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Huawei Y7 2018 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Alex Alderson), 06/03/2018

Young and affordable. The Huawei Y7 2018 is a phablet with a 5.99-inch display. As the newest member of the Y series, the Y7 2018 has the job of upholding the ethos of being cheap with few compromises over features or camera hardware. Find out in this review whether the Huawei Y7 2018 succeeds in upholding the character of the predecessors.

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Huawei Y7 2018

There were reports that Huawei had written off its Y series, aimed at younger smartphone users, in favor of larger profit margins associated with premium devices. Y series devices have historically been good value for money, so we are pleased to see another generation of devices come to market with the promise of solid performance at an affordable price. The Y7 2018 is the largest and most expensive Y series device of those released this year. Other countries like Thailand have the Y9 2018, but this is not available in Germany. The 199-Euro price (~$234) puts the Y7 2018 squarely in the lower mid-range class of smartphones. The Y7 2018 has a modern 2:1 aspect ratio, decent features and reasonable cameras that should make the smartphone popular with potential buyers.

We will be comparing the Y7 2018 with its predecessor, the Huawei Y7 (2017) and other affordable, large smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, the Ulefone Power 3 and the Oukitel U18.

Huawei Y7 2018 (Y Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.99 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD card up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Compass, Ambient Light sensor, Fingerprint sensor, USB OTG, FM Radio
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, 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): 7.8 x 158.3 x 76.7 ( = 0.31 x 6.23 x 3.02 in)
Battery
11.4 Wh, 3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Contrast Autofocus (AF), LED flash, Videos up to 1080p at 30 FPS
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker on the underside of the device, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Charger, USB cable, SIM tool, Headphones, Designs, HiCare, Phone Clone, Game Suite, 24 Months Warranty, Bandwidth – Download/Upload: 150 Mbps / 50 Mbps (LTE); SAR value: 0.81 W/kg (Head), 1.16 W/kg (Body), fanless
Weight
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 49 g ( = 1.73 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
199 Euro

 

Metal cases are rare for lower mid-range smartphones, with plastic being the case material of choice. One exception to this is the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which has an entirely metal case. By contrast, the Y7 2018 has a plastic case with a matte back and is available in black, blue or gold. Huawei had not released the gold version in Europe at the time of writing.

The Y7 2018 feels light in the hand, weighing 155 g. This makes the Y7 2018 a light device for its class, particularly compared to our comparison devices. For instance, the Y7 2018 is 10 g lighter than its predecessor and 59 g lighter than the Oukitel U18. Huawei has squeezed in a 5.99-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio into a 158.3 mm x 76.7 mm frame that gives the Y7 2018 narrow bezels and modern looks. The Y7 2018 is 7.8 mm thick, making it thinner than all our comparison devices. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is our thinnest comparison device at 8.1 mm.

The back protects the smartphone well, preventing pressure passing through to the display. The plastic can be visibly depressed though. The liquid crystals distort when pressure is applied to the display itself, but only slightly. We could slightly twist the device, during which we noticed waves in the LCD. The case does not creak though. Subjectively, the Y7 2018 is sturdy for a lower mid-range smartphone.

Huawei applied a screen protector to our test device that is difficult to remove, just as the company did with the Y6 2018.

Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018
Huawei Y7 2018

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The Y7 2018 has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, the same volumes as last year’s model. The device supports microSD cards up to 256 GB, albeit only as external storage. This means that apps cannot be moved from internal to external memory. Positively, the Y7 2018 has dedicated slots for a microSD card and two nano-SIMs. Often devices have a hybrid second SIM slot, which accepts either a SIM card or a microSD card but not both simultaneously.

The Micro USB 2.0 port supports USB OTG.

Right-hand side: power button, volume rocker
Right-hand side: power button, volume rocker
Left-hand side: dual SIM & microSD-card tray
Left-hand side: dual SIM & microSD-card tray
Top: no connections
Top: no connections
Bottom: 3.5 mm jack, Micro USB port, speaker
Bottom: 3.5 mm jack, Micro USB port, speaker

Software

The Y7 2018 runs Android 8.0, on top of which Huawei has added its EMUI 8.0 skin. At the time of testing in mid-May, our test device came with Android security patch level February 1, 2018. Our test device received no update to a newer security patch during testing.

Huawei preinstalls the Y7 2018 with numerous apps. Some of these additional apps are useful, like the Tips or the Phone Clone app, the latter of which allows you to quickly transfer apps and data between your device and another. There is a Designs app too, which allows you to customize the UI. However, some are just advertising or free-to-play games. Fortunately, these can be uninstalled without issue.

