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

Huawei Ascend P7

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

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.





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47 Comments

1. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Wait...what How ?!

2. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Dead on arrival, nothing special but thin

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Jealousy...

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

21. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

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

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Review before announcement, this is awesome PA

6. valtterielias

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 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...

7. papss unregistered

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

33. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Why, uncle Sam won't like it?

36. papss unregistered

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

8. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 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...

35. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 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

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

picture 17 selfie... lol :D

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

18. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

More like Sowei..!!! :P

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Or how about a longer one? Huasowei? :P

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lol....

11. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 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..!

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

22. papss unregistered

You act as though the processor doesn't matter?

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

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

44. Airylnovatech

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 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,

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

23. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

There are no standards for flagships...today Snap 600 is enough
Ascend P7
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Quad-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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