HOMTOM HT7 review: Unmatched affordability

Today we will be having a look at the extremely affordable HOMTOM HT7. Naturally, the price tag does warrant some heavy sacrifices so this review is strictly going to be catered towards the budget crowed. Can a $60 do wonders to complete your Android smartphone experience? Looks like you will find out shortly.


HOMTOM HT7: Design and appearance

HOMTOM HT7 might be a very affordable mobile device but let us take a look at where the company had to make significant sacrifices in order to keep the price so low. From the looks of it, the company might have taken a few shortcuts with the design because it is a very generic one; one that you would expect from a smartphone carrying a small price tag. What does catch our eye is the fact that the smartphone has a shiny border that covers the left and right hand side of the body as you can see in the images.


While this quite appealing, the remainder of the exterior is just what you would expect from an entry level smartphone; lackluster, which is completely okay since it carries a very low price. While this should hardly make a difference to the overall experience of the user, there are those people who are extremely picky about what they purchase. However, we should tell you right now that aesthetics hardly cover much for the overall scoring of the smartphone. If looks was the only factor that was required to purchase a smartphone, then we believe that HOMTOM HT7 would be sitting right on top of the rankings table right now. There are several more things that need to be take into consideration, and we will be detailing them right here.


HOMTOM HT7: Button placement and other features

Button placement is by far the least important category of this review but if you will be upgrading to HOMTOM HT7, then chances are that you will have to get used to that button placement, which is going to be quite different from your previous handset. Unlike majority of Chinese smartphones, HOMTOM HT7 has its power and volume buttons situated on the left hand side of the device, which is quite unusual since this is possibly the first time we have seen a smartphone of Chinese origin to use such a configuration.


One great thing about the smartphone is that its battery is removable, but you should only remove it when you want to switch storage or SIM cards otherwise oxidation can occur, which can spontaneously restart the device thanks to improper connectivity between the battery’s and the phone’s golden contacts. While you have an option to place two SIM cards, and one microSD card (maximum storage limit is 64GB), you will have to continuously power off the phone and remove the battery every time you want to switch the SIM or storage card.


While this is not problem for most users, it is just an unnecessary convenience that should not have been present in the first place. The capacitive buttons illuminate when you tap on any one of them or when you wake up your HOMTOM HT7 from sleep mode. There is a microUSB 2.0 charging port present at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack present right at the top. We were hoping for a USB-C port, because we like to transfer large capacity files from our smartphone to other machines, but decided not to go down this road because USB-C has yet to become mainstream and its accessories such as charging cables are yet to become cheap since this particular charging port is relatively new to the smartphone market.

HOMTOM HT7: Display and resolution

No doubt the smartphone is enormous in size and its width is sufficient too, but there are some disappointing things about HOMTOM HT7 too. Starting off, why couldn’t the company fit in a 1920 x 1080 resolution instead of a 1280 x 720 one? We felt that the company did decide to cut a corner right here because 1080p displays are much more expensive to incorporate than a 720p one, so in order to keep its costs as low as possible, a smaller resolution was present. However, before you start cribbing about this, the primary advantage of having a smaller resolution is obviously battery life.


Despite its resolution being on the low-side, HOMTOM HT7 has some terrific viewing angles, even though you will easily be able to notice the difference in display quality thanks to its 5.5 inch screen. The pixel per inch density of HOMTOM HT7 is relatively low, which will degrade the overall quality and experience of the user, but eventually you will get used to it.


Regardless of the low resolution, having more battery life is always a welcome addition to any smartphone and HOMTOM HT7 will deliver exactly that.

HOMTOM HT7: Interface impressions

HOMTOM HT7 might have had a disappointing display, but our mood quickly turned upside when we discovered that the smartphone came running with Android Lollipop 5.1 as soon as we took it out of the box. While this yet to be confirmed, we are sincerely hoping that a compatible update of Android Marshmallow is made available for it later on in the year because the update is officially available to download and install on your device (at least for the Nexus lineup).


The interface was much smoother than the other devices we have seen up till now, which was really surprising given the fact that it is running MediaTek’s MT6580 chipset which has a quad-core processor and not an octa-core one. We will give credit to Google where credit is deserved and if a mid-ranged chipset running a quad-core processor can run this smoothly on Android Lollipop 5.1, then we are definitely hoping that HOMTOM HT7 gets updated to Android Marshmallow, since that will drive up performance and improve the overall experience for all owners.

