Introduction


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

Design

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.


Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

HTC One max

HTC One max

Dimensions

6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches

164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm

Weight

7.65 oz (217 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

HTC One max

HTC One max

Dimensions

6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches

164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm

Weight

7.65 oz (217 g)

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



Display

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.



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44 Comments

1. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Huawei done a great job on this phone ~

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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: Oct 10, 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: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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. Step 4:???? Step 5:Profit!

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Camera UI.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: Jan 04, 2013

it uses sonys camera hardware so does samsungs note 4 and iphone crap 6

33. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Huawei is copying. without question. and why should they feeling ashamed? profit is profit.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc one max, is this your long lost twin?

4. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 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: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What is wrong with htc and gargantuous bezel even iphone 6 have smaller bezel!

25. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

They need room for those front firing speakers and resonance chambers. The Bezels aren't that big of deal...chill your queef maker. -_-

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

such a great phone indeed.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Damn, this is one beautiful phone. Good job, Huawei.

11. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 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: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

If it was for apple, they would even copyright walking

13. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 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: Nov 05, 2012

I wish they would bring this to the U.S.A. I would buy it instantly.

15. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Impressive phone, may be my next one!

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 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: Jun 04, 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: Feb 15, 2013

huawei advertises on phonearena ... finally enters the 9 rating level

20. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 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: Sep 13, 2014

People at Omnivision will laugh their asses off.

21. mas39

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 17, 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: Jun 04, 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: Dec 06, 2013

If this phone had true multitasking capabilities this would be epic.

24. bigcjm

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 27, 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: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Well done. 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.
Ascend Mate7
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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