Call Quality

The Note 4 is a great performer when it comes to call quality - voices sound deep and clear in the earpiece, and on other end of the line, callers are able to make out voices in their natural tonality and with sufficient loudness.

The same cannot be said about the Mate7. It features a quieter than we’d like earpiece and incoming voices sound a bit robotized, with a digital undertone. On the other end of the line, sound is a bit better but still not perfect in terms of clarity.


The large size of phablets like the Galaxy Note 4 and the Mate7 allows manufacturers to bundle them in with gigantic batteries: the Note 4 has a 3220mAh cell, while the Mate7 ups the ante to the whopping 4100mAh juice pack.

Both rank on top of our battery tests, with the Mate 7 reaching a whopping 9 hours and 3 minutes of non-stop use (our battery test simulates regular phone use when you use the device non-stop, and with the screen for each device set at 200 nits), while the Note 4 scored 8 hours and 43 minutes. In reality, even under heavy use, both phones are capable of going a full day off the charger, and if you’re not using your phone that often, you could squeeze out as much as two days.

Samsung has also been one of the first companies to include a new, ultra power saving mode for its Galaxy series, a mode which turns the screen to black and white (a big battery saver for AMOLED displays that are capable of just shutting down individual pixels to achieve pitch black without using energy), and caps the processor. The Note 4 is no exception, as it comes with the UPSM on board. Huawei also has its own ultra power saving mode that only keeps basic call and messaging functions, but while on Samsung you can still use some apps like the browser, on the Mate7, Ultra power saving basically turns your phone into a phone and messaging machine only, with no connection to the Internet.

Finally, while the Note 4 does feature a user-removable battery, the Mate 7 does not come with such an option.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
Huawei Ascend Mate7
9h 3 min (Excellent)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Huawei Ascend Mate7


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Huawei Ascend Mate7 are two of the best options on the market right now, if you’re looking for a smartphone with a large screen. With this in mind, the 6-inch Mate7 may be a bit too steep of a form factor for some, with its wide screen that is harder to operate with one hand, so before looking into the specs, we do recommend you considering the size difference with these two.

With the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has made some big strides forward - the metal frame, new elegant design, and the simplified TouchWiz are all steps in the right direction. The Mate7, on its part, is even better in terms of style and build quality is solid with its sturdy metal back, but the software often feels like a blatant clone of iOS.

Then, we’re in love with the 16-megapixel OIS camera on the Note 4, a shooter capable of capturing some of the best images of any smartphone, while the Mate7 is good but not that great. The Snapdragon 805 chip is also a level above Huawei’s own HiSilicon chip - the Qualcomm chip is faster in terms of both CPU and GPU.

The Mate7 does have a more alluring price at around $600 for a basic model with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, but the 32GB storage/3GB RAM model that is a more direct rival to the Samsung phablet comes in at $700, which is not that far off the $800 off-contract asking price of the Note 4. All in all, if you want the faster and more powerful device, the Note 4 seems like the better choice, but if you don’t mind sacrificing a bit in terms of performance, and if you want the larger screen, the Mate7 is not a bad option either.



1. kiza_88

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i like both phones

2. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

The teaser pic on the website is wrong, showing Alpha and Z3 Compact instead.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

the Samsung note series is pretty much on a league of its own.

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Note 4 is the absolute winner... Even note 3 can beat Ascend mate 7

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Huawei needs to work on improving battery life. The Mate 7's result is pretty bad considering the capacity.

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Note 4 is utterly beautiful :)

7. Duke19

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

In my opinion, the Huawei looks like a cheap knock off. I still dont get the whole "its made from aluminum so its premium" fad

8. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I think any honest and objective person can see how clearly the Note 4 destroys the rest. But if you're a simpleton, it probably won't matter what phone you have.

9. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I love the camera and multimdia UI of Huawei, very simple and clean. :3

10. yourpskumar

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I think both phone is quite smilier, now a better options if u don't like Samasung. Huawei is one of also good hardware.

11. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied!

12. justmeagain

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

NO mention of fast charging available on note 4....

13. udonyema

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Just purchased the gold edition 3GB RAM/ 32 GB Storage version of the Mate 7. It's running Android 4.4.2. Expected a lot from the device but i've still being pretty surprised by the smooth UI, usable and intuitive functionality and classy finish. Almost want to bring it out of its case everytime. Can't bear to hide the beauty. The interface seems like Lollipop's precursor. I also currently use a HTC OneMax, so i evidently like well designed phones. Had been waiting for a sequel to the OneMax but HTC hasn't been forthcoming. I also love screen real estate. 5.5 inches is as low as i'd go right now. I'm 6'2 and have fairly large hands. Got the Desire 816 for my wife last year and she loves it. I like it too, but glossy plastic isn't my thing. I was also one of those who initially felt the Mate 7 was a ripoff of the OneMax. But hello, it's that and more. It mixes a little bit of IOS in the UI and Fingerprint Scanner, HTC in the back and Asus in the finish. Love it. Can't stop staring at it

14. kamyar.80

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I,am so happy Because my parents have both of that !!!!!!

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