Huawei Honor 7 Smartphone Takes Aim at Your 'Seven Senses'

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Huawei Honor 7 Smartphone Takes Aim at Your 'Seven Senses'
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    Huawei Honor 7 Smartphone Takes Aim at Your 'Seven Senses'

    Here's why the Honor 7 smartphone could attract the attention of U.S. buyers when it is made available in the U.S. perhaps as soon as early next year.
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    The Honor 7's Design Is Strong
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    The Honor 7's Design Is Strong

    If a company wants to build a high-end smartphone, it needs to offer a high-end design. The Honor 7 delivers on that. The device has a full metallic body and comes with a small bezel to reduce its overall footprint. The smartphone comes with a handful of physical buttons, as well as rear-cover "rubber fittings" to safeguard it from possible spills. It's a great design.
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    An Updated Android Operating System Experience
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    An Updated Android Operating System Experience

    The Honor 7 is based on Android 5.0, but runs Huawei's EMUI 3.1. According to the company, the overlaid user interface has a "3D Dynamic" feature that creates 3D transitions and effects, and supports a Fast Snapshot option that lets users take a quick photo by double-clicking on the down volume button. For those seeking more privacy, the device also has a feature that lets users hide apps by spreading two fingers apart along the diagonals of the screen.
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    Honor Makes a Big Push for Audio
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    Honor Makes a Big Push for Audio

    Audio seems to be a major concern in the Honor 7. In fact, the smartphone comes with a feature called Integrated Audio Plus that the company says will create full, high-fidelity calls. In addition to better-sounding voice quality, the smartphone has a noise-canceling feature that can reduce all noise for up to 10 feet around the device.
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    Let's Take a Look at the Screen
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    Let's Take a Look at the Screen

    The Honor 7 comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD display. While it would have been nice to see a quad-HD screen, the smartphone bundles 423 pixels per inch into the screen and has a respectable contrast ratio of 1,500:1. Overall, its color saturation rate is 85 percent, putting it among the better-performing smartphones for color accuracy.
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    Check Out the Built-In IR Chip

    The Honor 7 comes with an interesting add-on that may prove appealing to some customers: an infrared chip capable of controlling everything from televisions and cable set-top boxes to smartphone. Users need only to match their third-party devices to the IR codes bundled with the Honor 7 and they'll be good to go.
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    There's a Smart Key That's Actually 'Smart'
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    There's a Smart Key That's Actually 'Smart'

    A Smart Key offered with the Honor 7 is designed to create a truly "smart" user experience, the company says. The button, which sits on the device's spine, allows users to preset app access and shortcut functions to it. So, a single tap may open one app, while two taps may open another. A long press gives users access to Google Search and Google Voice.
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    Some Solid Specifications From Companies You May Not Know
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    Some Solid Specifications From Companies You May Not Know

    The vast majority of smartphones run on chips made by Qualcomm. The Honor 7, though, is a little different. The smartphone comes with a 64-bit Hisilicon Kirin 935 processor running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The octa-core processor is complemented by 3GB of onboard RAM.
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    A Bit Better Than All-Day Battery Life

    The Honor 7 has solid battery life, allowing so-called "light users" to do whatever they want on the device for a period of 2.6 days before needing to recharge. "Heavy users" (the company doesn't define either type of user) will need to recharge their devices every 1.2 days. A quick-charge feature has also been added, letting users charge 50 percent of the 3,100mAh battery in just 30 minutes. Five minutes' worth of charging adds one hour to phone call time.
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    The Camera Technology Is a Major Selling Point
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    The Camera Technology Is a Major Selling Point

    Considering how important snapping photos with smartphones has become, the Honor 7's camera technology could be a selling point. The rear-facing camera comes with a 20-megapixel, "ultra-high-resolution" Sony-made sensor that can focus within 0.1 seconds. On the front, the Honor 7 comes with an 8-megapixel selfie-friendly camera, featuring a 26mm wide-angle lens and 10 different picture "modes" depending on what kind of picture is being snapped.
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    All of the Details on Availability
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    All of the Details on Availability

    The Honor 7 is being offered to customers in China, and there is currently no U.S. availability. However, during a question-and-answer session with reporters in mid-December, Honor CEO George Zhao hinted that his company will be in attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and could announce that the Honor 7 will be available stateside soon after. It's unknown how much the Honor 7 would cost or exactly when it'll be available, but at least right now, all signs point to the device being unveiled in the U.S. early next year.
 

The U.S. smartphone market is dominated by familiar names, including Apple and Samsung, but it may soon have another entrant known as Honor, a subsidiary of China-based handset maker Huawei. While the company sells several handsets, its high-end offering, called the Honor 7, is designed to take on popular phablets, including Apple's iPhone 6s. The smartphone is currently not available in the U.S. However, the company's CEO George Zhao hinted in a recent media interview that it might soon release the Honor 7 in the U.S. market. In fact, it's possible that the Honor 7 could find its way to the U.S. after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.  When that happens, the Honor 7, which has been described by mobile market pundits as one of the better Chinese smartphones, could grab some market share in the high-end smartphone business. Wondering how? Take a look at the slide show to find out more about the Honor 7 and why some industry-watchers believe the handset could attract U.S. buyers.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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