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Huawei Y7 (2017) Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Mark Riege), 09/22/2017

Convincing. The Huawei Y7 aims to convince its buyers with a metal case, a strong processor, and a large battery. While these assets are good, the competition in the 200-Euro price range (~$238) is strong. You can find out in our test how the Huawei Y7 fares.

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Huawei Y7

For the original German review, see here.

The Huawei Y7 is the latest addition to Huawei's affordable Y series. Since the manufacturer recently stated that it would not produce any more budget smartphones in the future, it might also be the last. But perhaps this refers to even more affordable smartphones, since the Huawei Y7 costs almost 200 Euros (~$238; starting from $210 in the US) after all. For that, you get a quite large battery, a metal case, and a 5.5-inch display with the Y7.

The smaller sibling, the Huawei Y6, was able to convince us in the test. Now we ask if the Y7 is a close relative that just turned out a little larger, or whether there are clear differences. We want to find out in the test. We also compare the Huawei Y7 with similarly large-sized and priced smartphones, such as the LG X power2, the Motorola Moto E4 Plus, and the Sony Xperia L1. As a slightly more expensive competitor, we have also added the Samsung Galaxy J7.

Huawei Y7 (Y Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 153.6 x 76.4 ( = 0.33 x 6.05 x 3.01 in)
Battery
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​2.2, phase-comparison AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB charger, USB cable, Telephone Manager, HiCare, Health, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat.4 (150 MBit/s download, 50 MBit/s upload); SAR values: 0,79 W/kg (head), fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 64 g ( = 2.26 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The buyer must decide on the color: should it be the gray model with a black front, the one in the completely golden color, or perhaps the silver back with a white front as in our test unit. In any case, the non-removable back is made of metal and the edges are rounded. The Huawei Y7 fits into the hands very well. The bezels are very small on the right and left sides, and it has the classical wide edges above and below. At 165 grams (~5.8 oz), the Huawei Y7 is quite light, particularly considering the relatively large battery which, by the way, cannot be removed. 

Pressure on the front becomes easily visible in the liquid crystal, but pressure on the back does not affect the screen. While the device can be twisted minimally, it does not creak and seems very stable otherwise. The workmanship is very good, and the transitions between the front and back cannot be felt.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

With 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the Huawei Y7 is on the same level as its smaller sibling and also as the standard of most other smartphones in this price range. The user has 10 GB available for data and apps, since the operating system is also installed. Unlike the Huawei Y6, the optional microSD card shares a slot with the second SIM card, so that you have to decide between dual-SIM and microSD. The microSD allows installing apps. 

There is a regular micro-USB port at the bottom edge. A USB-C port is still rare in this price range, but the Xperia L1, for example, has one.

Right: volume rocker, standby key
Right: volume rocker, standby key
Left: SIM drawer
Left: SIM drawer
Top: 3.5-mm audio port, microphone
Top: 3.5-mm audio port, microphone
Bottom: microphone, USB port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, USB port, speaker

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Software

While Huawei has installed Android 7 on the Y7, unfortunately, it is not kept very up-to-date. The security patches are from April 2017, so they are already almost 6 months old at the time of our testing. Even though Huawei's EMUI user interface is installed on top, it does not make any significant changes in the basic Android structure, so that the user should quickly find their way.

There are several pre-installed apps, and Huawei includes a large tool set, from a flashlight and service apps up to a Health app. Unfortunately, there are also several Free2Play games and pre-installed advertising apps on the smartphone, which the users will have to uninstall if they do not like them. 

Huawei Y7 software
Huawei Y7 software
Huawei Y7 software

Communication and GPS

The Huawei Y7 offers WLAN according to the 802.11 b/g/n standards. More is rarely offered in this price class. Only the Samsung Galaxy J7, which is currently 60 Euros (~$71) more expensive, includes the faster 802.11-ac WLAN and can also access the less used 5-GHz band. If you compare the transfer rates in our standardized WLAN test, the Huawei Y7 is on the level of the price range. The times to load websites are also average, and the reception is fully present near the router. At a distance of 10 meters (~33 ft) and through three walls, the signal strength is still 3/4 and the websites load at the same speed as near the router.