For users that want to purchase HOMTOM HT7, but are afraid that the device’s interface will be presented in the Chinese language, there are several languages to choose from and depending on your location and of course your native language, you can switch to that from the settings menu.

HOMTOM HT7: Performance (Processing and connectivity)


Now let us come to the core segment as to why consumers want to purchase a smartphone in the first place? Raw performance. We fired up AnTuTu and Geekbench to see how the device would fare when pitted against the remaining competition and we have to say that the smartphone might have missed its mark, but it is still able to achieve a satisfactory score, as you can see in the images below.

HOMTOM HT7: Battery life measurement

For most of you out there, high amount of battery life is a very crucial feature to have in a smartphone. In HOMTOM HT7, its large form factor is big enough to accommodate a 3,000mAh cell so we decided to take it for a battery test. We tested out the smartphone with its screen brightness set to 100 percent. In this way, you will be able to experience the worst case scenario when you purchase HOMTOM HT7.


Having a larger battery is always a great thing to have, and this was witnessed from HOMTOM HT7 when we were able to rake out slightly over 17 hours while connected to 3G. Keep in mind that we carried out some casual browsing tasks and occasionally, we streamed high-resolution videos. We did this to give you an idea on what kind of battery life will you experience should you decide to carry out similar tasks as well.

HOMTOM HT7: What features make this smartphone stand out?

HOMTOM HT7 is a great Android powered handset, especially if you are on a strict budget. There are several features that make it feel that a premium quality smartphone and we would like to point out those features right now. Additionally, we will also point out what we felt could have been added to HOMTOM HT7 in order to make it even better than before. Hopefully the company will be reading this so that they will be able to release an even better device in the future.

Things that we liked about HOMTOM HT7

  • Having a very affordable price tag
  • Its large screen size
  • Ability to accommodate two microSIM cards (keep in mind that if you have a full sized SIM card, then you will have to reduce it to a microSIM form factor)
  • Large battery capacity despite being an entry level phone
  • Running Android Lollipop 5.1 (It is possible that the smartphone could receive an update for Android Marshmallow, which will result in more performance, and more features)
  • Able to accept a microSD card up to 64GB

Things that we thought could have made the smartphone much better

  • Having an octa-core processor as a bare minimum since you see lots of smartphones will affordable prices packing quad-core CPUs
  • Having a higher resolution (720p is definitely on the low-side)
  • Ability to accommodate both SIM cards and still have space for a microSD card (currently, if you place a microSD card, you will only have space for a single SIM card, which kills flexibility)
  • Having an LTE modem (though this would mean that the price tag is increased)
  • Having a USB-C port (the earlier phone that we reviewed, UMi Hammer S had a USB-C port and was priced much lower than this)
  • A bit low in the internal memory storage

Hardware specifications

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6580
  • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A7 at 1.3GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB (supports a microSD storage card up to 64GB)
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Display size: 5.5 inch
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Charging port type: microSIM

Final verdict

After looking at each and every aspect of HOMTOM HT7, we have summarized the following scores below:

  • Build Quality: 8 out of 10
  • Appearance: 7 out of 10
  • Button placement: 7 out of 10
  • Interface experience: 6 out of 10
  • Display quality: 8 out of 10
  • Price/performance ratio: 8 out of 10
  • Battery performance: 9 out of 10

There is no denying the fact that HOMTOM HT7 is an amazing smartphone when it comes to its price tag alone. Since the handset is also running Android Lollipop 5.1, you would easily experience a nice fluid functionality from the smartphone. There is one thing that we would like to point out. We would like to point out that since HOMTOM HT7 has a microSD card slot capable of accepting a maximum card capacity of 64GB, do not go down the easy road and purchase an inexpensive one since those are the ones that will sacrifice both speed and reliability for a low price tag.

Instead, spend a little more money and purchase a microSD card from reputable brands such as SanDisk or Samsung and trust us, you will not regret your purchase. Cheaply priced storage cards will eventually get corrupted and you will lose an abundant amount of data, not to mention that it will take a very long time for the data to be recovered, if it can be retrieved at all.

