Huawei Y7 2019 Review: Something in Between

With many smartphones releasing every month, choosing the right phone at a tight budget can be tricky. One has to consider that the camera, storage and performance have to be streamlined the cheaper the price for the phone. However, some brands try to provide an efficient smartphone at an affordable price, and Huawei is one of them with their Y7 2019 Edition, which is basically aimed towards younger consumers that are looking for their very first phone. Let us see how the smartphone performs well as an affordable choice.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the specs of the Huawei Y7 2019

SIZE

  • Width: 76.91 mm
  • Height: 158.92 mm
  • Depth: 8.1 mm
  • Weight: Approx. 168 g (including the battery)
  • Color: Aurora Purple, Midnight Black

DISPLAY

  • Size: 6.26 inches 19:9
  • Type: IPS
  • Resolution: HD+ 1520 x 720

PROCESSOR

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Processor
  • GPU: Adreno 506

MEMORY: 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM (expandable storage with MicroSD card up to

CAMERA

  • Rear Camera: 13 MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 2 MP (f/2.4 aperture)
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0 aperture

BATTERY: 4,000 mAh

 

Design

Huawei doesn’t cheapen the appearance of the Y7 as it gets the same treatment just like with the newer high-end smartphone models that they released since 2019. A major improvement from the 2018 edition where the screen size is larger (around 6.2 inches), slimmer look, curved corners and features a glossy chrome-like finish for the back part, you can choose from Midnight Black of Aurora Purple as the color scheme for the phone. The (in)famous notch was streamlined to a waterdrop shape and does not hinder that much on the top portion of the screen, the Huawei name logo is on the bottom part of the screen which blends well to the overall look of the phone. Considering its price tag, the entire body only made in plastic, so it’s recommended to have a protective case on the phone, the glossy back body also means it’s a magnet for fingerprint smudges so it’s important to keep it in a case at all times. The rear camera is placed on the left side along with the flash at the bottom of it with the fingerprint scanner in the middle for easy access. The Y7 2019 still retains the 3.5mm audio jack as should all smartphones be, with the power button situation just above the volume buttons on the right side. Oddly enough, Huawei decided to retain the Micro USB port instead of the widely-used USB Type-C for charging and file transfer which could have given it faster recharge and transfer speed.

Hardware

Running at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which is a standard processor in most mid-range phones nowadays and added with the 4 GB memory that capable of handling essential apps with ease. The 64 GB storage is enough for the daily photographs and selfies along with a couple of apps and games installed, though you can expand the storage by inserting a microSD card with a capacity of up to 512GB is supported. The front camera has an 8 MP lens that can still produce good quality shots for selfies and the rear camera has 13MO and 2MP dual-lens that is also a staple for mid-range phones. The screen has a 6.2 inch IPS display that is capable of displaying clearer and sharper images along with better color saturation and is capable of displaying up to 720 HD resolution.

Software

Running at EMUI 8.2 operating system which is based on the Android 8.1 Oreo system, which the layout is still similar with the actual Android OS, so users who are used with the stock layout of the Android OS will still be familiar with the EMUI OS. There are some nifty apps that are available for Huawei phones, some of them include the music player for your mp3 files, video player which can play mp4 files and even online through its own network which are the majority are Chinese films and other non-branded videos, and there is also a health tracker that helps track your footsteps during daily jogs as well as monitoring your sleep and heart rate. The AppGallery is basically equivalent to the Google Play store where you can download apps exclusive to Huawei users.

 

Performance

We tested the Y7 2019 to other benchmark tools to determine its full potential, and after conducting several tests, based on the results from the tests, the Y7 2019 is almost on par with other phones of the same price range.

As for playtests, we installed some of the new games in the market and some of the popular titles, we also considered the specs of the phone so we selected titles from the criteria that are playable with a decent framerate on mid or lower graphical settings. We tested mostly idle games and Gacha games that are most likely be a staple for the phone and based on the tests we made, most of the less demanding on graphics like AFK Arena and Arknights can run smoothly with no issues. However some of the graphically demanding titles such as King’s Raid and Spiritwish had some slowdowns and tends to load longer than usual, but still playable. Action-oriented games like Rockman X DiVE and Rules of Survival require some adjustments on the graphics for smoother gameplay. Some games such as War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius crashes whenever we tried to launch it from the Y7 2019 which could possibly be compatible issues with specific chipsets with the game. Loading time on games is an issue with the phone when booting up a game, it takes around 2-3 minutes to load the game up to the main menu and loading in between games can go from a minute or more.

Performance-wise on everyday use such as video streaming or checking on social media feed had no issues of slowdown, but it gets to lag when multiple apps are running at the background (at least 4-5 apps running). Playing HD videos even from Youtube are smooth, we tested some HD videos that are on 60 fps and the Y7 2019 can handle it pretty well with no stutter or screen tearing. Battery life is decent, with a 4000 mAh capacity, it can last for 3-4 days on standby and can last for an entire day of nonstop gaming and video streaming.

As for the camera, the Y7 2019 definitely shines against its competitors of the same range. In bright areas, it can produce high-quality shots with vibrant colors. In low light areas, it can struggle as most shots are washed out even when set to night mode, but considering its price range, it’s pretty much a decent quality.

Conclusion

The Huawei Y7 2019 has the premium feel of a flagship phone with decent performance for its price range. A major upgrade from its 2018 predecessor, the added boost for its performance makes it a good contender against other mid-range phones in the market today. Though it had some drawbacks in terms of game experience due to long loading time, it can still handle some of the latest games despite its shortcomings with some minor tweaking. As an all-around phone, it does deliver pretty well when compared with other phones within the price range. The Y7 2019 is a good choice for younger users who are looking for their first phone or to users who need an alternate phone.

And if you want to get your hands on the Huawei Y7 2019, there is an ongoing sale with Huawei’s #StayConnectedWithMom promo. Head on to this link for more details: https://www.reimarufiles.com/2020/05/08/stayconnectedwithmom-with-huaweis-mothers-day-promo/

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