Should you buy this?

Today we’ll be taking a quick look at Huawei’s recently announced, budget big-batteried phone, the Y7 Pro 2019. The new phone compliments the company’s Y6 Pro 2019 that’s aimed at the lower-end of the sub 10K market, and wants to draw in consumers with its large screen, pretty exterior and higher than average battery endurance. Priced at Php 9,990, it’s a legitimate challenger to budget big-batteried offerings of its rivals like ASUS’ ZenFone Max M2.

Packaging and contents:

The Y7 Pro 2019 comes in the same white box that the Y6 Pro came in with the model name proudly splashed in front. Opening the box, you’ll see the phone, silicone case, micro USB charging cable and charger. Pretty standard stuff.

A big phone for big boys

Considering the budget nature of the Y7 Pro, the phone is quite substantial, almost as large as its more expensive Nova 4 sibling. You can attribute most of the Y7 Pro’s size to its 6.26-inch HD+ display. Notch haters will like the fact that the Y7 Pro has a small dew-drop notch that holds the 16-megapixel front camera, instead of a more traditional notch on the top of the panel.

Gorgeous plastic body, but is a bit fragile

Flipping the phone over, you’ll notice that the Y7 Pro has the same stunning colorway as the company’s more expensive Nova 3i, though there’s a catch. The rear is very likely made out of plastic, as it has already developed several shallow scratches on the surface with very light use. If you want to keep the phone pristine, you’ll need to stick it inside its silicone case and keep it there.

The rear of the phone holds the dual rear cameras, made up of a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth camera. Noticeably missing is a fingerprint sensor which is a bit of a bummer.

The right side of the phone holds the power and volume rocker, while the left side holds the combination SIM and microSD slot. The 3.5mm jack is on top, while the speaker grilles and micro USB port are on the bottom.

Overall the phone feels light and reasonably durable, despite its plastic construction. That plastic rear, while pretty, is prone to scratches, which is a bit annoying. Aside from that, there are no real build issues, as the phone doesn’t flex when you’re holding it nor are there any obvious gaps anywhere in the body.

A processor that sips, rather than gulps

Inside the Y7 Pro is Qualcomm’s power-efficient Snapdragon 450 along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The processor choice isn’t surprising, considering the phone is supposed to be a budget device.

The phone isn’t a number-crunching powerhouse, though you’ll still be able to game on it provided you temper your expectations (and reduce your graphics settings on games). What the Snapdragon 450 excels at though, is power-efficiency and we fully expect this phone to go past 10 hours on our PCMark battery benchmark once we do our battery test.

Unlike the Y6 Pro, the Y7 Pro still runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, along with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2.

Large battery, but no fast charging

The Y7 Pro has a large 4000mAh battery that’s more than enough to keep the lights on for around the day. The downside is that once you completely drain the Y7 Pro’s battery, it’ll take quite a bit of time to fully charge up since the phone doesn’t have fast-charging built into it.

That’s it for this unboxing! The Y7 Pro is priced at Php 9,990 and is available for pre-order.

Huawei Y7 Pro 2019 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 6.26-inch HD+ display with dewdrop notch
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 2-megapixel depth camera
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android Oreo 8.1, EMUI 8.2
  • 4000mAh battery

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