Huawei Ascend Mate7 ReviewHuawei Ascend Mate7 9
Hot on the heels of Huawei's announcement of the Ascend Mate7 at IFA 2014, it's the perfect time to take the company's new high roller for a spin. There's much about the latest Huawei flagship that sets it apart from the crowd – it's got a very large, 6-inch screen, a metal body, a speedy new processor, and an industry-leading fingerprint sensor implementation. If that wasn't enough, the company has also endowed the Mate7 with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a massive, 4100 mAh battery, all fitted within a slender, 7.9 mm profile.
Is the Ascend Mate7 as good as its specs suggest, and can it compare with what the competition has to offer? Let's find out!
In the box:
- In-ear headphones
- 2A wall charger
- microUSB cable
- SIM ejector tool
The Mate7 covers all bases: slim profile, premium materials used with the body, and sturdy overall construction.
Based on looks alone, the Huawei Ascend Mate7 is an easy sell. The device's rectangular form with rounded corners isn't anything new or different by any means, but it has to be said that its metal back is very attractive and fairly neat.
So what about ergonomics? Obviously, this is a pretty large device by most standards, though there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, thanks to its extremely thin bezels, the Ascend Mate7 is among the most compact 6-inchers on the planet, measuring “just” 6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches (157 x 81 x 7.9 mm), and it's actually not much larger than the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and almost on par with the new 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. However, don't misunderstand this to mean that you can comfortably operate this phablet with one hand – you're still better off with two – but any savings in dimensions when talking such large devices are definitely welcome.
Looking at the rear of the Mate7, it's where you'll find the touch fingerprint sensor, with its large square opening and chrome edge, but more on that later. Immediately above it sits the camera and the LED flash, while a small grill opening for the loudspeaker can be found on the bottom left. While still on the topic, we definitely like the ever so slightly rounded backplate, as it tapers off at the sides, providing a comfortable grip.
Turning the Mate7 sideways, we've got both the power button and volume rocker comfortably placed on the right, within a thumb's distance. The two are made out of metal and provide great tactile feedback and travel time.
157 x 81 x 7.9 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)
Pretty darn good, this one. But not perfect.
As touched on already, the Ascend Mate7 has a pretty massive, 6-inch display. The IPS LCD panel has a pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920, good for 367 pixels per inch. Obviously, this isn't a record-setting pixel density, but the image is still very crisp.
The maximum brightness the screen on the Mate7 can achieve peaks at a little over 480 nits, which is good, and in our experience provided a very adequate viewing experience outdoors. The screen also has a good color temperature of 7111 K (6500K being the reference value), meaning that it's only slightly colder-looking than it should. As for the color accuracy of the display, Huawei has done a very good job – the average RGBCMY color error (Delta E) is 2.89 – and hues on the whole trail their target values fairly closely, with the exception of magenta. As for the rest, we're generally looking at small deviations that either push a color's specific intensity over or under the ideal saturation threshold. Lastly, gamma, at 2.25, is excellent.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Huawei Ascend Mate7||484
|HTC One max||469
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||468
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||68.8%
|HTC One max||77.8%
|Huawei Ascend Mate7||77.9%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Huawei done a great job on this phone ~
27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yeah, superb from all angles and departments.
Crispy review by Chris P., liked it.
Sony should learn something in Camera optimizations from atleast chinese OEMs. The pics are superb. Battery life is amazing.
39. Dodols (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)
agree at most part..
would have been better if the three navigation button is not located inside the screen..so the screen can have its pure size...
2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Step 1:Take HTC One Max's back
Step 2:Put Galaxy S4's camera ring on it
Step 3:And rebadge it with Huawei's (ugly) logo.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
It looks a bit like the One Max, but Galaxy S4's camera ring on it? Seriously? Do you really need to find some things even a minor thing to prove that Huawei is copying?
Geez...I can see some hate there.
9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Okay, you're right on that part. But can't blame Huawei for that, before the EMUI 3.0, Huawei opened a competition of designing EMUI 3.0, so most UI elements are the participants who designed it.
12. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
it uses sonys camera hardware so does samsungs note 4 and iphone crap 6
33. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Huawei is copying. without question. and why should they feeling ashamed?
profit is profit.
3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2034; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Htc one max, is this your long lost twin?
4. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
This should be the design HTC should make,Less bezel on top and bottom,just leave space for boom sound and remove the HTC logo on front to save bezel
10. medtxa (Posts: 1130; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
What is wrong with htc and gargantuous bezel even iphone 6 have smaller bezel!
25. Birds (Posts: 1155; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
They need room for those front firing speakers and resonance chambers. The Bezels aren't that big of deal...chill your queef maker. -_-
8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Damn, this is one beautiful phone. Good job, Huawei.
11. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
i cant with the interface, such a lame copy of iOS 7... have you seen the camera interface!? LMAO even the scrollable interface to switch between photo, video and other stuff
16. bur60 (Posts: 841; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)
If it was for apple, they would even copyright walking
13. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1895; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Awesome phone. A true sexy beast. Jumped right to my list of top 3 phones I'm looking to get during the Holiday season.
