Samsung have been widely attributed with the idea of the “phablet,” that is, a large form factor mobile ‘phone: something the size and functionality of a small tablet. One of the earliest phabets was the Dell Streak Mini 5, which combined a 5.0-inch display with at the time powerful internal specifications. Of course, the Streak has long been superseded and in 2015, many flagship smartphones have a screen of 5.0-inch or slightly larger across the diagonal! Smartphones are getting larger and so too are phablets; today’s story concerns one of the largest phablet devices, the Huawei Honor 7 Plus, although at this juncture the device remains a rumour with a few leaked pictures.
The Huawei Honor 7 Plus, then, has been in the equivalent of Huawei’s secret project works for some time now and we’ve already seen some leaked photographs and other information. Today, however, we write with some rumored specification on the device and the 7 Plus is looking rather interesting. It has a 5.5-inch, QHD (that is, 2,560 by 1,440 pixel) display. The Honor 7 Plus is based around the in-house, Huawei-made HiSilicon Kirin 930 system-on-chip, which is an octa core processor based around two pairs of the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor, each with four cores. The LITTLE quad core unit may be clocked at up to 1.5 GHz and the more powerful quad core processor may be clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. This eight core processor is backed up by 3 GB of RAM together with 16 GB of internal storage. There’s a rear mounted 16MP camera complete with a dual LED flash but no word if this has optical image stabilization. On the front of the device, there’s a 13MP camera for selfies and video calling. We have already see the Honor 7 Plus coming with what looks like a fingerprint sensor on the back, under the rear camera module. And finally, keeping the device up and running is a 4,000 mAh rechargeable battery.
These point towards the Honor 7 Plus being something of a mid to high end device, with a capable processor, a high-resolution screen and lots of RAM. Unfortunately, we don’t know the prices for the Honor 7 or the release date of when Huawei will likely sell the device. In actual fact, because Huawei are yet to announce the device it’s possible that it may not be sold outside of China or perhaps not be released at all.