In Shenzhen, China, Huawei gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the Honor 7i and Huawei Mate 8 smartphones, that are yet to be launched in India. Here are both the phones in pictures along with some glimpses of other upcoming Huawei products.
The most attractive feature of the Honor 7i is its rotating lens and LED front flash. The selfie flash and 13MP rotating lens make for a cool feature, considering how obsessed we are with selfies. It is a little difficult to hold the flash and take it out of its resting cavity, but nevertheless, it’s a striking feature.
On the right side rests the volume rocker and lock button. Also found below the lock button are the dual SIM slots.
On the left of the device is the fingerprint sensor. While holding the phone in one hand, it is pretty easy to lock and unlock the device using the fingerprint sensor.
Here is a closer look at the 13 MP rotating front camera with a dual tone LED flash. Although we used it only for some time, the selfie camera produces some sharp and vibrant images.
The display on the Honor 7i is 5.2 inches in size, with an IPS LCD panel, 73.9% screen-to-body ratio, 1080p x 1920p resolution skinned with Emotion UI 3.1. The colours on the display were quite vibrant but sunlight visibility was poor. The screen is also very reflective, adding to its visibility problem.
The Honor 7i weighs about 160 grams and the back houses a 3100 mAh, non-removable Li-Po battery. The back has a shiny, smooth finish to it.
Other specs of the Honor 7i include: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 405 GPU and Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with a planned upgrade to Android v6.0 (Marshmallow).
Moving on, meet the Huawei Mate 8. The smartphones has a 6 inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 1080p x 1920p resolution, 78.0% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The phone has a smooth metal finish and is extremely light to hold.
The Huawei Mate 8 comes with Emotion UI 4.0, Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset and Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53 CPU.
The front camera in the Huawei Mate 8 is 8 MP with 1080p recording, produces clear and crisp selfies.
Here you can see the 16MP primary camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. Also at the back is the fingerprint sensor.
The right side of the device houses the volume buttons and the lock button.
At the top, the Huawei Mate 8 is the headphone jack.
The Huawei logo is spotted at the bottom of the device. Other features of the Huawei Mate 8 include- Dual-SIM slots, Micros SD slot (uses SIM2) expandable upto 128GB along with a 4000 mAh Li-Po battery. The phone is available in Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray and Mocha Brown.
Here’s a look at some of the other Huawei products yet to be launched in India. In this picture, you can see the Huawei Watch powered by Android Wear OS. The watch is made of stainless steel and is dust and water resistant.
The Huawei Watch has a variety of watch faces, this one being the simplest. The display is 1.4 inches with an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It has a Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 chipset and is WiFi enabled.
Also spotted was the Huawei Circular Message band. It is also called the Talkband 1 in some countries but at the Huawei HQ the band was called Circular Message. We’ll know more about the band once Huawei unveils it in India.
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