Huawei Y7 quietly takes its place at Huawei’s budget smartphone table

The Huawei Y7 is the latest device in the Chinese company’s budget Y smartphone series to be launched.

The device quietly went official a few days ago and Huawei is expected to avail it in various markets in Europe as well as emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Kenya is a likely stopover for the device in coming months.

Huawei Y7

The Huawei Y7 packs a 5.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 12-megapixel camera at the back complimented by an 8-megapixel shooter on the front, 4G LTE network access capability and a beefy 4,000mAh battery.

It is the first member of the Y series to ship with Android 7.0, Nougat, which has Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 (like that on the flagship P10 smartphone) layered on top. In that regard, it joins the Huawei GR3 2017 which just started selling in Kenya the other day. Since the GR3 runs EMUI 5.0, buyers of the Y7 will be getting some added bragging rights.

Anyone who keenly follows Huawei will quickly note that the Y7 is simply another name for the Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus which was launched last month, packs similar specs and features a similar design, a trend the company has taken with the G(R) series where devices are exact replicas of others made by its Honor sub-brand.

The Huawei Y7’s unveiling brings to 3 the number of budget smartphones in the Y series that Huawei has launched in a span of 45 days. In early April, the company debuted the Huawei Y5 2017, an entry-level smartphone whose hero feature is its long battery life. Just a week ago, the company launched the Huawei Y3 2017, another entry-level smartphone that shamelessly ships with 1GB memory despite having “2017” in its name. The Huawei Y7, like its name suggests, is the senior-most of the trio.

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The device, which Huawei says is “bigger, bolder and better”, comes in a choice of three colours: Grey, Prestige Gold and Silver.

Emmanuel Chenze

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