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February 21, 2019

A prototypical device with a huge processor and a friendly budget

The Huawei Y7 prime
The Huawei Y7 prime

 What do you look for when buying a new smartphone? Display? Top-notch specifications? Software experience? Most people in Kenya look at the camera specs and battery life of the device.

Keeping this predicament in mind, a lot of brands are releasing smartphones catering to specifically this need. Huawei, with its newest Y series phone, Y7 Prime, and its 4,000-mAh battery, is also hoping to target this market segment. This battery power house lasts for up to three days without having to recharge it again.

The front of the device is very simplistic.  You would be able to notice the large 5.5-inch LCD panel. This new smartphone from places itself in the realms of large screen size phones hence the name Y7 Prime. On the top, there is your speaker grill placed in the center for calls along with the front facing camera. The phone doesn’t come with any sort of buttons on the front allowing Huawei to have considerably thinner bottom on the smartphone.

At the front, you will also be able to find the earpiece, ambient light sensor, and the front facing camera. The back of the device has the rear-facing camera along with the fingerprint sensor. Aside from the traditional manufacturer logos, the back is mostly clean and sleek looking.

The smartphone has a completely metallic body, which gives it an elegant look as compared to its other competitors.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Huawei Y7 Prime packs a 12-megapixel primary camera, with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording capability on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Daylight will get you the best result but on the opposite end, low light is a difficulty with the Y7 Prime.

The interface of the camera is very easy to use and by swiping to the left side it takes you to the general camera settings. Swiping right it will take you to its main mode settings, which are beauty mode, night shot, manual mode and scanning documents. The results of the front camera are better than the previous devices of Huawei. 8MP lens for front camera is actually not that bad.
         Running on Android 7.0 Nougat, the Huawei Y7 Prime is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

The EMUI software in the device is more targeted towards young users. The icons o the menu are also more inclined towards the young customers. This way, the EMUI feels quite vibrant and fun to use. The notification pop-ups, recents and everything else have been managed well.

The device is 4G enabled where it also comes with the access of 3G and 2G networks.

“The introduction of the Y series phone is part of Huawei’s strategy to target all categories of users and offer high-quality products at different price points by focusing on the high-end phone quality, technology and innovation in all our products to provide our consumers with a unique smartphone experience,” said Derik Duh, Huawei Device Kenya Country Director.

The phone is available in three-color options of gold, silver and grey and is selling at sh23,000 which is actually a great device on a budget with everything that it offers.

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