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Huawei Y7p – South Africa’s 1st HMS Device

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei has recently launched the Y7p smartphone to the South African market. The Huawei Y7p is available in Midnight Black and Aurora Blue from around R3,995 and is available through most major retailers.

Thoughts on the Huawei Y7p

The device is sleek and stylish. In classic smartphone fashion, the Huawei Y7p is a rectangular slab complete with rounded corners and slim but accessible buttons along the right side. It’s fitted with an impressive fingerprint sensor and triple-camera setup on the back while the front sports a powerful 8MP selfie camera.

Before purchasing this device, it’s important to note that it is the first phone in South Africa to come with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), Huawei’s new ecosystem. And while HMS looks and feels similar to Android – it works differently and you may have to take a few extra steps when setting up your new smartphone.

Luckily, Huawei has tried to make this process as simple as possible by introducing its Phone Clone feature. This will allow you to copy most of your apps from your old device to your new Huawei Y7p.

Huawei Y7p Specifications

The Huawei Y7p is powered by Kirin 710F, a 12nm SoC with an integrated octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM+64GB storage and a triple-card tray; one of these slots is fit for storage expansion via a MicroSD card of up to 512GB.

Along with the impressive amount of storage is the Huawei Y7p’s large 4000mAh battery which supports AI power-saving technology to offer power management for various scenarios and fix abnormal battery drain issues, greatly improving battery life.

The synergy between hardware and software enables up to 47 hours of talking time, 22 hours of continuous video playback, 20 hours of Internet browsing on a 4G connection, or 111 hours of continuous music playback – on just a single charge. So whether you’re a gamer, a social media enthusiast or a music aficionado, the device will provide a great user experience for your favourite pastime.

The Huawei Y7p offers a rear triple-camera setup that includes a 48MP main camera, an 8MP Super Wide Angle camera and a 2MP Depth Assist Camera along with a powerful 8MP selfie camera.

The Super Wide Angle camera supports a 120-degree field of view for scenic landscape shots and wide-angle video, which is a 53.8% wider angle than the conventional wide-angle camera. The Depth Assist Camera simulates realistic shallow depth-of-field effects that make for breathtaking portraits.

The Huawei Y7p also comes with improved Night Mode, which supports stabilisation for handheld shots taken with an exposure of up to 6 seconds. The Slow-mo Mode is another highlight, allowing users to shoot videos at 480 fps (frames per second).

The device adopts Huawei’s Full Scene Acceleration technology to deliver a smooth smartphone experience. It regulates system resource according to task priority to optimise system fluidity. It also features a Smart Memory Engine that can rapidly allocate memory resource, resulting in 27% better system performance and app launch speed improvement by 19%.

Another great feature that comes with the Huawei Y7p is Histen 6.0 with 3D surround sound support. The smartphone delivers vibrant, crisp sounds for an immersive audio experience and also reduces noises in the background for music playback.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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