In mobile networks, LTE Cat. 4 and with that a maximum of 150 MBit/s during download and 50 MBit/s during upload are supported. With six LTE bands, the Huawei Y7 also has average features when looking at the comparison devices. In Europe this should be sufficient, but in further away countries, it might be difficult to find an LTE network.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
251 MBit/s ∼100% +379%
Sony Xperia L1
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
92.2 MBit/s ∼37% +76%
Huawei Y7
Adreno 505, 435, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.4 MBit/s ∼21%
LG X power2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.7 MBit/s ∼18% -13%
Huawei Y6 2017
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
43.6 MBit/s ∼17% -17%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737, 16 GB eMMC Flash
42.1 MBit/s ∼17% -20%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
280 MBit/s ∼100% +453%
Sony Xperia L1
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
88.6 MBit/s ∼32% +75%
LG X power2
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
51.2 MBit/s ∼18% +1%
Huawei Y7
Adreno 505, 435, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.6 MBit/s ∼18%
Huawei Y6 2017
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
48.7 MBit/s ∼17% -4%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737, 16 GB eMMC Flash
46.8 MBit/s ∼17% -8%
GPS test, indoors
GPS test, indoors
GPS test, outdoors
GPS test, outdoors

While we cannot be located indoors, it takes quite long outdoors to achieve an accuracy of 6 meters (~20 ft).

For our practice test, we pack the Huawei Y7 together with the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation device into a backpack and take a bike ride with the mountain bike. The difference in the measured distance is only 40 meters (~131 ft), and the Y7 records our route really quite accurately. Even though we can clearly see that the Garmin Edge 500 has considerably more measuring points, for leisure time usage or even some more demanding tasks, you can use the Huawei Y7 for navigation.

GPS Garmin Edge 500 – overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – crossroads
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – crossroads
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – bridge
GPS Huawei Y7 – overview
GPS Huawei Y7 – overview
GPS Huawei Y7 – crossroads
GPS Huawei Y7 – crossroads
GPS Huawei Y7 – bridge
GPS Huawei Y7 – bridge

Telephone and Call Quality

Huawei has installed its own Telephone app, which is very similar to that of Android. There are various tabs for calls, contacts, and favorites. When you open the app, you first see the numbers last called and the keypad.

The call quality on our side is very good: our conversation partner sounds very clear through the ear piece and the voice can be quite loud if necessary. However, the microphone records our voice quite muffled, but at least it does not distort it and can record very loud as well as quiet voices precisely. Through the speaker phone, the voice of our conversation partner still sounds good, but not quite as full anymore. Here the microphone can easily begin to distort, especially if we talk too loud.

Cameras

Image taken by front camera
Image taken by front camera

With 12 Megapixels in the back and 8 Megapixel in front, the Huawei Y7 takes a slightly different path than most of the comparison devices and also the smaller Huawei Y6: there are slightly less Megapixels in the back, but the front camera has a higher resolution.

The front camera takes very bright pictures, which can become its downfall on a cloudy day, when bright areas quickly become too bright. But of course, this is an advantage in dark surroundings, even if you really have to watch out to avoid blurring the pictures. Otherwise the pictures taken with the front camera are quite sharp, and the color reproduction also appears fairly natural.

The main camera in the back takes decent pictures, even though the auto focus has some problems with our stuffed bunny, focusing on a sharp background instead. While bright areas become easily too bright, the color representation turned out well. However, in dark surroundings the camera does not brighten enough, but the images remain sharp and have relatively little noise. Videos can be recorded at 1080p and 30 FPS. Here the exposure reacts to the surroundings very quickly and correctly, colors appear natural, and the image is quite sharp.

Overall, the main camera does a good job, but the front camera is too light sensitive for outdoor recordings. However, selfies also turn out good in darker surroundings.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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We can confirm the good evaluation of the back camera in our lab test, where we take pictures under controlled light conditions. Although the color areas do not appear completely clean and are rather pale, those are rather details, and the image is reproduced very sharp.

