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Huawei Y7 Prime Hands-on Review (Honor Holly 4 Plus)

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What can we get out of a US$ 200 smartphone nowadays? The Huawei Y7 Prime aims to answer that question.

You know the drill for this: Let’s first take a look at the physique of the handset.

The front has a 5.5-inch IPS display

Budget devices are yet to have near-borderless displays

On the left is the hybrid card slot

Need to choose between a microSD or a second SIM card

While on the right are the power and volume buttons

They’re pretty tactile

We still have the 3.5mm port on top

The small pinhole is for the noise-canceling microphone

This budget phone has a micro-USB port

Symmetrical speaker grilles but not stereo

The back looks clean and neat!

But the metal backplate is quite difficult to wipe clean

Even the Huawei logo is very subtle

A large 4000mAh battery is beneath that plate, too

EMUI 5.1 runs the show

Based on Android Nougat!

Simple yet effective design

The Y7 Prime sits on top our favorite budget Huawei device, the GR3 2017, based on pricing. But on paper and in design, it kinda feels like a step down. But, perhaps the GR3 2017 was just an amazing deal in its range. No worries, the Y7 Prime has a bigger 5.5-inch display (resolution is just 720p, though) and a more premium metal body.

Its design, as already mentioned, is clean and modest. There’s nothing really special about it, but while I was using the phone, it’s understated looks grew on me. It also feels really solid in my hand, and that’s a big check mark

A Huawei with a Snapdragon

Like Samsung, Huawei makes their own processors called Kirin. Their home-baked processors power the company’s latest flagship and even midrange phones. The Y7 Prime, however, has a Snapdragon 435 processor which has Adreno 505 graphics on board. For those who want an efficient and reliable processor on their mobile phones, the Y7 Prime will be one of your options.

With EMUI 5.1 and Android Nougat at the helm of user experience, I encountered no hiccups during my time with the phone. Despite being a heavy skin on top of Android, EMUI brings a number of improvements and enhancements; and since we have a Snapdragon processor, gaming is not an issue here, either. Our favorite title Asphalt Extreme was set to high settings by default and ran smoothly. More intensive games have to be set in medium or even low settings though for smoother gameplay.

Camera is fairly decent

For photography, the phone has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. In this range, there’s not much to expect from these basic shooters but they are able to take okay everyday photos. Check them out:

I had trouble focusing on my subjects using the tap-to-focus feature most of the time, so it’s best to let the camera automatically focus on its chosen subject. It’s a minor bug that could (and should!) be addressed by an over-the-air update. Beauty mode is available if you want to look fresher in your selfies but, personally, I am not that pleased with the output of my “beauty shot.”

Is this your GadgetMatch?

I gotta admit, when compared to the GR3 2017, the Y7 Prime falls short. The former has a sharper display, slightly faster processor, and a more attractive design, while the latter gets a bigger display, metal body, and longer-lasting battery. If you value the looks of your phone and its overall package, the GR3 2017 is still a good option, but if you consider yourself a power user, the Y7 Prime can keep up.

There’s not much to expect from devices in this price bracket, but hopefully next year, the near-borderless trend will be available to more market segments. For now, we have bezels for budget phones. If you have more cash to spend, you should check Huawei’s better offering, the Nova 2i.

The Huawei Y7 Prime retails for PhP 9,990 in the Philippines and it’s also known as the Honor Holly 4 Plus in India with a slightly pricier tag of INR 13,999.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review (Honor 9i)

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Gold: Unboxing and Hands-on

How “gold” smartphones should look like

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Last year, the new gold colorway of the iPhone 12 Pro series got so popular that our gold iPhone 12 Pro unboxing made rounds online and even appeared on YouTube’s trending list.

This year, it might still be someone’s desire — the classic gold slab you’ve been wanting to own.

Lo and behold! Here’s the unboxing and hands-on of the Gold iPhone 13 Pro you don’t want to miss out!

Enjoy that gold goodness now that we’re uploading in 4K.

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