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
On the left is the hybrid card slot
While on the right are the power and volume buttons
We still have the 3.5mm port on top
This budget phone has a micro-USB port
The back looks clean and neat!
Even the Huawei logo is very subtle
EMUI 5.1 runs the show
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.
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Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10
Hands-on with all three versions!
Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).
Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!
In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!
Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On
Does it live up to the hype?
Infinity-O Display, five cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, next-generation wireless charging: these four features define Samsung’s new Galaxy S10.
When you take its features apart like this, it makes it seem like what we have is yet another underwhelming phone with no new groundbreaking feature. But to look at the S10 that way does the phone an injustice. It’s one that needs to be taken as a whole, not a sum of its parts.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything
A decade of Galaxy S phones
Samsung‘s latest installment of flagship phones is now official. Instead of just two phones though, we were immediately given three choices. Interesting move, but can they keep Samsung on top of all the great Android phones in the market?
As mentioned, there are three Galaxy S10 phones: the regular Galaxy S10, the bigger and better Galaxy S10+, and the supposedly budget-friendly Galaxy S10E.
Without further ado, let’s dive into our hands-on the Galaxy S10 series.
Nothing new, just polished
The Galaxy S10 series is a testament to Samsung’s leadership in Android phones for almost a decade, despite the decline. How so? Everything there’s to want in a smartphone in 2019 is present here, with some reservations for the Galaxy S10E, of course.
The first thing you’ll appreciate about the Galaxy S10 phones is their displays. All three models come in different sizes. The display of the Galaxy S10E is the smallest at 5.8 inches followed by the regular version with a 6.1-inch screen. The Galaxy S10+, being the Plus variant, has the biggest at 6.4 inches.
All three phones still use vibrant and splendid Super AMOLED panels. Samsung likes to call them Infinity-O because they have O-shaped holes to house one or two front cameras. The displays are also slightly taller than before and have slimmer bezels all around.
Aside from the screen sizes, what are the differences between the three? The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ share a lot in common. Both have curved displays, which is what you’d expect from top-of-the-line Samsung phones, but have squarish bodies like the Galaxy Note 9’s. They have a similar triple rear camera setup, but the Galaxy S10+ has an extra sensor in the front. The two also sport the fastest in-display fingerprint readers I have ever tested.
The Galaxy S10E, on the other hand, has to cut down some of the unimportant features to keep its price lower than its siblings. It doesn’t have a curved display and the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Instead, the fingerprint reader is built into the power button on the side. The smaller Galaxy S10E is also noticeably more rounded than its siblings.
What Samsung didn’t sacrifice on any of the Galaxy S10 phones is the quality craftsmanship. With a metal and glass body, no one will ever hold a Galaxy S10 (any of the three) and call it cheap.
Beauty matched with power
Enough about the looks; let’s now talk about specs. As always, newly released flagship phones get the best processor available. In the case of the Galaxy S10 family, it’s rocking either a Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm or Samsung’s very own Exynos 9820, depending on the region.
The difference between the two chipsets are quite intriguing, but end users won’t feel the difference in daily use. The Snapdragon 855’s 7nm process has a slight edge over the Exynos 9820’s 8nm, but both are capable octa-core chips with dedicated AI brains.
With a minimum of 6GB memory, no member of the Galaxy S10 family is a slouch. If you want, you can have the limited edition Galaxy S10+ with an insane 12GB of memory and 1TB of storage. If you get that, you’ll have a phone that has more memory and storage space than most laptops today.
When it comes to battery, the Galaxy S10E has the lowest capacity at 3100mAh. In the middle is the Galaxy S10’s modest 3400mAh, and of course, the Galaxy S10+ is blessed with a huge 4100mAh battery. The phones support fast charging through wired and wireless means, but Samsung is also introducing Wireless PowerShare, which is essentially reverse wireless charging similar to what the Mate 20 Pro can do.
Samsung’s new One UI is pre-loaded out of the box. It’s already based on the latest Android 9 Pie version. This means you’ll get to experience Samsung’s newest take on Android with its own customization.
Three cameras are better than two?
Apart from having three Galaxy S10 models, Samsung also put in three rear cameras on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. Samsung calls this “True Vision Multi-Camera,” which is a mouthful but you don’t have to call them that. Basically, the triple camera setup has all the mobile shooters you’ll need.
The Galaxy S10 has a main camera sensor, an ultra wide shooter, and a 2x telephoto lens. The main sensor is a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual aperture mode (f/1.5 to f/2.4). The fun-to-use ultra wide-angle shooter uses a 16-megapixel sensor with a fixed-focus lens, while the telephoto camera has a 12-megapixel sensor and OIS as well.
Aside from the hardware, Samsung also bumped up the software side of things. Thanks to improved AI capabilities, the Galaxy S10 can now recognize up to 30 scenes and can even automatically help you compose the perfect shot.
Check out these samples using the phone’s main camera:
Since the Galaxy S10 phones are equipped with multiple shooters, they’re fun to use. Each scenario calls for a different camera, so it’s nice to have both wide-angle and telephoto cameras. Here’s how each camera takes a photo from the same distance:
Keep in mind that the Galaxy S10E has just two rear cameras. It can only shoot a normal and ultra-wide photo, but the megapixel count and image quality remain the same as with its more expensive siblings.
As for selfies, the Galaxy S10+ has a slight advantage with its depth sensor for Live Focus, although all three phones can shoot portrait selfies anyway. Like with most phones, there’s a built-in beauty mode to liven up your selfies.
Let’s not forget about the improved AR Emoji. It’s still subpar when compared to Apple’s Animoji for iPhones, but it can at least detect if your tongue is sticking out this time. There’s also the option to superimpose over your face like Memoji.
Which is your GadgetMatch?
Which of the three Galaxy S10 phones is your GadgetMatch? While I wanted to have more time with the phones to give an elaborate conclusion, I have a general idea on where each one fits.
The Galaxy S10E, which is the cheapest among the bunch, would be best for people who like to have the best specs but in a smaller package. Much like the compact versions of Sony Xperia phones, the Galaxy S10E offers just about everything its bigger siblings offer in a pocket-friendly size.
The regular Galaxy S10 is ideal for the general population with its perfect balance, while the Galaxy S10+ is for those who want (and need) all the features a modern smartphone can offer. Also, the Galaxy S10+ is similar to the Galaxy Note, but without the S Pen.
I wish Samsung had given the prices for each phone while I’m writing this to give a better perspective. After all, the pricing will be a big factor. To be honest, there’s nothing uber-special about the Galaxy S10 family. We already saw most, if not all, features on other devices. Samsung will be selling these phones because they are reliable and trustworthy — not because they are revolutionary.
Samsung wasn’t able to create “the next big thing” here, maybe because we have reached the limit of candy bar-style phones. It’s time to move on to foldable devices, which is something Samsung is also working on. That for sure will be revolutionary; for now, we’ll just stick to what we have.
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