High-end flagship smartphones get all the attention in the media or in daily conversation but it’s really the mid-range phones that are the stars of the world.
Realistically, not everyone is going to spend R20 000 and up for a device – nor should they have to. When it comes to global rankings, it’s not how much money a company makes that puts them at the top, it’s how many phones they sell and usually its mid-range handsets that make up the bulk of those sales purely because they’re more affordable, and that’s an area that Huawei knows very well.
The company’s latest mid-range handset is the Y7, which historically is known to be pocket-friendly and fashionable and this year’s version is no different.
The furore around displays has reached fever pitch lately, with many people asking for bezel-less display but not wanting compromises like the notch found on the iPhone X and XS, or the hole-punch display found on other handsets. The Y7 tries to balance this by including a dewdrop notch in the display of Y7 2019. With only a small piece of the display utilised for the selfie-camera, you’ll be able to enjoy more of the 6.26-inch HD display when playing games or watching videos.
Having a large display is great – in principle – but it usually means that your phone becomes harder to use with one hand. Thanks to some thoughtful design, the Y7 2019 not only has a better build quality than you’d expect from a mid-range handset, it also feels smaller in hand than you’d expect. The back of the device is ceramic and is coated with polycarbonate making it more resilient against daily wear and tear.
The 8MP selfie camera resides in the dewdrop notch and has been equipped with multiple ways to take a selfie: Gesture Control and Smile Detection.
- Gesture Control: Once enabled, you can snap a selfie by just opening or closing your palm in front of the camera.
- Smile Detection: If enabled, you can trigger the selfie camera by just smiling.
The AI dual cameras on the back of the device – 13MP+2MP – are positioned at the top corner of the rear on the phone much like the camera setup on the P20 series. The primary 13MP camera has an f/1.8 aperture with 16 virtual f-stops (supporting f/1.8-6) to provide granular controls over depth of field effects. The Y7 2019’s AI-powered real-time scene and object recognition technology can recognise 22 different categories of objects including blue skies, people, dogs and the beach. Once an object or a scene is identified, the smartphone automatically makes adjustments to produce the best possible results. This is another feature that is most recognisable form the P20 series, however I didn’t love the aggressive saturation and over-sharpening on that version of the camera’s AI however it was better on the Mate 20 Pro.
Overall, the Huawei Y7 2019 is a great phone with a large display, 3GB RAM, 32GB (expandable) storage, a Snapdragon 450 chipset and a 4000mAh battery.
Available at multiple retailers and networks around South Africa for R3 999.00