Huawei Y7 2018: Default home screen
Huawei Y7 2018: Default home screen
Huawei Y7 2018: Google app
Huawei Y7 2018: Google app
Huawei Y7 2018: About Phone menu in Settings
Huawei Y7 2018: About Phone menu in Settings
Huawei Y7 2018: App list including Huawei preinstalled apps
Huawei Y7 2018: App list including Huawei preinstalled apps

Communication & GPS

We expect at least IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and 5 GHz Wi-Fi at this price range, but the Y7 2018 falls short and lacks 5 GHz support. This results in a poor showing with our standardized Wi-Fi speed tests using our reference Linksys EA8500 router. The Y7 2018 is noticeably slower than the Oukitel U18 and the Ulefone Power 3. While the U18 and Power 3 achieved practically 100 Mb/s, the Y7 2018 managed just over 50 Mb/s. Incidentally, the Y7 2018 is over 70% slower than the average for its class. The Y7 2018 scored between 5-11% better than its predecessor in these tests, which equates to only a maximum boost of 5 Mb/s.

Subjectively, websites load up hesitantly with our test device close to the router, particularly with pictures. Websites load just as fast when we tested the device around 10 meters away from the router. We conducted this test three walls away from the router, during which our test device varied between full and three-quarters signal strength.

The Y7 2018 supports six LTE frequencies, which is fewer than its predecessor. All Central European LTE bands are supported, but you could find yourself struggling with LTE coverage when travelling outside this area. Our test device has good network reception in a relatively built-up area. Our test device achieved around 10 Mb/s download and upload on E-Netz, a German carrier, and it worked with VoLTE.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 939, n=213)
200 MBit/s ∼100% +264%
Oukitel U18
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼56% +102%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
106 MBit/s ∼53% +93%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
55 MBit/s ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼27% -2%
Huawei Y7
Adreno 505, 435, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.4 MBit/s ∼26% -5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (46.8 - 703, n=213)
193 MBit/s ∼100% +239%
Oukitel U18
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
102 MBit/s ∼53% +79%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
99.1 MBit/s ∼51% +74%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56.9 MBit/s ∼29%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 MBit/s ∼29% -2%
Huawei Y7
Adreno 505, 435, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.6 MBit/s ∼26% -11%
GPS test: Inside
GPS test: Inside
GPS test: At a window
GPS test: At a window
GPS test: Outside
GPS test: Outside

Our test device can only locate us indoors when we are next to a window. GPS accuracy is much better outdoors though, with the GPS quickly locking on to an accuracy of three meters.

We took the Y7 2018 on a bicycle ride with a Garmin Edge 520 to compare our test device’s location accuracy against a professional navigation system. The Y7 2018 performed well against the Garmin, achieving 96.5% accuracy over the total distance covered. The Y7 2018 struggled with accurately tracking us across paths. It did much better when cycling across the bridge though and is able to even show on which side of the road we were cycling. Overall, we would recommend the Y7 2018 if you do not need the accuracy that a professional system would offer.

GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Small wooded area
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Small wooded area
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 – Overview
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 – Overview
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 – Small wooded area
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 – Small wooded area
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 - Bridge
GPS test: Huawei Y7 2018 - Bridge

Telephone Function & Call Quality

The Y7 2018 uses Huawei’s Phone app, which is functionally like the Google app found on other devices. The Huawei version can be used while holding the device horizontally like the Google version. One notable difference is that the keypad is displayed from the outset rather than having to click on the keypad icon to open it. Favorites and Contacts are organized into tabs and there is also support for blocking individual contacts if necessary.

The Y7 2018 captures voices well with little to no background noise depending on the environment. Our call partner could easily hear us when talking with the phone to our ear. Unfortunately, voices on the other end of the call sound noisy and unpleasant at high call volumes.

The same cannot be said for calling over loudspeaker though. The microphone barely picked up our voice even we spoke loudly. Our call partner sounded clear but not overly loud either.

Cameras

Example shot using the front-facing camera
Example shot using the front-facing camera

The Y7 2018 has the same rear-facing camera as its smaller sibling, the Y6 2018. The 13 MP camera has a single-color LED flash. By contrast, the Y7 (2017) has an f/2.2 12 MP camera. Comparable devices have dual-cameras or higher resolution single cameras. For example, the Ulefone Power 3 and the Oukitel U18 have dual-camera arrays, both of which have 16 MP & 5 MP sensors.