Picture of reference card
Picture of reference card
Detail of reference card
Detail of reference card
ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.

Accessories and Warranty

Except for a charger, SIM tool and USB cable, there are no accessories in the box of the Huawei Y7. Huawei also does not currently offer any additional accessories in its shop.

Huawei offers 24 months of warranty on its devices.

Input Devices and Operation

Huawei has installed the SwiftKey app as the standard keyboard. It offers dozens of setting options and statistics, and you can also adjust it with themes. You can optionally display an Emoji key and also a separate number row, you can change the size of the on-screen keyboard in five steps, and much more. Swiping as well as voice input are supported. Google's GBoard is also installed, so it is a matter of taste which keyboard the user prefers. In addition, you can also install keyboard apps from the Google Play Store.

The menu keys are on-screen, and you can change their sequence and also optionally hide them. There is also an optional simple mode where only few apps are available. You can activate a single-handed mode as well as voice control for taking calls. Huawei has also integrated a glove mode, so that you can operate the smartphone with thin gloves in cold temperatures.

The physical keys are on the right side of the case. The standby key and the volume rocker can be easily felt and have a clear pressure point.

Keyboard, portrait
Keyboard, portrait
Keyboard, landscape
Keyboard, landscape

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 5.5-inch display of the Huawei Y7 has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. With that, the device is at the level of the price range. Full HD displays can be found mostly only one price class higher. At an average of 456 cd/m², the display brightness is good, and at 92% the brightness distribution is very even, so that even larger color areas are evenly illuminated.

451
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
436
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 476 cd/m² Average: 455.8 cd/m² Minimum: 3.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 467 cd/m²
Contrast: 1197:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.35
Huawei Y7
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
LG X power2
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Sony Xperia L1
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Huawei Y6 2017
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Screen
-10%
-21%
20%
-13%
21%
Brightness middle
467
425
-9%
237
-49%
454
-3%
479
3%
438
-6%
Brightness
456
425
-7%
237
-48%
463
2%
478
5%
432
-5%
Brightness Distribution
92
93
1%
92
0%
86
-7%
94
2%
90
-2%
Black Level *
0.39
0.37
5%
0.13
67%
0.58
-49%
0.13
67%
Contrast
1197
1149
-4%
1823
52%
826
-31%
3369
181%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.3
4.7
-9%
5.5
-28%
2
53%
4.5
-5%
4.8
-12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.8
8.3
-22%
12.7
-87%
5.3
22%
7.5
-10%
11.4
-68%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
4.6
-31%
6.1
-74%
1.7
51%
4.1
-17%
3.2
9%
Gamma
2.35 94%
2.17 101%
2.07 106%
2.1 105%
2.03 108%
2.23 99%
CCT
7273 89%
7445 87%
7943 82%
6394 102%
7139 91%
7090 92%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2315 Hz ≤ 14 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2315 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 14 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2315 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8931 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

At 0.39 cd/m2, the black value of the display is average. The resulting contrast ratio is 1197:1, which is not a bad value. However, the Huawei Y6 has shown that it can also be done much better. Colors do not appear particularly bright on the display, but are also not too pale. An optional blue filter lowers the amount of blue light of the display and is supposed to help you fall asleep. It can even be activated by the time of day. If it is turned off, you can also manually adjust the white balance, either using three preset steps or smoothly. Huawei uses pulse width modulation to darken the screen in low brightness settings, which means that the screen is simply turned on and off in very quick succession, so that the image appears darker to the human eye. In the Huawei Y7, this is done with a very high frequency, so that most people should not be able to notice this. 

We are also testing the display of the Y7 in the lab with the CalMAN software and the spectral photometer using the Standard and Warm white balance settings. In the Warm mode, the color display is indeed closer to the reference color space, and in the Standard Mode, there is a strong blue tint. However, in the Warm mode, the representation of the color space is very limited in the range of blue colors.

