Huawei has announced a new budget Y series smartphone for this year which looks like a mash of midrange specs at a competitive price.
The Y7p has a 6.39 inch HD+ LCD screen (1560 x 720 pixels) with a hole punch camera cutout at the top let corner. The back has a triple camera system and (thankfully) a capacitive fingerprint sensor and colourful lines that make it stand out.
The phone is powered by a Kirin 710F SoC like the Y9, Y9 Prime and the Y9s. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can expand this with a 512GB memory card if you want to.
The primary camera system consists of a main 48MP camera with an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Pretty standard stuff here. The selfie camera is an 8MP unit.
It has the standard 4000mAh battery that we have seen in many Huawei phones. This battery can be charged at 10W via a microUSB port.
The phone runs EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9 Pie which is disappointing since quite a number of Huawei phones run Android 10.
This phone was priced at 4,999 Thai baht (Kshs 16,000) which is a similar price to what the Y7 Prime was priced at.
It will ship in two colours: Aurora Blue and Midnight Black and they look pretty stunning. They are available for pre-orders in Thailand and we are yet to hear information about its availability in Kenya.
The budget smartphone market is pretty competitive and Huawei needs a phone like this to compete effectively. The main camera and its CPU might be its killer feature combo to lure people to buy it.