Like the P6, the Huawei Ascend P7 is built of premium materials – a metal rim surrounds its sides while the front and back are both made of Gorilla Glass 3. At the same time, it weighs only 124 grams, which makes it very light for its size. Speaking of size, a 5-inch in-cell LCD display graces the front of the Huawei Ascend P7. Its resolution is 1920 by 1080 pixels (445 ppi), which is the standard pixel count for a contemporary Android flagship.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs on the Huawei Ascend P7, but in a heavily customized form. Emotion UI 2.3, which is the name of Huawei's very own Android UI, spices up things quite a bit by adding support for UI themes, lock screen shortcuts, a bunch of new widgets, toggle buttons in the notification panel, and a lot more. One thing has been removed, however, whether we like it or not – the application drawer; each newly installed app gets its icon placed on a home screen instead. Feature-wise, there's a whole bunch of welcome goodies, including a Harassment Filter, which sounds like contact-blocking feature, Do Not Disturb mode, a built-in virus scanning solution, a power saving mode, and a notifications manager. Interestingly, Huawei has also thrown in an ad blocker, and we guess Google won't be happy about this since, you know, it makes money from ads.
With 2GB of RAM on board, Huawei's handset should have no problems keeping a bunch of apps loaded in memory for smooth multitasking. On-board storage is limited to 16GB, but the microSD card slot should work with cards of at least 32GB.
On the back of the Huawei Ascend P7 resides a 13MP camera with LED flash. With its 4th generation Sony sensor, f2.0 aperture, and 5-element lens, the camera should be able to take pretty pictures, but we'll definitely have to test its performance before drawing a final verdict. An 8MP camera with a 5-element lens system is placed on the smartphone's front, featuring a peculiar-sounding feature called "Panorama Selfie".
Connectivity-wise, the Huawei Ascend P7 supports LTE at theoretical peak speeds of up to 150Mbps. And when LTE is not available, you'll be able to get online with the phone's HSPA+ radio instead. Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 are all on board as well.