CalMAN color accuracy – Standard
CalMAN color accuracy – Standard
CalMAN color space – Standard
CalMAN color space – Standard
CalMAN grayscale – Standard
CalMAN grayscale – Standard
CalMAN saturation – Standard
CalMAN saturation – Standard
CalMAN color accuracy – Warm
CalMAN color accuracy – Warm
CalMAN color space – Warm
CalMAN color space – Warm
CalMAN grayscale – Warm
CalMAN grayscale – Warm
CalMAN saturation – Warm
CalMAN saturation – Warm

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.6 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
59.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30 ms rise
↘ 29.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

During cloudy days, you can easily use the Huawei Y7 outdoors. However, in bright sunlight, the very reflective display becomes an obstacle. The brightness sensor works well and finds the right setting quickly and reliably.

When viewing from the side, you can even notice with the naked eye, that the brightness diminishes quite a lot from particular viewing angles, even though you can still recognize the contents. Our camera recordings confirm this impression.

Outdoors – minimal brightness
Outdoors – minimal brightness
Outdoors – medium brightness
Outdoors – medium brightness
Outdoors – maximum brightness
Outdoors – maximum brightness
Outdoors – brightness sensor
Outdoors – brightness sensor
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 now used in the Huawei Y7 came on the market 18 months ago. This in itself is remarkable, because usually Huawei uses SoCs from its own in-house HiSilicon production. The built-in SoC has eight computing cores with a clock speed of up to 1.4 GHz each. With this, the Y7 is well equipped in its price range and even manages to pass the more expensive Samsung Galaxy J7 at times. Depending on the benchmark, the performance difference to the smaller Y6 and the other similarly priced devices is considerable. In everyday life, the navigation through the menu is very smooth and changing between apps is also very fast.

