Huawei's subsidiary mobile division, honor, has had a lot to shout about to the world of late. Since the launch of the honor 6, both the progression and advancement of its devices have been on par with many of today's high-end flagships. To that end, its new flagship, the honor 7, is packed with all sorts of physical features, and we get to see what's been added since the last flagship.
If you've ever played with the honor 6, you'll first notice that visually, the honor 7's body isn't made out of glass. Instead, it's taken a cue from Huawei's own P8 flagship and has a body completely constructed from machine- cut aluminum, and that alone makes the phone feel completely solid. That being said, its solid frame and body actually makes the honor 7 significantly heavier than the honor 6 (despite it being only a measly 27g difference).
The increase in weight, as you would've guessed, comes from the additional bells and whistles, some of which the phone has borrowed from some of Huawei's flagship devices. They include a new Smart Key that's attached to the left side of the phone, a fingerprint sensor fitted at the back of the phone, and both a new 20MP rear camera sensor, and an 8MP sensor for the front-facing camera.
The Smart Key is actually a clever little feature provided by Huawei. Depending on the functions you assign to it, you can tap the button once, tap it twice, or press-and-hold to make it perform the desired functions. In our case, we set it to turn on the flashlight on one tap, the camera on two taps, and left its default pressand-hold function to simply activating Google Now.
On the subject of its rear camera: you'd think that having a 20MP sensor (coupled with the phone's own image capturing technology) would allow the phone to take sharper and better pictures, but that wasn't the case. Don't get us wrong, the pictures captured weren't unusable, but the images tend to exhibit some sort of faint discoloration.
With the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Honor 7, we don't have to elaborate that it's obvious that privacy on the phone has been given an additional layer of security. It's a nice touch, considering that almost all current and future flagship smartphones are already making this a norm.
On our synthetic benchmark tests, the honor 7 scored a 326 and 9,537 on 3DMark's Sling Shot and Ice Storm Unlimited benchmarks, 51,806 on AnTuTu (64-bit test), 14,186 on Quadrant, and 4,557 on the PCMark benchmark. On Epic Citadel, the phone maintained an average framerate of 32 fps throughout on Ultra High Quality, and games like Fallout Shelter and Monument Valley ran lag-free on it.
The Smart Key allows you to map up to three functions to this button.