurora Purple color. This color is eye catching and very shiny. And since it is shiny, expect fingerprints and smudges here so better slap on the included TPU case. As for the display, there is a 6.26-inch screen which is on 720p resolution. We have to test this further for our full review. Overall, the phone is well built. There are things to you need to know. There is FM Radio, 3.5 mm audio jack and uses the older USB 2.0 port.

SOFTWARE

The phone is running the two-year old Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. Its understandable since the phone was first launched in other markets in March 2019. We are hoping Huawei could upgrade it Android 9.0 Pie. Although this phone has Google Mobile Services, the phone also has Huawei Mobile Services which has Huawei’s own App Gallery. Popular apps like Tiktok and Viber are now available there. Other useful apps like Camera 360, GCash, BDO Mobile Banking, iflix and Shopee are now available in Huawei App Gallery.

In the camera department, there are two cameras at the rear. There is a 13MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front we have an 8MP selfie camera. We have not taken photos yet and we will reserve our camera opinion on our full review.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Huawei Y7 is a promising entry level offering. Although it runs on a two year old software, the price of Php 6,990 is hard to ignore. Features like cameras, battery and how is it on a daily grind will be reserved for our full review.

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