Huawei Y7a just went official with a 48MP quad rear camera setup and a Kirin 710A SoC, complete with a 6.67-inch display panel that adds some interesting choices within the midrange segment. This comes just days when Infinix Note 8 and Note 8i are expected to start retailing in the country and both seems to be well equipped to put up a strong fight within the segment.
Other than what you’d normally expect on a midrange device, there’s not much to turn heads on the latest entrant on Huawei’s Y series, but several areas have now been upgraded to keep up with new demands compared to the previous model. Something that would probably be a major highlight on the device is Huawei’s fast charging tech that is said to fill up the battery capacity in just minutes.
Huawei has reassured fans of an impeccable design with a unique coating that combines curved edges to bring out an exquisite feel overall. But what most consumers will rejoice to have is a range of colors that look stunning in every way. Once it becomes widely available, users can order from three different colors; namely, Crush Green, Blush Gold and Midnight Black.
As expected, there’s almost no hindrance on the front side with the display panel taking up more than 90 percent of the real estate except for a selfie camera cutout that sits at the very center of the top area. The selfie sensor maxes out at 8MP which should be just enough for simple snaps to share on social media.
The rear panel gets a real treat with a quad camera setup that consists of a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. While everyone is trying to place rear cameras in a squarish design mimicking that of iPhones and some Pixels, Huawei has implemented a straight-line placement that actually appears even more stylish leaving the flash to sit on a separate row below the sensors.
Something that I really have to point out is Huawei’s considerate placement of the fingerprint sensor on the Y7a, which is now embedded within the power button placed on the side. I’m a huge fan of this type of placements which is easier to reach and you don’t have to always have to raise your phone to unlock like devices with a sensor placed at the rear panel.
Under the hood, there’s a Kirin 710A SoC paired with 4GB RAM and a choice of either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Something that could spell a bummer to some consumers though is a limited 512GB memory card support. Without Google services and limited options to backup your data, the 128GB might seem like an ideal choice for most of us.
Notably, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, comes with a USB-C port, and has 5,000 mAh battery that supports 22.5W charging. There are several similarities between the Huawei Y7a and Huawei P Smart 2021 that was announced last month. The handset will retail for USD 190 (around Ksh. 20,000) for the 128GB variant.