As the graphics solution, a Qualcomm Adreno 505 with a 450-MHz clock speed is used. According to the manufacturer, it is compatible with all the current graphics connections, which is important for the smartphone in order to be future-proof. The Huawei Y7 is also above the level of its class in terms of the graphics performance, reaching for example a 50% better performance compared to the Motorola Moto E4 Plus.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
43303 Points ∼17%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
30619 Points ∼12% -29%
LG X power2
38547 Points ∼15% -11%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
47339 Points ∼19% +9%
Sony Xperia L1
37495 Points ∼15% -13%
Huawei Y6 2017
40981 Points ∼16% -5%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
3928 Points ∼38%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
2768 Points ∼27% -30%
LG X power2
3191 Points ∼31% -19%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3722 Points ∼36% -5%
Sony Xperia L1
3237 Points ∼31% -18%
Huawei Y6 2017
3487 Points ∼34% -11%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
5365 Points ∼40%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3624 Points ∼27% -32%
LG X power2
4157 Points ∼31% -23%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
4920 Points ∼36% -8%
Sony Xperia L1
4285 Points ∼32% -20%
Huawei Y6 2017
4607 Points ∼34% -14%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
606 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
620 Points ∼30% +2%
LG X power2
601 Points ∼30% -1%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
10 Points ∼0% -98%
Sony Xperia L1
743 Points ∼37% +23%
Huawei Y6 2017
734 Points ∼36% +21%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
768 Points ∼3%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
208 Points ∼1% -73%
LG X power2
489 Points ∼2% -36%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
533 Points ∼2% -31%
Sony Xperia L1
386 Points ∼1% -50%
Huawei Y6 2017
386 Points ∼1% -50%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
686 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
591 Points ∼9% -14%
LG X power2
693 Points ∼11% +1%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1265 Points ∼20% +84%
Sony Xperia L1
798 Points ∼13% +16%
Huawei Y6 2017
1288 Points ∼20% +88%
System (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
1790 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
1086 Points ∼7% -39%
LG X power2
1758 Points ∼11% -2%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
2368 Points ∼14% +32%
Sony Xperia L1
1338 Points ∼8% -25%
Huawei Y6 2017
1354 Points ∼8% -24%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
869 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
536 Points ∼6% -38%
LG X power2
773 Points ∼9% -11%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
353 Points ∼4% -59%
Sony Xperia L1
744 Points ∼9% -14%
Huawei Y6 2017
839 Points ∼10% -3%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
2235 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
952 Points ∼2% -57%
LG X power2
1448 Points ∼3% -35%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
2371 Points ∼5% +6%
Sony Xperia L1
1241 Points ∼3% -44%
Huawei Y6 2017
1238 Points ∼3% -45%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
2866 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
1562 Points ∼4% -45%
LG X power2
2297 Points ∼6% -20%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3777 Points ∼10% +32%
Sony Xperia L1
1875 Points ∼5% -35%
Huawei Y6 2017
1903 Points ∼5% -34%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
645 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
556 Points ∼9% -14%
LG X power2
593 Points ∼9% -8%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
736 Points ∼12% +14%
Sony Xperia L1
674 Points ∼11% +4%
Huawei Y6 2017
680 Points ∼11% +5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
1340 Points ∼32%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
783 Points ∼19% -42%
LG X power2
1074 Points ∼25% -20%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1522 Points ∼36% +14%
Sony Xperia L1
968 Points ∼23% -28%
Huawei Y6 2017
971 Points ∼23% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
281 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
79 Points ∼1% -72%
LG X power2
254 Points ∼5% -10%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
199 Points ∼4% -29%
Sony Xperia L1
149 Points ∼3% -47%
Huawei Y6 2017
143 Points ∼3% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
341 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
99 Points ∼2% -71%
LG X power2
306 Points ∼6% -10%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
247 Points ∼5% -28%
Sony Xperia L1
184 Points ∼4% -46%
Huawei Y6 2017
176 Points ∼4% -48%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
1360 Points ∼32%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
753 Points ∼18% -45%
LG X power2
1053 Points ∼25% -23%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1535 Points ∼36% +13%
Sony Xperia L1
939 Points ∼22% -31%
Huawei Y6 2017
967 Points ∼23% -29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
533 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
133 Points ∼2% -75%
LG X power2
379 Points ∼5% -29%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
278 Points ∼3% -48%
Sony Xperia L1
238 Points ∼3% -55%
Huawei Y6 2017
221 Points ∼3% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
616 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
163 Points ∼3% -74%
LG X power2
442 Points ∼7% -28%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
340 Points ∼5% -45%
Sony Xperia L1
285 Points ∼4% -54%
Huawei Y6 2017
267 Points ∼4% -57%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
9345 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
8390 Points ∼11% -10%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
8390 Points ∼11% -10%
LG X power2
8213 Points ∼10% -12%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12955 Points ∼16% +39%
Sony Xperia L1
10767 Points ∼14% +15%
Huawei Y6 2017
11088 Points ∼14% +19%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
10152 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3183 Points ∼1% -69%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3183 Points ∼1% -69%
LG X power2
8140 Points ∼2% -20%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
7456 Points ∼1% -27%
Sony Xperia L1
6015 Points ∼1% -41%
Huawei Y6 2017
6184 Points ∼1% -39%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
9961 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3692 Points ∼2% -63%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3692 Points ∼2% -63%
LG X power2
8156 Points ∼4% -18%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
8318 Points ∼4% -16%
Sony Xperia L1
6669 Points ∼3% -33%
Huawei Y6 2017
6858 Points ∼3% -31%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
17 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
6 fps ∼0% -65%
LG X power2
13 fps ∼0% -24%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12 fps ∼0% -29%
Sony Xperia L1
11 fps ∼0% -35%
Huawei Y6 2017
11 fps ∼0% -35%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
24 fps ∼1%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
11 fps ∼0% -54%
LG X power2
22 fps ∼1% -8%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12 fps ∼0% -50%
Sony Xperia L1
19 fps ∼1% -21%
Huawei Y6 2017
17 fps ∼1% -29%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
7.5 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
2.2 fps ∼0% -71%
LG X power2
5.3 fps ∼0% -29%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
5.1 fps ∼0% -32%
Sony Xperia L1
4.1 fps ∼0% -45%
Huawei Y6 2017
3.9 fps ∼0% -48%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
16 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
4.8 fps ∼0% -70%
LG X power2
11 fps ∼0% -31%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
5.1 fps ∼0% -68%
Sony Xperia L1
8.8 fps ∼0% -45%
Huawei Y6 2017
8.1 fps ∼0% -49%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
2.3 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
1.4 fps ∼0% -39%
LG X power2
3.5 fps ∼0% +52%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3.3 fps ∼0% +43%
Sony Xperia L1
2.6 fps ∼0% +13%
Huawei Y6 2017
2.5 fps ∼0% +9%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
12 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
3.4 fps ∼0% -72%
LG X power2
8.6 fps ∼0% -28%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3.2 fps ∼0% -73%
Sony Xperia L1
6.3 fps ∼0% -47%
Huawei Y6 2017
6 fps ∼0% -50%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
2.7 fps ∼0%
LG X power2
1.9 fps ∼0% -30%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1.9 fps ∼0% -30%
Huawei Y6 2017
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
5.9 fps ∼0%
LG X power2
4.3 fps ∼0% -27%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1.9 fps ∼0% -68%
Huawei Y6 2017
fps ∼0% -100%

