The Huawei Y7 (2018) occupies the competitive terrain of entry-level. If it is correct almost everywhere, it is the witness of the stagnation of smartphones in this segment and, above all, that Xiaomi hit hard with his Redmi Note 5.

PRESENTATION

The Huawei Y series is the entry-level Chinese manufacturer. The Y7 (2018) is the most posh representative for the moment on the French market. Positioned at € 199, the terminal intends to bring a maximum of assets for a floor price. Only, the biggest thorn in Huawei’s foot is without a doubt his compatriot Xiaomi. His Redmi Note 5 marked a real step in the world of smartphones to less than 200 €. So far, all his competitors have broken their teeth in the face of his solid performance.

ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN

Huawei continues to increase its range to 18: 9 screen ratio. The relationship of this Y7 (2018) with the Honor 7C is quite obvious. At the front, the 5.99-inch screen occupies 76.6% of the surface. A satisfactory occupancy rate, which does not allow for one-handed use. It must be said that this possibility seems a distant memory for the smartphone market.

The finishes of the Huawei Y7 are excellent. It sports a shiny back of the most beautiful effect out of the box, but quickly invaded by fingerprints. This smartphone is still elegant overall and proves that the design is truly an issue, even on the entry level. Light curvatures on the back provide a good hold in hand.

We can blame the locking and volume control keys their positioning a little high on the right edge. Unless you have a very long thumb, you will often have to do a little gymnastics to reach them. The fingerprint reader is, however, well placed to use the tip of the index.

Like almost all smartphones under 200 €, the Y7 does not benefit from any waterproofing certification. Too bad that Huawei has not jumped the pace of the USB-C and remains attached to the micro-USB. Finally, we can welcome the fact that this terminal offers two nano-SIM ports in addition to a microSD port. No need to sacrifice a second line for the benefit of memory expansion.

SCREEN

No surprise for the screen of the Y7 (2018). This is an LCD panel that is chosen, displaying 1440 x 720 px on a diagonal of 5.99 inches (15.21 cm). The resolution of 268 dpi is sufficient for common uses, although there is a limit for lengthy reading sessions. The contrast ratio of this screen does not exceed 1014: 1, an average value for the technology used. The brightness rises to 429 cd / m², while the light reflection rate is 17%. These values ​​reflect a certain difficulty in effectively combating reflections in direct sunlight. The brightness of the screen can go down to 6 cd / m², which remains an honest result for consulting the smartphone in complete darkness.
MATCHING

The colorimeter of the Y7 (2018) display also shows weaknesses. We measured a delta E at 4.7, which, without being catastrophic, is still far from the bar of 3 under which we consider the colors as right. By default, the color temperature is 8300 K. This makes it easy to perceive a bluish drift in light gray tones. Fortunately, it is possible to improve this through the settings. By choosing to place the cursor on “hot”, we manage to go down to 6614 K, much closer to the 6500 K expected.

Finally, the Huawei Y7 remains average in terms of responsiveness. We found a remanence at 18 ms and a touch delay of 110 ms.

PERFORMANCE

The Huawei Y7 (2018) is equipped with a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 8 cores ARM Cortex-A53. It is supported by 2 GB, which allows to run correctly Android. Overall, the experience is good as long as we do not try to launch applications too greedy. Otherwise, the slowdowns can be felt. The launch of applications is not swifter.

For the video game, the Adreno 505 chip provides an average job. She is comfortable with light titles, but much less with demanding 3D games. It must then often lower the level of graphics to maintain good playability.

AUDIO

Like many smartphones of the brand, the Huawei Y7 (2018) offers a medium headphone output. The output level is a bit fair for gourmet headsets, but the distortion has the merit of being discreet. If the width of the dynamic range delivered is admirable, the stereo rendering is much more disappointing.

As often, there is a single speaker on the lower edge of the terminal. And as too often, the result is mediocre. The power is not at the rendezvous, the precision either. We can settle for this HP for calls, but not much more.

PHOTO

Photo side, the Y7 remains in the simplicity. No double module or fantasy, only a 13 MP sensor sits at the back of the smartphone. In broad daylight, the shots obtained are just acceptable. The level of detail is amputated by a pronounced smoothing. As long as we zoom in slightly in the image, we quickly realize the poverty of the details. The tripping speed is satisfactory overall, but it does not always compensate for the lack of stabilization for moving subjects.

PHOTO
Photo side, the Y7 remains in the simplicity. No double module or fantasy, only a 13 MP sensor sits at the back of the smartphone. In broad daylight, the shots obtained are just acceptable. The level of detail is amputated by a pronounced smoothing. As long as we zoom in slightly in the image, we quickly realize the poverty of the details. The tripping speed is satisfactory overall, but it does not always compensate for the lack of stabilization for moving subjects.

The low light is an environment in which the Huawei Y7 does not see much. Despite a 1/10 s trigger and a rise to 2700 ISO, the images are clearly underexposed. He barely discerns the shapes of the objects in our scene. It is very insufficient and especially far from what offers a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

If it can record videos in Full HD, the Huawei Y7 is more comfortable staying on HD 720p. In daylight, the Y7 manages to provide correct images, despite some lags visible during tracking shots. At night, it will be better to do without his services.

At the front, the selfies are provided by an 8 MP sensor. Like many entry-level smartphones, the Huawei Y7 has a strong tendency to smooth the faces. There is also a certain propensity for overexposure.

AUTONOMY

Smartphones with modest configurations often catch up with good autonomies. This is indeed a highlight of the Huawei Y7. The latter held 14:53 on our SmartViser test protocol. A good score, certainly, but that leaves behind a Honor 7C (16h41) and a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (21h27). In practice, the Y7 (2018) can hold 2 days in case of moderate use. More sustained use will require recharging after just over a day.

CONCLUSION

The Y7 (2018) arrives on the market without making big promises, except that of offering a 18: 9 screen at less than 200 €. Unfortunately for Huawei, his compatriot Xiaomi has somewhat bent the game in this price range with his Redmi Note 5.