You will remember my thoughts on last year’s Huawei Y7 Prime where I said I would be more comfortable with the device if it retailed between Ksh. 17000 and Ksh. 19000. Well, the new 2018 version of the Y7 Prime is out, and it costs Ksh. 16999.

Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

The Huawei Y7 Prime has officially launched in Kenya and has been available for purchase since the pre-order period on Kilimall.

 

Huawei has partnered with Kilimall to sell the Y7 Prime as the authorised online store. This is ahead of Kilimall Mobile Week which is scheduled to start on April 26th.

Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime
Dual Camera setup

I’ve had the Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 for a couple of hours and this article contains my very initial thoughts after unboxing it. My full review, and other related posts will be up on the site in the coming days.

Here’s my unboxing video:

In the box:

Inside you will find:

  • Huawei Y7 Prime device
  • Charger
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • SIM Remover

There are no earphones included unfortunately. But the good thing is the phone has the headphone jack correctly placed at the bottom of the phone. I love it when companies put everything down below.

Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 Specifications:

NETWORK      

 

Technology 4G LTE
BODY  

 

Dimensions 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight 155g
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~76.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS EMUI 8.0 on Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
CPU Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 505
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 RAM
CAMERA Main Dual: 13 MP + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Front 8 MP
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Price KSh 16,999  Buy from Kilimall

 

Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime
Top bezel: Front camera, speaker grill and sensors

While unboxing the device, I didn’t know the specifications. What amazes me is the fact that for the price you get the new version of Android, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and full display 5.99 screen with the 18:9 aspect ratio we all love. However, the screen resolution isn’t FULL HD. It is a 720p display and that’s a bummer.

Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime
Volume and Power

 

What I like after a few hours:

  • Display: It is not full HD, but it is good enough. Plus the reduced bezels make it even more good looking especially as compared to last year’s phone.
  • Design: This goes without say, the back is perfectly clean, the camera setup looks amazing. It is a phone you will carry comfortably, not just because it light, but because it also looks premium. The finish is superb. Everything is really clean.
  • Performance: The Snapdragon 430 is smooth enough for everything I have tried in the past few hours. Which is good news for people who don’t want Mediatek devices.
Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime
Bottom bezel

What I am yet to test:

Since I got the device yesterday evening, I am yet to have conclusive thoughts on the following:

  • Dual Cameras: I’ve seen there’s a wide aperture mode on the camera which I think is the mode where both cameras are put to use. I will share the different images in a post soon.
  • Face Unlock: The phone has this feature. There’s a learning curve going to EMUI and I need to learn to find things as the UI is heavy.
  • Huawei Clone: A feature that allows you to copy all data from one phone to your new Huawei device.
  • AR Lens Mode: That apparently augments reality when using the selfie camera.
Kilimall and Huawei Y7 Prime
SIM and MicroSD Slot

I am excited about all these features above, and would love to share with you my thoughts, so expect a couple of more posts talking about this phone. Also, share your thoughts and questions with me about this phone. And I will make sure to answer them in the coming posts.

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