Legend

 
Huawei Y7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus Mediatek MT6737, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG X power2 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP1, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia L1 Mediatek MT6737T, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y6 2017 Mediatek MT6737T, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Even though the Huawei Y7 is also fast in the browser benchmarks, it is unable to pass the Samsung Galaxy J7. We can also confirm a comparatively fast web page rendering of the Y7 in practice, and the demanding HTML5 pinball game at letsplay.ouigo.com also runs quite smoothly.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
25.972 Points ∼100% +26%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
20.6 Points ∼79%
Huawei Y6 2017 (Chrome 60)
17.643 Points ∼68% -14%
Sony Xperia L1 (Chrome 59)
17.372 Points ∼67% -16%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
16.743 Points ∼64% -19%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus (Chrome 60)
14.55 Points ∼56% -29%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
4560 Points ∼100% +42%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
3209 Points ∼70%
Huawei Y6 2017 (Chrome 60)
3092 Points ∼68% -4%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
2712 Points ∼59% -15%
Sony Xperia L1 (Chrome 59)
2684 Points ∼59% -16%
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus (Chrome 60)
2273 Points ∼50% -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus (Chrome 60)
17405 ms * ∼100% -58%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
13762.8 ms * ∼79% -25%
Sony Xperia L1 (Chrome 59)
12506.5 ms * ∼72% -14%
Huawei Y6 2017 (Chrome 60)
12254.8 ms * ∼70% -11%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
11007 ms * ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
6820.9 ms * ∼39% +38%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
75 Points ∼100% +70%
Huawei Y6 2017 (Chrome 60)
65 Points ∼87% +48%
Sony Xperia L1 (Chrome 59)
60 Points ∼80% +36%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
55 Points ∼73% +25%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
44 Points ∼59%

* ... smaller is better

The Huawei Y7 is able to quickly access the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSD card which we use as a reference. Even though it does not begin to reach the maximum possible transfer rates, the Huawei Y7 is the smartphone with the highest read and write access speed in this price range.

When accessing the internal storage, it does not look as good, and the Huawei Y7 is very slow, particularly during sequential reads and writes. Subjectively, the load times of apps appear still acceptable to us.

