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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.”

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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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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet

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It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-On

Unpacked features just for you

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2020 is a year where Samsung is taking a leap of faith by getting out of its comfort zone. The Galaxy S20 may look like last year’s Galaxy S10, but it offers double the power and features than its predecessor.

But does that mean the prices also doubled? Find out more by watching the video above or through this link if you can’t access it.

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PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride

A limited-edition offering that gives back

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Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.

What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.

It has a straightforward design

Red and blue stripes signify colors from the Philippine flag

Three stars and a sun on each earcup

Can’t get any more Filipino than this

Solid build quality

Headband has a good flex to it

Clasps comfortably on the head

Doesn’t come off easily

Comfortable ear cups

Earmuffs are made of memory foam

What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.

Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.

It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.

All-around performer

When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.

Active Noise Cancellation option

One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.

Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.

Micro-USB port for charging

The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.

Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.

Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches, Urban Gadgets, and The Listening Room. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.

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