Huawei Ascend Mate 7 hands-on: big, beautiful phablet!

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is one of IFA 2014's best surprises. Huawei delivered a very impressive phablet that we'd love to tell you more about. Ready? Here we go!


The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is an unmistakeably premium device, and this is the exact first impression you get when you get the chance to try it out. It has a full-on aluminium unibody construction with extremely slim bezels and very thin sides. It's a beautiful phone, and another example of Huawei's level of attention to design, which is rare in the Android realm. The phone might be thin, but its on the heavier side at some 6.53 oz (185 g) of pure mass, and there's no getting around the fact that it's a huge phone. Slim bezels and thin sides can only go so far!


Huawei's phablet has a massive 6-inch 1080p LCD display that looked very good when we saw it. We'll reserve our final judgements for the time we take appropriate screen measurements, but we're definitely pleased with what we saw. As the industry is inching towards QHD as the de-facto high-end standard, 1080p still remains a terrific resolution for all screens above 4.7 inches - including those on the wild 6-inch side! The pixel density on the Mate 7 dials up to a Retina-satiating 367ppi. There's no pixelization of any kind, and the viewing angles are great.


To get the Ascend Mate 7 going with a bang, Huawei introduced EMUI 3.0 - the latest version of its custom Android interface. It is distinguished by an extremely sleek, modern style that looks like it was put together by Western designers. Clean lines, moderate translucency, impressive animations, and a wide selection of software features are the bullet points to EMUI 3.0. There's nothing too flashy, though - in fact, Google's Material Design principles have been honored to some degree, resulting in plenty of white, and many soft buttons and rounded corners. In terms of functionality, Huawei has added a privacy protection layer, a cloud service, a customer support service, an optimization app, and more bells and whistles that we're looking forward to experiencing for ourselves in a more intimate setting (now quiet your subconscious).

Processor and memory

The Ascend Mate 7 sports an exotic hardware profile - it has an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 925 1.8GHz processor designed by Huawei itself, paired with a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Not long ago, the Chinese mogul boasted that the Kirin K295 outplays the mighty Snapdragon 805 in benchmarks, which, theoretically, means this configuration is quite future-proof. In our hands-on time, we couldn't notice slowdowns or hickups. To add to the positive impression, chances are the Mate 7 was running a final version of EMUI 3, since the ROM is already available to download for select Huawei devices. If the phablet keeps us as good when it hits retail, then you will have a fine everyday performer on your hands. We're yet to see how this configuration fares with heavy 3D gaming, though.


The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a 13-megapixel camera with a single LED flash, F2.0 aperture size, and a lively camera experience typical of Chinese smartphones. We're talking about features such as Beauty Mode, Ultra Snapshot, All-Focus, and Audio Note. The front camera is a 5 megapixel unit that's very capable of taking selfies with its 88 degree-wide angle lens and 4th-generation Sony sensor technology. We didn't have the time to put the Mate 7 cameras through their paces, but the potential is undeniably there.


The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is a big, beautiful phablet! The slim metallic build, the huge 1080p display, the speedy configuration, beautiful interface, and promising cameras all contribute to one of the best, and most surprising competitors to smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 we've handled recently.

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Ascend Mate7
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
    Huawei Emotion UI



16. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

$499 for 2gb ram/16gb storage and $599 for premium gold edition(3gb ram/32gb storage) considering this an LTE 6 capable dual sim(1 micro and 1 nano). Now im torn with this and z3.

15. mohsin200010

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

what will be the price of this phablET??

14. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

How I wish if this had sd805 :/

13. udonyema

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Blatant HTC One Max copy. Heck, even the almost black icon tray is a rip-off!

11. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

lenovo vibe z2 pro is also a great choice provided one can get their hands on one

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

hope to buy two of these or two of the ascend g7 for me and wifey,loving them

7. mas39

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Not good enough, Huawei devices are still suspect, and the kirin 925 chip is awful, only 1.8ghz compared to s800 which is 2.2ghz, the s801 which is 2.5ghz and the s805 which is 2.7ghz, therefore this kirin chip is already a fail.

8. splus

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Yeah, and my Intel Core CPU is only 1.5 GHz. Already a fail... Yeah, sure, you're so smart.

12. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Quad-core at 4 core 1.8GHz and 4 core 1.3Ghz The Octa Core processor from the kirin chip.

6. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I like it too

5. kiza_88

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i like this phone

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Never thought I'd day this, but damn Huawei made an all around good device. The UI looks great too. Kudos.

2. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Man it looks superb...please Huawei, bring it to America....and at 399$ or less unlocked.

1. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

note 4, note edge, or this? im confused.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Note will surely have better dev support, but this one looks nicer and has better UI IMO.

9. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

mate 7 looks great, better looking than samsung crappy designed note 4 or edge,not hating on samsung but they can do better

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