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Huawei Ascend P7 Review

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Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Huawei Ascend P7 Review
Introduction


Despite that Huawei's handsets are still mostly confined to the vast Chinese market, last year the company hinted about its budding international ambitions with the Ascend P6. It did sport a premium design, and was the thinnest phone at the time, while Huawei propped it up with a heavy marketing campaign. This year the company doubles down on the design paradigm of the P6, introducing the steel-and-glass Ascend P7. The phone sports a chassis that is just 6.5mm thin, but keeps the weight of its predecessor, despite that the screen has grown up from 4.7” to 5”. Last year's Ascend P6 was a looker, but was marred by some weak spots, like the camera quality, and the poor abilities of Huawei's homegrown chipset. With the Ascend P7, Huawei keeps betting on its own processor line, but with a more powerful quad-core member, and has upgraded the screen, camera and internal memory departments Naturally, we also have the current Android 4.4 KitKat on Huawei's new flagship. Can these enhancements take the P7 to smartphone glory given the cutthroat competition it will be up against? Let's find out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • 2x NFC tags
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

The 6.5mm thin steel-and-glass chassis of the Ascend P7 makes it one of the most impressively designed phones out there.

The Ascend P7 is one of the thinnest and lightest handsets around, and we are not just talking 5-inchers here. The 0.25” (6.5mm) thickness, and the 4.35oz (124g) of weight are even more impressive considering that the phone's unibody chassis is made of Gorilla Glass 3 on the back, with a metal rim surrounding the sides. The iPhone 5s, for example, whose steel-and-glass design the Ascend P7 arguably follows, is thicker, and only a tad lighter, but sports a 4” display, against the P7's much larger, 5” panel. Huawei's finest feels premium in the hand, due to the design materials used. The corners, edges, and the whole bottom, are rounded, so the phone is also comparatively comfortable to hold, given that other handsets with such a design feel rather “edgy”. The only gripe we have with the design is stemming precisely from its svelte demeanor, as picking it up from a table turns out to be a bit finicky.

The metal power/lock key and volume rocker on the right, are well-placed, feel sturdy, and offer a good tactile feedback when pressed. Beneath them are the memory card and microSIM trays, flush with the side surface, and very easy to take out with a pin, or be pushed back in. Pressing the volume rocker down quickly two times evokes the Ultra Snapshot function, which fires up the camera and takes a picture from a locked screen for a second or so, which works exactly as Huawei advertises.


Huawei Ascend P7
5.5 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches
139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P6
5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches
132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Display

The P7 flaunts a bright and vibrant 5” display.

With a 5” 1080x1920 pixels display, Huawei Ascend P7 offers a good-looking screen that has very good 445ppi pixel density, making text appear crisp, and details smooth. The color representation is largely accurate but the screen's color temperature is way too cold on its default settings. We measured 8405 Kelvins, which is quite the deviation from the reference 6500K, making white actually blueish. The phone offers a slider to adjust the color temperature, too. The phone's 463 nits of peak brightness are at the mark for a good display, and the screen reflectance is kept in check, so we are pleased with the outdoor visibility of the Ascend P7. Viewing angles are rather good, too, with the vertical one a bit better than the horizontal, but that is only visible when looking at the panel from the extremes. The screen has a sensitive touch layer, which allows you to use it with gloves – an option that can be toggled on and off from the display settings.

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 P7 463
(Good)
14
(Poor)
1:866
(Average)
8405
(Poor)
2.24
2.99
(Good)
9.1
(Poor)
HTC One 460
(Good)
14
(Poor)
1:1758
(Excellent)
8008
(Poor)
2.21
5.89
(Average)
5.33
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 289
(Poor)
9
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7316
(Good)
2.16
5.52
(Average)
7.31
(Average)
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posted on 07 May 2014, 07:16 3

1. Danini1112 (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


Wait...what How ?!

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:22 2

2. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Dead on arrival, nothing special but thin

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:29 6

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


please don't report this, we still need jokes and fun...............

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:12 6

12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Jealousy...

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:15 4

14. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well this phone has better and quality materials than my cheap junk plastic bendable Note3 Eyxnos

This P7 looks slick and see with slim profile

I have a Samsung P300 calculator phone which Samsung used metal on those days

posted on 07 May 2014, 14:03 1

30. Doakie (Posts: 1103; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Apparently Exynos makes Note 3's flexible. My AT&T Note 3 is rigid as hell. I call bul****it I think you don't even own a Note 3. Screenshot or it didn't happen.

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:12 2

21. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Well This guy is just trying to get some attention. This guy IMHO should be banned. I thought he's just a trolling fanboy, but he seems to only be that kid who tries to get attention from the peers. Leave him/her/it please.

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:00 1

32. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I love Samsung phones but, your comments are idiotic and baseless. You are making Samsung look idiot

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:23

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


ooh what a beauty man with a dark pimple - The chipset HiSilicon Kirin

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:30

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Review before announcement, this is awesome PA

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:31 1

6. valtterielias (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


This is way better than p6! The headphone jack is now where it shoulb be, and the user interface is beautiful! Unlike the p6...

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:38

7. papss (unregistered)


Nice design.. to bad it's from a company I'll never support

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:03

33. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Why, uncle Sam won't like it?

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:49

36. papss (unregistered)


No, because I choose not to support a Chinese based company. Far to many good phones not based out of China

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:40 1

8. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Is that xperia z.???? Actually with huawei brand... my god the camera lens is exactly the same place and buttons..! Really chinese are the king of copy by far...

