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Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Posted: , by Chris P.


Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review

Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review
Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review
Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review
Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review
Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review

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.

Huawei Ascend Mate7
6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches
157 x 81 x 7.9 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

HTC One max
6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)

HTC One max

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


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
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
HTC One max 469
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posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:09 13

1. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Huawei done a great job on this phone ~

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 02:55 1

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 01:37

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...

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:10 7

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; 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.
Step 4:????
Step 5:Profit!

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:15 19

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:17 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Camera UI.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:19 8

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 10:02 3

12. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 04:15

33. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:10 5

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Htc one max, is this your long lost twin?

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:12 2

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:28 1

10. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 21:31 3

25. Birds (Posts: 1171; 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. -_-

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:16 3

6. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

such a great phone indeed.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:17 4

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 09:41 2

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 10:43 1

16. bur60 (Posts: 878; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

If it was for apple, they would even copyright walking

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 10:08 1

13. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2101; 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 10:22 1

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 10:35 1

15. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Impressive phone, may be my next one!

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 11:15

17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1306; 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?

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 11:51 1

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 ;-)

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 11:55 5

19. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 13:14 2

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.

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 23:25

31. Superdog (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)

People at Omnivision will laugh their asses off.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 13:37

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 15:12

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 19:06

23. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 20:27

24. bigcjm (Posts: 54; 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 21:47

26. KashunatoR (Posts: 29; Member since: 21 Jul 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.

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Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

OS: Android 5.1 4.4
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PhoneArena rating:
Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (368 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
HiSilicon, Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches
(157 x 81 x 7.9 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)

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