Honor Launches £99 Honor 7S
Normally we don’t tend to cover lower end smartphones due to the sheer size of the market which would require vast manpower to write about, but sometimes we see some very interesting releases that do have some very attractive value. The last such device we covered was the release of the Moto g6 and e5.
Last week Honor announced the European launch of the new Honor 7S, a lower tier model fitting in the existing Honor 7 family which we also last covered in December.
|New Honor 7S compared to 7X|
|Honor 7X||Honor 7S|
|SoC||HiSilicon Kirin 659|
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.36GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
Imagination PowerVR GE8100
|Display||5.93-inch 2160×1080 (18:9)|
LTPS IPS LCD
|5.45-inch 1440×720 (18:9)|
|Dimensions||156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm|
|146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm|
|RAM||4GB LPDDR3||2GB LPDDR3 667MHz|
|Battery||3340 mAh (12.85 Wh)|
|3020 mAh (11.47 Wh)|
|Front Camera||8MP||5MP (2592 x 1944)|
|Rear Camera||Main Sensor:|
16MP (4608 x 3456)
|Main Sensor: |
13MP (4160 x 3120)
|Modem||HiSilicon / MediaTek LTE (Integrated)|
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
|SIM Size||2x NanoSIM (dual standby) (XXX-L29)|
1x NanoSIM (XXX-L09)
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/Glonass/BDS||802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, GPS/Glonass/BDS|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 microUSB|
|Launch OS||Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1||Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.0|
|Launch Price||EUR 299€ / GBP £269||EUR 133€ / GBP £99|
The 7S’ true strength lies in the price. At a launch price of only £99 in the UK and around 133€ in Germany on Amazon, the Honor 7S really undercuts a lot of competing alternatives of comparable specs by around 30%.
The 7S is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 configured with 4x Cortex A53’s at 1.5GHz and an Imagination PowerVR GE8100 GPU. Main memory capacity comes in at 2GB of LPDDR3 at 667MHz and we have 16GB of storage on board with option of expandable storage via microSD slot.
The phone comes with a 3020mAh battery which given the lower specifications of the SoC should result in respectable battery life. The screen seems to be a regular LCD panel coming in at 5.45” and a resolution of 1440 x 720. However the screen diagonal isn’t really representative of the size of the device as it’s an 18:9 format display – with a width of only 70.9mm the 7S comes in towards the smaller spectrum of phone form factors.
Camera wise we shouldn’t be expecting anything amazing in terms of quality, yet Honor still managed to put in a 13MP sensor in. It also has a 5MP front camera and that’s where we see the only other specification outside of the bare bone features of the phone: a front LED flash. Honor still chose to deliver the phone with a microUSB socket as it seems at these price ranges every cent in cost is paid attention to, which is actually great in terms of audio as it retains a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Interestingly the phone launches with Android 8.1 and EMUI 8.0, meaning it’s on the most up to date Android version, something that was severely lacking on the Honor 7X and came at great criticism.
Overall the Honor 7S is just a bare-bone phone in terms of specifications, yet Honor managed to deliver a design that from a distance could very well be confused with any other higher end device. The fact that the very low end has evolved so much over the last 2 years and there’s such much more attractive devices is great. And for just £99, you’ll have a hard time arguing against the value that the phone provides.