Here is my Huawei Y7p unboxing and Initial hands-on review

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It's been quite a while

Finally I am unboxing and reviewing another Huawei smartphone again and it is none other than the newest Huawei Y7p. It has been quite a long time since the last time I unboxed a Huawei device here on the blog. If I remember it right it was the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, which to be honest, I really liked and enjoyed having, most especially the Mate 20 Pro. So much so that I almost tried to get one through a local telco's postpaid plan. It did not come into fruition though simply because of the budget, hahaha, I know. Though at that time I was so happy and satisfied with my very own Huawei Nova 2i.

But let's put that aside as I am here to talk about this latest smartphone offering from Huawei Philippines which aims to target and get the attention of the midrange market. To me, there are two things I am most excited about this device and I am being honest here because this is the first time I am going to experience those.

Number one, this is the very first smartphone I am going to use that sports a punch-hole cutout. It is a breath of fresh air for me since most phones I have been using either got a traditional wide notch or waterdrop-like one. Those are fine though, but punch hole cutout is much more appealing to me than the former type of notches. Number two, this is the first time I am going to use an Android smartphone that does not have Google services right out of the box, meaning there is no Google Play to download apps from to start things off.

No Google Play, only Huawei AppGallery

To me that's pretty challenging as I rely so much on most popular apps such as Facebook, YouTube, GMail, and Netflix, to name a few when it comes to my smartphone use. Though I am not sure yet if those are available too via the AppGallery (Huawei's answer to the Google Play and claims to be the third biggest app store in the world). Also lack of Google Play support is interesting at the same time. Why? Because those apps I mentioned earlier also kill my productivity big time, that in addition to my already poor time management skills, lol. So having no access to those apps will help me improve my productivity as a blogger, I guess? I will soon find out, so please bear with me.

Don't get me wrong though, there are a lot of tutorials that you can find online and on YouTube teaching users how to download those popular apps to this phone. Go check them out if you plan on getting one of these in the near future or any of Huawei's latest smartphone offerings.

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I might create a separate article sharing with you my experience and thoughts on using a device like this that don't have Google services. Yes I can definitely download APK apps and many of the sites where you can download them from are safe and fine, but personally, I don't recommend it due to privacy and some security risks. But we will see, I guess as long as this phone has its own mobile web browser and can connect to the internet, and those apps' official websites are not blocked on this one, which is most likely the case, then I think I will be just fine. Will definitely let you know.

Okay enough of long intro and blabbering, let's dive into the unboxing!

Like most Huawei smartphone and accessory boxes today, the Huawei Y7p comes in a white boxing with the front showing the face of the device and its official name - the Huawei Y7p. Nothing on the back, mostly blank space. At the bottom, indicated are some serial numbers, the RAM & storage configuration of the unit and the color that it comes in. The review unit I got is in Aurora Blue which looks so stunning. This one has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

Inside the box are the Y7p unit itself together with a free jelly case which is something that's slowly disappearing from retail boxes of entry level to midrange smartphones today. There is also a pair of regular earphones which is great. And then of course the charger and its cable. Warranty card and user guide are also part of the packaging.

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It's nice to know that there is a free jelly case in the packaging most especially that the Y7p's back panel sports glossy finish. The Aurora Blue color is such as beautiful and stunning finish that if I purchased one, I would not want it get tons of scratches and smudges right after unboxing. So having a spare protective case until I am able to purchase one from third party vendors would be a nice thing to know. And what's more nice about the case is that it is much thinner than others I have tried. So when slapped on to the Y7p, it does not add much bulk to the phone's dimensions, still feels thinner and lightweight to the hand. And oh yes, there is a screen protector that's already pre-installed on to the phone.

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Here is the Huawei Y7p in Aurora Blue

Upon holding the Huawei Y7p, there are two things that immediately caught my attention - the punch hole cutout and the stunning Aurora Blue with gradient finish on the back. I have not seen the Midnight Black version yet but I think I like the blue variant more than the other. Also, the color name is very fitting as the back panel surface emits reflections of varying color and complexity when light hits it from different directions, just like the Aurora.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear as well together with the 48MP triple rear camera. Powered by AI Intelligent Scene Recognition, the 48MP primary sensor is accompanied by 8MP secondary camera with ultrawide lens and a 2MP third camera with depth sensor, and then of course an LED flash. The AI camera feature here, according to Huawei, can recognize more than 500 scenes and 21 categories in real-time and adjust the color in the picture according to the subject being photographed.

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The front of the Huawei Y7p is a 6.4" screen with HD+ Punch Fullview display. Thanks to its thin bezels and that punch hole cutout, the device boasts a total of 90.15% screen-to-body ratio providing a more immersive viewing gaming experience to users. When it comes to the quality of the display and resolution, I am impressed though. The color reproduction is good and the images and texts don't look rugged or pixelated.

It has audiojack but no USB Type-C yet

At the bottom of the device are the 3.5mm audiojack, mic, microUSB port, and speaker. On the left side is just the triple card slot. The volume rocker and power buttons are located on the right side. At the top is just the secondary noise cancelling mic.

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On the inside are the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor with its Mali G51-MP4 GPU. As for its software, the Y7p runs on EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Then there is the usual connectivity functions like the WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo. The device supports up to 4G LTE network and has dual 4G SIM and a dedicated microSD card slot that can handle up to 256GB. And then keeping the lights on is a 4000mAh battery pack with 10W charger.

Initial verdict

Without talking about the lack of Google Play on this device, I think the Huawei Y7p is a great smartphone this 2020. For its price tag of less than Php10K, the smartphone offers a very good deal to users who are into smartphone photography and want a device that performs and sports design that's pleasing to the eyes. All of that thanks to its stunning build front and back, midrange technical specifications, and that 48MP triple rear camera with AI recognition technology.

The cameras' performance on the Y7p appears to be promising. Based on my limited time with the camera during the unboxing, I can say that I am going to enjoy taking photos using this device. We know that Huawei is one of the smartphone makers out there that produces great smartphone cameras, so I kind of expected that already even before opening the box.

I will be using this device as my main driver moving forward for at least the next couple of weeks. I am going to try this phone without installing any APK apps, hope I survive, hahaha. I heard Huawei AppGalley is now bigger than ever and keeps on growing by the day. That said, I will download all the apps I use that are available there and I will observe if there's any difference versus the Google Play counterparts. As I mentioned earlier, I like its cameras, so I am going to take lots of photos ( a bit of videos) both during the day and night time using this phone and see how its 48MP lens delivers.

Stay tuned for more posts and the full review.

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Huawei Y7p specs:

  • 6.39-inch HD+ IPS Display
  • 1560 x 720 resolution
  • Octa-core Kirin 710F processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 48MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear cameras with AI, ultrawide, and depth sensors
  • 8MP front camera
  • EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Midnight Black, Aurora Blue
  • 10W charger
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Php9,990
The Huawei Y7p is now available in the Philippines for just Php9,990.

Check out my Huawei Y7p review here.

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