Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) is the latest device we’ve unboxed and the first Huawei Y handset we’re playing with. It’s also one of those rare Huawei smartphones that uses a Snapdragon CPU. It debuted this Spring with the Huawei P20 models and it’s priced below $200.

This machine is promoted as being a budget phone with some higher end features like facial recognition and unlock, dual camera and FullView screen. Inside its box it has a metal key used to access the 3 card slots on board (2 SIMs, one microSD), plus a microUSB cable, manual and charger. This handset feels a bit like a Samsung Galaxy J rival, to be honest.

It measures 7.8 mm in thickness, weighs 155 grams and comes in black, blue or gold. It packs a 5.99 inch IPS LCD screen with a 1440 x 720 pixel resolution and has a plastic body, which really feels like glass at the back. Inside we find the Snapdragon 430 CPU seen on the Nokia 6 last year, together with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

We’ve also got a 3000 mAh battery here, plus an 8 megapixel front camera and a combo of 13 MP + 2 MP back shooter. The device runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top and also has a fingerprint scanner, aside from the face scanning. It also does Bokeh/Portrait capture with its cameras and promises to offer up to 13 hours of video playback on paper.

We’ll be back with a full review ASAP, to see if this can really compete with a Galaxy J. In the meantime you can get the phone here.