The rear-facing camera produces photos that are poorly lit and have a clear bluish tint. In comparison, photos taken by the OnePlus 5T are much warmer; the OnePlus 5T is considerably more expensive though. The Y7 2018 produces sharp shots though, which impressed us. Objects are usually captured with strong details and are appropriately sharpened. The camera struggles in low light though, particularly with details. Depending on the scenario, the camera sometimes even struggles to capture objects as the whole scene is just too dark.

The Y7 2018 has an 8 MP front-facing camera that often overexposes shots and captures objects in little detail.

Videos can be recorded at up to 1080p at 30 FPS. Colors look as cool in videos as they do in photos, while the autofocus is notably jumpy when it switches focus between objects.

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 tested the Y7 2018’s main camera under controlled lighting conditions in our laboratory. Shots taken in these conditions contain objects that look relatively washed-out. Images tended to have some pixelated areas of color, with the focus being okay at best. Color reproduction is slightly too pale, with white areas having a clear blue tint to them.

Photograph of our test chart
Photograph of our test chart
Test chart in detail
Test chart in detail
ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each patch
ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each patch

Accessories & Warranty

Our test device came with a charger, a USB cable, headphones and a SIM tool. Other official accessories are not currently visible on Huawei’s website.

The Y7 2018 comes with 24 months warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

SwiftKey is the default keyboard app and has many customizable options. Alternative keyboards are downloadable from the Google Play Store. We would recommend choosing a trusted provider as a keyboard can log all your inputs, including passwords.

Huawei has fitted a screen protector to our test device that we found hard to remove. While it protects the screen from scratches, it makes it harder to slide fingers across the display than when doing so across glass. This is particularly noticeable when interacting with the device at the edge of the display. We could feel the edge of the screen protector beneath our fingers. Overall, the touchscreen works well with the screen protector and remains precise. We prefer using the device without the protector on though.

Huawei installs its NaviDot software too, which can be used as an alternative to the standard Android menu layout.

If the standard method of operation is too complicated, then the Y7 2018 has an option to switch to a simple mode with larger buttons and limited functionality.

The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in landscape mode
The keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Y7 2018 has a 5.99-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio that results in a 1440x720 resolution. The Ulefone Power 3 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus both have far higher resolution displays at 2160x1080 each. Content on the Y7 2018 lacks the clarity that it has on the other two devices, in part because the lower resolution is stretched over a larger display.

We measured average maximum brightness at 365 cd/m², which reduced to 334 cd/m² with the brightness sensor activated. Neither of these values is especially bright, with the maximum average brightness being significantly lower than our comparison devices. We measured our test device as having 85% even brightness distribution. Equally, this is below those of most our comparison devices, particularly the Y7 (2017).

361
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 393 cd/m² Average: 364.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.44 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 334 cd/m²
Contrast: 1355:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.28 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
92.3% sRGB (Calman)
Gamma: 2.6
Huawei Y7 2018
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
Huawei Y7
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Oukitel U18
LCD IPS, 1512x720, 5.85
Ulefone Power 3
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Screen
8%
9%
-20%
8%
Brightness middle
393
467
19%
620
58%
565
44%
494
26%
Brightness
365
456
25%
612
68%
535
47%
485
33%
Brightness Distribution
85
92
8%
96
13%
83
-2%
87
2%
Black Level *
0.29
0.39
-34%
0.57
-97%
0.55
-90%
0.33
-14%
Contrast
1355
1197
-12%
1088
-20%
1027
-24%
1497
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.28
4.3
19%
3.46
34%
7.1
-34%
5.1
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9
6.8
24%
7.88
12%
13.7
-52%
9.9
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
3.5
17%
3.9
7%
6.2
-48%
3.5
17%
Gamma
2.6 92%
2.35 102%
2.073 116%
2.85 84%
2.16 111%
CCT
7086 92%
7273 89%
7230 90%
7153 91%
7253 90%

* ... 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 9091 Hz ≤ 15 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 9091 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 15 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 9091 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10570 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Our test device has a 0.29 cd/m² black value, which helps yield an impressive 1,355:1 contrast ratio. The Y7 2018 is stronger than practically all the competition in this regard. The display does use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate brightness, but we only noticed this at 15% and below brightness. We measured PWM at 9,091 Hz, which should be high enough so that even those who are PWM-sensitive should have no problems with the display.

We took a closer examination of the display using a spectrophotometer and CalMAN software. We quickly noticed a blue tint during the grayscale test. The Y7 2018 supports manual white balance and offers various presets. We tried out the “Warm” preset but this gives gray tones a green hue. Color deviations are slightly lower when using the “Warm” preset than with the default white balance. The deviations in “Warm” put the Y7 2018 in the middle of our comparison devices. Overall, the display lacks sufficient color-space coverage for professional use. Adjusting the white balance manually can lead to a decent white balance that is good enough for private use.