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:09

35. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


May you should go and take a look at the Xperia Z once again. First the camera lens placement is not the same. 2nd the design is much superior to that of Sony Xperia Z. Much more thinner with very slim bezels

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:42

9. bbblader (Posts: 575; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


picture 17 selfie... lol :D

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:42 4

10. maple_mak (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Huawei's spec, Sony design.
Huawei + Sony=HUANY?!

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:14 1

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LOL...HUANY! xD
That's hilarious man!

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:28 1

18. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


More like Sowei..!!! :P

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:43

19. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Or how about a longer one? Huasowei? :P

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:16

15. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lol....

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:58 5

11. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Pa you disappointed me alot..! What a high score for this out dated phone..! Actually I am big sammy fan but it not fair you give this phone and htc m8 the same score it should be near 8 maximum..!

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:13 2

17. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Why isn't it fair? This beats the HTC One M8 easily in most categories. Just loses on processor.

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:18

22. papss (unregistered)


You act as though the processor doesn't matter?

posted on 07 May 2014, 11:04

25. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It does to me but I am not the one who makes the claim that s600 is good enough and the S801 in the GS5 is only minor increase vs the lower end S801 in the Xperia Z2/M8.

The processor in this is only slightly below par. So it shouldn't affect the scores that much.

On the other hand, the fact that this phone is way more compact than the M8 should affect the score, a lot.

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:55

37. papss (unregistered)


I feel you there but I don't need a thinner phone. Phones are already anorexic enough as it is. I'd much rather have a better processor and I'm guessing better loud speakers. Plus why support a company that copies a copycat? No thanks

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:45

44. Airylnovatech (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


He's not saying it's good because it's thinner, he's saying it's more compact than the M8, as in the dimensions of the phone. The P7 is narrower than the M8, and is easier to operate with a single hand. And while phones are getting thinner, the P7 is thicker than it's predecessor at 6.5mm, thanks to the larger battery they put in. The P7 is also very light for a phone with glass and metal all over it.

Yes, you'd rather have the better processor and speakers, but the HTC One M8 does fail in the camera department,

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:28 1

16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's not a bad phone, the design is great, the processor is kinda low for today's flagship standards, the specs are still okay. So overall, not a bad phone. Hope they price it well.

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:39 1

23. hmd74 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


There are no standards for flagships...today Snap 600 is enough

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:09 2

20. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Loading...

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:42

24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The score seems legit until I realize it's the same as M8. M8 is great phone.... Many sites have rated it even better than Z2 or S5,

posted on 07 May 2014, 11:08

26. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You guys are clueless. People want super thin compact phones with large screens.

They don't want 9.3mm fatties with speakers we rarely use, poor ergonomics, and useless depth cameras. Just because tech nerds and clueless HTC fans on this site believe in the superiority of the M8 so badly it doesn't mean that the rest of the population does.

This is much better than the M8 in so many categories that it isn't even funny.

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:04

34. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 725; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Do you want some tissues to wipe your tears? The amount of effort you put in dissing everything HTC is mind blowing.

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:57

38. papss (unregistered)


You mean YOU don't want a fat (even though it's not fat at all)phone.

posted on 07 May 2014, 11:17

27. csoulr666 (Posts: 69; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Midrange processor? It is comparable to the S600, so how would you categorize it as midrange? This is what happens when manufacturers flaunt raw power of latest processors as a selling point

posted on 07 May 2014, 13:13 2

28. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


If this phone had a S801 like everybody else does, i would probably buy this. That is the only thing missing.

posted on 07 May 2014, 13:18

29. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Or instead of 1.8Ghz, 2.3Ghz to compensate the same as S801

posted on 19 May 2014, 20:44

42. Sasori (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 May 2014)


Do you know huawei P7 is the first LTE phone which support VoLTE?In some ways,for example, the baseband processor,HiIsilicon is more advanced than Qualcomm,now!

posted on 07 May 2014, 15:57

31. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I don't get the concept of fanboyism. Why do one even care for these phone manufacturers? They don't make phones because they care about you. They just want your money and you spend that money. But, when spending that money why look for the maker? Why don't look for the phone itself. Why don't look at your budget and then decide which phone is better for me in that budget. I myself like Samsung phones, lg phones, sony phones(design wise) and some of these chinese companies are also making great phones. Like this one above, or the upcoming Vivo Xshot.

posted on 07 May 2014, 17:52

39. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2045; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Because the maker has a lot to do with owning the phones. Samsung, to their credit, updates their phones for a year or two. Many manufacturers do not. Some manufacturers make it easier for the community to root, to change the ROM, etc. This is usually more about the philosophy of who makes the phone, not one particular model vs. another.

When it comes to many Chinese phones and their common issues of bugs and lack of updates, I think OnePlus going with Cyanogen is smart. Hopefully the OnePlus One with Cyanogen 11S will be less buggy and easier to get updates for.

posted on 07 May 2014, 19:45 1

40. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1707; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The UI looks like an offspring of Android & iOS's one night stand.

posted on 19 May 2014, 20:57

43. Sasori (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 May 2014)


Huawei P7 is the first LTE phone which support VoLTE,In some ways,for example, the baseband processor,HiIsilicon is more advanced than Qualcomm,now!VoLTE generation coming soon,about the application processor's benchmark of kirin 910T,it is similar to the APQ8064 but cooler and lower energy consumption than Qualcomm at the same time.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 03:55

45. wunaru (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


$ 419,99
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Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

OS: Android 4.4.2
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (445 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
HiSilicon Kirin 910T, Quad core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.50 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches
(139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery2500 mAh, 22 hours talk time

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