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Honor 7S is the low-budget offering of the mid-range marvel brand, Honor. The phone has a few pros and cons:
- It has a comfortable design and is crafted to be easy to handle.
- The phone has a vibrant display that is partially immersive as well.
- The phone comes with a juicy battery that keeps its juice up for an entire day with moderate use.
- The performance of Honor 7S is abysmal and laggy.
- It does not have a fingerprint scanner.
- The face recognition of this phone is slow and unreliable.
- The phone has weak cameras which capture grainy pictures.
All in all, the Honor 7S, despite coming as a budget phone is an inferior model due to its faulty and dated hardware. It is not a phone that is recommended for purchase even for budget users.
Honor 7S is for the value-sensitive crowd and designed to look good with its brand name. Priced at Rs. 5499, the phone may have the shine, but it lacks the features necessary to set it apart in the budget market.
The Honor 7S may have aimed to provide an all-round budget experience to the budget crowd, but for the most part, it fails to do it. It does not look brilliant, and neither does it come with the specifications to steal the heart of any budget user. The Honor 7S is a clear disappointment from an otherwise fantastic brand.
The Honor 7S does not have a striking look that will make you grasp it at once. It has a muted Honor look, which is simple and looks very minimalistic. The volume and power buttons are placed on the left. They are in an ergonomic position. The 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top, while the old micro USB port is at the bottom. The phone does not come with a fingerprint scanner, which is quite expected from a phone in this price range.
On the whole, the phone is just about decent. The rounded edges are comfortable to hold, and it can be used with one hand. The body is not very slippery, but the front is a fingerprint magnet. According to Honor, it has not used any reinforced glass, which is quite a disappointment. The camera module sticks out slightly on the rear panel but is comfortable enough. It is lightweight too at 142g.
The Honor 7S comes with a 5.45-inch screen with a 720×1440 resolution. The colours are quite crisp; however, the phone, despite coming at 18:9 aspect ratio, does not scale the apps well enough to adjust to the aspect ratio. The screen is still quite good and produces vibrant colours. The viewing angles are also impressive. It has high brightness, though it is not suitable for outdoor use in direct sunlight. You get a partial immersive effect too since it does not have a notch, nor are the corners rounded.
The Honor 7S has a MediaTek MT6739, which is a budget processor. The 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.5GHz, and it is paired with an integrated PowerVR GE8100 GPU. It is not a fluid processor, and simple things like swiping can stutter. If you are downloading apps in the background, the phone can get unresponsive. It is quite frustrating, and multitasking is out of the question. It does not offer smooth app switching. Casual 2D games are best on this phone as high-end games like Dead Trigger 2 is almost unresponsive.
It gets a poor 1700 multi-core score in Geekbench. The phone has Face Unlock, but it was not able to register the face even after 20 attempts. Face unlock takes a lot of time – about 2-3 seconds – making it unreliable.
Honor 7S has a special camera app which can take some time to get used to. Left swipe gets you to preference page. Automatic HDR is not present. There is no manual mode, but you get ISO settings and white balance. You can adjust the saturation level and brightness level. The phone arrives with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The rear camera can click okay photos if you do not have high expectations. The autofocus is fast, but there are times when it gets unfocused, producing patchy images. The images may look good on the phone, but when transferred to any PC (or large screen device), the quality drops significantly. Night-time shots are very noisy and distant objects cannot be discerned. Direct lighting can overexpose images.
Regarding videos, the phone capture 1080p video, but it gets saved in the very first 3gp format of mobile phones. The videos turn out fine in proper lighting.
The Perfect Selfie mode can map your face in 3D can get awkward poses. You can adjust facial thickness and eyes, and get funny results.
Honor 7S comes with a 3020mAh battery. It is a decent battery and running an HD video on loop saw that it could go for 7 hours and 43 minutes. It can even run through an entire day with only 40% of its charge left at the end, which is quite decent. However, that is due to moderate use and zero gaming. The phone charges decently too, getting up to 24% within half an hour.
Honor 7S comes as a budget phone and has some decent value to it, but for the most part, it can be frustrating to use. The phone delivers an abysmal performance, and the camera quality is very disappointing. At this age, it is shocking to witness a phone that saves videos in the ancient 3gp format. It tries to power up in the display section, but that is not enough. The only selling point can be the battery, but there are better phones with better batteries. The Redmi 6A arrives with better specifications, and Redmi 6 can provide excellent processing abilities. Honor 7S is not a great phone to recommend.