CalMAN: Color accuracy - standard
CalMAN: Color accuracy - standard
CalMAN: Saturation – standard
CalMAN: Saturation – standard
CalMAN: Color space - standard
CalMAN: Color space - standard
CalMAN: Grayscale - standard
CalMAN: Grayscale - standard
CalMAN: Color accuracy - warm
CalMAN: Color accuracy - warm
CalMAN: Saturation – warm
CalMAN: Saturation – warm
CalMAN: Color space – warm
CalMAN: Color space – warm
CalMAN: Grayscale – warm
CalMAN: Grayscale – 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
22.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.7 ms).

The Y7 2018 is difficult to use outdoors thanks to its reflective display finish and its relatively low maximum brightness. We could hardly see anything on the display in bright light. Things were better when using the device in the shade, but other devices have a clear advantage in this regard.

Our test device has good viewing angles, but we noticed color and brightness shifts at acute angles.

Outside with adaptive brightness enabled.
Outside with adaptive brightness enabled.
Outside at maximum manual brightness.
Outside at maximum manual brightness.
Outside at medium brightness.
Outside at medium brightness.
Outside at minimum brightness.
Outside at minimum brightness.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

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The Y7 2018 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, an octa-core CPU that Qualcomm announced in late 2016. Each core is clocked at 1.4 GHz. In comparison, the Huawei Y6 2018 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC that has four cores, each of which is clocked at 1.4 GHz. Last year’s Y7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC. The difference between the Snapdragon 430 and 435 is the modem. The 430 is equipped with a Snapdragon X6 modem compared with the 435’s X9 modem. The X9 delivers up to twice the bandwidth of the X6.

The 430 and 435 have the same number of cores and the same clock speed though, and this is reflected in the benchmark results. The Y7 2018 marginally outperformed its predecessor, but not to the extent that could be noticed in real-world use. The Y7 2018 is on par with other Snapdragon 430 devices, but it cannot keep pace with the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. The Redmi 5 Plus offers greater performance for the same money.

Subjectively, the Y7 2018 performed smoothly in daily use. The only times when our test device lagged was when we had several apps running in the background or waking the device up after prolonged standby.

