Honor 7A preview – An opening look at the company’s super affordable smartphone

If you’re strapped for cash, but need a new smartphone, then the Honor 7A may well be the phone you’re looking for.  The 7A targets the same affordable end of the market as Motorola’s Moto G line and is the most basic handset in Honor’s current line of smartphones. With pricing starting at a modest £139.99/$198.79 SIM-free it’s also seriously cheap, even by affordable phone standards.

Despite being affordable it also has some ok specs, on paper. The phone comes equipped with a Snapdragon 430 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You can see a full break down of its specs in the table below.

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Honor 7A Specs

Honor 7A
Battery 3000mAh
Camera (Front) 8MP with LED flash
Camera (Rear) 13MP
Display 5.7-inch 18:9 FullView (1440 x 720)
Processor Snapdragon 430
Storage 16GB (expandable via microSD)
RAM 2GB

Honor 7A first look – What’s it like to use?

The 7A’s not going to win any design awards, but as cheap phones goe it looks ok. The phone’s made from strengthened plastic, with an aluminium bezel running around the side. Granted, they aren’t the most glamorous materials, but they’re sure to withstand the occasional knock, bump, scrape and even drop.

There’s a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen on the front that’s not too bad. Maximum brightness levels were also higher than I expected. My only issue with the screen is its slightly low HD resolution. I can’t help but wish that Honor had opted for a Full HD panel, which would have been way clearer and sharper. As it is text and icons, while readable, are a little fuzzy compared to most other smartphones.

Now let’s talk about performance. I spent an hour with the handset and it handled every task it through its way with ease, switching between various applications, while streaming a song from Spotify in the background, without pausing to take so much as a breath.

As was the case with the Honor 7C, I didn’t have enough time with the unit to put the main camera through its paces in full, but the few samples I flicked through were adequate  Shots taken in daylight looked crisp and were brimming with detail, though the same couldn’t be said about low-lit images.

The pièce de résistance, however, was the 8MP front-facing shooter, which, when paired with the dedicated LED flash, seems impressive. The result is a selfie that’s full of detail, even when the environment it was shot in wasn’t optimised for mobile photography.

Honor 7A Release Date

The Honor 7A is available to purchase in the United Kingdom through Honor’s official website and a number of independent retails for £139.99/$198.79 SIM-free. It can also be picked up through local carrier Three UK for free on a 24-month contract.

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Honor 7A first impressions

The Honor 7A appears to be yet another solid budget handset from Chinese manufacturer Honor. It’s well-built, fast and comes with a decent camera – I mean, what more could you want from a handset that retails for less than £150/$213?

(trustedreviews.com, https://goo.gl/yZidV9)