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Huawei will this weekend launch its first smartphone in South Africa without Google Mobile Services. Dubbed the Huawei Y7p, the budget phone will be something of a landmark device for the Chinese firm.
While the phone still runs Android — Android 9.0 Pie to be exact with EMUI 9 on top of it — it will not arrive with the Google Play Store, or any other Google apps you’d usually see on an Android device.
For some this may be a blessing. For others, it means getting acquainted with Huawei Mobile Services, and the company’s Play Store alternative, the AppGallery.
Beyond software, the phone sports a 6.39-inch display with 1560×720 resolution. An 8MP punch-hole selfie camera is located in its top corner, in similar fashion to the Nova 5T.
Internally, it’s powered by the Kirin 710F, a chipset we’ve seen before on the Y9S, alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Huawei’s also arming this phone with a microSD card slot.
A 4000mAh battery powers it all.
At the rear, a 48MP primary camera flanks an 8MP ultrawide and 2MP depth sensor, while a physical fingerprint sensor is placed in the middle of the phone.
Finally, at the foot of the device there’s a microUSB port for data and charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Huawei Y7p will retail in South Africa for R3499, as confirmed by Huawei in an email to Gearburn.
Feature image: Huawei