Graphics are handled by the Qualcomm Adreno 505. Graphics performance is fine for its class, but the Y7 2018 is outperformed by its predecessor in almost all benchmarks. The difference should not be noticeable in daily use, but it is odd to see the predecessor with better GPU performance than its successor.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
45687 Points ∼64%
Huawei Y7
43303 Points ∼61% -5%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
60490 Points ∼85% +32%
Ulefone Power 3
54201 Points ∼76% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (42798 - 47066, n=13)
44987 Points ∼63% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (23540 - 230421, n=308)
71420 Points ∼100% +56%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
59421 Points ∼53%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
76178 Points ∼67% +28%
Oukitel U18
54989 Points ∼49% -7%
Ulefone Power 3
54192 Points ∼48% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (44992 - 59421, n=6)
55448 Points ∼49% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (21088 - 266981, n=83)
112930 Points ∼100% +90%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
3874 Points ∼79%
Huawei Y7
3928 Points ∼80% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4905 Points ∼100% +27%
Oukitel U18
3358 Points ∼68% -13%
Ulefone Power 3
4770 Points ∼97% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3508 - 3874, n=11)
3685 Points ∼75% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (3159 - 8601, n=173)
4518 Points ∼92% +17%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
4918 Points ∼78%
Huawei Y7
5365 Points ∼85% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
5801 Points ∼91% +18%
Oukitel U18
4532 Points ∼71% -8%
Ulefone Power 3
6344 Points ∼100% +29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3347 - 5290, n=13)
4592 Points ∼72% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (1908 - 10264, n=337)
4698 Points ∼74% -4%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
673 Points ∼81%
Huawei Y7
606 Points ∼73% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
722 Points ∼87% +7%
Oukitel U18
698 Points ∼84% +4%
Ulefone Power 3
829 Points ∼100% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (10 - 866, n=13)
442 Points ∼53% -34%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1682, n=412)
674 Points ∼81% 0%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
739 Points ∼48%
Huawei Y7
768 Points ∼50% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1017 Points ∼67% +38%
Oukitel U18
640 Points ∼42% -13%
Ulefone Power 3
855 Points ∼56% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (715 - 788, n=13)
740 Points ∼49% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 9248, n=412)
1525 Points ∼100% +106%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
1144 Points ∼73%
Huawei Y7
686 Points ∼44% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
961 Points ∼61% -16%
Oukitel U18
798 Points ∼51% -30%
Ulefone Power 3
1566 Points ∼100% +37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (530 - 1144, n=13)
738 Points ∼47% -35%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 4423, n=412)
1114 Points ∼71% -3%
System (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
1906 Points ∼59%
Huawei Y7
1790 Points ∼55% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3236 Points ∼100% +70%
Oukitel U18
1838 Points ∼57% -4%
Ulefone Power 3
2906 Points ∼90% +52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1281 - 2154, n=13)
1695 Points ∼52% -11%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 10281, n=412)
2213 Points ∼68% +16%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
1020 Points ∼76%
Huawei Y7
869 Points ∼65% -15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1229 Points ∼92% +20%
Oukitel U18
899 Points ∼67% -12%
Ulefone Power 3
1340 Points ∼100% +31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (263 - 1020, n=13)
674 Points ∼50% -34%
Average of class Smartphone (1 - 4308, n=416)
1129 Points ∼84% +11%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
2133 Points ∼54%
Huawei Y7
2235 Points ∼56% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3316 Points ∼84% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1731 - 2224, n=8)
2017 Points ∼51% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (773 - 14362, n=110)
3968 Points ∼100% +86%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
2889 Points ∼67%
Huawei Y7
2866 Points ∼67% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4292 Points ∼100% +49%
Oukitel U18
2617 Points ∼61% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2270 - 2889, n=11)
2572 Points ∼60% -11%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 10558, n=155)
4084 Points ∼95% +41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
676 Points ∼55%
Huawei Y7
645 Points ∼53% -5%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
870 Points ∼71% +29%
Oukitel U18
608 Points ∼50% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (619 - 681, n=11)
654 Points ∼54% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (390 - 4265, n=156)
1221 Points ∼100% +81%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
1258 Points ∼62%
Huawei Y7
1340 Points ∼66% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2038 Points ∼100% +62%
Oukitel U18
1195 Points ∼59% -5%
Ulefone Power 3
1240 Points ∼61% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1034 - 1360, n=13)
1197 Points ∼59% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (531 - 3669, n=263)
1552 Points ∼76% +23%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
255 Points ∼23%
Huawei Y7
281 Points ∼26% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
379 Points ∼35% +49%
Oukitel U18
329 Points ∼30% +29%
Ulefone Power 3
54 Points ∼5% -79%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (240 - 271, n=13)
250 Points ∼23% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (53 - 5212, n=263)
1086 Points ∼100% +326%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
310 Points ∼30%
Huawei Y7
341 Points ∼33% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
463 Points ∼45% +49%
Oukitel U18
393 Points ∼38% +27%
Ulefone Power 3
69 Points ∼7% -78%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (290 - 330, n=13)
304 Points ∼29% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (68 - 4732, n=271)
1034 Points ∼100% +234%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
1280 Points ∼62%
Huawei Y7
1360 Points ∼66% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2058 Points ∼100% +61%
Oukitel U18
1219 Points ∼59% -5%
Ulefone Power 3
1237 Points ∼60% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1002 - 1339, n=13)
1197 Points ∼58% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (537 - 3642, n=292)
1446 Points ∼70% +13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
524 Points ∼36%
Huawei Y7
533 Points ∼37% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
732 Points ∼50% +40%
Oukitel U18
484 Points ∼33% -8%
Ulefone Power 3
57 Points ∼4% -89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (483 - 533, n=13)
507 Points ∼35% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (54 - 8252, n=292)
1452 Points ∼100% +177%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
603 Points ∼49%
Huawei Y7
616 Points ∼50% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
854 Points ∼69% +42%
Oukitel U18
559 Points ∼45% -7%
Ulefone Power 3
72 Points ∼6% -88%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (554 - 605, n=13)
581 Points ∼47% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (68 - 6378, n=300)
1242 Points ∼100% +106%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
9153 Points ∼59%
Huawei Y7
9345 Points ∼60% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
15593 Points ∼100% +70%
Oukitel U18
10143 Points ∼65% +11%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (8973 - 10364, n=12)
9183 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7733 - 36494, n=445)
12106 Points ∼78% +32%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
9713 Points ∼62%
Huawei Y7
10152 Points ∼65% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13219 Points ∼85% +36%
Oukitel U18
10100 Points ∼65% +4%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9602 - 10271, n=12)
9756 Points ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2396 - 113380, n=445)
15608 Points ∼100% +61%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
9583 Points ∼70%
Huawei Y7
9961 Points ∼73% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13682 Points ∼100% +43%
Oukitel U18
10117 Points ∼74% +6%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9457 - 9977, n=13)
9613 Points ∼70% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2841 - 64405, n=446)
13449 Points ∼98% +40%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
16 fps ∼59%
Huawei Y7
17 fps ∼63% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
23 fps ∼86% +44%
Oukitel U18
17 fps ∼63% +6%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (16 - 18, n=13)
16.5 fps ∼61% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (4.2 - 177, n=472)
26.9 fps ∼100% +68%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
27 fps ∼100%
Huawei Y7
24 fps ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
17 fps ∼63% -37%
Oukitel U18
25 fps ∼93% -7%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (14 - 27, n=13)
19.8 fps ∼73% -27%
Average of class Smartphone (7.5 - 120, n=475)
23.4 fps ∼87% -13%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
7.1 fps ∼49%
Huawei Y7
7.5 fps ∼52% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.9 fps ∼69% +39%
Oukitel U18
6.8 fps ∼47% -4%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (7.1 - 7.7, n=13)
7.19 fps ∼50% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (1.6 - 88.2, n=397)
14.4 fps ∼100% +103%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
14 fps ∼88%
Huawei Y7
16 fps ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.4 fps ∼59% -33%
Oukitel U18
13 fps ∼81% -7%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (6.6 - 15, n=13)
10.5 fps ∼66% -25%
Average of class Smartphone (4.4 - 115, n=399)
14.5 fps ∼91% +4%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
4.6 fps ∼36%
Huawei Y7
2.3 fps ∼18% -50%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.5 fps ∼51% +41%
Oukitel U18
4.6 fps ∼36% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.2 - 4.9, n=13)
4.24 fps ∼33% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (1.2 - 60, n=262)
12.8 fps ∼100% +178%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
10 fps ∼79%
Huawei Y7
12 fps ∼94% +20%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.2 fps ∼49% -38%
Oukitel U18
10 fps ∼79% 0%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (4.3 - 11, n=13)
7.29 fps ∼57% -27%
Average of class Smartphone (3.3 - 110, n=264)
12.7 fps ∼100% +27%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
2.6 fps ∼30%
Huawei Y7
2.7 fps ∼31% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.5 fps ∼40% +35%
Oukitel U18
2.4 fps ∼27% -8%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.5 - 2.7, n=13)
2.55 fps ∼29% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (0.9 - 35, n=194)
8.81 fps ∼100% +239%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7 2018
5.4 fps ∼68%
Huawei Y7
5.9 fps ∼74% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.4 fps ∼43% -37%
Oukitel U18
2.4 fps ∼30% -56%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.4 - 5.9, n=13)
3.9 fps ∼49% -28%
Average of class Smartphone (1.4 - 50, n=197)
7.92 fps ∼100% +47%