Huawei Y7Lenovo Moto E4 PlusLG X power2Samsung Galaxy J7 2017Sony Xperia L1Huawei Y6 2017
AndroBench 3-5
51%
20%
20%
-21%
37%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
46.6
-26%
58.09 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-7%
63.86 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
26.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-58%
26.4
-58%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.48 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
66.3
-20%
76.59 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-7%
76.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-8%
37.81 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-54%
48.4
-41%
Random Write 4KB
6.9
29.4
326%
10.7
55%
10.54
53%
5.9
-14%
20.54
198%
Random Read 4KB
53.15
19.15
-64%
25.3
-52%
25.86
-51%
13.6
-74%
25.93
-51%
Sequential Write 256KB
33.2
42
27%
41.7
26%
52.98
60%
40.2
21%
66.88
101%
Sequential Read 256KB
119.4
194.4
63%
243.8
104%
198.47
66%
181.9
52%
202.55
70%

Games

Of course we also test the gaming capabilities of the Huawei Y7. With its strong graphics card compared to the rest of the price range, the Y7 has an advantage over the similarly priced other smartphones and can even display the graphically demanding "Asphalt 8" racing game smoothly in full detail. "Dead Trigger 2" also runs smoothly, and therefore, simpler games such as "Angry Birds" or "Super Mario Run" run without any stutters. 

Since the control via touchscreen and position sensor also works flawlessly and the graphics card supports many APIs, there should be no obstacles to enjoying your games.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps
 very low30 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

Under maximum load, we measure at most 40.7 °C (~105 °F). This is a noticeable warming, which normally is not uncomfortable. However, when you put your phone into your pants pocket in summer after having used it under load for a while, a lower temperature would be more comfortable, especially since the warming occurs in a large area in front. In idle mode, the bottom area in front warms also slightly, since apparently this is where the SoC is located.

With the Huawei Y7, we do not need to worry about the performance of the smartphone dropping after a prolonged load. We can observe the frame rates in each of the 30 runs of our benchmark with the GFXBench battery test. The frame rates remain constant even after the last time, so the performance capabilities remain the same. 

Max. Load
 39.2 °C
103 F
39.2 °C
103 F
39.9 °C
104 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
38.3 °C
101 F
40.7 °C
105 F
 
 38.7 °C
102 F
38.1 °C
101 F
38.5 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 40.7 °C = 105 F
Average: 39.1 °C = 102 F
33.6 °C
92 F
34.7 °C
94 F
36.2 °C
97 F
34.1 °C
93 F
34.6 °C
94 F
36.1 °C
97 F
34 °C
93 F
35.5 °C
96 F
35.8 °C
96 F
Maximum: 36.2 °C = 97 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.5 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.7 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap, front
Heatmap, front
Heatmap, back
Heatmap, back

Speaker

Speaker test Pink Noise
Speaker test Pink Noise

The small mono speaker is located at the bottom edge. While you cannot hear any bass, the mids and highs appear balanced, so that the sound is not uncomfortable. The slightly reduced maximum highs and the good deep mids contribute to this. The speaker can also become quite loud. There is a slight frequency drop in the mid highs in the Pink-Noise test, which is not audible though. 

Anyone demanding more can use external speakers or headphones, which can be connected via the 3.5-mm audio port or Bluetooth. Both connections work without any problems and produce a clean sound.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.92525.439.23125.332.74032.9275033.627.86331.628.88028.428.31002731.212520.8311602232.220021.337.825020.843.631521.249.440019.457.250019.561.663017.766.980017.971.7100017.873.3125017.375.9160017.475.6200016.776.9250017.276.2315018.270.5400017.969.2500017.676.6630017.775800017.875.51000017.976.31250018.170.71600018.260.6SPL3085.9N1.364.9median 17.9median 70.5Delta1.313.531.529.231.529.328.629.328.328.728.332.434.632.427.527.727.525.824.825.826.331.526.328.333.828.334.328.334.333.522.933.540.121.140.144.42044.448.42048.453.42253.459.922.959.965.519.365.566.918.366.971.818.371.872.517.972.57116.47172.516.572.573.216.773.271.216.271.273.216.173.27916.27979.816.179.871.116.171.165.616.165.66516654816.14885.829.985.862.11.462.1median 65.6median 17.9median 65.6122.812hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Y7Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
Huawei Y7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.9% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo Moto E4 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (Checkboxes selectable!)