14. Adrian38 (Posts: 142; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
I wish they would bring this to the U.S.A. I would buy it instantly.
17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1090; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)
It's like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and LG had a baby... If that was possible.
Come on Huawei, you've proven how you can build some good devices. How about build a real flagship using your own P7 as an inspiration?
18. lawsofeffect (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
being a recent Huawei owner, MediaPad X1 (4g dual), what has impressed me most is its simplicity and functionality. It does everything I ask of it. Last night for example, running late, needed some documents printed, stopped by a friends, grabbed a non propriety usb cable (that was lying around), connected it to my friends laptop, and voila, 4 copies in minutes. I am more and more impressed with Huawei EmotionUI. I'm sure this Huawei Ascend Mate 7 will not only impress you by its looks and specs, but mostly by the overall experience, the ease of use of this phone. I'd be amiss if I forgot to mention the battery life - I've had to totally adjust my charging habits - coming from phones that I'm charging twice a day - now I bought my phone straight from Huawei, so no carrier bloatware - I like to drain the battery as much as possible before charging - if I can, I try to remember to turn the phone off overnight - I'm getting 2 to 3 days of heavy use between charges - thanks for the gift Huawei - how do I pronounce that ;-)
19. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
huawei advertises on phonearena ...
finally enters the 9 rating level
20. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)
I just wonder if sony doesnt provided their cameras to any of smartphone brand then what the hell would have they been doing.I mean whenever i see any device i m sure that it will have sony camera.
31. Superdog (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)
People at Omnivision will laugh their asses off.
21. mas39 (Posts: 80; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
I still think the HTC One Max is better in every aspect, I would choose it over this Ascend Mate 7, any day.
22. lawsofeffect (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
I might suggest that Huawei attenna may be a step up from HTC One Max - HTC is supposed to release a phone this fall with the new mediatek proccessor - I'm really curious
23. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
If this phone had true multitasking capabilities this would be epic.
24. bigcjm (Posts: 35; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
At one point ia lmost purchased the ascend mate 2 over the oneplus. The harsh reality is that youre luck if you even get an update on this phone. Those little bugs that could be fixed by the company will likely never be resolved. Thus I say i like this one even more but id need a committment to support the phone from Hauwei.
26. KashunatoR (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)
Hell, this phone has a smaller footprint than the iphone 6+ despite having a 0.5" bigger display. That said, the Lenovo Z vibe pro will be even more compact with better screen and better specs. That's the phone I am waiting for.
29. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Google's gamble with no buttons 2 years ago is really paying off.
30. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
For the brightness being too high, just go ahead and download screen filter to deal with the issue.
For camera issue, do pictures still come out similar using other camera apps?
I think PA should list the rear speaker as a con too.
34. yashar2080 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)
HUWAWEI ONE MAX IS BETTER TO THIS SMARTPHONE
35. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
The device looks amazing but that launcher is horrible.
36. toto2014 (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)
I agree.the phone luks amazing in all angle gud jobs
37. toto2014 (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)
I agree.the phone luks amazing in all angles gud job
40. Ethos (unregistered)
Well I have Huawei Honor 6 and call quality is nice clean ..
41. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
I do really hope Huawei will have latest Android Update. It seems they not really have their latest update, The Ascend P7 havent got Emotion UI 3.0 update yet. Ascend Mate 7 hopefully could get Android 5.0 Lollipop update, OTA. Looking for Android Lollipop update doesn't seem Huawei will update latest software right?
42. JJOPQ (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)
43. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq
44. lawsofeffect (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
if are obssesed re having latest Android, buy a Nexus, but thats not to say there haven't been quirks with each and every model of the Nexus - HTC One fanboys, sorry Huawei attenna is actually better, providing better overall phone reception (my experience) - emotionUI is actually very well thought out (most often quite useful, once you stop being afraid of it :-) ) - Huawei has sent several system updates this year - Huawei's screen interface its very "iphone'ish" a few folders and push some Huawei apps into a folder into a dark corner somewhere - whats disappointing to me is the price point of this phone, its simply too expensive. Perhaps Huawei feels they've arrived? Sent from my $300.00 MediaPad X1 - if you are a fan of a smaller screen, I'd consider the Honor 6 plus or look to another up and coming company!
45. udonyema (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Just purchased the gold edition 3GB RAM/ 32 GB Storage version of the Mate 7. It's running Android 4.4.2. Expected a lot from the device but i've still being pretty surprised by the smooth UI, usable and intuitive functionality and classy finish. Almost want to bring it out of its case everytime. Can't bear to hide the beauty. The interface seems like Lollipop's precursor.
I also currently use a HTC OneMax, so i evidently like well designed phones. Had been waiting for a sequel to the OneMax but HTC hasn't been forthcoming. I also love screen real estate. 5.5 inches is as low as i'd go right now. I'm 6'2 and have fairly large hands. Got the Desire 816 for my wife last year and she loves it. I like it too, but glossy plastic isn't my thing. I was also one of those who initially felt the Mate 7 was a ripoff of the OneMax. But hello, it's that and more. It mixes a little bit of IOS in the UI and Fingerprint Scanner, HTC in the back and Asus in the finish. Love it. Can't stop staring at it