Legend

 
Huawei Y7 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel U18 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Power 3 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The Y7 2018 falls to the back third of our comparison devices in our browser benchmarks. While scrolling is usually smooth, we often had to wait for pictures to load irrespective of signal strength or Internet speeds.

Resource-hungry HTML5 sites like Google Interland are useable but sometimes a bit jerky.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 224, n=328)
34.6 Points ∼100% +94%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
23.097 Points ∼67% +29%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
22.91 Points ∼66% +28%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
20.6 Points ∼60% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (17.6 - 21.5, n=12)
19.4 Points ∼56% +9%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
18.33 Points ∼53% +3%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
17.86 Points ∼52%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 35255, n=464)
5016 Points ∼100% +49%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
4424 Points ∼88% +32%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
3377 Points ∼67% 0%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
3363 Points ∼67%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
3209 Points ∼64% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2604 - 3438, n=13)
3160 Points ∼63% -6%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
3155 Points ∼63% -6%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
23714.1 ms * ∼100% -75%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
14565.8 ms * ∼61% -8%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
13541 ms * ∼57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (10396 - 13730, n=13)
12275 ms * ∼52% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (718 - 59466, n=483)
11874 ms * ∼50% +12%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
11007 ms * ∼46% +19%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
10895 ms * ∼46% +20%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
112 Points ∼100% +37%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=230)
97.9 Points ∼87% +19%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
82 Points ∼73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (42 - 82, n=9)
60.4 Points ∼54% -26%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
44 Points ∼39% -46%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
43 Points ∼38% -48%

* ... smaller is better

The Y7 2018 performed well in our microSD card performance tests, finishing near the top of our comparison table. As usual, we tested the Y7 2018 with our reference microSD card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501.

It is a different story for internal memory performance though. While Huawei has made great strides compared to the Y7 2017’s internal memory performance, the Y7 2018 is still far behind most comparable devices.