Battery Life

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption, the Huawei Y7 is quite efficient. In turned-off mode, it hardly uses any power at all and during standby it is very little, so that you can leave the device lying around for longer without the battery getting discharged. Aside from the Samsung Galaxy J7 which has excellent power management, the comparison devices use considerably more power overall, while still being able to be better in some individual values. But the Huawei Y7 simply delivers quite low power consumption values in all performance scenarios. Together with the decent performance capabilities of the Huawei Y7, this is very gratifying. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.12 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.57 / 1.61 / 1.62 Watt
Load midlight 3.09 / 4.26 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Y7
4000 mAh
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
5000 mAh
LG X power2
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Sony Xperia L1
2620 mAh
Power Consumption
-17%
-33%
33%
-55%
Idle Minimum *
0.57
0.89
-56%
0.63
-11%
0.39
32%
0.89
-56%
Idle Average *
1.61
1.87
-16%
1.42
12%
1.06
34%
2.05
-27%
Idle Maximum *
1.62
1.98
-22%
1.47
9%
1.08
33%
2.18
-35%
Load Average *
3.09
3.04
2%
5.89
-91%
1.82
41%
6.02
-95%
Load Maximum *
4.26
4.01
6%
7.85
-84%
3.21
25%
6.94
-63%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The non-removable battery of the Huawei Y7 offers 4000 mAh or 15.2 Wh. There are devices that have an even larger battery, such as the LG X power2 or the Moto E4 Plus, but other than those, the 4000 mAh of the battery in the Huawei Y7 makes a point in this price range. 

Huawei achieves decent runtimes that are also much longer than those of the Huawei Y6. The device lasts for almost 12 hours in the WLAN test, but it does not reach the excellent runtimes of the LG X power2. However, it can still easily last for two work days, if the smartphone is not used continuously. Since a quick-charge function is lacking, charging the device takes about two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
31h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
13h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 42min
Huawei Y7
4000 mAh
Lenovo Moto E4 Plus
5000 mAh
LG X power2
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Sony Xperia L1
2620 mAh
Huawei Y6 2017
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
10%
32%
24%
-28%
-17%
Reader / Idle
1914
2720
42%
1950
2%
1398
-27%
1522
-20%
H.264
812
1226
51%
1096
35%
656
-19%
693
-15%
WiFi v1.3
716
788
10%
982
37%
904
26%
567
-21%
654
-9%
Load
402
384
-4%
525
31%
223
-45%
302
-25%

Pros

+ elegant, stable metal case
+ light weight
+ quite accurate GPS
+ good call quality on the user's side
+ mostly sharp camera images with accurate colors
+ bright display
+ high system performance
+ good battery life

Cons

- outdated security patches
- microphone of limited quality
- pictures by the front camera often too bright
- no fast-charging function

Verdict

In the test: Huawei Y7 (2017). Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.
In the test: Huawei Y7 (2017). Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.

With the Huawei Y7, the manufacturer has put together a compelling package. The images of the main camera are quite sharp and show a good color reproduction. You can also record decent videos with it. In particular, the Huawei Y7 is the choice for all fans of powerful smartphones, who do not want to spend more than 200 Euros (~$238). Thanks to the powerful SoC, it outperforms the other similarly priced and even slightly more expensive devices in terms of computing power. Since the operation also works well, the case fits into the hand well, the battery lasts long, and the voice quality is convincing at least on the side of the user, you can be pleased with a successful overall package.

The Huawei Y7 convinces with mostly sharp and good color camera images, a solid metal case, a long battery life, and a good performance for its price range. It is worth a recommendation, even if there are some details that slightly mar the overall impression.

So what reason is there to hesitate? There is the microphone which does not offer a good performance, the front camera which takes pictures outdoors that are too bright, and you should also consider the outdated security patches of the software. Yet, the Huawei Y7 still offers a very good price-performance ratio for currently 200 Euros (~$238).

Huawei Y7 - 09/15/2017 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 86%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
32 / 60 → 54%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
86%
Games Performance
19 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
40 / 70 → 56%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 61%
Camera
68%
Average
70%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2017-09-22 (Update: 2018-05-15)