Huawei Y7 Prime 2018
REVIEW SUMMARY
Design
8
Display
8
Performance
7
Battery
6
Camera
7

While all the eyes were on the launch of Huawei’s flagship devices, the Chinese company showed a grand gesture with the introduction of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018. to assure the users of budget devices that the company has not forgotten them.

As compared to the last year’s Y7 Prime, the new smartphone has been downgraded in specs as the company has cut down the price of the new device, making it affordable enough for many smartphone users. Do you plan to buy the new Huawei Y7 Prime 2018, read below to see if it is worth your money:

Design

By looking at Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 for the first time, it is very hard to ascertain that this is the company’s new budget device. This year the company has reduced the bezels in the smartphone and has introduced a noticeably bigger device for the users.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 back
Back of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

The new smartphone, as expected from a budget device, features a plastic body in an aluminum frame. The company has tried to provide the glossy finish that we see in many flagship devices, which also means that it is a fingerprint magnet and you’ll have to use a cover to save it from fingerprint smudges.

The smartphone provides a nice grip so you won’t have to worry about accidentally dropping your smartphone. As the phone is quite large, you will have to use both of your hands to use it but if you are not new to a large display, you can also use one hand to operate Huawei Y7 Prime 2018.

The smartphone is lighter than its predecessor and weighs 155g instead of 165g, the weight of Y7 Prime. The back of the device features a fingerprint sensor which can be easily reached by user’s index finger to unlock the smartphone. It also packs a horizontal camera module at the back which fits quite nicely with the overall minimalistic design of the smartphone.

The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the smartphone, which are quite easy to access.

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Power and Volume Buttons of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

The SIM tray is present on the left side of the smartphone which hosts dual sim slots and a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 left
SIM Tray of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 comes with a MicroUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grill at the bottom of the device.

Huawei Y7 prime 2018 bottom
Bottom side of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

Display

Large screens are in fashion and the Chinese company has not disappointed its budget users with Huawei Y7 Prime 2018. The smartphone comes with a 5.99 inches FullView display with slim bezels as compared to its predecessor.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 comes with 720×1440 pixels screens resolution which provides a quite sharp display considering the price category of the device. It has 18:9 screen aspect ratio and 76.3% screen to body ratio.

The smartphone works very well in direct sunlight and we faced no problem viewing its display in the outdoors. Just like any other Huawei device, you can increase or decrease the brightness of the display from the quick settings available in the notifications panel.

You can also tweak display settings of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 via the device’s Settings app. In the display section, you can access different features like Eye Comfort which can help lower strain on the eyes when you are continuously using your device.

If you don’t like the bluish tint on the smartphone’s display, you can also change the color temperature via the color mode option which is quite handy as most of the time we have to be stuck with warmer or cooler options.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 Display Settings
Display Settings of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

You can also change the text size and text style of the display. The smart resolution when enabled will automatically lower the screen resolution of the device which will help you save power.

Performance

The company lowered the price of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 as compared to the last year’s device and thus has downgraded some of its specs including the chipset. The new smartphone comes with Snapdragon 430 chipset as compared to the Snapdragon 435 chipset that the company introduced last year.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 comes with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage like the last year’s smartphone. During our tests, we saw that the device performed amicably and carried out all the regular tasks expected from the budget device like making calls, browsing the internet, using WhatsApp, sending texts, watching movies, etc.

With the budget nature of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018, it would be foolish to expect the smartphone to work as a powerhouse or be a multi-tasking expert. If you are looking for a budget smartphone and you don’t classify as a power user then Y7 Prime 2018 would not disappoint you.

The smartphone features Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0. Also, the Huawei user finally does not have to rely on knuckle technology as they can swipe down three fingers to take a screenshot. Also, the user can choose to mute the smartphone by flipping it and double touch the screen to turn it on or off.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 Motion Control
Smart Assistance in Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

The fingerprint sensor is quite quick and the Face Unlock feature also unlocks the device without a hassle.

Camera

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 comes with dual 13MP and 2MP cameras at the back. The camera app has quite a user-friendly interface where you can swipe right to access different modes including HDR, Panorama, Filters, etc. and swipe left to see the settings.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 cameras
Rear Cameras of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

You will find the beauty mode, wide aperture and flash toggles at the top bar. While testing the smartphone outdoors, we saw that the smartphone worked quite well considering the budget category of the device.

The wide aperture as you can see in the image below managed to blur the background without disturbing the outlines of the subject.

Wide Apture Shot
Shot taken in Wide Aperture Mode

The smartphone also comes with an 8MP camera at the front for taking selfies.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 front camera
Front Cameras of Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

The beauty mode of the camera smoothes the skin of the user and also enhances the colors in the picture whether it is a selfie or a picture taken with the rear camera which makes it a good option for the social media lovers.

Selfie with Huawei Y7 Prime 2018
Selfie taken with beauty mode (right) and without beauty mode (left)

There isn’t much difference between the smartphone’s standard and HDR mode as you can see in the images below:

Landscape Shot-Auto Mode
Shot taken in Standard Mode
Landscape Shot-HDR Mode
Shot taken in HDR Mode

Here’s another shot in the HDR Mode where the camera has captured the fine details of the falling water:

Waterfall Shot-HDR Mode
Shot taken in HDR Mode

The device lacks professional mode where if you won’t be able to manually adjust different settings like white balance, EV, shutter speed, etc.

Battery

Huawei has also downgraded the battery capacity of the Y7 Prime 2018 as the new smartphone comes with 3000mAh battery instead of 4000mAh we saw last year. This is not much of a drawback for the device as the Snapdragon 430 is an entry-level chipset and thus would consume minimal battery to operate.

The phone takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to charge from 0 to 100% so the user will have to charge the device at night if they want a full battery in the morning. The phone’s battery drops very fast during heavy usage so if you are a light user, you will be able to make it through your working hours.

Final Thoughts

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 is a budget device and instead of upgrading the last year’s variant, the company has decided to downgrade which makes it affordable enough for many people. The smartphone performs the everyday tasks required from a smartphone quite well and has an eye-catching design and display which is not seen much in this category.

So if you are looking for a simple device that can get you through the day, you should definitely check out Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 which is priced at Rs. 19,999 in the Pakistani market.

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