Huawei Y7 2018Huawei Y7Xiaomi Redmi 5 PlusOukitel U18Ulefone Power 3Average 16 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
42%
5%
69%
-40%
-9%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.5
62.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
59.46
-3%
47.02 (Tosh-iba Exceria Pro M401)
-24%
71.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
17%
35.7 (8.29 - 64.3, n=92)
-42%
42.9 (8.29 - 87.1, n=242)
-30%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
85
82.48 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
84.38
-1%
71.52 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-16%
81.82 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
54.5 (13.5 - 87.7, n=92)
-36%
61.2 (13.5 - 96.5, n=242)
-28%
Random Write 4KB
9.5
6.9
-27%
7.1
-25%
12.96
36%
21.25
124%
7.08 (0.49 - 37.9, n=207)
-25%
13.2 (0.14 - 164, n=518)
39%
Random Read 4KB
38.8
53.15
37%
79.5
105%
28.7
-26%
61.38
58%
18.9 (2.49 - 61.7, n=207)
-51%
33.7 (1.59 - 173, n=518)
-13%
Sequential Write 256KB
71.5
33.2
-54%
194.5
172%
109.2
53%
214.88
201%
40.1 (8.74 - 97.6, n=207)
-44%
69 (2.99 - 216, n=518)
-3%
Sequential Read 256KB
256
119.4
-53%
270
5%
273.1
7%
294.58
15%
153 (9.66 - 284, n=207)
-40%
208 (12.1 - 832, n=518)
-19%

Games

While the Y7 2018 can play complex 3D games, frame rates fluctuate wildly, and 60 FPS gaming is not possible. Our test device achieved a maximum of 47 FPS in Shadow Fight 3, but this regularly dropped below 30 FPS. Meanwhile, Arena of Valor averaged 30 FPS but regularly dropped below that.

Overall, the Y7 2018 is more suitable to play simpler games like Angry Birds.

The touchscreen and positional sensor worked well throughout our tests.

Shadow Fight 3
Shadow Fight 3
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Shadow Fight 3
 SettingsValue
 high47 fps
 minimal47 fps
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Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min31 fps
 high HD30 fps
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Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

You should not expect any thermal throttling-related performance drops with the Y7 2018. Our test device performed consistently in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, which we set to loop for 30 runs.

The Y7 2018 runs relatively warm at idle, with surface temperatures averaging 32.2 °C on the front and 31.5 °C on the rear. These marginally increase to 34.8 °C and 34.6 °C under load. The top third of the device gets the hottest, with the area around the camera reaching a maximum of 38.3 °C. None of these temperatures are worrisome though, so you should have no problems in daily use.

Max. Load
 37.9 °C33.2 °C34.1 °C 
 36.9 °C33.3 °C35.2 °C 
 35.6 °C33.3 °C33.9 °C 
Maximum: 37.9 °C
Average: 34.8 °C
31.7 °C34.3 °C38.3 °C
32.4 °C34 °C38.1 °C
32.6 °C33.9 °C36.1 °C
Maximum: 38.3 °C
Average: 34.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.8 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-260
Heat-map of the front of the device under load
Heat-map of the front of the device under load
Heat-map of the rear of the device under load
Heat-map of the rear of the device under load

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The Y7 2018 has a small mono speaker on the underside of the device. The speaker is quieter than the one in the Y7 (2017). While last year’s model reached 85.9 dB(A), the Y7 2018 can only manage 76.8 dB(A). The speaker produces an overall high-pitched sound as it lacks the same deep mid-frequencies that its predecessor could produce.

Fortunately, the speaker does not distort at maximum volume. Overall, the speaker is more suitable for casual listening like watching YouTube videos than for listening to music for extended periods of time.

Sound through the 3.5 mm jack is cleanly reproduced, as is the output via Bluetooth.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.917.22528.626.93130.327.54026.819.25031.3216324.516.88024.716.610020.613.612518.112.516022.811.120022.410.425028.69.731534.99.340042.58.250047.36.863055.36.880060.46.4100062.56125064.65.9160063.75.3200063.25.4250064.15.13150665.2400067.95.6500069.95.1630066.35.2800059.85.31000056.55.51250048.75.41600041.65.5SPL21.976.818N0.434.80.1median 56.5Huawei Y7 2018median 5.9Delta14.11.731.637.925.439.225.332.732.92733.627.831.628.828.428.32731.220.8312232.221.337.820.843.621.249.419.457.219.561.617.766.917.971.717.873.317.375.917.475.616.776.917.276.218.270.517.969.217.676.617.77517.875.517.976.318.170.718.260.63085.91.364.9median 17.9Huawei Y7median 70.51.313.5hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Y7 2018 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

