Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review

Hristo Zlatanov, 13 July 2018.

Android 8.0 with Huawei's EMUI 8.0

The Y7 Prime (2018) runs Android 8.0 with the same version of the in-house overlay named EMUI. For those familiar with the skin, it's very much the same between all Huaweis, and if you haven't - it's a feature-packed launcher that's pretty far removed from stock Android.

Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review

Huawei's magazine lock screen is present feeding you a different wallpaper every time, which you might be missing on a regular basis if you're using the fingerprint reader or face unlock. Both work really fast, and the latter requires you to have an eye open just in case. You can opt for a homescreen/app drawer interface, but the default has all apps on the homescreens.

Lockscreen - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Enrolling a fingerprint - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Registering a face - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Homescreen - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Notifications and quick toggles - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review
Lockscreen Enrolling a fingerprint Registering a face Homescreen Notifications and quick toggles

Huawei is still sticking with proprietary software for general purpose apps like the gallery and music player, but there's no Huawei Health pre-installed on the Y7 (you can get it off the Play store). Phone Manager is the centralized hub where you can keep an eye on storage, notifications and battery usage, among other things. There's even a Game suite app, that filters unimportant notifications when you're gaming.

Gallery - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Music player - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Phone manager - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review Game suite - Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review
Gallery Music player Phone manager Game suite

Synthetic benchmarks

The Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) is powered by the Snapdragon 430 chipset - a rather classic solution for the lower end of the midrange spectrum. You might see it as a step back from the Snapdragon 435 of last year (430 vs. 435 is 5 less after all), but the differences are subtle and not really in the performance department.

It's not terribly powerful with a maximum clock rate of 1.4GHz, but at least there are eight of those cores, and not four. The Prime version of the Y7 that we have here has 3GB of RAM, just like the Pro, and unlike the vanilla Y7 (2018)'s 2 gigs. Here's how those specs translate into benchmark performance, compared to some potential rivals.

Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) review

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Realme 1
    5741
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    4918
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    4313
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    4018
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3972
  • Huawei P Smart
    3736
  • Nokia 5
    2851
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    2841
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    2717
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2610
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    2328
  • LG Q6
    2244

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Realme 1
    1511
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    1329
  • Huawei P Smart
    939
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    848
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    766
  • Motorola Moto G6
    754
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    678
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    678
  • Nokia 5
    672
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    665
  • LG Q6
    652
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    639

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Oppo Realme 1
    138524
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    115195
  • Huawei P Smart
    87156
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    77488
  • Motorola Moto G6
    70845
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    58974
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    58757

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Realme 1
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    10
  • Motorola Moto G6
    9.3
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    6.4
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    6.1
  • Huawei P Smart
    5.4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    4.9
  • Nokia 5
    4.6
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    4.6
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    4.6
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    4.6
  • LG Q6
    3.8

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    13
  • Oppo Realme 1
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    11
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    10
  • Nokia 5
    10
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    9.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    9.7
  • Motorola Moto G6
    8.8
  • Huawei P Smart
    5
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    4.5
  • LG Q6
    3.6

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    14799
  • Oppo Realme 1
    10880
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    10453
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    9953
  • Motorola Moto G6
    9883
  • Huawei P Smart
    8834
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    8084
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    7620
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    7582
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    7516
  • Nokia 5
    7316
  • LG Q6
    6336

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Oppo Realme 1
    1940
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    1925
  • Huawei P Smart
    1486
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    1222
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    1186
  • Motorola Moto G6
    1136
  • Nokia 5
    982
  • Huawei Y7 Prime (2018)
    963
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    942
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    922

Reader comments

  • Malindy

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