As for the smartphone itself, HOMTOM HT7 definitely caters to those who require a budget smartphone and for $60, you cannot go wrong with this. However, if you want something with a bit more firepower, then you will obviously have to invest more money.

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  1. No mention of the wonky navigation button placement. The back button is on the right side, the left button appears to be a menu button and the centre apps button doubles as the “overview” button when you long press on it.(good luck unpinning a screen; factory reset). They are on the frame and they don’t light up when you press them (that would be amazing). You have to poke at them blindly in the dark until you feel a vibration.

  2. Why did u not review the camera? I want to know how is the quality and what is the highest resolution output. Also, how much is left for the internal memory?

    1. If you want info on the camera, I’ll let you know it sucks ass. It’s marketed as a Samsung with 2MP (5MP extrapolated) front and 5MP (8MP extrapolated) at the rear. But having other Samsung smartphones, this isn’t a camera made by Samsung. I even doubt it’s 2MP & 5MP. It’s noisy while constantly focusing. The image quality is grainy & fussy. I think a 640×480 webcam take better pictures than it!

      1. Thank you for your feedback! With that I cancelled on buying the phone then. I really at least a capable 8mp camera for photo taking since I do food blogging…

    2. The camera is this phone’s big big drawback. It is a good, fast, affordable phone, beautiful screen, easy to hold and work with… however the camera, especially exposure and colour temperature is really really really bad. I took out my first iphone (the 2G model), took some photos, and they were a million times better. This has to be the worst camera in the history of mankind… On the other hand, the front camera is excellent!

      Otherwise, it is absolutely brilliant.

      1. Thanks for the reply! Such a shame this phone has potential… But only if you dont need the camera and use it for other stuffs..

  3. The capacitive buttons on the front do not light up, and the camera is the worst in the world… Excellent phone, but camera? Hopeless! I have two sim cards in it, one for Data, and the other on contract. Can use both at once no hassle. Storage is okay, as with a decent 32gig card you can hold a lot. Frequent updates, so that is great, too…. If the camera were better, I would keep this phone forever as it is very fast, responsive, with a great screen… however that crap camera ruined it for me!

  4. Great phone, very affordable, 40 quid , 3 draw backs though, 1 Camera is poor so don’t expect great pics, 2 battery life isn’t that good either and I highly doubt it is a 3000mah as described. And finally 3 Malware / Adware pops up all over on this device. But I have the solution…… Install Kaspersky Anti virus and scan your device. It will scream at u when it finds a threat. Mine did. And my device is only a few days old with only a couple of user apps installed. When it finds the Adware, hit delete and it will uninstall an app that installs crap in the background. Reboot and enjoy an ad free device. Now root your device using kingroot and install Adaway via Google and run it. Reboot again and say bye bye to annoying in app ads too.

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel marcusarelius23 for more useful tips for android and windows.

    I hope this helps you out somewhat.

  5. what is the difference between HOMTOM HT7 3G WCDMA Smartphone Android 5.1 black color and HOMTOM HT7 3G WCDMA Android 5.1 white color.. so confused with the name too..

  6. This phone is good but i wait for Bluboo Maya. this is better, Maya is come with Android 6.0, Sony camera sensor+ quick focus, 13MP+5MP cameras, Customized Face beauty APP, 2GB+16GB, 5.5” HD IPS TFT display, Back cover design, Metal frame 4.35V battery core, 3000mAh battery, Dual SIM Dual Standby. friends i think this is good phone and i watch regularly for buy this phone.

  7. I love the design of back cover, but for the features like CPU, RAM, camera, no. Watch this great comparison video for HOMTOM HT7 Pro, HT7 and Bluboo xtouch, and find out how many apps it can handle simultaneously for the phone with 1GB/ 2GB/3GB RAM.

  8. we picked up 3 smartphones with different RAM (Bluboo Xtouch with 3GB RAM, HOMTOM HT7 Pro with 2GB RAM and HOMTOM HT7 with 1GB RAM) and compared them by running the same APPs simultaneously. The result show that HOMTOM HT7 only can run 5 Apps at the same time, while HOMTOM HT7 Pro can run 10 Apps, and Bluboo Xtouch can run 17 or above Apps. That is to say, smartphone with larger Ram can handle more more apps simultaneously.

  9. I looked at many reviews HomTom, but now I think to buy a smartphone company Uhans, model A101. He is working on a more modern version of android.

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