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Huawei Y7a first impressions: ready for your favorite series

Huawei phones in the mid-range are also popular, especially because they offer a good price / feature ratio. This is the case of the Huawei Y7a –also known as P Smart 2021 in some markets–, of which we tell you our first impressions.

The first thing that should be highlighted is its design, with a gold tone for the case of the unit we tested (it is also available in green) and a rear optical section that is vertically aligned on the upper left side, composed of four lenses (camera 48 megapixel main high resolution supported by artificial intelligence). While the "back" is polymer, the frame feels rugged and strong.

Rear of the Huawei Y7a Luis Miguel Paredes / Digital Trends in Spanish

On the right side, Huawei put the volume up and down buttons, as well as the power button, which integrates the fingerprint sensor that allows you to unlock the smartphone . On the left, there is the tray that allows you to put the data card and the extra storage (microSD card up to 512 GB).

The bottom of the computer integrates USB Type C cargo port 3.5mm jack for wired headphones and audio channel (only one).

Multimedia

The large screen of the Huawei Y7a is the first thing that catches your eye when you hold it in your hands. It is a 6.67 – inch LCD display with Full HD + resolution (2,400 x 1,800 pixels). It is a relief that he does not belong to that group that stays in HD +.

The fact that it is an LCD panel – and not an OLED one – does not affect the experience when watching a movie or a series in streaming . The brightness level is intense, while the colors are accurate. Even in the contents in which the action predominates, the so-called "ghost effect" does not appear, despite the fact that the manufacturer does not specify the refresh rate of the cell phone.

Playing content on the Huawei Y7a Luis Miguel Paredes / Digital Trends in Spanish

Regarding the audio, there are no complaints. It is true that the phone does not include stereo sound, but its power and clarity do not disappoint. That is, there will be no problem when you want to watch a video and have forgotten the headphones.

Of course, the fact of having a large-format screen implies that the user will have to use both hands in certain actions, especially when it is necessary to write all kinds of messages.

Performance and autonomy

The Huawei Y7a comes with the Kirin 710A octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, which translates into optimal performance. In the tests carried out, there is a quick response when it comes to playing multimedia content and switching from one application to another.

Huawei Y7a screen Luis Miguel Paredes / Digital Trends in Spanish

And to save its own content or from different streaming services, Huawei equipped it with 64 GB of internal memory, although the user actually has about 48 GB free. Even so, it may be sufficient for photos and videos taken on a day-to-day basis.

Two other factors that ensure that the cell phone will not "stop" the user are the capacity of its battery and fast charging. The Huawei Y7a is one of the few in its category that includes a 5,000 mAh battery , which translates into use of up to two days without having to connect it to the electrical current.

In relation to its fast charge, it is 22.5 watts. The firm promises up to 120 minutes of video playback with just 10 minutes of charging. And yes, we know that Huawei does not disappoint when it talks about this feature in its units.

User experience

Far from the fact that it is already known that this cell phone does not include Google services and applications, it needs to be a little more intuitive. What do we mean? For example, getting an app as popular as Netflix is not as simple as clicking the install button; From the Huawei store, AppGallery, the user is redirected to an external platform so that he can get the development.

This happens with practically all applications that are not officially available in the manufacturer's store.

Also, the Huawei Y7a does not include AppSeeker, its service that brings together high-demand mobile developments, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Spotify, Uber, Twitter and Shazam, and that allows them to be downloaded in a more direct way, to a certain extent. A little to replace its function, the firm bets on the Petal Search search engine, which has as one of its benefits to offer "recommendations and search for applications".

Rear of the Huawei Y7a Luis Miguel Paredes / Digital Trends in Spanish

If the user manages to overcome the barrier of personalizing the smartphone to their liking – which for some may be quite a feat – they will surely have a functional cell phone, one that will allow them to communicate and be entertained throughout the day.

Finally, regarding its interface, many may not like the various folders that are created when the phone is started for the first time. Huawei is supposed to make recommendations for apps to install in these sections, but they feel pretty invasive, to be honest.

Conclusions

The Huawei Y7a is a phone that offers an optimal multimedia experience, mainly due to the characteristics of its screen. This implies that the user must use both hands in its operation on some occasions.

There is no complaint regarding its performance and autonomy. What it does is that history repeats itself: those who depend completely on Google services and applications, it is not a piece that they will find attractive. Huawei has not yet managed to offer such an intuitive experience with its own resources, as stated in previous lines.

Its price of $ 5,800 Mexican pesos, around $ 290 dollars, is competitive. That is, it can be a viable alternative for those looking to go from the low-end to the average without having to damage their budget.

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