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
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Y7 2018 has slightly higher power consumption than its predecessor. Our test device draws a maximum of 5.7 W under load and a minimum of 0.9 W at idle, both of which are significantly higher than the Y7 (2017). The Y7 2018 is broadly on a par with our comparison devices and is slightly more efficient than equivalent Snapdragon 430-powered devices. Its idle minimum power draw is a bit on the high side though.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.9 / 1.9 / 2.3 Watt
Load midlight 4.7 / 5.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Huawei Y7
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Oukitel U18
4000 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
28%
-18%
-59%
23%
4%
10%
Idle Minimum *
0.9
0.57
37%
0.7
22%
1.12
-24%
0.79
12%
0.788 (0.52 - 1.4, n=13)
12%
0.848 (0.2 - 3.4, n=544)
6%
Idle Average *
1.9
1.61
15%
2.8
-47%
2.27
-19%
1.82
4%
1.992 (1.4 - 4.17, n=13)
-5%
1.686 (0.6 - 6.2, n=543)
11%
Idle Maximum *
2.3
1.62
30%
3.4
-48%
2.49
-8%
1.87
19%
2.09 (1.52 - 4.2, n=13)
9%
1.915 (0.74 - 6.6, n=544)
17%
Load Average *
4.7
3.09
34%
4.2
11%
10.75
-129%
2.7
43%
3.94 (2.85 - 7.5, n=13)
16%
3.95 (0.8 - 10.8, n=538)
16%
Load Maximum *
5.7
4.26
25%
7.2
-26%
12.39
-117%
3.62
36%
6.37 (4.88 - 13.7, n=13)
-12%
5.57 (1.2 - 14.2, n=538)
2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Y7 2018 has a 3,000 mAh battery. This is far smaller than last year’s model, which has a 4,000 mAh battery. Equally, the Y7 2018 has a smaller battery than all our comparison devices. This smaller battery capacity affects battery life, so the Y7 2018 cannot compete with the runtimes that its predecessor achieves. While the Y7 2018 lasted 10 h 24 m in our Wi-Fi battery life test, the Y7 (2017) lasted an extra 90 minutes. The Y7 2018 is competitive with our comparison devices despite having a smaller battery though. Our test device lasted two hours longer than the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and only 15 minutes shorter than the Oukitel U18, both of which have 4,000 mAh batteries. The Y7 2018 is no match for the Ulefone Power 3 with its 6,080 mAh battery though, which lasted almost 23 hours in our Wi-Fi battery test.

The Y7 2018 should last for around two days on a single charge even with frequent use. The device will need charging more often if you use sophisticated apps, but with economical use, you can potentially even eke out three days between charges.

The Y7 2018 does not support quick charging despite support at SoC level. A full recharge takes well over two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 45min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 24min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 05min
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Huawei Y7
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Oukitel U18
4000 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
Battery Runtime
36%
-20%
2%
121%
Reader / Idle
1305
1914
47%
H.264
687
812
18%
WiFi v1.3
624
716
15%
497
-20%
639
2%
1376
121%
Load
245
402
64%

Pros

+ sturdy case
+ dual-SIM & microSD card support
+ reasonably accurate GPS
+ high contrast display
+ good color reproduction
+ no throttling
+ stays relatively cool
+ good battery life

Cons

- outdated Android security patch level
- no 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- microphone lacks sensitivity – only picks out loud voices
- dark display

Verdict

The Huawei Y7 2018 in review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Huawei Y7 2018 in review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

The Huawei Y7 2018 sounds like a good deal initially thanks to its modern design, relatively high-resolution front-facing camera and its low price. However, these positives are brought down by some drawbacks. Namely, the outdated Android security patches and a dark display.

However, the battery life is decent, workmanship is to a good standard and the GPS is accurate for a device at this price. Images are unexpectedly sharp too.

Equally, system performance is adequate for its class and the mono speaker is passable. The device stays relatively cool under load as well.

Frustratingly, the Y7 2018 does not better its predecessor in some areas. For example, the battery life is worse, the speaker is quieter, performance is the same and the modem is slower with support for fewer LTE bands.

The Huawei Y7 2017 is a solid choice for those who are looking for a smartphone with a large display without having to spend a lot of money.

The Y7 2018 is a cheap phablet that remains the best bang for its buck in its class, despite improvements made by the competition.

Huawei Y7 2018 - 05/30/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 61%
Weight
92%
Battery
93%
Display
84%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
44 / 70 → 62%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
51 / 91 → 56%
Camera
53%
Average
68%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-06- 3 (Update: 2018-06- 9)