The Honor 7S arrives in the UK

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a hands-on with the Honor 7S. It’s a budget smartphone and we’d been given a privileged early look at it.

When we asked about the price we were told that it would sell for “around $110”. If you convert that it’s around £82 / or €93 but, as we said at the time, it would “probably round up to £99.99 / €99.99 when it’s on sale”.

Well, guess what? We were absolutely bang on. Honor have just confirmed that the device is indeed going on sale for a mere £99.

For that you get Android 8.1, and a big 5.45″ 1440×720 18:9 295PPI screen. It’s powered by a Mediatek MT6739 quad-core CPU, which is a bit of a departure for the company behind Honor (Huawei) as they normally use their own chips. It’s a quad 1.5 GHz chip with 2GB RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. The end result, in terms of performance, is a tiny-bit laggy as you’ll see from our hands-on video below. The cat liked it though, so…

Specs, as we mentioned before, include a 5 megapixel selfie camera, a 13 megapixel rear camera and there’s a microSD card for expanding that 16GB of internal memory. You also get a 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi (2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2. It’ll be available in blue, black and gold according to the spec-sheet but we’re being told that you can only get the black one at the moment.

Head to Hihonor, Argos or Three to purchase it. Considering the price, it has a nice, large, screen and good looks. Gone are the days of chunky budget smartphones with naff screens and cameras. This gets latest version of Android and it has a strong and well designed frame.

Honor are highlighting that display, the “Loud Voice Call” function so you can hear calls in noisy environments, the LED Selfie functionality on the front camera and the “Smart Battery Management” which should keep the 3,020mAh battery working longer.

Oh, and don’t forget that this one has a Dual SIM and microSD slot, so you can have two lines if you want. To find out more about this device, dive into our full preview.